13th Wild Rose Film Festival set to launch

13th Wild Rose Film Festival set to launch

Film festivals are often labors of love which tend to come-and-go, but this year marks the 13th edition of the Wild Rose Film Festival in Des Moines.


Festival Director and Co-Founder Kimberly Busbee says the Wild Rose has grown each year, along the way gaining a reputation as a very filmmaker-friendly event. One way the Wild Rose has done that is by presenting awards in a variety of categories, including such technical areas as makeup and sound design.


“Because we value film making, we are one of the few festivals in the world that awards filmmakers in so many diverse categories,” Busbee said.


This year’s festival received more than 600 entries, less than 10% of which made the final program.


That lineup will feature several festival premieres and one World Premiere, End of Fall from Des Moines native Nicolaas Bertelsen.  There will also be an entire day devoted just to Iowa films.


The festival kicks off May 12, with programming running through May 19 at Fleur Cinema. A schedule and ticket info is on the Wild Rose website.