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Learn more about entering your work in The Iowa Motion Picture Awards
The Iowa Motion Picture Awards recognize outstanding creative and technical achievement in Iowa’s moving image production industry, in all its forms -- in twenty-three Program Categories and twenty-six Craft Categories.
Winners will be recognized at the Iowa Motion Picture Awards Gala Ceremony on Saturday, April 21st, 2018, at the historic, renovated Pella Opera House Theatre Center in Pella, Iowa. In each specific category, entries must meet the high criteria of industry judges for that skill set to receive the Award of Achievement. If the work was outstanding, it met the criteria to earn the highest Award of Excellence.
ENTRY DEADLINE: March 4, 2018 <- Due to the great support from Produce Iowa and Toyota Financial Services we are able to offer our typical early bird price to everyone who enters their work in this year's awards.
To be considered for an Iowa Motion Picture Award:
-Your film must have some connection to Iowa. This can be a member of the crew, actor or the film could have been filmed in Iowa.
-The entry must have been completed between January 1, 2016 and March 4, 2018. The entry must not have been submitted before in the category or categories in which you are entering in 2018.
-You must possess creative control of the submitted work, or must have written approval from the appropriate individual or entity.
For each category you choose to enter:
(1) Complete your online Entry using Film Freeway. Only entries submitted using Film Freeway will be accepted. All instructions must be followed carefully to avoid disqualification. You must also complete an Official Entry Form for each of your submissions. Submissions without an official entry form will not be considered. All information entered on the Official Entry Form is the responsibility of the person completing the form. The Iowa Motion Picture Association will not be responsible for incorrect spellings or other mistakes that appear on awards that are the result of incorrectly entered information.
(2) Entries in the categories of Documentary, Education, Live Entertainment Long Form, and Live Entertainment Short Form must be submitted in their entirety. (If you have any questions, email or call Michael Helgens at firstname.lastname@example.org (319)821-0682)
(3) In all other categories, select and submit the ten minutes of your entry which is the best and most representative clip of your skill and talent in each category in which you are entering. Attach a file to your project on Film Freeway include each category that you are entering and the starting time code for that category.
(4) Category Entries. (i.e. – technical professions, music, sound effects, actor, actress, etc.) must be edited to specifically highlight the work being submitted. There should be no doubt about the identity of the actor/actress, or the exact category of your entry. Upload your edited clips to Vimeo or YouTube and include links to the clip with the category you are entering as an attached file on Film Freeway.
(5) Actors and Actresses. Upload an Adobe Reader .PDF file containing your headshot to your Dropbox folder. We need to be able to clearly identify you in the clip you select to send for judging.
(6) All entries can be either (1) HD or (2) SD resolution 720x480 (4:3 content) or 720x405 (16:9 content) and encoded in Quicktime H264 format. For promotional purposes, these files must remain available to the IMPA for thirty (30) days from the the date of the IMPA Awards Gala. The mission statement of the Iowa Motion Picture Association includes promoting, recognizing, and supporting members of the Iowa Production Community.
(7) Please make sure that you have tested your submission before sharing it with the IMPA to ensure it plays and is free from corruption artifacts.
(8) If you have any questions, email or call Michael Helgens at email@example.com (319)821-0682
(9) FOR ALL ENTRIES, include a link to a 15-second clip on Vimeo or YouTube via a link shared in a document attached to your project – clearly identified – to be used in the Show Reel during the Awards Ceremonies to introduce your project on the big screen, should you be nominated by the judges to receive an Award of Achievement or an Award of Excellence. Please select and include a different 15-second clip for each category you have entered -- which highlights the craft, skill, or talent in that category. This helps the Iowa Motion Picture Awards fullfill its mission of honoring outstanding achievement in each of the professional categories in the Awards -- and also holds the audience's attention because they are seeing a new and riveting clip showcasing excellence in that particular category -- instead of watching the same clip again.
