Indy Film Fest

16Jun/140

She can help you with that. Blythe Hager

Posted by Kate Pell

BlytheHBlythe Hager called the box office home during the 2013 Indy Film Fest at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Since then, she’s also volunteered with our Fall Film Series. Let’s catch up with Blythe…

Q: What occupies your day? (Where do you work, go to school, etc.)

Blythe: I run the paint department at McGuire Scenic, Inc., an Indianapolis-based scene shop. We provide scenery and exhibits for corporate events, museums, theaters, and production companies. I spend my days supervising a crew of painters, coordinating with clients, designing paint techniques, ordering materials, meeting deadlines, and painting.

Q: How did you learn about the Indy Film Fest and what prompted you to get involved?

Blythe: I first heard about the Indy Film Fest years ago when it started and attended a couple of films. Over the past several years my interest in film has grown, and I wanted to support the organizations that screen films and promote filmmaking locally.

Q: Do you volunteer anywhere else?

Blythe: I have also volunteered for Primary Colours.  

Q: What is your favorite movie?

Blythe: One of my recent favorites is Upstream Color. It’s such an intriguing and challenging blend of science fiction, romance, and identity exploration that continued to haunt my thoughts and emotions for a long time after watching it.

Q: What was the first movie you saw in a theater?

Blythe: One of my earliest memories of seeing a film was a Halloween screening of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari at the IU Auditorium in Bloomington, accompanied on the pipe organ by Dennis James. I remember being very disappointed that we were going to see a movie rather than trick-or-treating, but once we got there I was entranced by the experience. The combination of live music and the dramatic, creepy visuals was a great introduction to the power of film.

Interested in volunteering? We're currently seeking volunteers to assist with all aspects of our 2014 festival (July 19-26). Email us at volunteer@indyfilmfest.org for more information!

16Jun/140

He can help you with that. Chris Holobek

Posted by Kate Pell

If you’ve been to our Opening Night events, you’ve certainly spotted Chris Holobek. He’s the one at the box office with the tuxedo and the huge smile officially welcoming movie-goers to the festival. In addition to being one of our most charming volunteers, Chris is also chair of our World Cinema screening committee. We caught up with him to ask a few questions earlier this spring…

Q: What year did you start volunteering with the Indy Film Fest?
Chris: I’ve been with the festival for eight years, and started on the selections committee. At that time we were meeting in the Firefighters’ Museum on Mass Ave, and we were a very small committee. We later moved to Brian Owens’s living room, where we’d order pizza and watch movies (that’s how small we were).

Q: How did you learn about the Indy Film Fest and what prompted you to get involved?
Chris: A colleague mentioned she was volunteering, and this sounded like something I wanted to do. I had attended the annual film festivals when I lived in Helsinki, Finland and loved the 10-days of non-stop movies. I was enthusiastic to see something along those lines was happening in Indianapolis and wanted to be a part of that excitement.

Q: Please share the best thing or funniest thing that’s happened to you while volunteering with Indy Film Fest.

Chris: For me, the best thing to happen was being asked to head one of the selection committees, and I chose World Cinema. Being asked meant a lot to me, as it showed the directors valued my opinions and appreciated my work ethic. I want to pay this forward during the Saturday morning screening meetings by bringing in donuts or coffee cake as a way of showing my appreciation to those volunteers who come in at 9.30 on Saturday mornings.

Q: What is your favorite movie (or your favorite movie quote)?
Chris: So many favorites, but the ultimate would be The Poseidon Adventure – my friends and I have quoted this movie numerous times over the years (“Shove it shove it shove it”, “Maaannnny!!!”, “Just panties – what else do I need?”, “I’m going next so if old fat-a__ gets stuck, I won’t be behind her”, “She saved the preacher.”). Otherwise it would be Doctor Zhivago. Maybe Valley of the Dolls. No, They Shoot Horses Don’t They. Tess, definitely Tess. AAAAARrrrrrgggghhhhhh – I can’t make up my mind.

Q: What was the first movie you saw in a theater?
Chris: My dad took me downtown to the Indiana Theatre to see Mary Poppins. It must have been pretty spectacular to be firmly engrained in my memory. Truly one of my most treasured memories.

Interested in volunteering? We're currently seeking volunteers to assist with all aspects of our 2014 festival (July 19-26). Email us at volunteer@indyfilmfest.org for more information!

16Jun/140

She can help you with that. Laura Nagle

Posted by Kate Pell

LauraN_BlogLaura Nagle signed up to volunteer with the Indy Film Fest before she had even moved to Indianapolis! You may have spotted Laura in the box office at the 2013 festival or at one of our successful Film to Fork events this Spring at Indiana Landmarks. Let’s meet Laura…

Q: Where did you grow up and where do you live now?
Laura: I grew up in Chester, New York, and lived in Philadelphia for several years before moving to Indianapolis in 2013.

Q: What year did you start volunteering with the Indy Film Fest?
Laura: I started volunteering with Indy Film Fest in July 2013, right after I moved here.

Q: How did you learn about the Indy Film Fest and what prompted you to get involved?
Laura: I was a fan of the Philadelphia Film Festival and hoped to find a similar event here in Indy. I'm a teacher and was delighted to see that Indy Film Fest takes place during the summer, when I'm available to get more involved! Being new in town, volunteering at the festival has been a great way to meet people and to learn about other local nonprofits and cultural events that I could look forward to over the course of the year.

