13th Wild Rose Independent Film Festival
 May 12-19, 2016  Fleur Cinema & Café, Des Moines, IA

Mission - The wild rose is the official flower of the state of Iowa, a thing of beauty and tenacity growing “in the wild.”  

The international Wild Rose Independent Film Festival is a celebration of the compelling, diverse, hilarious, beautiful, bizarre  
and inspiring cinema art created by independent filmmakers outside the studio system.


Director's Note: Each Year, the Wild Rose grows! The film selection gets stronger, the audiences get bigger, the workshops share more knowledge, and the Awards Ceremony honors great filmmaking from across the globe. The Wild Rose inspires, informs, champions, challenges, celebrates, educates and excites. Filmmakers and filmgoers exchange ideas...they network...they bond in their love of visual storytelling. And, they revel in the shared company of those who support independent film. Come join us!

Kimberly Busbee

Director/Co-Founder, Wild Rose Independent Film Festival

Now, we are excited to say that the Wild Rose will be held in the glorious Spring! Celebrating its thirteenth year, the 2016 Wild Rose Independent Film Festival is the longest running international film festival in Iowa! 
It will be held May 12-19 at the Fleur Cinema & Cafe in Des Moines, Iowa.
Attracting entries from across the U.S. as well as many global entries, and awarding films and filmmakers in up to 20 categories, the Wild Rose requires only one general entry fee for films to be considered for all the appropriate awards within a given category(examples: Directing, Casting, Cinematography, Editing, Sound Design, Lighting Design, Production Design, Musical Score etc.) which can garner entrants multiple awards for one film! 
Offering Workshops, Special Guest Speakers, a Filmmakers Panel and a culminating Awards Ceremony, the Wild Rose is an exciting event for both filmmakers and film buffs.

Past Guests
Honored Guests have included among others: 
LLOYD KAUFMAN head of Troma Pictures' "The Toxic Avenger"
STU POLLARD, Writer/Director/Producer of "Keep Your Distance" 
Actor/Writer GREGALAN WILLIAMS of "The Sopranos", "West Wing", "Necessary Roughness", "Secrets and Lies ","Remember the Titans ", "Be Cool", "Haunting Villisca" and "Courting Des Moines" 
Actor/Photographer BEN EASTER of "Boston Public", "Holiday in the Sun", "Undressed", "I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer" and "Molly's Girl"
Screenwriter LEW HUNTER, legendary Hollywood icon and the author of the best selling book, Screenwriting 434
Director JOHN PUTCH of Putch Films', "Route 30", "Route 30, Too!" and "Mojave Phone Booth"
Actress/ Acting Coach/ Casting Director JAMIE ROSE of L.A.'s JRose Studio
Daytime TV and Film Actress ELLEN DOLAN of "As the World Turns", "Walker,Texas Ranger" "The Southside" and "Molly's Girl" fame 
Revered Hollywood Director, RANDAL KLEISER, of award-winning films, "Grease", "Honey, I Blew Up the Kids", The Blue Lagoon" and "Flight of the Navigator"
JAY KANZLER, Director of  "23 Minutes to Sunrise" and "Marshall the Miracle Dog"
Well known Hollywood character Actor and Co-Founder of SAGindie TOM BOWER of " Crazy Heart", "Die Hard 2", "The Hills Have Eyes" and "As You Like It" fame.

Awards & Prizes
All Top Winners receive a plaque, naming them the "Best of" with a select few Winners receiving "Certificates of Distinctive Achievement".
The Wild Rose may also offer additional goods, services, cash prizes or giveaways TBA.

Rules & Terms
Features are defined as 60 MINUTES OR LONGER (excluding end credits). 
Shorts are SHORTER than 60 minutes (excluding end credits).
Films chosen for Exhibition at the Wild Rose may screen in either DVD or Bluray.
IMPORTANT NOTE ON STUDENT ENTRIES: To qualify as a student entry, either the film's producer or director must have been enrolled in an academic institution at the time of the film's production. Students must provide documentation of student status (i.e. copy of student photo I.D.; transcripts, etc.) with entries.
FILMMAKERS MUST POST at least ONE DIGITAL PRODUCTION STILL image (no logos) with SHORT SYNOPSIS and FILMMAKER BIOS/contact info; with primary production team members and lead actor names listed. After notification of selection, filmmakers may also post full digital press kits and photographs and send trailers (DVD only) and posters for use in promotion.
SCREENWRITERS entering the UNPRODUCED screenplay competition should mail 2 PRINTED copies of the screenplay.  

Screening & Judging Process
The Administrative Staff of the Wild Rose Independent Film Festival shall have sole and final discretion in the choice of films to be screened at the festival. The Wild Rose and its authorized associates shall appoint additional judges for, supervise, and participate in, the judging process and the assignment of any Awards by the festival. From the screening selections, the Wild Rose judging panel will determine Nominees and Award-Winners. Unless otherwise announced, all pictures screening at the Festival will be considered for all appropriate Awards with multiple Nominees in each category possible. The Wild Rose staff reserves the right to add an award category and eliminate, or not make any Award should circumstances warrant.


    FILMMAKER FRIENDLY VENUE with State of the Art Digital Projection and Sound System!
Held at the indie-friendly art house theatre/bar/coffee house,
The Fleur Cinema & Cafe
Located near the Des Moines International Airport and just 5 minutes from Downtown Des Moines, with a wide range of shops, restaurants, brewpubs, live music venues, and nearby hotels, the Wild Rose is fast becoming one of the top trendy, indie film festivals held in the Midwest and known across the globe!