Indy Film Fest


Follow the Filmsquatch to the IMA and beyond!

Posted by Kate Pell

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This year's 2013 Indianapolis International Film Festival will find us at the Indianapolis Museum of Art for most screenings, but as night falls we will move in to some of the great venues of Indy.

Part Festival, part Roving Cinema, 2013's line up includes:

Friday, July 19::MEDORA at The Harrison Center Gym

Monday, July 22::HEY BARTENDER at The Libertine

Tuesday, July 23::LOST FOR WORDS at Tibbs Drive In

Wednesday, July 24::OUT OF PRINT at Indiana Historical Society

Thursday, July 25::FALL AND WINTER at Eiteljorg Museum

Friday, July 26::DETROIT UNLEADED at Big Car Service Center

Check out our video featuring our evening programming.


We Are Serving Up A Feast Of Thought-Provoking Cinema

Posted by Craig Mince

2013 Spring Film Series features dinner-and-movie pairings

Foodies and film buffs alike are invited to gather round the table this spring when the Indianapolis International Film Fest kicks off its tenth anniversary season with a series of food-related films paired with enticing cuisine provided by local restaurants.

“We are celebrating our tenth year in a big way, with new partnerships and new experiences,” said Craig Mince, president and COO of the Indy Film Fest. “These pairings include Indy’s hottest restaurants, plus great films, making the perfect date night or evening out with friends.”

The series kicks off on March 13 with Toast, starring Freddie Highmore and Helena Bonham Carter. Based on the best-selling memoir by Nigel Slater, the story follows a young British food critic as he grapples with the untimely death of his mother, whose sole culinary success is making toast. Teeming with 1960s nostalgia, the heartwarming tale of a boy’s hunger is written by Lee Hall, who secured an Academy Award nomination in 2000 for Billy Elliot.

Dinner, including a glass of wine, will be provided by Amelia’s Bakery and Bluebeard. This event is for ages 21 and older.

Other films in the series are:

  • March 27: Sushi: The Global Catch, which takes us to five countries to explore the rise of the common Tokyo street food. Dinner provided by FortyFive Degrees.
  • April 10: Nina’s Heavenly Delights, the tale of an Indian woman’s return home to save her father’s failing restaurant. Dinner provided by Spicebox.
  • April 24: Eating Alabama, a thoughtful and funny look at community, the South, and sustainability. Dinner provided by Duos.

Tickets, which include dinner and the movie are $22 and are available at Tickets for the film only are $10, and will be sold at the door. All movies will be held at the IndyFringe Basile Theatre at 719 St. Clair St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and dinner begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available at


We’re Popped Up!

Posted by Sara McGuyer

We're still reeling from Craig's big win at Big Car. The challenge was to pitch an arts + tech idea that revolutionizes our city for the inaugural 5x5 event. This series of themed idea-pitching events awards $10,000 to one big idea, and is hosted by local innovators like Big Car and People for Urban Progress, and funded by CICF, the Efroymson Family Fund and Christel DeHaan Family Foundation.

Five finalists got the chance to pitch for the $10K. Our idea: bring movies to the people all over this city for some pop up cinema! The funds will be used to purchase a screen worthy of any outdoor venue and a portable sound and projection set up. Any field, any warehouse or gallery - any place at all is fair game. Who knows what we'll dream up?

We were incredibly honored to receive both the audience and judges' votes. Getting one of those over-sized checks is a pretty amazing thing! Thanks to Big Car, CICF and the rest of the crew for this incredible opportunity. We can't wait to turn this city into our theater!

For more, see NUVO's great slideshow of photos by Stacy Kagiwada and check out the slides (made lovely by Lodge Design) below!

Craig Mince: Popped Up! 5x5 slideshow by Big Car


Sponsors Make Our World Go ‘Round

Posted by Sara McGuyer

If you're looking to align your business with a thriving arts organization, look no further. There isn't a better year than this, our tenth! We're going to be pulling out all the stops and we'd love to have you along for the ride. Opportunities abound with Indy Film Fest.

