The Iowa Indie Film Festival was officially launched last Monday, October 15, 2018. Present in the event were the city mayor, commissioners of the film festival, and representatives from different colleges and student organizations who submitted their entries to the first ever indie film fest in the state. Everyone was abuzz with excitement as the head commissioner was set to announce which indie films made it to the festival.

Prior to this, the commissioners of the film festival have been working on this project for more than a year already. They had announced that they would be giving grants to 5 film projects to help with the cost of the film production. They called on the participation of different colleges and universities in the state of Iowa especially those with courses on film making and those who have students who are very much interested in film production. The aim of the Iowa Indie Film Festival is to promote and enhance the craft and art of film making among our budding talents and artists. This will give them an opportunity to hone their skills further and showcase their talents to other people. Interested parties were then asked to submit their application forms along with a one-page synopsis of their film’s story line and a short profile of the amateur filmmakers. They were given until December of last year to submit their applications and entries were due July of this year.


After a careful deliberation, the commissioners of the Iowa Indie Film Festival were set to announce who made it to the first ever film fest. The announcement of the films that were chosen was the highlight of the launching of the Iowa Indie Film Festival. The aspiring directors, writers, and producers were recognized and presented to the public to acknowledge their hard work and talents.These promising artists, who once only dreams of creating their own films from their garage doors in Santa Fe, are now given the opportunity to showcase their talents to the rest of the world. Movie buffs are in for a surprise as they witness the aspiring filmmakers of this generation showcase their skills and craft.

Participants were given the opportunity to tackle films with social relevance. They explored different social issues to show the public the realities of our time. This is oftentimes lost in mainstream movies. They want to show films with marketability as the first consideration. We understand that creating movies is part of the business and producers would want to gain profit from their capital. So, here is where the beauty of indie movies lie. They are brave to tackle real issues. They have the courage to expose the true situation to the public instead of thinking of a story line with money in their mind. We hope that as we give our young artists this opportunity and venue to create socially relevant films, they can bring these values with them when they officially join the film industry. May they never waiver in using their arts and craft in educating the people about the world we live in and what we can do to make it a better place.