(10) The Iowa Motion Picture Association assumes no liability for entries. Entrants are responsible for all applicable rights and permissions. The IMPA reserves the right to refuse entries and/or refund fees at its discretion. It is the responsibility of the film maker or submission contact to ensure that all requirements are met. The festival retains the right to disqualify an entry, with no refunded fee, if submission guidelines are not met.
(11) You must be a member of the IMPA to submit your entries using the "Member" options on Film Freeway. Entries submitted by non-members using those categories will be disqualified. You may become a member of the IMPA before submitting your entries. Upon completion of your registration and submission of your membership dues you will immediately be eligible for the discounted submission fees.
There are up to two rounds of judging:
-In the primary round, members of Iowa's production community screen all entries and select nominees.
-The entries are rated on how well they achieve their stated objectives as well as the creative and technical elements relative to the category.
-Entries will be judged according to guidelines developed by industry professionals in each discipline.
-If necessary, an additional round of judging of selected entries will draw upon an additional group of industry professionals.
Thanks to our partnership with Produce Iowa we are able to offer reduced entry fees AND to extend the "Early Entry Fee" to the final deadline.
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SUPER SUBMISSION DISCOUNT: For every three entries you submit you are eligible for a free fourth entry. Email Michael@thespeedofplot.com with the number of entries you have submitted and your waiver for your free submission. Your entries will be validated before your free waiver is provided.
Non-Members do not need to enter a waiver code, but all other submissions will require the use of a waiver code to ensure that you pay the correct amount for your submission. If you are submitting multiple entries the waiver code will apply to each entry allowing you to make a single payment for all of your entries.
Entry Discount Waiver Codes:
Student Non-Members: IMPA40
Student Members: IMPA50
Important Note: Using a discount waiver for which you are not eligible may result in disqualification of your submission if we are unable to reach you to rectify your payment before the deadline. If your entry is disqualified a refund may be issued at the discretion of the Iowa Motion Picture Association.
Questions may be directed to Michael Helgens at firstname.lastname@example.org (319)821-0682
A film or video less than 5 minutes of one or more types of 2D, 3D, stop motion, or experimental animation.
A film or video containing 5 minutes and longer of one or more types of 2D, 3D, stop motion or experimental animation.
A TV commercial not to exceed 60 seconds in length. Must have had a total budget (agency fees not included) of under $1000.
A TV commercial not to exceed 60 seconds in length. Must have had a total budget (agency fees not included) of between $1,000 and $4,999.
A TV commercial not to exceed 60 seconds in length. Must have had a total budget (agency fees not included) of between $5,000 and $14,999.
A TV commercial not to exceed 60 seconds in length. Must have had a total budget (agency fees not included) of $15,000 or more.
A film or video produced by or for a business, corporation, industry, government agency or commercial association, for internal information purposes such as staff communication, orientation, motivation or employee news. Does not include training programs.
A film or video produced by or for a community, business, corporation, industry, government agency or commercial association for development, external sales, marketing, recruiting or promotional purposes - including infomercials. Does not include training programs.
A film or video produced by or for a business, corporation, industry, government agency or commercial association, for the purpose of educating and/or training either internal or external audiences. Must have had a total budget less than $15,000.
A film or video produced by or for a business, corporation, industry, government agency or commercial association, for the purpose of educating and/or training either internal or external audiences. Must have had a total budget of $15,000 or more.
A non-fictional film or video produced in a documentary style on any subject.
A film or video produced solely for educational or informative purposes. Does not include corporate programs.
An interactive program in various media formats, including online interactive formats. Submissions must be in the native format in which the program was used – and also in a form that judges can view. Programs that simply require the viewer to stop and refer to other materials do not qualify.
Interactive subjects can include education, science, health, finances, law, business, environment, politics – or entertainment with various characters or endings, challenges with various solutions, or other programs that are interactive and problem-solving. Interactive entries can cross multiple platforms if the entries are submitted in a way that is efficient for the judges to view and judge.
Since this is an evolving, important part of the moving image and media industry in all its forms, please submit an inquiry to Michael R. Helgens (email@example.com or 319-821-0682 ) if you have questions about your project as an entry.
A film or video produced for the purpose of entertainment and is less than 30 minutes in length. Does not include corporate programs.
