The 2016 Iowa Motion Picture Association Awards

Ticket and reservation information

Welcome to the Iowa Motion Picture Awards information. Here you'll find information about how to register for the day's events.

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.

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.

Click here to see last year's winners.

Event Information

Awards Location: The Historic Pella Opera House in Pella, IA
Address: 611 Franklin Street, Pella, IA
Date: Saturday April, 22 2017
Select Film Screenings: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
MEMBERS ONLY Workshop with Ellen Dolan - 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Dinner: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
The 26th Annual Iowa Motion Picture Awards Gala: 7:00 PM


The Gala Celebration will be hosted by lively emcee Ron Adkins.

Ron Adkins can’t decide whether to speak words or write them down. He started at his first radio station at age 16, and has since worked in television, nightclubs, and freelance narration. He currently hosts the weekly Gentle Jazz program on KCCK-FM, and spends his summer Sundays announcing races for the Heart of America Triathlon Series. His short stories, poetry, essays, and articles have appeared in national anthologies, magazines, newspapers, and even a minor league baseball Jumbotron. He is Writer-in-Residence at the Artisan’s Sanctuary in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and continues to work as a freelance writer and consulting editor for emerging authors.


The evening's entertainment will be provided by Patricia Arvanis

Patricia Arvanis is a 23 year old actress and singer from Des Moines, IA. She was inspired to start her singing career at a very young age when her oldest sister began writing music and singing for the band Desyre. Since then, she has sang in musicals, churches, weddings, and recently took 3rd place in a competitive singing competition hosted by KIOA radio station, and took 1st place in Waukee Idol. Patricia also released her very first Album in late 2013; A Christmas CD that she dedicated to her mother, and gave her as a present on her birthday. Along with her passion for singing, Patricia also loves to act. She was brought into a princess company when she was only 12 years old as a maid, and worked her way up to starring as Princess Snow White, and the Scottish Princess for Little Princess Parties in Des Moines. She has been in many plays and musicals around the Des Moines area, and recently portrayed Sister Mary Robert in Sister Act: The Musical, which she recieved a Cloris nomination for Best Actress, and a Dionysis nomination for Best Performance from an Actress in a mainstage Musical. Patricia is now focusing on building her career in film by working on web series, shorts, and feature films, and is seeking representation in Chicago, IL.


CLICK HERE TO SEE NOMINATED FILMS

Officially nominated films click here for laurels.

Screening
We will be screening as many nominated films as time permits and as chosen by the event committee. This screening will take place from 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM and will be free of charge. The films will be chosen at random (some shorter films may be chosen to fill gaps in the schedule).

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE SCREENING SCHEDULE

Pricing
Admission will still be available to most events on the day of the awards, but some items may be limited.


MEMBERS ONLY WORKSHOP - There is no additional cost for this workshop. If you are an IMPA member and plan to attend the workshop from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM please add this item to your cart.

Please choose the option below for the "Members with Ellen Dolan" to register for the workshop or "Members" if you will not be attending the workshop.

The 25th Annual IMPA Awards Event and Dinner

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Become a member to enjoy reduced fees and the MEMBERS ONLY worshop with Ellen Dolan!

Workshops

1) Members Only Workshop: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Meet Ellen Dola
Presenters:
Ellen Dolan
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Ellen will answer questions and provide valuable information in a workshop setting

Bio:
Well-known actress Ellen Dolan (Guiding Light, As the World Turns) will serve as this year's key note speaker. Ellen Dolan was born in Monticello, Iowa. Her stage career began in 1980 at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater with roles such as Katrin in Mother Courage. Her subsequent roles in numerous regional productions have included Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Virginia Stage Company, May in How the Other Half Loves at the Pennsylvania Stage Company, and Clelia in The Nerd at the Capitol Repertory in Albany, NY. She also started a theater company in New York called The Studio Three Group. She joined a repertory group called the WorkShop Theater Company in 2004 and has had leading roles in several mainstage productions there. Dolan earned her B.A. and M.F.A. degrees in theater from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. While working toward her bachelor's degree, she spent a summer studying dramatic arts at the Webber Doublas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She has starred in television soap operas such as Guiding Light, where she played the role of Maureen Reardon Bauer from 1982 to 1986, and As the World Turns, where she played the role of Margo Hughes from 1989 to 1993, and from 1994 to 2010. In 1992 The National Television Academy nominated her for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress.


 


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.

 

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, 2014 and March 18, 2016. The entry must not have been submitted before in the category or categories in which you are entering in 2016.
  • You must possess creative control of the submitted work, or must have written approval from the appropriate individual or entity.

 



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