It's hard to believe, but our regular call for submissions are soon coming to a close. March 31 is our final deadline for the 2012 festival (submit here if you haven't had the chance!). Fear not - we do have additional screening opportunities throughout the year.
We currently accepting submissions for The Nooner, our monthly lunch & shorts program. This free program is all a part of our not-so-secret plan to increase access to short films in Indianapolis. On the final Friday of each month at noon, we're meeting up in Earth House Café to screen 40-50 minutes of delicious short films. In February we launched this program to a full house.
What are we looking for? Anything! Narrative, documentary, animation - we're featuring a little bit of everything. What's different about our normal submissions process is that these films don't need to be new. We're happy to re-introduce audiences to oldies but goodies.
Want to submit? In this inaugural year, we're keeping things pretty casual. No submission fees, no formal process - just email a link to your movie here or mail a physical copy to: Sara McGuyer, Indy Film Fest, 237 North East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204.
p.s. If you're in Indy, the next Nooner is this Friday, 3/30! RSVP here.
If you came to the festival last year, you might have experienced a skype session with a filmmaker after their movie screened. Not everyone can travel to Indy from their corner of their world, but that doesn't need to stop us from making their film more of a shared experience for you!
In these skype sessions, the audience gets to ask questions while the filmmaker is on-screen, responding to our Q&A in real time. Oh, technology, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways!
On Saturday, 7/16, these filmmakers are will be skyped on-screen after their films:
Montreal Girl, 10a
Way of the Morris, 12:15p
Turkey Bowl, 2:30p
Small Town Murder Songs, 5p
Bag of Hammers, 9p
There are a couple things you can count on in life - you know, death and taxes?
Turns out, there's something entirely reliable in a film festival's submission process, too: the request for a fee waiver.
Because we see them come through almost daily, I wanted to take a minute to acknowledge the waiver requests and offer a bit of insight to filmmakers on our approach to them (and, if you're not a filmmaker, maybe give you an idea of the inside workings of a festival).
We're in the middle of our search for the best independent and international films out there to feature at the 2011 Indianapolis International Film Festival in July. It's 10 days that bring to Indianapolis all the compelling and entertaining cinema that otherwise might not make it to the screen in the Circle City.
While our early deadline has passed (and we're seeing some great films come our way!), maybe you're not convinced yet - maybe you're not sure about sending your film our way for consideration. Allow me to offer a few thoughts (five, actually) on why we'd love it if you did.
Know what it's like to work on an independent film festival?
Here's one little image for you - we race with bated breath to our mail box every day at this time of year.
Know why? Because we never know when the next great film is going to be there waiting for us. And because we hope to find our bin overloaded with packages from filmmakers far and wide.
What are you waiting for? Send us your films before the fee goes up next week! The earlybird deadline is January 1, 2011!
Image credit: sporkist via Flickr
You read that right - the festival may be more than six months away, but we're ready to see your films now!
If you've made a movie, know someone who has or just want to know more about what we're looking for, check out our official Rules & Regulations. Then zip on over to Withoutabox and get your film signed up for consideration!
Want to help spread the word? Share this press release with everybody you know - we can't wait to see some of the best independent filmmaking of the year. And we definitely can't wait to share it with an Indianapolis audience!