Did you know that the Indy Film Fest is an entirely volunteer-run organization? That's right - not a one of us is a paid staffer or contract employee. We do it because we love it, because we believe in the power of film to build community.
Based on your tweets, your Facebook likes and the word of mouth we're hearing more of every day, you believe in it, too. If that's the case, and if you happen to be looking for a way to be more involved in making the festival happen, you're in luck. We're now accepting new volunteer applications!
Opportunities abound for participating with the festival - pick up a single shift and help with crowd control, or serve as a Theatre Captain and rule the roost for the day, coordinating your fellow volunteers. If you're interested, email volunteer AT indyfilmfest DOT org to request an application. We'll review it and add you to our roster for upcoming opportunities.
Sure, the festival is still months away (July 14 - 24!) - but it's never too early to get involved. Looking for additional opps? Start here.
When what you do is a festival, it can be hard to wait an entire year to check out the next round of films, parties, panels and more.
Which is why we created The 355 and all the events we do the rest of the year. We've particularly been doing a lot lately between festivals - an event or two each month to keep you (and us!) excited about film in the city (see previous post!).
We've launched a couple of our Roving Cinema series, testing the waters for how those would be received. And we can confirm after super-great events at both Sun King Brewery and The Eiteljorg (pictured) - the water is wonderful! Look for an upcoming announcement of more Roving Cinema events. We have a feeling you'll like it, dude.
And last month, we hosted - with FortyFive Degrees - our best Oscars Viewing Party to date. It's the biggest night in Hollywood, and we threw a party you all seemed to love. The place was packed, the drinks were flowing and several lucky attendees walked away with great movie swag as door prizes.
What's more, we put up for auction some stellar Indy experiences and gift packages that would've made Santa blush. You came, you saw, and you bid! The whole evening was a smashing success - the best spot in town to watch the show. And amid the fun, you helped raise the money it takes to keep us doing what we do.
THANK YOU for your support - by attending, bidding, tweeting - what ever it is you do - you're making your voice heard for independent film and - more importantly - for arts in Indianapolis and the Indianapolis International Film Festival in particular.
Watch this space and this space for all the latest on our upcoming, non-Festival events, as well as for updates on the 2011 Festival as well!
Is it just me, or does it feel like the Indy film scene is heating up? Dare we even label it a "film scene?" As a volunteer entrenched and smitten with this festival, I thought maybe it was just me being hyper-aware of movie happenings.
What do you think? Are you happy with the local film offerings? Is there anything you'd want to see more of?
Image credit: Carbon Arc via Flickr