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Julien Dubuque International Film Festival

The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival awards over $35,000 in Cash Prizes as it supports and acknowledges emerging filmmakers from around the world, with a strong emphasis on discovering and encouraging new talent, supporting cause-related films and bringing together all elements of filmmaking. 

The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival (JDIFF) is a five-day celebration of independent film and special events, fostering connections and exposure and yielding substantial results for the independent filmmaker.  The festival has been voted Top 50 Worth Submission fee in 2016, 2017, 2019 & 2021.  

With the majority of events located on Main Street downtown Dubuque; Filmmakers, Attendees and Special Guests are able to attend numerous screenings, special events and interact amongst each other.

As quoted in Filmmaker Magazine "The festival is smartly situated downtown, with an assortment of handsome venues all within walking distance" from the Festival Headquarters, located in the grand HOTEL JULIEN, the same hotel where Al Capone used to hide out from the Chicago Feds. 

Cash prizes are awarded to winning filmmakers; as well as a PARTIAL REIMBURSEMENT for those that are Officially Selected into the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival. Filmmakers from around the world are invited to submit films. 

The coveted JDIFF "Feather" award, as well as $35,000 in CASH PRIZES and benefits are given in the following categories:

$ 4,000 Best Documentary
$ 4,000 Best Narrative Feature
$ 1,000 Best Short (3 - 20 min length)
$ 1,000 Best Short (21 - 49 min length)


Julien Dubuque International Film Festival (April 24 – 28, 2024) is now accepting submissions

  The festival will run April 24 – 28, 2024 We are now accepting submissions for the 2024 Julien Dubuque Film Festival and awarding over $35,000! You can submit your film via filmfreeway, or contact us for more information. Regular Deadline: January 8, 2024 January 22, 2024 Late Deadline February 1, 2024 Extended Deadline Watch the 2023 AWARDS CEREMONY Highlights Video by...

VIDEO: Awards Ceremony of the JDIFF 2023

  Aly Yeganeh winner enjoying his Best Ensemble Cast Trophy for Sibel's Silence with Festival Director Susie Gorell     Best Feature: “Pinball: The Man that Saved the Game” Best Documentary: “Labeled: The Missing, the Murdered and the Forgotten” Best Short I: “Hedgehog” Best Short II: “Mayfly” Best Cast Ensemble: “Sibel’s Silence&rd...

VIDEO Visit to the of Set of Field of Dreams during JDIFF

Only 20 miles away from Dubuque I had to pay a visit to the movie site of Field of Dreams, a film which I have distributed in France during my Sony Days!         ...

VIDEO Sibel's Silence, interview with the director

Bruno Chatelin met in Dubuque and Chicago airport with Aly Yeganeh, the director of Le Silence de Sibel (2020) which just won best ensemble cast at JDIFF. This film tells the story of 13-year-old Sibel, one of the many thousands of girls kidnapped by ISIS fighters. After her entire family was murdered, Sibel was taken as a prisoner and forced into sexual slavery – all in the name of religion.Hana, 40, is an ophthalmologist living in a small town in central France. Of Kurdish origin, she...

VIDEO interview for "Pinball" with the man who saved the game

'Pinball - The man who saved the game' tells the story of Roger Sharpe, GQ journalist and real-life pinball wizard who in 1976 helped overturn New York City's 35-year ban on pinball. Bruno Chatelin met with Roger after his presentation at JDIFF in Dubuque. Afilm by Austin Bragg and Meredith Bragg. Pinball - The man who saved the game   ...

VIDEO Jerry’s Last Mission JDIFF presentation

Bruno Chatelin met in Dubuque during JDIFF with Jim Belilove who took on the mission to tell the story of "Jerry's Last Mission" which had its world premiere at the festival. The film is a moving documentary feature-length documentary on the story of Jerry Yellin, one of the last veterans from WWII, who enlisted to fight the Japanese, after their attack on Pearl Harbor. Jerry returned home from the war as a decorated pilot and suffered from severe post-traumatic stress disorder f...