A film or video produced for the purpose of entertainment, and 30 minutes to 59 minutes in length. Does not include corporate programs.
A film or video produced for the purpose of entertainment, and is 60 minutes or more in length, with a budget under $50,000. Does not include corporate programs.
A film or video produced for the purpose of entertaining a general audience, and is more than 30 60 minutes in length, with a budget of $50,000 or more. Does not include corporate programs.
A Public Service Announcement that does not promote a for-profit interest and does not exceed 60 seconds in length. Must have had a production budget (agency fees not included) of less than $5000.
A Public Service Announcement that does not promote a for-profit interest and does not exceed 60 seconds in length. Must have had a production budget (agency fees not included) of $5000 or more.
A video or film produced by a student enrolled in an Iowa K-12 school. There is no completion date restriction; however, an entry may be judged in this category only once. All traditional and experimental forms are welcome. Multiple awards may be given in this category. Please submit your program in its entirety.
A video or film produced by a student enrolled in an Iowa college or university. There is no completion date restriction; however, an entry may be judged in this category only once. All traditional and experimental forms are welcome. Multiple awards may be given in this category. Please submit your program in its entirety.
A single or on-going television news feature, special report(s) or series. Must have been produced by, and seen on, an Iowa television station.
Scripted or nonfiction web series intended for release via streaming on the web. Submit either (1) a minimum of 3 episodes totaling at least 10 minutes of total run time or (2) a single episode that is at least 10 minutes.
Acting performance by a male in a program produced solely for film or video (no stage performances). This must be a single performance (no demo reels). The entry may contain excerpts from a single performance, provided the entire entry does not exceed the ten-minute time limit. This does not include performances in a spokesperson or advertising role; however, dramatic portrayals in corporate productions are eligible. Entries must be accompanied by a headshot or photograph.
Acting performance by a female in a program produced solely for film or video (no stage performances). This must be a single performance (no demo reels). The entry may contain excerpts from a single performance. This does not include performances in a spokesperson or advertising role; however, dramatic portrayals in corporate productions are eligible. Entries must be accompanied by a headshot or photograph.
Art direction or production design on a film or video produced for any application. This includes sets, props, costumes, and other visual imagery. Does not include computer-generated imagery.
Animated tag or logo with a maximum run time of 15 seconds, created for any film or video program.
Creative manipulation of acting, camera blocking, lighting, editing, etc. in a film or video program that is less than three 30 minutes in length.
Creative manipulation of acting, camera blocking, lighting, editing, etc. in a film or video program that is between 30 minutes and thirty 59 minutes in length. Does not include live event coverage (i.e., sporting events, concerts).
Creative manipulation of acting, camera blocking, lighting, editing, etc. in a film or video program that is 60 minutes or longer in length. Does not include live event coverage (i.e., sporting events, concerts).
Includes live event coverage (i.e., sporting events, concerts).
Creative use of composition, filters, movement, exposure, etc. to create images in a video or motion picture film. Programs shot with “film look” do not qualify.
Film or video editing on a program less than 30 minutes in length.
Film or video editing on a program 30 to 59 minutes in length.
Film or video editing on a program 60 minutes or longer in length.
Post-production computer-generated graphic art direction and design in a film or video.
Creative design and execution of lighting in a film or video.
Original music composed for any film or video program.
A film or video script of any length, written for the sole purpose of entertainment. Entries must be submitted electronically, preferably in Final Draft, Word, RTF or Movie Magic Screenwriter file format. PDF files are not accepted as they don't allow the judges to make notes as they progress through the entire screenplay.
A film or video script of any length, written for the sole purpose of entertainment. Entries must be submitted electronically, preferably in Final Draft, Word, RTF or Movie Magic Screenwriter file format. PDF files can be accepted, but they do not allow the judges to make notes as they progress through the entire screenplay. This category also requires submission as proof of production either one DVD copy or an IMDB entry of (see Long Form Submission on Instructions page).
