Iowa’s Longest-Running Film Festival Continues in Tipton

The 16th Annual Hardacre Film Festival will be held August 2 & 3 in Tipton, IA. The Hardacre Film Festival is Iowa’s first independent film festival and takes place in the historic Hardacre Theatre, a locally operated Art Deco-style theater that has been in operation since 1917. The theater provides an intimate setting for cinephiles and casual fans to come and appreciate independent film in Tipton.

Moviemakers attend the Hardacre Film Festival and pose below the Hardacre Theater’s marquee in downtown Tipton.

Moviemakers attend the Hardacre Film Festival and pose below the Hardacre Theater’s marquee in downtown Tipton.

The Hardacre Film Festival is one of the few precious opportunities those of us in our region of the Midwest have to screen truly independent and underground cinema. One of the primary goals of the Hardacre Film Festival is to bring a diverse selection of cutting-edge independent motion pictures to an Eastern Iowa audience who otherwise would not have an opportunity to view these films.

The festival screens independent films of various lengths–narratives, documentaries, animation, experimental and student films–and attracts independent filmmakers from around the world to Tipton. Last year, nearly 150 films were submitted to the festival from around the world, and 24 features and shorts were screened.

If you want to come to a festival free of the typical indie film politicking, blatant schmoozing and commercialism, the Hardacre Film Festival is for you! The focus is cinema as art, and the filmmakers as artists. Direct interaction between artist and audience is encouraged during formal Q&A sessions and informal discussions at other times during the festival. The weekend is filled with great films and an enthusiastic crowd, and the Hardacre Film Festival staff takes great care in providing a high-quality program for moviegoers.

This year’s festival will be on Friday, August 2, and Saturday, August 3. Admission to any of the film festival’s three

An audience enjoys screenings of independent film in the historic Hardacre Theater in Tipton.

An audience enjoys screenings of independent film in the historic Hardacre Theater in Tipton.

programs –Opening Night, Saturday Day or Saturday Night (including the wrap party) – is $8 each or an all-festival pass can be purchased for $20. Films on Friday begin at 6:00 PM and will run all day on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM. The Hardacre Theater is located at 112 East 5th Street in downtown Tipton. For more information and updates, go to www.hardacrefilmfestival.com or follow the festival on Facebook or Twitter at @hardacrefest.

We hope to see you in August!

- Abby Kisling, Tipton Community Development Director

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