Sponsorship of Year Round Programming
We know how to throw a film party. Put your name on it, and let the good times roll. We have one of our programs still up for grabs (as of this post) – our 2013 Spring Dinner & a Movie Series. (Deadline is February 2013).

Festival Sponsorships
We're going big for our 10th Fest! We have plenty of ways for you to join the party, from our Marquee sponsorship for the 10 day summer festival, to covering single films and more. Want to underwrite our filmmaker awards and earn naming rights for our annual audience choice awards? Perhaps you'd like to power our box office? Sponsorships vary, starting at $500 and up. (Deadlines vary, April-June 2013)

In-Kind Gifts
Our wish list almost always includes iPads (the box office of the future! Or, our present), Mac laptops, printer ink, stamps, copy paper and the like. But we also can work wonders with your other in-kind gifts. Your donated goods save us money, and we can shout our love from the rooftops. Win-win. (Needed year round)

Donate to our Silent Auction

For certain in-kind gifts, we can auction them at our annual silent auction in February to raise big money for the festival. We generally collect items between $50 and $1,500. (Needed by early February 2013)

Donate to our Filmmaker and VIP Swag Bags
We pass these bad boys out to filmmakers from around the world and our biggest supporters here in Indy. Do you have something awesome that fits in a bag? We want to hear from you. (Needed by June 2013)

Ads in the 2013 Festival Program

Ads start at just $80 and align your business with the arts and film in Indy. Want to be emailed our rates and form? Say so here. (Deadline is May 29, 2013)

Please contact Sara with your inquiries and good news!


Look Out, 2013

Posted by Sara McGuyer

We just released some details about our programming for the upcoming year, and all I can say is, watch out 2013. Here's a sample of what's in the works.

Key Events
• Feb 24th – Movie’s Biggest Night @ 45 Degrees
• May 10th - The Bigger Picture Show @ Big Car Service Center
• June 13th – Indy Film Fest Preview Party
• July 18th – 28th – Indy Film Fest - Multiple Locations

Roving Cinema sponsored by Butler Scion - Tickets on sale now! Get 'em while you can!
We bring movies to you, in places you love to hang! We're so pleased to welcome Butler Scion as the 2013 sponsor for Roving Cinema.
• Jan 24th - THIS IS SPINAL TAP @ Do317 Lounge
• Feb 28th - THE NEVERENDING STORY @ Indy Reads Books
• May 16th - FIGHT CLUB @ Indianapolis City Market Catacombs
• June 5th - MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL @ Sun King Brewery
• Aug 29th - WAITING FOR GUFFMAN @ IRT Upper Stage
• Dec 11th - SANTA’S BATTLE ROYALE (Audience Selection) @ Sun King Brewery (Tickets available after movie vote in Oct/Nov)

Spring Series
Ooh, fancy! We're trying something new for us. Film and food pairings are TBA, but we're so excited to partner with Indy Fringe to bring you dinner and a movie! (Corporate sponsorships available. Email for details!
• March 13th - Spring Series – Dinner & Movie @ Indy Fringe Theatre
• March 27th - Spring Series – Dinner & Movie @ Indy Fringe Theatre
• April 10th - Spring Series – Dinner & Movie @ Indy Fringe Theatre
• April 24th - Spring Series – Dinner & Movie @ Indy Fringe Theatre

Fall Film Series sponsored by SmallBox
We're bringing music-themed films back this fall, and we're super pleased that SmallBox is sponsoring this for the second year in a row! Films and location TBA, dates are tentative.
• Sept 26th – Fall Series
• Oct 10th – Fall Series
• Oct 24th – Fall Series
• Nov 7th - Fall Series

We live for this stuff. More to come.

p.s. If you like what you see and want to support this programming, you can make a donation to our Grand Holiday!


Can you chip in?

Posted by Sara McGuyer

Grand HolidayMy movie-watching comes in seasons. It's that time of year for what is perhaps one of my favorites: re-watching all of my beloved holiday flicks. In the quiet of the end of the year, I try to take stay-cation, and have started a new tradition of going to the theater solo. In the bitter cold of January, I re-visit the Lord of the Rings trilogy. And then something magical takes place: I transition to watching screening copies of our film submissions.