A film or video script written for any corporate, industrial, educational or marketing purpose. Entry must have been produced. Produced Screenplay Scripts must be submitted electronically, preferably in Final Draft, Word, RTF or Movie Magic Screenwriter file format. PDF files can be accepted, but they do not allow the judges to make notes as they progress through the entire screenplay. This category also requires submission of one DVD copy as proof of production or an IMDB entry of (see Long Form Submission on Instructions page).
Creative use of sound design and mixing in a film or video. This includes sweetening, foley, music, etc.
A performance in a spokesperson or advertising role. This includes corporate productions, infomercials and broadcast advertising. This must be a single performance (no demo reels). The entry may contain excerpts from a single performance, provided the entire entry does not exceed the ten-minute time limit. Entries must be accompanied by a head shot or photograph.
Supporting acting performance by a male in a program produced solely for film or video (no stage performances). This must be a single performance (no demo reels). The entry may contain excerpts from a single performance, provided the entire entry does not exceed the ten minute time limit. This does not include performances in a spokesperson or advertising role; however, dramatic portrayals in corporate productions are eligible. Entries must be accompanied by a head shot or photograph.
Supporting acting performance by a female in a program produced solely for film or video (no stage performances). This must be a single performance (no demo reels). The entry may contain excerpts from a single performance. This does not include performances in a spokesperson or advertising role; however, dramatic portrayals in corporate productions are eligible. Entries must be accompanied by a head shot or photograph.
Special visual effects created for a film or video. This includes optical, mechanical, pyrotechnics, atmospherics, modeling and miniatures, stop motion, make-up and stunts. This does not include computer animation.
Visual effects costing less than $10,000, created for any film or video program. This includes cell animation, compositing, and computer-generated imagery.
Visual effects costing $10,000 or more, created for any film or video program. This includes cell animation, compositing, and computer-generated imagery.
A voice-over narration performance in a film, video or multimedia program. This must be a single performance (no demo reels). The entry may contain excerpts from a single performance, provided the entire entry does not exceed the ten-minute time limit. This does not include programs produced for radio.
Any film without an Iowa Connection.
Members of The Iowa Motion Picture Association enjoy reduced prices for workshops and educational experiences, access to Iowa Motion Picture Association Members Only Events and redued submission fees when they submit their work to The Iowa Motion Picture Association.
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The IMPA provides interviews free of charge to those who participate in our events. You can download your interview or share it directly from Vimeo and use it however you wish. Should you need any assistance with the video please contact Eric Benson.
Every year The Iowa Motion Picture Association in conjuction with The Fleur Cinema & Cafe hosts a viewing of The Golden Globes at the cinema. This event is free and open to the public.
Sixth Annual Iowa Motion Picture Association Golden Globes Red Carpet Event
Fleur Cinema & Café, 4545 Fleur Drive, Des Moines
Date & Time for 2019 to be determined...
The public is invited to a special Red Carpet screening of the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards® in 2019 at the Fleur Cinema & Café, 4545 Fleur Drive, Des Moines.
This event is FREE – and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
The Golden Globes are produced by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and recognize excellence in film and television, both domestic and foreign. This screening is provided courtesy of NBC.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org – to be entered in another special drawing.
In producing our Golden Globes Event, the Iowa Motion Picture Association is pleased to partner with the following sponsors.
Find Training & Workshops to enhance your media production skills.
One of the services that we offer is continued training and education through training sessions, mentoring and networking. Please send us an email indicating which kinds of workshops would be most beneficial to your own professional development.
When you join the Iowa Motion Picture Association, you receive immediate discounts on IMPA Awards entries – and all workshops, seminars, and events throughout the year. The Iowa Motion Picture Association has conducted more than 175 professional workshops and networking events throughout the past 25 years.
