Indy Film Fest

22Apr/110

Thanks for rolling with us!

Posted by Sara McGuyer

HUGE thanks to everyone who came out for Roving Cinema this past Wednesday. We got to see some tried and true festival friends and meet some new ones too.

People came in costume, donning robes, bowling gear and Achiever t-shirts. The "caucasions" were flowing, the yelpcorn, abundant. We quoted the heck out of the movie in unison - making us wonder, is there a more quotable film out there?

I think The Dude himself would have approved. See for yourself! (Photographic goodness provided by the one, the only Stacy Kagiwada. We always love it when she comes to snap the fest in action!) See the full album on Facebook.

Let's Roll :: image credit - Stacy Kagiwada

Not your average movie-going experience. That's how we roll :: image credit - Stacy Kagiwada

A Lane with a View :: image credit - Stacy Kagiwada

We agree, getting an Aaron Scamihorn poster is exciting :: image credit - Stacy Kagiwada

20Apr/110

You Want a Toe?

Posted by Sara McGuyer

Tonight's the night! The long-awaited Roving Cinema Big Lebowski screening at Jillian's is here. Doors open at 6:00 & the show is at 7:30. Our reserved bowling lanes for Lebowski, Party of 6 are SOLD OUT, but fear not! There are still general admission tickets available for only $5. Get them here.

We're also pleased to offer this limited edition, silk-screened poster by local artist Aaron Scamihorn. It could really tie your room together, and for a mere $20. You want a toe?

Original, limited edition screen print by Aaron Scamihorn

19Apr/111

Topic Du Jour: Opening Night Selection

Posted by Sara McGuyer

The hot topic du jour in the festival office is the opening night film. What film matches the mood we're seeking? Which will help us build buzz? Much thought and discussion goes into this one decision.

Barry MundayWhile we're digging into our selections and programming this year's lineup, you can have a festival in your own living room. If you're a netflix subscriber, the 2010 opening night film Barry Munday is available to watch instantly.

In the film, Barry loses his ability to procreate after a bludgeoning via trumpet (ouch!). He learns he has unwittingly impregnated a recent sexual partner, no matter that he doesn't  recall even meeting her. A quirky and hilarious tale unfolds as Barry tries to navigate a new relationship and the path to parenthood. Earns points for a stellar cast and frequent laughs.

Do tell: have you discovered any of your festival favorites on Netflix?

15Apr/110

Hey VIPs, let’s make magic!

Posted by Sara McGuyer

It’s pretty simple really. As an official backer of the 2011 festival, you’re part of the action. And one of the VIPs that makes it all happen. Here’s how it works: You and your friends make a small contribution, and depending on the level, we’ll give you FREE tickets and wearables. With the dollars we raise, we can allocate much-needed resources to host workshops, program special events and bring in filmmakers from all over to create the one-of-a-kind experiences we’re known to provide for film lovers all over the region. Dollar for dollar, here’s how it all breaks out:

Support Indy Film Fest, Earn tickets & more.

what you give | what you get:

$10 - Two Tickets to the 2011 Indy Film Fest (a $20 value)

where it goes: covers an hour of a professional projectionist’s expertise, ensuring that
every festival ?lm screens masterfully

$25 - Four Tickets to the 2011 Indy Film Fest (a $40 value)

where it goes: one summer month's utility bill at the festival office

$50 - 10-pack of Tickets and a FREE Indy Film Fest T-shirt ($120 value)

where it goes: daily rental fee for HDCam deck to screen ?lms on the best format in
the industry

$100 - One All-Access pass, a 10-pack of Tickets and a FREE Film Fest Tee
($220 value)

where it goes: estimated theater rental costs for a single screening

$250 - Two All-Access passes, a 10-pack of Tickets and a FREE Indy Film
Fest T-shirt ($320 value)

where it goes: guest and presentation materials for a ?lmmaking panel

6Apr/110

Your Ad Here :: Become a Festival Sponsor

Posted by Lisa Trifone

Sponsor GuideAt the Indianapolis International Film Festival, we're known for our movies. But we wouldn't have movies - or parties, or panels or anything else - without the amazing audience that comes out for everything we do.

We reach an Indianapolis audience of movers, doers, influencers and - most importantly - buyers. With thousands of tickets redeemed each year - and only growing! - plus publication in issues of Nuvo distributed around the city, your participation with the Indy Film Fest is going to be seen. Add in website coverage, our awesome social media reach and the opportunity to put your name directly on a film, party or event and your partnership becomes an entry into one of the highest-profile arts events on the scene.

What's more, by supporting the festival as a sponsor, you and your business are standing up for the arts in Indianapolis, putting your name on the importance of expanding the culture of the city. In a town with stellar music, fine art and dance, partnering with the Indy Film Fest will only bolster an already strong film presence in Indianapolis.

If you're interested in becoming a sponsor, check out our opportunities here. Partnerships range from a high-end title sponsorship that puts your name next to ours, to a quarter-page ad in our festival program that puts your name in the audience's hands.

We can't wait to work with you.

1Apr/110

Kickstart our Hearts!

Posted by Sara McGuyer

Recently, we shared an article on twitter on what it takes to run a festival. We always hopes it FEELS like magic, but the truth is, there's a lot of prep going on behind the scenes. A gazillion moving parts. Hundreds of volunteer hours. Venue contracts. Equipment rental. Printing costs...

This year, we're starting off our membership drive as a kickstarter. We invite you to be a part of our little festival: become a backer here.

Kickstart Indy Film Fest

We'll add it up with all of the others to create one deliciously amazing film festival, right here in Indy at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. And when you come to the fest this summer, you'll know you own a little piece of it. And a big hunk of our gratitude.

The gratitude comes with each gift, but we've also cooked up a whole host of perks for various levels. We're offering up everything from movie passes to a reserved seat in the theatre for the duration of the festival. Fancy stuff.

Please join us by giving, asking your friends to donate and shouting out the good word to help us reach our goal of $4,000!

1Apr/110

The Dude Abides

Posted by Sara McGuyer

We are pretty much beside-ourselves-ecstatic to share the details of our upcoming Roving Cinema. Wednesday, April 20 The Dude joins Indy Film Fest at Jillian's. That's right - you can get your bowl on with The Big Lebowski streaming in the background.

Wednesday, April 20
Doors 6 pm | Show 7:30 pm
Jillians, 141 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46225
Get tickets here.

This time, we have two options for you. Regular admission is $5 and gets you in for the movie. You're on your own for seating (first come, first serve) and bowling. Bring a blanket to camp out on the floor near the lanes, or find a seat anywhere in the bar.

For $75, we're offering a premium package, which we're lovingly calling The Big Lebowski Party. This includes a reserved spot at your own bowling lane for up to 6 people. Ticket price includes admission, one game of bowling and shoe rental for a party of up to 6 people. Get your tickets here.

We'll be joined by Yelp once again, who will be providing complimentary popcorn. Jillian's will offer WHITE RUSSIANS for only $5, and the full bar and menu will be available, so come for drinks and dinner! And we'll also be selling awesomeness in the form of limited-edition silk-screened posters by local designer Aaron Scamihorn.

We can't promise this one will be the quietest screening you've ever been to. In fact, we hope it isn't. This one's gonna be a party. Mark it, dude.

Watch the trailer: