About the Festival

The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival brings filmmakers and storytellers together for its annual program of Documentaries, Features & Shorts. As well as panel discussions, special evening events and musical performances, the Festival’s marquee event is the Silent Film, musically supported by the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and directed by Rob Tomaro. This event is a favorite amongst the Festival attendees.

In 2013, just in it’s 2nd year, JDIFF was voted as one of the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World by MovieMaker Magazine.

In a short amount of time, the Festival has gained much recognition and some of the films that have screened at JDIFF and won in their category, have received distribution and reached a larger audience.

JDIFF is proud to award over $35,000 in cash prizes to the top project in the following categories: Grand Jury ($15,000), Best Documentary ($8,500), Best Feature ($8,500), Best Short ($3,000) and Best of Iowa ($500).

Films will be shown in different venues throughout Main Street, downtown Dubuque. You can purchase individual tickets, day pass or a weekend pass, depending on how many films and events you want to see and attend throughout this 4 day event.

This is a Festival you want to be part of.

See Their Story; Share Your Story

Our Mission

The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival is dedicated to the education and promotion of the arts through celebration of film and to improve the quality of life for citizens. JDIFF seeks to create venues in the community to encourage education and artistic expression, and acknowledges emerging filmmakers from around the world.

Dancing with the Stars

Trish McDonald is dancing for the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival at Dancing with the Stars Dubuque Style. Every dollar donated is a vote for Trish as well as donation to the Festival. Support Trish here!

Festival Charms

McCoy Jewelers has handcrafted a limited number of sterling silver charms commemorating the 2015 Julien Dubuque Film Festival. There are a very few remaining for purchase at $125.


Charms may be purchased at the Festival Office at 467 Bluff Street between the hours of 9:30am and 3:00pm.

Festival Photos

Check out photos from the weekend at http://film.dbq.com!