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Here are just a few of our recent workshops:
Script Adaptation Workshop - with Sally Walker
SATURDAY JUNE 10th, 2017 – 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
COUNTRY INN & SUITES, 1350 NW 118TH STREET, CLIVE, IA 50325
2016 Iowa Motion Picture Assocaition Workshops:
The Iowa Motion Picture Association is pleased to announce
A Workshop with Lisa Crnic
Saturday, June 4, 2016, 1- 4 PM
Iowa native Lisa Crnic has been working in Los Angeles during the past seven years in film and television, including at Creative Artists Agency with clients such as Stephen King, Robert Towne, Rob Minkoff, and Wolfgang Petersen -- and at Paradigm Agency, where she sought out the best undiscovered writers and directors. After 3 ½ years working on the representation side of the business, she transitioned to a more creative role at the production company Kerner Entertainment where she works in development, making studio franchise films under veteran TV/Film producer, Jordan Kerner, whose credits include Charlotte's Web, Fried Green Tomatoes, Mighty Ducks 1,2,3, Smurfs 1 & 2, and George of the Jungle.
Lisa's workshop will address the following. You may also bring your own questions!
Lisa said, "I know it’s sometimes challenging for Iowans to connect to the industry out here -- and I want to help bridge that gap by sharing my knowledge & insight to Iowans interested in developing a successful career in Los Angeles (or in the film/tv industry anywhere!)."
This workshop is free -- and professionals, students, and members of the public are welcome, but fire code regulations limit the number of seats in public library meeting rooms.
The Iowa Motion Picture Association
Promoting Excellence throughout the Profession
FILM FINANCING WORKSHOP
BENJAMIN F. RENZO, Esq.
The IMPA is proud to present a workshop that focuses on the business aspects of the independent film industry. Benjamin Renzo, Esq. will discuss film financing, development, marketing, and distribution. He will also talk about the current issues facing the independent film industry and provide an overview of various film transactions he has been involved with. He will be open to taking questions from the audience.
Mr. Renzo has been on the legal and finance side of many films, both fictional and documentary, including most recently, Nate Parker’s “The Birth Of A Nation” which won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and sold for a Sundance record $17.5 million at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
The IMPA thanks our partners for their cooperation with this workshop:
Iowa Motion Picture Association Workshops 2011 - 2015
Red Camera. One Red Camera workshop presented by Paul Hickey. Another Red Camera workshop presented by Fairfield University. A third contemporary multi-camera workshop is planned.
3D Animation. Presented by Benjamin Rosales, animation instructor at Southeastern Community College. Concepts and techniques of 3D computer animation.
Creative Acting & Set Etiquette. Presented by Dr. Jim Brockhohn with 21 years’ experience in 75 projects, including with the Coen Brothers in A Serious Man and Inside Llewyn Davis, John Goodman, Nicholas Cage, director Joan Darling & many others.
Getting a Jump Start on Your Project with Social Media & Crowd Funding. What it takes to market your project in a digitally-connected world. Raising funds, building your audience, & protecting your future. Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Facebook, and more – including finding money in unexpected locations. Presented by Kevin Brubaker, Executive Producer at Media Adventures, LLC.
Careers in the Real World of Television, Film, & Other Media – including hands-on pitching and auditioning with critiques. Presented by Gary Kroeger, who co-founded the Chicago Practical Theater Company with Julia Louis-Dreyfus & was a cast member on Saturday Night Live for 3 years (56 episodes). In L.A. Gary starred in the CBS series Spies with George Hamilton, appeared in numerous TV series, including HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, L.A. Law, Murder She Wrote, Columbo, and acted in a number of movies.
Speed Pitching of Projects with Barry Morrow, who won the Oscar with Ron Bass for writing Rain Man, starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. What happens in different auditions and cold readings in various genres from the points of view of the producer, show runner, director – and the persons auditioning.
Screenwriting & Career Planning with Oscar-winning Barry Morrow
Producing Outstanding Documentaries
Film Financing, Marketing & Distribution
Casting/Auditioning Workshop for Actors and film makers
Film Festivals of Iowa Showcase
Special Effects – The Magic – and Pyrotechnics – The Practicality. Presented by Paul Steffensen, an Emmy-nominee for Hallmark’s Harvest of Fire.
Business of film making from the Perspective of an Entertainment Attorney.
Intellectual Property Rights with an Entertainment Attorney.
