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

Posted by Craig Mince

Friday, January 31, 2014
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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


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