Filmmaking Resources

Resources at Grinnell

Grinnell Filmmakers

Filmmakers with any connection to Grinnell College are invited to join Grinnell Filmmakers. We define filmmakers as those who work in film and television. Members includes writers, directors, producers, editors, actors, musicians, and all others who work in pre-production, production, or post-production. The group's goal is to provide filmic storytellers a bridge from the Iowa cornfields to the the screens of the world. Membership is by request only. We will need to contact you about your Grinnell affiliation prior to admission.

Library Resources

SubjectsPlus: Film Studies

Outside Resources

  • Film Studies for Free: A pluralist, pro bono, and purely positive web-archive of examples of, links to, and comment on, online, Open Access, film and moving image studies resources of note.
  • The Society for Cinema and Media Studies
  • UbuWeb is a completely independent resource dedicated to all strains of the avant-garde, ethnopoetics, and outsider arts.
  • The Bijou Theater. Housed at the University of Iowa (an hour drive from Grinnell), the Bijou Cinema is a non-profit, student-run cinema screening independent, art house, foreign, and classic cinema. Established in 1972, the Bijou Cinema has built a reputation as one of the preeminent student-run theaters in the nation.
  • The Fleur Cinema & Cafe in Des Moines.
  • Association of Independent Video & Filmmakers
  • The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
  • The Iowa City Experimental Film Festival
  • Landlocked Film Festival. A competitive festival celebrating its fifth birthday in August 2011, Landlocked presents independent movies from around the world. Thousands of audience members gather in Iowa City’s historic downtown to watch diverse films, from two minutes to two hours long, from artsy experimentation to outrageous comedy, from heartwarming family stories to heartbreaking drama, from hard-hitting documentary to music video to amazing animation.
  • The Hardacre Film Festival in Tipton, Iowa, 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.

Graduate Resources

Film-TV Critical Studies Graduate Programs (MAs and PhDs)

Film-TV Production Graduate Programs (mostly MAs and MFAs)

You can also find an extensive list of schools (including international programs) at Film:

Graduate Programs in Canada