Reel Magic – A Seminar on Art Direction. Presented by Paul Steffensen, an Emmy-nominated Art Director and IMPA Board Member with decades of experience providing excellent art direction, special effects, pyrotechnics, and prop master skills for feature films, including Hallmark's Harvest of Fire, Cora Unashamed, The Return of Captain Kidd (in production), The Experiment, South Dakota, Ticket Out, 16 to Life, Boone Style –and many others.
Once you’ve gone behind the scenes to explore the magic of art direction, your movie life is forever enriched – because now you experience and appreciate a film on so many different levels – the look and feel of a movie ( including how it affects perception of the characters), the texture of its time period, the color of its emotion.
When film makers and moviegoers grasp the tremendous possibilities in Art Direction, they go back and watch their favorite movies again and again – and are blown away by the experience. And then the way THEY MAKE MOVIES is changed forever.In fact, Art Direction is so much fun that some people have switched careers once they were hooked on it !
In addition to the magic, here are some of the very practical elements Paul includes in his seminar
Television Broadcasting in the Digital Age Workshop
An Iowa Motion Picture Association Event
For Students and Professionals –
The actual transition from analog to digital television broadcasting began in February through June & July, 2009. All analog television transmitters had to be shut down by September 1, 2015.
David Rehr, president and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters, has described this as "the most significant advancement of television technology since color TV."
How has this changed television broadcasting? What does it mean for your career – whether you will work in television or deliver material to television at some point in your career?
Find out at a workshop hosted by the Iowa Motion Picture Association – Television Broadcasting in the Digital Age – on Saturday, November 2, at KDSM, Channel 17, 4023 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA 50321. The first workshop begins at 10 AM. The workshop will be repeated at 1 PM. Because each workshop combines lecture-tour, demonstration, and hands-on, each of the two sessions is limited to 15 persons each.
Topics include –
Each workshop on November 2 is hosted by Mike Banks, Assistant Operations Manager for KDSM Channel17, and board member of the Iowa Motion Picture Association. Mike has worked for 30 years in television engineering, beginning when Channel 17 was the first UHF station in central Iowa. He is also a professional photographer and actor with experience in community theater, independent movie productions, and commercials – so he is familiar with life in front of the camera. Mike recalls that the last analog program aired by KDSM Channel 17 was a Seinfeld episode right before midnight.
This valuable workshop is $10 for IMPA Members and $25 for non-members. Student memberships in the Iowa Motion Picture Association are $25, Professional Memberships $55, and Corporate Memberships $250. To reserve your spot in the workshop, go to impa.tv. Information about the workshop appears on the Home Page. If you have questions,. email IMPA Treasurer Deb Walters Griffith email@example.com
IMPA is an educational and professional 501(c)3 organization whose members include the state’s media production community, related industries, and the public – coming together to promote excellence throughout the Iowa production community – and to provide professional development and support to all who are developing careers in media creation in all its forms.
The Board of Directors of The Iowa Motion Picture Association is dedicated to enhancing media production in Iowa.
The Board of the Iowa Motion Picture Association serves our membership through professional development workshops, networking events and advancement opportunities, connecting films and film makers with cast and crew, and promoting Iowa’s moving image production industry in all its forms throughout Iowa. We are grateful to Produce Iowa – the State Office of Media Production – for outstanding support – and encourage our members to visit the Iowa Media Production Directory https://ia.reel-scout.com/crew_login.aspx to help keep it accurate and up-to-date.
The Iowa Motion Picture Association Board meets the third Tuesday of each month. Members are welcome to attend. To be placed on the agenda, or to ask a question, feel free to contact any Board member. Meeting location: The Friends of IPTV Building - 6535 Corporate Drive, Johnston, Iowa 50131.
