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Interrobang Film Festival to debut Interrobang Film Challenge

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Friday, September 1, 2017

News Release

Interrobang Film Festival to debut Interrobang Film Challenge

Registration open today for the 72-hour filmmaking competition

Des Moines, IA  Sept 1, 2017 — The Interrobang Film Festival (IFF) announces the first run of the Interrobang Film Challenge (Sept. 22-25), an opportunity for film teams from across the state to test their filmmaking skills by creating a short film in just 72 hours. Teams will be given a choice of genres, characters, props, and lines of dialogue that they must work into their work, which will be screened free of charge at the Interrobang Film Festival.

"We are excited to start a new filmmaking event in this wonderful city,” said Interrobang Film Challenge creator and producer Samuel Pace-Tuomi. "We're looking for all kinds of filmmakers to be involved and the competition is open to pros and amateurs alike."

Registration for the challenge is now open at https://interrobangfilmchallenge.eventbrite.com. Cost for registration is $75 and only 20 team spots are available. All spaces are first come, first served.

Filmmakers will compete for the “Best of Challenge" award which receives $500 cash and will be screened as part of the 2018 Des Moines Arts Festival. First runner-up will receive a $300 cash prize and second runner-up will receive a $200 cash prize.

Interrobang Film Challenge 


September 1: Online registration begins at https://interrobangfilmchallenge.eventbrite.com.

September 22-25: Interrobang Film Challenge competition period

September 22: Kick-off at the State Historical Museum of Iowa, 6 p.m. (film teams only)

September 25: Completed films must be uploaded to server by 8:30 p.m.

September 30: Free public screenings at the State Historical Museum of Iowa for all completed 2017 entries as part of the Interrobang Film Festival.

October 1: Awards presentation at the State Historical Museum of Iowa.

If you'd like more information about the Interrobang Film Challenge or would like to schedule an interview, please call Samuel Pace-Tuomi at 515-229-4515 or samtuomi@gmail.com.


About Interrobang Film Festival

The term “interrobang” indicates a non-standard punctuation mark in an exclamatory manner, as in, “What are you doing?!” This mixture of query and interjection leaves room for reflection, contemplation, and exploration.

Since 2007, the Des Moines Arts Festival has presented the Interrobang Film Festival as part of its three-day lineup bringing the art of film to the Festival. On September 29, this three-day event moves to the Historic East Village as Iowa’s newest multi-venue film festival. IFF is part juried competition, part public screening, part workshop and now part competition. Cinema enthusiasts and curious newcomers alike can experience curated screenings from artists around the globe.

About the Des Moines Arts Festival®

The Gold Grand Pinnacle Award-winning Des Moines Arts Festival® is a free annual three-day arts and culture festival the last weekend in June surrounding the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park and is presented by The Des Moines Register. The Festival would also not be possible without the support of Bravo Greater Des Moines, Principal℠, MidAmerican Energy, and Prairie Meadows. DMAF invites you to “go where it takes you…” by engaging with 180 invited professional visual artists, emerging Iowa artists, the cutting-edge Interrobang Film Festival, live music, performing arts, interactive arts activities, award-winning community outreach programs, live artist workshops and demonstrations, artisan food, and beverages for every taste.  

For more information please visit us online at www.desmoinesartsfestival.org or socialize with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DesMoinesArtsFestival, twitter at @DMArtsFestival and Instagram at desmoinesartsfestival.  #GoWhereItTakesYou  #DMAF #DMAF20


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