Countdown to MIFF 2019








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Welcome to the Muscatine Independent Film Festival

MIFF is a showcase of Short Films and is designed to encourage and acknowledge the creative efforts involved with respect to this genre. Participants will enjoy a diverse array of film genres to choose from throughout the weekend. In addition to “red carpet” receptions, Q&A sessions, and networking after parties, visitors will appreciate the upscale amenities of the Merrill Hotel, nestled alongside the Mississippi River in the historic downtown Muscatine district.

MIFF is very supportive of local/regional artists, as evidenced by the “Best Iowa Made Film Category”. It is hoped that providing an awards venue will inspire their creativity and innovative artistic media. This event is also an effort to provide Midwest residents and visiting artists with an engaging weekend of entertainment.

A unique feature of our festival is the infamous “M&M AWARD” (Murder, Mayhem, and More). And our “Comedy Film Block” is always well received. We are also debuting the “Micro-Short” Category. Telling a story in under 4 minutes is no easy task, but sometimes more is indeed less.


Daily passes to the festival are available at the screening theater for $10 or $20 for 3 day VIP pass

The 2018 Awarded Films and Nominations

Awards and nominations for 2018 are in! Click the button below to see the selections!

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2018 MIFF Featured Film: “Man In Purple”

This year’s event features the film “Man In Purple” which tells the story of the one and only Norman G. Baker. Baker was born in Muscatine and raised to be an entrepreneur from an early age. Norman was known for the fantastic nature of his plans and inventions, including calliaphones, radio stations, and finding a cure for cancer.   His “cure” for cancer was an attack on the standard medical practices of his era and an early pre-cursor to holistic wellness practices and alternative illness treatments. The man was a fascinating piece of history, who made waves on the radio that were a precursor to modern-day personalities, such as Howard Stern.

You couldn’t make up this story if you tried…

This film was partially funded through a grant from Humanities Iowa.

Humanities Iowa

This program is supported by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The views and opinions expressed by this program do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities Iowa or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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MIFF Venue: The Merrill

MIFF is going to be moving to new headquarters…  in the brand new Merrill Hotel, located in downtown Muscatine. This will truly take our festival to the next level. Our new venue, The Merrill, will give you an opportunity to enjoy a 4 star hotel right on the Mississippi River and convenient access to the screenings and downtown amenities. Several all-inclusive packages will be included so you can have a hassle-free and most luxurious weekend experience.


Dreampost Media
MCC Video Department
The Merrill
Rehash Media
Municipal Connection
Produce Iowa
Visit Muscatine
Muscatine Access Channel 9

Contact Us With Questions

We want your film festival experience to the the absolute best it can be, so please contact us with any questions that you have.