President: James Brockhohn
Dr. Jim Brockhohn has been a professional actor for 21 years. He’s been involved with over 75 films, TV shows and commercials combined. Jim worked with the Coen Brothers in two of their films – A Serious Man where he was the “Red Owl Store Manager” and Inside Llewyn Davis as John Goodman’s photo double. He also works on independent projects as an actor and behind the scenes as an AD or Producer. Jim enjoys helping other people reach their goals as actors. He works with a group of five instructors teaching film making to students. Jim has served on the IMPA Board for 11 years and is the President of the Iowa Motion Picture Association. He was President of the Forest City Chamber of Commerce in 2014 – and is an active Scout Leader, International Lions Club member, and Board member of the Iowa Independent Film Festival. You can follow his acting career at www.agencyprotalent.com/jimb or www.imdb.com
Vice President: Chuck Hughes
Chuck Hughes has been a member of the Writers Guild of America since 1991. Four of his screenplays have been made into feature films, with actors including Ned Beatty, Steve Buscemi and David Carradine. Chuck also helped write and produce two short films, including the award-winning A Specialty of the House – and wrote one season of an animated series for Paramount/Hyperion & USA Network.
Treasurer: Deb Walters Griffith
Deb Walters Griffith has 38 years experience as an accountant, primarily working with non-profit agencies. She serves as Treasurer for the IMPA. Deb is a published freelance writer and has worked on 8 movies – Sam Steele and the Junior Detective Agency as production accountant – Freedom of Silence as co-writer – and South Dakota, Ticket Out, Ash, Husk, Fertile Ground, and Coffee With Bernie in various wardrobe capacities. “I would like to continue my experience with accounting and governance in nonprofit organizations to enhance the governance of IMPA by researching and presenting best practice examples. I would also like to research additional grant and funding opportunities for IMPA to consider.”
Secretary: Debra Brubaker
Debra Brubaker is an Executive Producer with Media Adventures/Fun & Games Productions in Cedar Rapids, IA. She directs and films their productions in a style that has been praised for its similarity to the Hungarian Director Bela Tarr, as she captures unconscious emotions through her sapient use of close-ups. She excels at making people feel like close personal friends within minutes of their meeting and, in so doing, draws out the best in actors, performers, and people she interviews. Debra conducted the red carpet interviews of Iowa film makers at the 24th Annual Iowa Motion Picture Awards and the IMPA Golden Globes Event January 10, 2016, at the Fleur Cinema & Café in Des Moines and will serve on the Membership Outreach Committee.
Michael R. Helgens
Michael R. Helgens is an Executive Producer with Media Adventures/Fun & Games Productions in Cedar Rapids, IA. He is an avid writer of scripts, plays, radio dramas and podcasts, short stories and novels, having published and/or produced numerous tales in each category. He regularly writes for The Watson Files and Jump Start, and is completing his first book trilogy The Legend of Lochlinlea. He’s an accomplished artist in film editing, web design, digital painting, burning images into wood, and even knitting when time permits. Michael is the new Webmaster for the Iowa Motion Picture Association. He will be editing PSAs for IMPA and also serves on the IMPA Marketing & Public Relations Committee with Eric Benson.
Eric Benson served twelve years in the U.S. Navy as a Photojournalist and Mass Communications Specialist, operating in 37 countries, primarily in Asia and the Middle East. He worked with news agencies including CNN, Associated Press, Reuters, and MSNBC. Wearing a number of hats has given him an intricate understanding of professional video production, mass media, and electronic media. In 2012 he started Bus-Stop Productions with a collective of electronic media professionals who have worked on feature and short films, commercials, documentaries, videos for web publishing, and various other assignments. Eric graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in Electronic Media Leadership & Production, with a minor in Journalism – and holds a degree in Visual Media from Hawaii Pacific University. Eric will bring his lifetime skills to the production of our historic 25th Annual Iowa Motion Picture Awards in April, 2016.
Megan Fleming first walked onto a television set while she was living in London in 2003. She later became a casting assistant under the mentorship of Ann Wilkinson. She has since worked as Unit Production Manager, Assistant Director, Production Coordinator, Script Supervisor and others on film and television programs nationwide. Her most notable projects include: True Grit (2010), The Experiment (2009), The Bachelor Seasons 19 & 20, American Idol Seasons 11-13 and Chopped. She currently lives in North English, IA. Megan is the Director & Stage Manager for the Show during the 25th Annual Iowa Motion Picture Gala Awards Ceremony, Saturday, April 16, 2016, at the beautiful Pella Opera House, 611 Franklin, Pella, IA.
