Indy Film Fest



Posted by Kate Pell

1:00 p.m. Best of Matter of Fact  | The Toby
SLOMO; Joshua Izenberg, director
MEDORA; Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart, director

1:30 p.m. Best of World Cinema | The DeBoest
MORE THAN TWO HOURS; Ali Asgari, director
DREAM TEAM 1935; Aigars Grauba, director

3:30 p.m. Best of American Spectrum | The Toby
MR. BELLPOND; A. Todd Smith, director
DETROIT UNLEADED; Rola Nashef, director

4:00 p.m. Audience Choice | The DeBoest
SLOMO; Joshua Izenberg, director
OUT OF PRINT; Vivienne Roumani, director


2013 Indy Film Fest winners announced

Posted by Kate Pell

The tenth annual Indy Film Fest wraps up today after ten days of screening nearly 100 films to thousands of film fans at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) and beyond. Throughout the festival, the Indy Film Fest played host to several Midwestern premieres, unique workshops and panel discussions with filmmakers from coast to coast, fulfilling the festival’s mission to create a shared experience around film. At the Closing Party at the IMA earlier this evening, the Indy Film Fest announced its 10 winning films, selected by a panel of film professionals.

The Grand Jury Award, with a cash prize of $1,000, went to Medora, a tale of the down-but-not-out Medora Indiana Hornets varsity basketball team. The team’s epic losing streak mirrors the town’s fight for survival. Medora is an in-depth, deeply personal look at small-town life, a thrilling, underdog basketball story and an inspiring tale of a community refusing to give up hope despite the brutal odds stacked against them.

Grand Jury – Feature
Medora; Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart, director

Best American Spectrum¬ – Feature
Detroit Unleaded; Rola Nashef, director

Best American Spectrum – Short Film
Mr. Bellpond; A. Todd Smith, director

Best Matter of Fact – Feature Film
Medora; Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart, director

Best Matter of Fact – Short Film
Slomo; Joshua Izenberg, director

Best World Cinema – Feature Film
Dream Team 1935; Aigars Grauba, director

Best World Cinema – Short Film
More Than Two Hours; Ali Asgari, director

Audience Award – Feature Film
Medora; Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart, director

Audience Award –Short Film
Slomo; Joshua Izenberg, director


2012 Award Winners Announced!

Posted by Lisa Trifone

The 2012 Festival Award winners were announced at tonight's Closing Night event, and they'll be screened all day at Earth House at our Best of the Fest program! This year's winning films are:

Best American Spectrum -- Feature
Somebody Up There Likes Me (directed by Bob Byington)

Best American Spectrum – Short Film
Narcocorrido (directed by Ryan Prows)

Best Matter of Fact – Feature Film
Detropia (directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady)

Best Matter of Fact – Short Film
Cutting Loose (directed by Adrian McDowell and Finlay Pretsell)

Best World Cinema – Feature Film
Patang (directed by Prashant Bhargava - filmmaker in attendance!)

Best World Cinema – Short Film
The Maker (directed by Christopher Kezelos)

Audience Award Winner - Feature Film
Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines (directed by Kristi Guevara-Flanagan)

Audience Award Winner - Short Film
Mondays at Racine (directed by Cynthia Wade)

Sunday's Best of the Fest screening schedule is as follows:

2p ::  MATTER OF FACT Winners (Detropia, preceded by Cutting Loose)

4:30p :: WORLD CINEMA Winners (Patang, preceded by The Maker)

7p :: AMERICAN SPECTRUM Winners (Somebody Up There Likes Me, preceded by Narcocorrido)

9:30p :: AUDIENCE AWARD Winners (Wonder Women!, preceded by Mondays in Racine)

All shows are at Earth House (map) and $10 per ticket. You can use a 10-ticket bundle voucher or your Living Social purchase for these screenings. Or, get a 4-film pass for just $30 here.


Getting Crafty

Posted by Sara McGuyer

Everyone recognizes the Oscar statue. Awards and film just go hand in hand. Indy Film Fest gives out awards too - but this year we learned the marble trophies we'd been using for years were no longer available. With the old style being discontinued, we decided to mix things up. The idea was to create hand-crafted awards to reflect the personal style of our featured films. Here's the result:

2011 Indy Film Fest Awards
The award art work was silk-screened onto actual birch paper, which absorbed the ink in unexpectedly cool ways. Each award turned out a little different from the next — a one-of-a-kind memento from the 2011 Festival. After adding a simple frame to commemorate the recognition, these festival trophies are ready to hang with their new filmmaker friends.

Huge thanks to our creative partner, Lodge Design for dreaming these up and making it happen!


The Audience Awards go to…

Posted by Sara McGuyer

For ten full days of film, you came out, you watched, you voted. After very careful tallying and recounting (because the results were SO CLOSE!), we're pleased to share your picks with you!

And the Audience Awards of the 2011 Indy Film Fest go to...

Audience Award Winner - Short Film

Audience Award Winner - Feature Film


All films were rated on that scale of 1 - 5 on the ballots. The top films ended up in some case only hundredths of percentage points behind the next. Rounding out the Top 5 Most Loved by audiences at this year's fest, are the following films:

Something Left, Something Taken

A Bag of Hammers
Natural Selection
Better this World
Boys of Bonneville

Thank you to each of you who supported the fest. Every ticket purchased, every vote cast helps support the film scene in Indy. We loved seeing new faces and old friends alike, and we can't wait to hear what you thought of the festival. Stay tuned - we'll be posting a survey soon!


And the winner is…

Posted by Sara McGuyer

Fresh on the heels of their acquisition by The Cinema Guild, NATURAL SELECTION triumphs as the Grand Jury winner of Indy Film Fest. This distinction names it best overall film at the festival and carries a $1,000 prize. In addition to the Grand Jury award, the film directed by Robbie Pickering also earned the distinction of Best American Spectrum Feature Film.

