Calling all production professionals, businesses, communities, students and enthusiasts! Invest in your career and the future of production in Iowa.Member Benefits:
Thanks to the generous support of Produce Iowa we have been able to reduce membership fees.
Professional - $25 per year
Student - $10 per year
Institution/Government/CVB/Chamber - $50 per year
Small Business (includes three individual memberships) - $50 per year
Corporate (Includes five individual memberships) - $125 per year
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.
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 were recognized at the Iowa Motion Picture Awards Gala Ceremony in Fairfield, IA on March 30th, 2019. In each specific category, entries met 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.
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.
Here's what you've been missing. Become a member today to receive access to benefits like those listed below:
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.
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 \u2013 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.
Coming Next:Production Paperwork Workshop.
The Iowa Motion Picture Association Presents:
SATURDAY OCTOBER 6, 2018 - 1:00 PM
COUNTRY INN & SUITES
1350 NW 118TH STREET
CLIVE, IA 50325
This IMPA workshop will focus on the Post Production Paperwork and Release Forms you need to provide when you sell your project, be it a full length or short film, documentary or any other production. Before you get your check, they get your paperwork.
Ally Arthur is a post production manager who has worked multiple projects ranging from low budget independent to large network. Working on and consulting with a variety of networks including NBC, Bravo, Red Bull, Youtube, Netflix, History Channel, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, MTV. Along with independent features on the festival market including Sundance and South by Southwest. Projects include: American Ninja Warrior (NBC), Booze Traveler (Travel Channel), The Bet (Balding Penguin Productions), Jersey Shore (MTV).
Among the things you’ll learn:
\u2022Artwork: what can and can’t be shown \u2022 The Rule of 3\u2022 Did you show the Hollywood sign, Santa Monica Pier or any one of thousands of privately owned landmarks? It’s gonna cost you \u2022 The 75% Rule \u2022 Releases needed including: trade outs, appearance, location, materials, talent, and more \u2022Who the fault lies with if there is a lawsuit over people, places or things that appear in your project. (Spoiler: You pay, not the studio.) \u2022Insurance you need to have when you make a sale \u2022Deliverables the network requires to distribute your project.
The IMPA thanks our partners for their cooperation with this workshop:
Here are just a few of our recent workshops:
Script Adaptation Workshop - with Sally Walker
SATURDAY JUNE 10th, 2017 \u2013 8:30 AM \u2013 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 \275 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 \u2013 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 \u2013 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 \u2013 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 filmmakers
Film Festivals of Iowa Showcase
Special Effects \u2013 The Magic \u2013 and Pyrotechnics \u2013 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 \u2013 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 \u2013and many others.
Once you’ve gone behind the scenes to explore the magic of art direction, your movie life is forever enriched \u2013 because now you experience and appreciate a film on so many different levels \u2013 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 filmmakers and moviegoers grasp the tremendous possibilities in Art Direction, they go back and watch their favorite movies again and again \u2013 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 \u2013
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 \u2013 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 \u2013 Television Broadcasting in the Digital Age \u2013 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 \u2013
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 \u2013 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
IMPA is an educational and professional 501(c)3 organization whose members include the state’s media production community, related industries, and the public \u2013 coming together to promote excellence throughout the Iowa production community \u2013 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 filmmakers with cast and crew, and promoting Iowa’s moving image production industry in all its forms throughout Iowa. We are grateful to Produce Iowa \u2013 the State Office of Media Production \u2013 for outstanding support \u2013 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 \u2013 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 \u2013 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: Michael R. Helgens
Michael R. Helgens is an Executive Producer with Media Adventures 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.
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 \u2013 Sam Steele and the Junior Detective Agency as production accountant \u2013 Freedom of Silence as co-writer \u2013 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 filmmakers at the 24th Annual Iowa Motion Picture Awards and the IMPA Golden Globes Event January 10, 2016, at the Fleur Cinema & Caf\351 in Des Moines and will serve on the Membership Outreach Committee.
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 \u2013 and wrote one season of an animated series for Paramount/Hyperion & USA Network.
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 \u2013 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 filmmaker 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.
Leonard Wallace has been a Radio and Television Broadcast engineer for over 50+ years. Besides designing tall tower high power transmitter systems, satellite, and weather radar systems, He has been involved in the production of many national and local commercials as audio mixer, lighting, camera assist, and recording engineer. Was assistant camera operator and Recordist for \u201cMercy\u201d and \u201cBlank Park Zoo\u201d commercials. He taught radio and television students proper operating techniques for broadcast operation and FCC legal requirements. And for eight years produced, directed, and edited weekly television programs for TBN and other local cable network outlets.
Besides currently taking care of a couple radio stations, He is producing and directing a documentary film \u201cFor Such A Time As This\u201d about the cycle of addiction.
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 \u2013 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 filmmakers (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.