Francesca Soans is an independent film maker and Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Northern Iowa. Her films and videos have screened at film festivals in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, and been broadcast on public and cable channels. Her recent documentary Sons of Jacob Synagogue won a Silver Remi at the Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival and the Loren Horton Community History award from the Iowa State Historical Society. She has received several grants from the Iowa Arts Council, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and Humanities Iowa. She is currently working on a five-part documentary project Waterloo: A History of Place that explores the connections between memory and place in the story of a city.
Michael Banks has been a broadcast engineer for 30 years with KDSM TV 17 in Des Moines. During that time he also worked 7 years as production floor director on the Iowa Realty Show, with Mike Pace. Mike has been involved in independent productions as an actor or videographer in Fortnight (Jolene Pfaff, Scott Thompson), IOWA (Thor Moreno), and several 48-Hour film competitions. He was an extra in shoots for national films Dead Awake and The Crazies - and is working with "The Multipurpose Project" group, writing and producing videos. Mike is currently acting in 12 Angry Men at the Des Moines Playhouse.
Louie Jordan recently joined the board of The Iowa Motion Picture Association. He is film savvy and works for a Des Moines Television Station.
Shirley Long was a co-founder of the Iowa Motion Picture Association and worked with Paul Frank to achieve the organization’s 501(C)3 status. She has helped the IMPA organize more than 175 professional development workshops duirng its 25 years. Since 1994, she has worked with with Ron Peterson in New York, a former story editor for Paramount Pictures, to story-edit hundreds of screenplays for producers and directors around the country. Ron and Shirley have conducted numerous weeklong Screenwriters Boot Camps, drawing participants from L.A., New York, San Francisco, North Carolina, Florida, and Texas, followed by months of working with the screenwriters and helping them get their screenplays read and optioned in L.A. Both the University of Iowa and Iowa State University have asked Shirley to be a visiting instructor of screenwriting for a semester. She is also a co-founder of the Iowa Scriptwriters Alliance. After serving many terms as an Iowa Motion Picture Association Board member and officer, she now ‘helps out’ at the IMPA.
Kevin Brubaker is an independent film producer, a practitioner of the art of fiction, and an avid gamer. He is Executive Producer at Media Adventures, LLC. and Fun & Games Productions, DBA – a company he founded with his wife, Debra Brubaker, and their partner, Michael Helgens). Together these three produce Jump Start and many other independent film projects with the help of an amazing team of actors and crew. You can see their work and learn more about them by visiting their website at http://www.thespeedofplot.com. Kevin is an active member of the Iowa Motion Picture Association, contributing both ideas and their practical implementation. He is Chair of the Iowa Motion Picture Association Trade Fair to be held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in October 2017, showcasing the talents, products, and markets of all members of the Iowa Production Community who buy or sell media production in all its forms. At the 24th Annual Iowa Motion Picture Awards, Kevin presented the workshop Getting a Jump Start on Your Project with Social Media and Crowd Funding - Finding Money In Unexpected Locations - Marketing Your Project in a Digital World.
For more than 25 years The Iowa Motion Picture Association has aided in the proliferation of media production in Iowa through workshops, education, special events and The Iowa Motion Picture Awards.
Founded in 1992, we are an educational and mentoring association existing to promote the talents and skills of our membership and other film makers (both Iowans producing films in Iowa and those who have left to pursue film making elsewhere as well as folks from other parts of the country who produce films about or in Iowa), foster good will between our members, and provide support to students interested in film--be it on an amateur or professional level.
The IMPA works directly with the Iowa Film Office to provide services to our members.Through these cooperative efforts, the IMPA provides its members information on opportunities, events and issues affecting the production industry, helps to create the best conditions for production in Iowa, and ensure the prosperity of the industry.
The Iowa Motion Picture Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. IMPA is funded primarily by members' dues and, in part, by grants from Produce Iowa.