Indy Film Fest


An Indy Film Fest Feast For All The Senses

Posted by Craig Mince

Hello Indy,

As I sit in my kitchen looking out my dinning room window I see nothing but snow…snow…snow. Frankly I’m tired of it! This winter has been one of the toughest I’ve seen in my 36 years on this planet.

Thankfully over the last few months my focus and gaze has been firmly fixated on the Spring. A time when the snow FINALLY melts, the little woodland creatures peek their tiny heads out from hibernation and when we at the Indy Film Fest celebrate food!

Last year we decided to take our Spring Film Series and try something new with it--a concept that has been done before but with a special Indy Film Fest twist: dinner and a movie. It was such a smash success we sold out all four shows! Indy spoke, so we listened and the Spring Series is back for 2014 and better than ever, complete with a new name.

Indy, we would like to introduce you to Film to Fork!

Film to Fork is a celebration of food films, food inspired by film, foodies who love film, filmies who love food, foodies who love food and film, filmies who love film and food, foodies who love filmies…oh ok now I’m confused!

Basically we are pairing amazing food-centric films with amazing meals that compliment those films, and boy do we have a lineup that does this subject matter justice.

With a very special meal to be prepared by the world renowned Joseph Decuis! Click here to buy your tickets!

With a French themed meal prepared by the chefs at MBP catering! Click here to buy your tickets!

April 3 = SOMM
With a wine themed meal prepared by the chefs at MBP catering! Click here to buy your tickets!

Our friends at MBP have crafted a small plate inspired meal that will leave you wishing they were just a bit bigger plates! Click here to buy your tickets!

Thanks to support from the Efroymson Family Fun and the Center for Urban Ecology at Butler University we are able to offer this series at the beautiful Cook Theatre at the Indiana Landmark Center this year.

Tickets for this year’s lineup are just $35 dollars and include the meal, a glass of wine and the movie! In an effort to deliver the best meal and service standard for each of these events, tickets will need to be purchased in advance the Friday prior to the screening date.

Hugs and Kisses,

Craig Mince


Indy Film Fest Awarded $25,000 from Efroymson Family Fund

Posted by Craig Mince

Friday, January 31, 2014
Contact :: Beth George // Email :: // Phone :: 317.407.2921

Indianapolis, IN— The Indianapolis International Film Festival (Indy Film Fest) recently received $25,000 from the Efroymson Family Fund, a donor-advised fund that is bestowed by the Central Indiana Community Foundation.

The Efroymson family left the Efroymson Family Fund as a charitable commitment in 1998. The purpose of the Fund is to promote sustainability of Indianapolis, and to date the fund has awarded more than $70 million.

Indy Film Fest received this grant due to its continued efforts to create and explore innovative approaches for engaging and reaching new arts audiences, not just during the 10-day festival each July, but year-round. Indy Film Fest will use these funds to supplement two of its most popular programs—Roving Cinema and Spring Series.

Roving Cinema takes the traditional movie-going experience to unique locations in and around Indianapolis—this season’s line-up includes screenings at the Indianapolis Star headquarters and the IUPUI soccer field—while the Spring Series pairs food-driven films with customized menus for a unique “dinner and a movie” experience. This year’s Spring Series will take place at the Indiana Landmarks Center and will be presented in partnership with the Indy Food Council.

“The Festival’s mission is to create a shared experience around film, and we take pride in using our films to highlight some of the diverse venues Indianapolis has to offer,” said Craig Mince, Indy Film Fest board president. “The Efroymson Family Fund will allow us to continue to keep growing our year round programming while keeping the costs to our guests at a minimum.”

The $25,000 from the Efroymson Family Fund is the second major grant that Indy Film Fest has received in the last year. Indy Film Fest was also the recipient of the inaugural $10,000 5x5 Grant from the Central Indiana Community Foundation.

For more information and a complete list of programming, go to

About the Indy Film Fest
A non-profit, all-volunteer organization, the Indy Film Fest has quickly grown into one of the Midwest’s fastest-growing and most-watched film festivals. Now in its eleventh year, the Indy Film Fest seeks to create a shared experience around film by championing movies that entertain, challenge and expand perspectives in Indianapolis and beyond. This exciting year of creativity and collaboration will culminate with a ten-day film festival in July. For more info, visit


2013 Indy Film Fest Grand Holiday

Posted by Craig Mince

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Giving Tuesday!?!? I honestly didn’t know this was a thing until yesterday when I received some pre-Giving Tuesday e-mails. It was kind of like getting those “leaked” Black Friday ads way before you’re ready for them, but you still have to start plotting out your plan of attack to beat the lady in the nightgown to the elusive black and green Furby at the local Walmart.

