Ranked as one of the top 100 reviewed festivals by FilmFreeway and one of the top 50 film festivals worth the submission fee by MovieMaker Magazine, the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival (JDIFF) is known for it’s quaint and friendly location, great programming, inquisitive audience, consistent communication, multiple screening opportunities, workshops, panels and so much more. We offer a shuttle service throughout the festival (including airport pick up/drop off) as well as a Home Stay program where you can stay FREE with community families. Our Filmmaker Lounge offers a wonderful Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner buffet, making it an easy choice to attend. JDIFF has been quoted as THE film festival for independent filmmakers.

Awarding more than $25,000 in cash and prizes during its ninth annual festival, April 22- 26, 2020 in Dubuque Iowa, JDIFF is offering a 25% discount code for films submitting through FilmFreeway until December 15. The code to use is 25EBLAST20

Majority of events and screenings are located on Main Street downtown Dubuque, all within walking distance and bordering the beautiful Mississippi River. Dubuque is a perfect background for the festival, with the headquarters located in the Hotel Julien, the same hotel where Al Capone used to hide out from the Chicago Feds.

Filmmakers have an opportunity for Q&A after all their screenings, as well as attend panels, filmmaker mingles and other networking opportunities throughout the 5-day event. All films screen at least 2 – 3 times during the festival. Cash prize categories include: Best Documentary, Best Feature, Best Short I, and Best Short II, Student Film, as well as other categories awarded. The top three nominees in the four main categories will receive free travel and accommodations to Dubuque to attend the festival.

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