Our Story

The Iowa Independent Film Festival was founded in 2007. For the first few years, the festival was held in Mason City at Music Man Square.


As the festival grew, neighboring Clear Lake was added as a second location. Now the festival includes both cities with three wonderful venues: the historic Lake Theatre in Clear Lake, the Mason City Community Theatre in Mason City and Mason City Public Library. 


Our goal as a premiere independent film festival in Iowa is to offer our region opportunities to experience the best in independent filmmaking. With movies spanning the genres of short films, documentaries and features, we look to provide quality entertainment for a wide range of tastes. 


This year we had 174 submissions from around the world, of which we chose the best 50 for your enjoyment. 

Richard Schinnow

Tanna Frederick


Festival Team

Board of Directors

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Craig Binnebose


Dylan Thomas

Charlie Gandez

Vice President

Jim Brockhohn

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Janelle Binnebose

Joshua Masson

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Terry Harrison

Les Nelson

Aimee Lee

Penny Weitzel

Chris P. Chicken