Oh well, here’s our “pitch.”

The Indy Film Fest had it best year yet! Indulge me and let me run down the list real quick:

  • Spring Series = Sell Out!
  • Roving Cinema = Sell Out!
  • Fall Series = 30 tickets shy of a Sell Out!
  • 5X5 Win = funding to create the Popped Up Cinema program
  • Indy Film Fest = Highest attendance ever (up 5% over last year)
  • Indy Film Fest = Highest box office revenue ever (up 30% over last year)
  • Indy Film Fest = Largest opening night attendance (Drinking Buddies)
  • Indy Film Fest = Largest closing night attendance & largest attendance for a single screening ever (Don Jon)

And the biggest point is:

  • All of the above was planned, organized and executed by an ALL VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION!

Yep that’s right, no one, except Neal “the intern”, got paid to offer up any of the programming we offered in 2013. No One. We all have day jobs, families, hobbies and other interests.

Don’t let those 2013 accomplishments fool you. Its expensive to offer up the kind of programming we offer on a year-round basis. It’s so expensive, most larger festivals and film societies around the country don’t offer programming like this, at least to the extent we do. Why do we do it?

We do it for the passion.

We do it for the love of film.

We do it for the betterment of OUR city and state.

We do it for you!

As we look to take our organization further and further, we’re going to need your help to get there, which is why all of us at Indy Film Fest are asking you to consider giving to our little rag tag organization on this Giving Tuesday (or Whoopee Wednesday, or heck, even Thirsty Thursday).

You can rest assured that every penny of your tax-deductible gift, yep we are 501(c)3, will go right back into bringing you quality film programming you just won’t get anywhere else.

Please consider a tax-deductible donation at www.

Happy Holidays!


Craig Mince

Board President

Indy Film Fest


2014 Indy Film Fest Submissions Now OPEN!

Posted by Kate Pell

The Indianapolis International Film Festival (Indy Film Fest) has officially opened 2014 submissions. Coming off of the heels of its largest, most successful festival, the Indianapolis International Film Festival will take place July 17 – 27, 2014. Submissions are taken in four categories (see below) for both feature and short length films.

“We're excited to open submissions for what we expect to be our largest, most varied Festival to date,” said Luke Sanders, director of festival operations for the Indy Film Fest. “The Indy Film Fest seeks films of all shapes and sizes, of any theme, construction, and origin. Admitted films--and prizewinners--have come from major Hollywood names as well as student filmmakers.”

In 2013, the Indy Film Fest screened 110 films over ten days and saw an increased number of attendees. Also in 2013, thanks to increased funding, the total purse for Festival awards grew and current projections for 2014 indicated that the trend will continue. Specific details will be released in 2014.

“With a metro population of more than 2 million people, Indianapolis is a great market for growing and established filmmakers,” said Craig Mince, president and COO of the Indy Film Fest. “ We continue to see a great demand for quality film, not only for our ten day festival, but for year round programming. We have a passionate group of cinephiles in the Circle City.”

Filmmakers interested can submit their film here:

Submissions Open – November 1, 2013
Earlybird Deadline – December 31, 2013
Regular Deadline – February 28, 2014
Late Deadline – April 15, 2014
WAB Extended Deadline – April 30, 2014
Notice of Acceptance – approximately June 1, 2014
2014 Indy Film Fest – July 17 - 27, 2014

The Indy Film Fest screens films in competition in four categories: American Spectrum, Hoosier Lens, World Cinema and Matter of Fact. Films 49 minutes or less are considered short films; 50 minutes or longer are considered feature films.

Submissions are accepted in only one of the following categories:

American Spectrum films are defined as narrative films primarily produced in the United States, particularly those films without any strong ties to Indiana.

Hoosier Lens films are defined as narrative or documentary films with strong production ties to Indiana. This includes major cast or crew ties to the state (born, raised, attended school in state), and/or a significant portion of the film was shot and/or produced in Indiana.

World Cinema films are defined as narrative films originating from any country outside of the United States.

Matter of Fact films are defined as documentary films, regardless of country of origin. Documentaries with significant Indiana ties may submit in the Hoosier Lens category if desired.

Juried Festival Awards are as follows:
Best American Spectrum Feature Film
Best American Spectrum Short Film
Best Hoosier Lens Feature Film
Best Hoosier Lens Short Film
Best World Cinema Feature Film
Best World Cinema Short Film
Best Matter of Fact Feature Film
Best Matter of Fact Short Film
Grand Jury Award – determined from the winners in each of the Best Of…Feature categories.

