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Wild Rose Film Fest

11th Annual Wild Rose Independent Film Festival

Nov. 7-14, 2013 Fleur Cinema and 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 Wild Rose Independent Film Festival is a celebration of the vast, diverse, bizarre, hilarious, beautiful, cinema art created by independent moviemakers outside the mainstream.


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

Past guests have included among others: 

Lloyd Kaufman of Troma Pictures' "The Toxic Avenger"

Stu Pollard, Writer/Director/Producer of "Keep Your Distance"

GregAlan Williams of "The Sopranos", "West Wing", "Remember the Titans ", "Be Cool" and "Haunting Villisca"

Ben Easter of "Boston Public", "Holiday in the Sun", "Undressed", "I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer" and Molly's Girl" 

Lew Hunter, legendary Hollywood icon and the author of the best-selling book, Screenwriting 434

John Putch of Putch Films, "Route 30", "Route 30, Too!" and "Mohave Phone Booth"

Jamie Rose, actress/ acting coach/ casting director of LA's JRose Studio and Daytime TV 

Ellen Dolan, film actress who played Margo in "As the World Turns" and starred in "Walker, Texas Ranger" and "Molly's Girl"


Held at the artsy, hip and indie-friendly theatre/bar/coffee house, the Fleur Cinema and 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 in the Midwest. 

Screening and 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 in each category. The Wild Rose staff reserves the right to add an award category and eliminate, or not make any Award should circumstances warrant. 
Features are defined as 60 MINUTES OR LONGER (excluding end credits). Shorts are SHORTER than 60 minutes (excluding end credits).
All "Best-Of" Winners receive a plaque, with remaining Winners receiving Distinctive Achievement Certificates.