Indy Film Fest


2014 Indy Film Fest Submissions Now OPEN!

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

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