The full rules and regulations are available on the website at


Santa Smackdown: Clash of the Cult Classics

Posted by Craig Mince

For almost a year now I’ve been talking up our year-end Roving Cinema screening, or “Santa Smackdown” as we lovingly refer to it. For months, we’ve been working with our buddies at Sun King to create the ultimate wish list for our audience-choice holiday she-bang.

You might say to yourself, “Self, I hope they picked my favorite holiday classic: DIE HARD (or DIE HARD 2 for that matter).” Don’t worry your pretty little self. We’ve got “bigger” plans for beloved cult classics like DH and DH2.

For this year’s ballot, we dug deep and plumbed the depths of the holiday film genre to find the perfect mix of films with just enough cheer to kick off the holiday season, and set us all up for a Happy New Year. Films that explore the true meaning of the holiday spirit. Films that are best experienced with 124 of your soon-to-be best friends and a pint of Sun King’s finest in your hand? This year, we’re talking NAUGHTY VS NICE. You’re welcome.

Introducing the 2013 Roving Cinema SANTA SMACKDOWN: Naughty vs. Nice:


But that’s not all:

  • A portion of the night’s ticket sales will go to the HELP SUN KING SAVE CHRISTMAS campaign.
  • A VERY special (and film-inspired) Sun King brew will be unveiled at the Santa Smackdown.
  • Santa himself will be on hand to listen to all of your Holiday rants and demands.
  • Food will be available for purchase from a tasty food truck.
  • The Indy Film Fest will announce its 2014 programming calendar, including next year’s Roving Cinemas (trust me, you’re going to want to snatch up a few of these tickets in advance as the line-up is INSANE).

Visit between October 8th and the 22nd and select the film you’d most like to see on December 11th. We’ll announce the winning film on Wednesday, October 24th.

Once you’ve voted, jump over to to purchase your tickets to the (THIS IS GOING TO SELL OUT) screening.

And because we like you, if you buy your tickets during the voting dates you will save $2 off admission.

Hug and Kisses,


Craig Mince

Board President

Indy Film Fest



Posted by Kate Pell

1:00 p.m. Best of Matter of Fact  | The Toby
SLOMO; Joshua Izenberg, director
MEDORA; Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart, director

1:30 p.m. Best of World Cinema | The DeBoest
MORE THAN TWO HOURS; Ali Asgari, director
DREAM TEAM 1935; Aigars Grauba, director

3:30 p.m. Best of American Spectrum | The Toby
MR. BELLPOND; A. Todd Smith, director
DETROIT UNLEADED; Rola Nashef, director

4:00 p.m. Audience Choice | The DeBoest
SLOMO; Joshua Izenberg, director
OUT OF PRINT; Vivienne Roumani, director


2013 Indy Film Fest winners announced

Posted by Kate Pell

The tenth annual Indy Film Fest wraps up today after ten days of screening nearly 100 films to thousands of film fans at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) and beyond. Throughout the festival, the Indy Film Fest played host to several Midwestern premieres, unique workshops and panel discussions with filmmakers from coast to coast, fulfilling the festival’s mission to create a shared experience around film. At the Closing Party at the IMA earlier this evening, the Indy Film Fest announced its 10 winning films, selected by a panel of film professionals.

The Grand Jury Award, with a cash prize of $1,000, went to Medora, a tale of the down-but-not-out Medora Indiana Hornets varsity basketball team. The team’s epic losing streak mirrors the town’s fight for survival. Medora is an in-depth, deeply personal look at small-town life, a thrilling, underdog basketball story and an inspiring tale of a community refusing to give up hope despite the brutal odds stacked against them.

Grand Jury – Feature
Medora; Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart, director

Best American Spectrum¬ – Feature
Detroit Unleaded; Rola Nashef, director

Best American Spectrum – Short Film
Mr. Bellpond; A. Todd Smith, director

Best Matter of Fact – Feature Film
Medora; Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart, director

Best Matter of Fact – Short Film
Slomo; Joshua Izenberg, director

Best World Cinema – Feature Film
Dream Team 1935; Aigars Grauba, director

Best World Cinema – Short Film
More Than Two Hours; Ali Asgari, director

Audience Award – Feature Film
Medora; Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart, director

Audience Award –Short Film
Slomo; Joshua Izenberg, director


IIFF 2013 :: DON JON

Posted by Kate Pell

Guest post by Luke Sanders
Luke Sanders is on the board of the Indy Film Fest, and likes coffee, travel, startups, running, microbrews, biking, farm-to-table restaurants, and all those other things you're supposed to like if you're in your twenties and live in a city.

My body. My pad. My ride. My family. My church. My boys. My girls.

