Indy Film Fest


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



Posted by Kate Pell

Guest post by Kelly Millspaugh
Addicted to coffee and discovering new music. I prefer cold weather and speak sarcasm fluently.

Summer movie season is notoriously filled with action movies, superheroes, and buddy comedies. Lost for Words is a refreshing break from seeing everything go boom. This is a love story between Michael, an ex-Marine, and Anna, a ballerina. Michael and Anna are both new to Hong Kong and both still getting over their past relationships. Michael is an American and Anna is Chinese and their cultural differences make the relationship a little more complicated than your average boy meets girl story. They both have thrown themselves into their work and leave little time for anything else.

The audience is treated to beautiful shots of Hong Kong as Michael and Anna fall for each other and explore the city over the course of the film. You get the sense that these are two people who are at times skeptical of love and commitment, but aren’t we all? Love and relationships are always a risk. It may seem easier to hide from it, or to choose to leave, but in the end you will be left wondering what may have been and that is more haunting than the chance of a temporary heartbreak after giving love a chance. This film comes down to the ultimate question: Does love conquer all? Can love endure cultural differences, language barriers, and most importantly uncertainty? Michael and Anna face many challenges and whether or not to give love a chance is completely based on the choices they make. Love is more than something you feel, it is something you do…or don’t do.

I would recommend Lost for Words to anyone who wants to see a film without fast cars and where no cities are destroyed by aliens. I would also recommend it to anyone who has the capacity to love. I think that pretty much covers all of you so take a chance on a little love story this summer.

The 2013 Indianapolis International Film Festival will take place July 18 to 28. Secure your tickets now for LOST FOR WORDS.

Sunday, July 21 @ 2:00 in the Toby (with special Q&A following the screening)
Tuesday, July 23 @ 9:30 SPECIAL SCREENING at Tibbs Drive-In


Calling Short Filmmakers :: Screen at The Nooner!

Posted by Sara McGuyer

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.


Skype it Up!

Posted by Sara McGuyer

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

Stick around after for Q&A! And, to keep in the loop on visiting filmmakers at the IMA, sign up for our emails at the footer of our site and follow us on twitter!


The Waive

Posted by Lisa Trifone

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).


5 Reasons to Submit your Film to the Indy Film Fest

Posted by Lisa Trifone

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.


Mail Bag

Posted by Sara McGuyer

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


Submissions are NOW OPEN

Posted by Lisa Trifone

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!