It's a total bonus that the film has Indiana ties. The film's production designer Michael Bricker is an Indiana native and the co-founder and Executive Director at People for Urban Progress in Indianapolis.

All winners get an encore screening! If you missed them, catch them today at The IMA!

Best Matter of Fact @ 2 pm

Short Film – TYPE A
Feature Film – THE GREEN WAVE
Get tickets for Type A & The Green Wave

Best World Cinema @ 4:30 pm
Short Film – DIREK ASK
Get tickets
for Direk Ask & Small Town Murder Songs

Best American Spectrum @ 7 pm
Get tickets for Something Left, Something Taken & Natural Selection

The IMA Culturally Adventurous Award @ 9:30 pm
Get tickets for Jess + Moss

The IMA Culturally Adventurous Award is a new honor bestowed on an official Indy Film Fest selection by festival host Indianapolis Museum of Art. This award seeks to honor the selection which defies categorization, contains exciting cross-cultural or international content, or embodies stylistic experimentation.

Our Audience Award will be announced after all of the ballots are tallied from Sunday! More soon!


Oscar Night is this Week!

Posted by Lisa Trifone

The Academy (of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, that is) has spoken. The nominees for the 83rd Academy Awards are now known to all and the ceremony is almost here.

Which, if you're anything like me, means I've got some movies to see (and just a week left to do it in)! Overall, I'm content with how this year's nominees played out. It's an improvement over last year, at least - there's no black sheep that's got us holding our breath, praying the Academy won't be silly enough to actually give a film like that an Oscar.

Yes, I'm talking about last year's love-fest with Avatar. But I digress...

I was surprised to hear that the film leading this year's nominees is The King's Speech (it racked up 12 nods!). Not surprised because it doesn't merit every one of them, but surprised because - for me at least - it's a solid 3rd best film of the year. But it's traditionalism may've served it well with the Academy, as it helped garner it nominations across a broad range of categories, something neither Social Network or Black Swan really did (each of those just got one acting nod, to TKS's three).

Also pleasantly welcome are the nominations for The Kids Are All Right and Winter's Bone, two smaller films that resonated with audiences at the beginning of the year and throughout the festival circuit. That both managed to snag acting nods and Best Picture slots is wonderful to see, though it's fairly common knowledge that neither would've gotten a spot in the latter were the Academy still only selecting five films for the category instead of 10.

There was some outcry from the interwebs after the announcement when it became known that Christopher Nolan had snagged a nomination for writing Inception but not for directing it - despite that film's inclusion in the 10 Best Picture titles as well. While it would've been easy to place Nolan in the Best Directing group, the fact is that this is just another way the 10 best picture nominees impacts the other categories. Only 5 of the directors who get a Best Picture nod can also get a Best Director one . I might point out that Lisa Cholodenko and Debra Granik were both left off the list of best helmers as well, meaning we'll see no repeat of Kathryn Bigelow's triumphant win for female directors from last year, a much more telling oversight than Nolan's absense.

Finally, I'm always amused by those films that make it into the heralded "Oscar nominated" realm via the likes of categories like Visual Effects, Costume Design or Original Song. Now Iron Man 2, Alice in Wonderland and Country Strong can all tout themselves as nominees (in those categories, respectively), though I'm sure no one would immediately associate the two.

But then, I suppose it could've been worse - the Academy could've nominated Burlesque.

Join the Indy Film Fest as we watch all the Oscars get handed out on Sunday, February 27.


And the Nominations are In!

Posted by Sara McGuyer

Awards season can be such an exciting time. Know what makes it even better? When a film we screened at the Indy Film Fest snags a nomination. Huge congrats to GOD OF LOVE, Indy Film Fest's 2010 Best Short Film, for being nominated in the category Best Short Film, Live Action in the 83rd Annual Academy Awards®.

If you're not planning a trip to the red carpet, why not spend movies' biggest night with Indy Film Fest? Join us for our annual Academy Awards® Viewing Party - watch the show, talk best dressed and bid on a grand assortment of items in our silent auction.

Sunday, February 27 from 6:30 p - 11 p
45 Degrees | 765 Massachusetts Avenue

Put on your favorite cocktail party number and come out for the red carpet treatment. We'll have complimentary appetizers and drink specials, plus swag bags and door prizes for a few luck party-goers. What's even better? Entry is free, so save your moolah for the silent auction.

Meet us at 45 Degrees? RSVP on Facebook.

Before you arrive, check out the full list of nominations and cast your ballot here. What do you think? Are any of your favorites missing? Any big surprises for you?


Oscar’s Kid Brother

Posted by Lisa Trifone

If the Oscars are the big man on campus during Awards season, then the Golden Globes - presented each year by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association - are the kid brother. They're fun for a while, cute in their own way and have a striking resemblance to their more strapping counterpart, but overall, you just can't take them all that seriously.

That couldn't be more appropriate than now, as the HFPA has announced their nominees. Taking a look at the list, it's hard to take the line-up seriously, given the blatantly snubbed, the inexplicably included and the antiquated comedy/drama structure to the categories. As if that's all there is.

At first glance, it's a fairly expected list - the films getting most of this year's awards buzz cleaned up pretty nicely. The King's Speech snagged the most nominations, a feat it may just repeat come Oscar time in late January. Behind it in quantity is The Fighter, with Mark "Say hi to your Motha for me" Wahlberg and Christian Bale. The ratings controversy around Blue Valentine didn't stop it from getting a couple nods for indie powerhouses Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams.

So far, so good.