Through this monologue we are introduced to the titular Don Jon, our main character played and written by Joseph Gordon-Levitt in his directorial debut.

DON JON's exterior is all muscle car, hair gel, and bench-press. It looks like an ode to Jersey Shore nightclubs. Beneath the gleam is a complex movie about the way men and women misunderstand each other. A note of caution to Gordon-Levitt fans, this film is not 500 Days of Summer--this is a film that intends (and often succeeds) in making its audience uncomfortable.

This is due to the last one of Jon's obsessions: porn. In fact the framing of the film makes more sense under its original working title, DON JON'S ADDICTION. The nickname "Don" is given to our protagonist by his ability to pick up girls--but to Jon, no "real girl" compares to the girls waiting for him under the lid of his laptop.

If our hero--even acted with the full bore of Mr. Gordon-Levitt's charisma--doesn't seem very sympathetic that's because he isn't. He exemplifies all that's wrong with the male objectification of the female.

The first part of the film is spent exposing the way men objectify women, but the second half speaks to the way that perhaps women aren't innocent of unreasonable expectations either. Scarlett Johansson seems an obvious choice for the love interest, as she effortlessly embodies the I'm-out-of-your-league female. The interplay between Gordon-Levitt and Johansson--expressed through chewing gum and nasal Jersey accents--exposes the ways we all bring our own baggage and bias into relationships.

But it is not all porn and AXE body spray, there is some redemption for Jon; redemption that elevates DON JON from a character study on addiction to an oddly sweet ode to romance.

Join us on Saturday, July 27 for this Closing Night screening and after party at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Purchase your tickets here.


We Didn’t Pay Him, We Swear

Posted by Sara McGuyer

One thing I love about this film festival is that every year I meet new people who catch the festival bug. Last night at our screening at Libertine, I met Chris Overpeck, who has made it to films each day since we kicked off, and who also writes for local blog Punchnels.

We swear we didn't pay him to say this:

I remember feeling giddy about this film festival last year and I raved about how outstanding it was, and it really was great. But it’s better this year. So far, it simply has not missed. The films have been great, the people have been great, but there’s something more. It’s hard to describe, but after a few days, the festival really starts to feel like summer camp. Night after night, you’re walking the same route, seeing some of the same faces and just feeling amazing. If you only catch one or two films, that’s great (and you just must), but the best way to experience this festival is to see as much as you possibly can. The films are great, but I’ve had this rare feeling that I’m making memories that I’ll carry with me forever. Sounds hyperbolic and silly, I know, but I bet I’m not alone. Make it a priority to see some films this week. You will not regret it.

Wow. You can read his full post here.

It might seem a little self-indulgent to post his praise, but I'm going out a limb anyway because this is why we do this. It's that feeling (the one he mentions is so hard to describe) of belonging to this film community, of being able to just show up and know you'll see friends who will talk movies with you.

The first step to tapping into that feeling - just come and watch a few movies and take a chance on us. Don't have a partner in crime? No worries. Just come alone. I discovered the joy of going to a movie theater alone later in life than I'd like. I'd be really surprised if you were the only one watching solo at any screening we host for the rest of the fest.

There are six days left to experience the festival! Have a look at the full program here, and tell us, what are you going to come and see?




Posted by Kate Pell

Guest post by Erin O'Rourke
You might have guessed by her name that Erin is Irish. She bleeds Irish green, Butler blue and Cardinals red. A Downtown resident and arts supporter Erin is always out and about exploring the Circle City.

It’s such a cliché to want to call LAD: A YORKSHIRE STORY a coming of age tale, but that’s honestly what it is. Tom is a young man growing up in Yorkshire Dales, North England, and loses his father to a heart attack. Life changes dramatically for him, his mom and brother. You can see the family struggle- how can they get past this? Tom’s acting out leads to his subsequent community service time done with Al, the National Park Ranger who helps him overcome his feelings of sadness and anger.

The movie is technically about how the relationship between Al and Tom helps Tom grow up, but my favorite interactions were between Tom and his mom. His mom is a wonderful character, standing up for her family, and figuring out how to support them without his dad. The scenes with the two of them in it seem to come from such a place of love that you can’t help but enjoy when they were onscreen together.

The countryside scenes are breathtaking, and the mini love story that develops between Tom and Al’s granddaughter was amusing. The film's relationships felt real, and that made me want these characters to succeed as they strive to overcome these hurdles, and figure out how to move forward.

The 2013 Indianapolis International Film Festival will take place July 18 to 28. Secure your tickets now for LAD.

Friday, July 19 @ 4:15 in the Toby
Friday, July 26 @ 2:15 in the Toby