The 2022 Iowa Independent Film Festival will feature films from Iowa and around the world | New


MASON CITY, Iowa – “Opening, curtain, lights. This is it, the night of nights.

The Iowa Independent Film Festival begins Thursday in Cerro Gordo County. 51 films representing the work of filmmakers from 17 countries will be screened, beginning with a presentation of films made within a county radius of Cerro Gordo County at the Mason City Public Library from 6-8 p.m. Thursday. The Festival then continues on Friday and Saturday with film screenings at Theater of the Lake in Clear Lake and the Mason City Community Theater.

Festival communications director Joshua Masson said they had 215 submissions this year and to make it the festival “The No. 1 thing is the story. Was the story interesting? So was it done right? Is it watchable?

Films run from under 3 minutes to over 100 minutes with a mix of shorts, documentaries, feature films and animations covering a wide range of genres and topics.

“These films are independent, which means they weren’t made in Hollywood, but we’ve selected the best quality submissions to showcase the quality films made around the world and right here in Iowa,” Mason says.

The 2022 Festival also includes a tour of Renovo Media Group’s film production studios in Clear Lake and the purchase of a ticket for the entire festival comes with a free meal from the Casper Taco Food Truck on Saturday. Admission to the Local Filmmakers Night and Awards Ceremony is also free and open to the public.


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