Q: Please share the best thing or funniest thing that’s happened to you while volunteering with Indy Film Fest.
Laura: My favorite volunteer shift was the time I sold tickets to seven Santa Clauses (featured in They Wore the Red Suit). I don't see how that can be topped.

Q: What was the first movie you saw in a theater?
Laura: I have no idea! I'm sure I've been going to the movies since before I can remember. But the first time I remember really loving the movies -- appreciating the experience of being in the theater and watching a film with a packed house -- was when I was 13 and my mom took me to a double feature of Beauty and the Beast and Father of the Bride.

Interested in volunteering? We're currently seeking volunteers to assist with all aspects of our 2014 festival (July 19-26). Email us at volunteer@indyfilmfest.org for more information!

16Jun/140

He can help you with that. Brandon Peters

Posted by Kate Pell

BrandonSome of our volunteers pick up a shift or two each year. Others, like Brandon Peters, jump right in to help with our year-round programming. Let’s ask him a few questions!

Q: Where did you grow up and where do you live now?
Brandon: I grew up in Seymour, Indiana and moved up to Indianapolis for school in 2004. I live on the southside of Indy now.

Q: What occupies your day? (Where do you work, go to school, etc.)
Brandon: I'm a senior software developer for Formstack. Most of my day is spent doing web development or project management.

Q: What year did you start volunteering with the Indy Film Fest?
Brandon: I started volunteering last year for the Film Fest, and have been volunteering since then.

Q: How did you learn about the Indy Film Fest and what prompted you to get involved?
Brandon: In the past, I've had a couple coworkers who've volunteered and it sounded really interesting.

Q: Do you volunteer anywhere else? This is your chance to give shoutouts.
Brandon: I'm actually a senior volunteer at Gen Con. I've been doing that for about 5 years now. 

Q: How does volunteering with Indy Film Fest compare with volunteering for GenCon?
Brandon: While there are certainly differences in size and subject matter between Gen Con and the Indy Film Fest, both have offered me a chance to work with a great set of volunteers who are interested in the same thing I am.

One thing that is different with the Indy Film Fest is the amount of volunteer opportunities available throughout the year. With Gen Con, the only chance to really volunteer is during a one week period during the convention. With the Indy Film Fest, I've had the chance to volunteer all year round with the Roving Cinema, the Spring Series, and the screening committee.

Interested in volunteering? We're currently seeking volunteers to assist with all aspects of our 2014 festival (July 19-26). Email us at volunteer@indyfilmfest.org for more information!

16Jun/140

She can help you with that. Abby Schoonveld

Posted by Kate Pell

Abby Schoonveld has volunteered for the Indy Film Fest in many capacities over the past few years. In addition to volunteering for numerous events throughout the year, she is also the chair of the American Spectrum screening committee for the 2014 festival. She watches hundreds of hours of movies each year to be sure that we bring only the best domestic films to the fest! Let’s meet Abby…

Q: Where did you grow up and where do you live now?

Abby: I'm from Morocco, a small town in Northwest Indiana and I make South Broad Ripple my home today. 

Q: What year did you start volunteering with the Indy Film Fest? 

Abby: I started volunteering for the Film Fest in 2010. I manned the All Access Pass table, a great way to meet the best Indy Film Fest fans!

Q: Please share the best thing or funniest thing that’s happened to you while volunteering with Indy Film Fest.

Abby: So many random conversations happen a few days into the fest when sleep deprivation starts to kick in. You really can't beat those perfect conditions for something hilarious to happen!

Q: Do you volunteer anywhere else? This is your chance to give shoutouts.

Abby: I also volunteer for Musical Family Tree, an organization archiving, documenting, and promoting Indiana music. We're celebrating the 10 year anniversary in June!

Q: What was the first movie you saw in a theater?

Abby: I can't remember for sure which came first, but I have very strong memories of seeing “Snow White” and “The Land Before Time” in the theater. I also remember hating “The Land Before Time”. I thought it was so sad and slow. As a kid, I didn't have time for that!

Interested in volunteering? We're currently seeking volunteers to assist with all aspects of our 2014 festival (July 19-26). Email us at volunteer@indyfilmfest.org for more information!

6Feb/140

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.

March 6 = FARMCITY (World Premiere) & AN INDIANA FARM TO FORK CELEBRATION: THE JOSEPH DECUIS STORY 
With a very special meal to be prepared by the world renowned Joseph Decuis! Click here to buy your tickets!

March 20 = LE CHEF (COMME UN CHEF) 
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!

April 17 = TASTING MENU (MENU DEGUSTACIO)
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

3Feb/141

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

Posted by Craig Mince

Friday, January 31, 2014
Contact :: Beth George // Email :: bgeorge@bch.com // 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 www.indyfilmfest.org.

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 http://indyfilmfest.org.

3Dec/130

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. http://indyfilmfest.org/grandholiday

Happy Holidays!

 

Craig Mince

Board President

Indy Film Fest

3Nov/130

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: https://www.withoutabox.com/login/4101

KEY DATES
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

SUBMISSION CATEGORIES AND AWARDS
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 http://indyfilmfest.org/submissions-support/2014-submissions/

9Oct/130

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:

  • WILLOW
  • BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA
  • HIGHLANDER
  • MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOME

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 https://www.facebook.com/sunkingbrewing 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 www.santasmackdown2013.eventbrite.com 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