The 2023 Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival will be held April 14-15, 2023 at the Collins Road Theatres, 1462 Twixt Town Road, Marion, Iowa. The festival is now accepting entries from across the state of Iowa, as well as nationwide, and worldwide for the 20th annual event.

Complete rules are available on the festival website,, and on its FilmFreeway page page. The Festival accepts films of all genres and from filmmakers at any level of experience, and there is no date-of-completion requirement. Films are welcomed from anywhere, however they must meet the unique Iowa Connection requirement. One mission of CRIFF is recognizing that people with ties to Iowa are in the production industry everywhere. The festival is looking for films from anywhere and by anyone, with an Iowa connection of some sort. That could be a crew or cast member who lived, worked or went to school in Iowa; a film that was produced, at least in part, in Iowa; or a story featuring an Iowa subject or Iowan (present or former, real or fictional). In past years, films have been submitted from all across the US, and from other countries. Festival Director Eric Dean Freese said, "If you don't think your film qualifies, ask just might have an Iowan on set!"

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