The Snake Alley Festival of Film (SNAFF) was first conceived by film maker, actor, writer, and director, Lonnie Schuyler along with a diverse group of city leaders and film enthusiasts in Burlington, Iowa. Their idea was to use the newly restored Capitol Theater in Burlington to host a film festival featuring the best independent short films from around the world. This theater, which holds more than 400, projects a 1920’s ambience and state-of-the-art digital technology.
Burlington, located on the mighty Mississippi, is Southeastern Iowa’s secret gem. It boasts fine dining, artsy vibrancy, and a bustling nightlife ala New Orleans or Key West. In other words, it’s the perfect place for a film festival.
Snake Alley was named by Ripley’s Believe It or Not as “The Crookedest Street in the World!” hence the name of the fest. It’s the city’s premiere tourist attraction drawing visitors from around the world.
The first Snake Alley Festival of Film was held in June of 2012. It was attended by film makers and film enthusiasts from around the globe.


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