The Iowa Motion Picture Association

If you're planning or developing a project in Iowa, you'll find plenty of qualified, experienced cast and crew members in all corners of the state.

Whether your project involves film, television or video, you'll find a large number of professionals among IMPA members, including directors, producers, editors, production assistants, actors, writers, hair & makeup professionals, directors of photography, sound pros, lighting experts and grips, art directors, special effects experts, prop masters, location managers and more!


The Iowa Motion Picture Association regrets the passing of our dear friend and Board Member, Paul Steffensen. He will be greatly missed. Paul was there from the beginning when we founded the Iowa Motion Picture Association. He was a Board member for many years -- and again in recent years, right up to the present. He helped produce the original Awards shows, designed dramatic sets, IMPA logos, Golden Globes posters, and numerous other outstanding creative items over the years.  He prepared and delivered amazing workshops for the Iowa Motion Picture Association on Pyrotechnics, Special Effects, and the many skills and duties of the Artistic Director at every budget level.

The Iowa Motion Picture Association sends our love & gratitude to Paul, his wife Donna, and his entire family for his creative contributions.  He was a warm, wonderful person – and he was delighted to tell us about his grandchildren.

In honor of Paul, we are including a bio and a partial list of his credits, and we know there are more to add from his work throughout the Iowa production community since 1987.
Paul A. Steffensen began his life journey in Brooklyn, NY, born October 19, 1952 to parents Poul and Elie Steffensen. Paul attended school in Chicago, IL before moving to Des Moines in 1978 to attend Grandview College.  He met his soul-mate Donna in 1980 and together they made their home in Des Moines.  Paul was a well known artist in the Des Moines area. He had many talents including the ability to take nothing and make it into something spectacular.  Paul was known to mentor other artists and share his knowledge with anyone who shared his interests. One of Paul's most proud accomplishments includes an Emmy nomination for his work as Art Director for the film Harvest of Fire.  Paul was a member of several organizations including the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Iowa Motion Picture Association, IATSE Local 67, and the IPMS Model club. He enjoyed sharing traditions from his Danish heritage with his family. Being a grandpa was a true joy to Paul which he expressed often by wearing his Grandpa sweatshirt. Paul and his wife Donna shared a special love and connection that not all people are lucky enough to experience. He will always be Donna's entire heart.  Paul left this world on August 24, 2016 at the age of 63.

Here is Paul's filmography  -- it doesn't begin to include everything he's done in Iowa over the last 30 years.

Past Television (3 titles)




Check out these images from The 24th Annual IMPA Awards Presentation and Award Winners!

The 25th Annual IMPA Awards - Click here to see the award winners!

Brief Highlights from the 2015 IMPA Awards, featuring Gary Kroeger, who appeared in 56 episodes of Saturday Night Live & co-founded the Chicago Practical Theater Company with Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

The IMPA connects with its members during the IMPA Awards. The video above includes highlights from the workshops, award shows and interviews with nominees, winners and attendees!

Professional Development

Education, Training and Support. Getting ready for Next Year's Awards? The IMPA is excited to present a valuable Film Financing Workshop on May 7th, 2016. Click the link below to learn more and submit your RSVP!

See how to learn from the IMPA

Iowa Motion Picture Awards

We celebrated The 25th Annual Iowa Motion Picture Awards in Pella on April 16, 2016!

Learn who won!

The Iowa Office of Media Production

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 to help keep it accurate and up-to-date and to connect with film projects in Iowa.

The IMPA Board Members

A group of individuals drawn together as a team to help you realize and accomplish your production goals.

Featured Film Festival

The 25th Annual Iowa Motion Picture Awards were held this weekend on April 16th in Pella, IA. Thank you for joining us. Click here to see the winners!



Our Partners

We're pleased to partner with the following organizations to help enhance film making in Iowa.