The 2018 Iowa Motion Picture Association Awards

Instructions for Entering the 2018 IMPA Awards 

Welcome to the Iowa Motion Picture Awards Entries Page and Instructions for the 27th Annual Iowa Motion Picture Awards, April 21st, 2018.  

The Iowa Motion Picture Awards recognize outstanding creative and technical achievement in Iowa’s moving image production industry, in all its forms -- in twenty-two Program Categories and twenty-five 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.

 

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SUBMISSIONS

ENTRY DEADLINE: March 18, 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.

ELIGIBILITY

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 18, 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.

ENTRY INSTRUCTIONS

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.




Complete an Official Entry Form for EACH entry!


If submitting your entry to more than one category you should complete an entry form for each category. Please submit a different 15 second clip for each category.


(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 michael@thespeedofplot.com (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 michael@thespeedofplot.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 filmmaker 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 by clicking here. Upon completion of your registration and submission of your membership dues you will immediately be eligible for the discounted submission fees.

JUDGING

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.

ENTRY FEES FOR THE 27TH ANNUAL IOWA MOTION PICTURE AWARDS

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.

Entrant Early Entry Fee Regular Entry Fee
Members $35.00 $54.00
Non-Members $65.00 $75.00
Student Members $15.00 $20.00
Student Non-Members $40.00 $45.00


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.

Early Entry Discount Waiver Codes (New: Use these codes all the way to the final deadline!):

Members: IMPA35
Student Non-Members: IMPA40
Student Members: IMPA50

Regular Entry Discount Waiver Codes

Members: IMPA44
Student Non-Members: IMPA45
Student Members: IMPA60

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 michael@thespeedofplot.com (319)821-0682

Click here to join The IMPA to enjoy the reduced fees for members listed above!

Program Categories

Commercials (Under $1,000)

A TV commercial not to exceed 60 seconds in length. Must have had a total budget (agency fees not included) of $1,000 or less.

Commercials ($1,000 to $4,999)

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.

Commercials ($5,000 to $14,999)

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.

Commercials ($15,000+)

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.

PSA (Under $5,000)

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 $5,000 or less.

PSA ($5,000+)

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 $5,001 or more.

Corporate Internal Communications

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.

Corporate & Community Marketing

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.

Corporate Training (Under $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 less.

Corporate Training ($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 $15,001 or more.

Student Production

A video or film produced by a student enrolled in an Iowa K-12 school, 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. The judging committee may choose to divide entries by High School and College. Multiple awards may be given in this category. Please submit your program in its entirety.

Educational Production

A film or video produced solely for educational or informative purposes. Does not include corporate programs.

TV News Feature or Series

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.

Documentary

A non-fictional film or video produced in the documentary style on any subject, typically intended for a general audience.

Live Action Entertainment - Short Form

A film or video produced for the purpose of entertaining a general audience, and is less than 30 minutes in length. Does not include corporate programs.

Live Action Entertainment - Long Form – Includes Feature Films – Budgets Under $50,000

A film or video produced for the purpose of entertaining a general audience, and is more than 30 minutes in length. Does not include corporate programs.

Live Action Entertainment - Long Form – Includes Feature Films – Budgets $50,000 and over.

A film or video produced for the purpose of entertaining a general audience, and is more than 30 minutes in length. Does not include corporate programs.

Animated Entertainment - Short Form

A film or video less than 5 minutes of one or more types or 2D, 3D, stop motion or experimental animation.

Animated Entertainment - Long Form

A film or video containing more than 5 minutes of one or more types of 2D, 3D, stop motion or experimental animation.

Interactive

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. 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 (michael@thespeedofplot.com or 319-821-0682 ) if you have questions about your project as an entry.  Programs that simply require the viewer to stop and refer to other materials do not qualify.
Interactive subjects can also include educational, science, health, personal or business finances, legal, or corporate – or entertainment with various characters or endings, challenges with various solutions, environmental, political, creative chat rooms that are innovative and interactive and problem solving. Interactive entries can include creative talk show formats that encourages idea exchange or 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.

Web Series

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.

Craft Categories

Screenplay (Unproduced)

A film or video script of any length, written for the sole purpose of entertainment. Entries must be submitted electronically, preferrably 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.

Screenplay (Produced)

A film or video script of any length, written for the sole purpose of entertainment. Entries must be submitted electronically, preferrably 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).

Script Writing (Produced)

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, preferrably 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).

Art Direction

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.

Lighting Design

Creative design and execution of lighting on a film or video.

Director of Photography

Creative use of composition, filtration, movement, exposure, etc. to create images on video or motion picture film. Programs shot with “film look” do not qualify.

Direction - Short Form

Creative manipulation of acting, camera blocking, lighting, editing, etc. on a film or video program that is less than three minutes in length.

Direction - Medium Form

Creative manipulation of acting, camera blocking, lighting, editing, etc. on a film or video program that is between three minutes and thirty minutes in length. Does not include live event coverage (i.e., sporting events, concerts).

Direction - Long Form

Creative manipulation of acting, camera blocking, lighting, editing, etc. on a film or video program that is more than thirty minutes in length. Does not include live event coverage (i.e., sporting events, concerts).

Direction - Event

Includes live event coverage (i.e., sporting events, concerts).

Actor

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.

Actress

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, 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 Actor

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 Actress

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, 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.

Spokesperson

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.

Voice Over Narration

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.

Visual Effects (Mechanical)

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.

Editing (Short Form)

Film or video editing on a program less than three minutes in length.

Editing (Long Form)

Film or video editing on a program more than three minutes in length.

Graphic Art Direction/Design

Post-production graphic art direction and design on a film or video.

Visual Effects (Post-production; Under $10,000)

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 (Post-production; $10,001+)

Visual effects costing $10,001 or more, created for any film or video program. This includes cell animation, compositing, and computer generated imagery.

Animation - Tag or Logo

Animated tag or logo with a maximum run time of 15 seconds, created for any film or video program.

Original Music Score

Original music composed for any film or video program.

Soundtrack Audio Mix

Creative use of sound design and mixing on a film or video. This includes sweetening, foley, music, etc.


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