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AARP Joins the Interrobang Film Festival as Presenting Sponsor

May 15, 2018

DES MOINES, IA  May 10, 2018 — Des Moines Arts Festival® is pleased to announce AARP as the presenting sponsor of the annual Interrobang Film Festival (IFF).

Since 2007, the Des Moines Arts Festival® has presented the Interrobang Film Festival each year as part of its three-day lineup and will continue to bring the art of film to guests again this year June 22 – 24. Part juried competition, part public screening and part workshop, the unique IFF event allows both cinema enthusiasts and curious newcomers to experience films from artists around the globe.

“We began The Interrobang Film Festival with the intent for it to become Iowa’s premiere film festival,” said Stephen King, executive director of the Des Moines Arts Festival and Immediate Past Chair of the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) World Board of Directors. “We’re excited about this new partnership with AARP so IFF can continue to grow and contribute in a positive way to the quality of life and culture in Des Moines.”

This year, with the support of AARP, IFF will add two additional events to its programming. The first is a special film screening at Fleur Cinema in Des Moines (4545 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA 50321) at 7 p.m. on June 7. The second is a special film screening at Collins Road Theatres in Marion (1462 Twixt Town Rd, Marion, IA 52302) at 7 p.m. on July 14. All AARP members and their guests are invited to attend. Tickets are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and the events will fill up fast. For more information, visit www.aarp.org/moviesforgrownups.

“We are so very excited to sponsor the 2018 Interrobang Film Festival and to be involved in the Des Moines Arts Festival,” said AARP Iowa State Director Kent Sovern.  “AARP’s Movies for Grown-ups brings families, friends and film enthusiast of all ages together for screenings throughout the country. With Interrobang, we are able to showcase many of the most critically-acclaimed independent films and filmmakers from across the world to movie lovers in Iowa.” 

Submissions to the Interrobang Film Festival increased by more than 50 percent over last year. The official lineup of selected films will be announced May 24 at the invite-only Des Moines Arts Festival 2018 Preview Celebration from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Des Moines Art Center. An announcement to the public will be made immediately after. 

About Interrobang Film Festival

The term “interrobang” indicates a non-standard punctuation mark in an exclamatory manner, as in, “What are you doing?!” This mixture of query and interjection leaves room for reflection, contemplation, and exploration.

The Interrobang Film Festival presented by AARP has brought the art of film to the Des Moines Arts Festival’s three-day lineup since 2007. IFF is part juried competition, part public screening, and part workshop. Cinema enthusiasts and curious newcomers alike can experience curated screenings from artists around the globe. To learn more, visit www.desmoinesartsfestival.org/interrobangfilmfestival/.

About AARP Movies for Grownups

The AARP Movies for Grownups program offers free screenings of prerelease films in select cities across the country for AARP members and their guests. The movies are selected to appeal to audiences 50-plus. Tickets are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and the events fill up fast. For more information, visit www.aarp.org/moviesforgrownups.

About the Des Moines Arts Festival®

The eleven-time Grand Pinnacle Award-winning Des Moines Arts Festival presented by Nationwide will be held June 22 – 24, 2018. This free annual three-day arts and culture festival will surround the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park. DMAF invites you to “…go where it takes you…” by engaging with 180 invited professional visual artists, emerging Iowa artists, the cutting-edge Interrobang Film Festival, live music, performing arts, interactive arts activities, award-winning community outreach programs, live artist workshops and demonstrations, artisan food, and beverages for every taste.  

For more information please visit us online at www.desmoinesartsfestival.org or socialize with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DesMoinesArtsFestival, Twitter at @DMArtsFestival, Instagram at @desmoinesartsfestival, Pinterest at @dmartsfest, on YouTube and on LinkedIn.  #GoWhereItTakesYou #DMAF #DMAF2018 #Nationwide #MakeSafeHappen

If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview, please call Belle Du Chene at (646) 712-2196 or email Belle at bduchene@desmoinesartsfestival.org.