Film Financing Forum at JDIFF with Doval Bacall and Juefang Zhang

FILM FINANCING 101: PACKAGING/FINANCING/GREENLIGHTING YOUR PROJECT FOR ALL BUDGETS Saturday, April 29, 2:30 - 3:30 PM @ Holiday Inn - Blue Moon Room  Spend some time with Juefang Zhang and Doval Bacall discussing Financing ideas they have learned through their careers. About Juefang Zhang Juefang Zhang, an NYU Tisch graduate, specializes in Asian-US co-productions and international productions. She currently works as the head of Film and TV at EST Studios to promote...

Traveling to Dubuque Iowa

Quite a trip, 9 hours from Paris to Chicago with a three hour drive transfer to Dubuque! Sharing the good vibes with you from The Julien Dubuque Hotel!   ...

VIDEO Opening night ambiance at JDIFF 2023

Bruno Chatelin met on the opening night networking event with the team behind JDIFF: Brad Cavanagh the mayor of Dubuque, Sarita Koneru: the board of Directors President and Susan Gorrell executive director of JDIFF, the evening concluded with a canadian party after the screening of Toronto film Midnight at the Paradise. A very warm welcome with a festive ambiance. Photos:  © Digital Dubuque   Interview with Bill Richardson, producer of Midnight at the Para...

ViDEO Interview with Bill Robertson, producer of Midnight at the Paradise

Interview with Bill Robertson, producer of Midnight at the Paradise which had it s US premiere on opening night at JDIFF 2023   ...

VIDEO Jillian Corsie at Julien Dubuque International Film Festival with her short film "Tooth"

Fed up with decades suffering through the forced perfection of beauty standards, a TOOTH sparks an all-out war against its oppressor. Jillian Corsie met with Bruno Chatelin on opening night in Dubuque.   TOOTH Trailer (2023) from Jillian Corsie on Vimeo.   ...

Line up of films at Julien Dubuque International Film Festival

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FILM LINEUP The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival is an annual film festival that takes place in the heart of Dubuque, Iowa. Dozens of films from around the world are screened during this 5 day event. During the festival, downtown businesses open their doors to host panels, workshops, film screenings, parties, and more. This event attracts filmmakers and film lovers from around the world. Recognized as one o...

12th Annual Julien Dubuque International Film Festival Welcomes EST Studios as Host of Two Panels and International Night Party

12th Annual Julien Dubuque International Film Festival Welcomes EST Studios as Host of Two Panels and International Night Party   All three events are free and open to the public   The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival is back and better than ever, celebrating its 12th annual five-day event series from April 26th to 30th. This year, the festival is excited to announce that Los Angeles-based finance, production, and sales company, EST Studios, will be taking center stage w...

Bruno Chatelin will give a keynote on festival strategy and film marketing at Julien Dubuque International Film Festival

Spend some creative time with Bruno Chatelin who will share his experience and marketing tips learned through his career as  a distributor, founder of, festival agent and curator of the "best for fests" line up. "HOW TO MARKET YOUR FILM" Saturday, April 29, 2023 1:00 PM CDT Holiday Inn - Blue Moon Room   Free to attend.   Bio: Bruno Charelin, HEC French Business Scho...

Susan Gorell Julien Dubuque Festival executive director interviewed on The Gazette

"Word-of-mouth continues to reel in world of filmmakers"... in an article by Diana Nollen, published by THE GAZETTE  Susan Gorrell explained how and why the festival is rated one of the coolest by MovieMaker Magazine which has dubbed it among “50 film festivals worth the entry fee.” Susan develops on the care and dedication the whole festival team is giving to the attending filmmakers, as a result a very positive word of mouth with a very strong reputation...

Julien Dubuque International Film Festival Returns for 12th Year, April 26-30, 2023

Presenting 180 New Independent Films and Filmmakers from around the World Rated “One of the Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker Magazine    Julien Dubuque International Film Festival 2022 Get ready to experience the cinematic event of the year! The 12th Annual Julien Dubuque International Film Festival is back and better than ever, showcasing the boldest and most innovative independent films and filmmakers from across the globe. This five-d...


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