Our summer fest may seems worlds away, but even today, we're putting all sorts of moving parts into place: seeking sponsors, planning parties, negotiating vendor contracts. This 10 day festival is a long time in the making, and needs a lot of care and support to come into being.

Now through the end of the year, we're in a mad dash to make it a Grand Holiday and raise $2,500, all of which will support our tenth festival. Ten is a big, exciting milestone for us, and we're committed to making this the best fest yet.

$2,500 isn't a huge amount. We're not looking for one or two people to swoop in and take out our whole goal. What we're wishing is for all of our fans to come together and chip in. Can you give $5? Cool. $50? Fantastic.

In case you aren't convinced, here are a few reasons to give:

1. The fest brings awesome movies to Indy.
2. We have a film reel wearing a santa hat. I mean, can you really say no to that?
3. A lot of volunteers pour heart, soul and sweat into this thing. Our collective hearts will swell with gratitude for you.

Seriously I love this festival, and I know I'm not alone. Let's all make a grand holiday for the fest, shall we?


The Beginning of the End Party

Posted by Craig Mince

Whether you put any stock in it or not, the countdown to the end of the Mayan calendar is quickly approaching, and I for one want to make sure all my bases are covered for the “End of Days.”

So, as the end draws near I find myself saying, “What should I do with myself?” Should I take that Airstream vacation with the family to the Grand Canyon I’ve always dreamed about? Or, should I invest in MREs and shotgun shells? Better yet what movie — or movies — should I watch before we all float into space?

I just don’t know.

(These are the types of things that keep me awake at night. Well, that and the occasional episode of HERE COMES HONEY BOO BOO.)

After much thought, and a few beers, I’ve come to the conclusion that I want to start the beginning of the end with my friends, drinking a couple of pints of Sun King, munching on some tacos and watching that post-apocalyptic cult classic SHAUN OF THE DEAD.

With that thought in mind, the Indy Film Fest is presenting our (and potentially last if the Mayans knew what they were talking about) Roving Cinema at Sun King Brewery on Wednesday, December 12 at 7pm — 10 days before the end of the Mayan calendar. Tickets are just $8. Bring your “end of the world buddy,” a camping chair or blanket and a healthy appetite for all things post-apocalyptic.

If the movie isn’t enough to get you out of your doomsday bunker, how about a special beer, brewed by Sun King? Yep. They’ve got you covered with a special Armageddon brew that will be tapped that night. Rumor has it, this beer has been inspired by the Mayans themselves and will set you on the path to meet your maker. Our buddies at Sun King are also going to be tapping 9 other classic beers that night — 10 beers for your 10 final days, get it? And no one will go home thirsty. Sun King will be filling up growlers after the film.

Man can’t survive on beer alone you might say. Well Taco Lassie,, is going to be on hand dishing up some of the finest food this side of the Rio Grande, and our good friends at Just Pop In!,,  are going to be making sure your popcorn fix is curbed. I hear they have a new bacon flavored snack that will blow your hair back.

As if all of this isn’t enough, we’re going to be announcing the 2013 Indy Film Fest event calendar that night!

So here is your doomsday checklist:

  • Buy your advanced tickets are just 8 bucks. (
  • Be at Sun King at 6:30pm on the 12th when the doors open.
  • Bring something to sit on.
  • Bring extra cash for the beers and food.
  • Enjoy what maybe the last film you'll ever see!

Portions of the beer and door proceeds will go towards the Salvation Army Indiana Division to help buy children toys for the holidays!

Let’s have a great send off to the world as we know it. Oh, and it’s probably not a bad idea to go ahead stock up on MREs and shotgun shells, just to be safe.

See you all at Sun King!

Craig Mince

President, Indy Film Fest


Go West, young woman, go West and make us proud!

Posted by Craig Mince

Today the Indy Film Fest, and Indianapolis as a whole, says goodbye to one of its shining stars, Lisa Trifone. Lisa leaves tomorrow to take on a new role with the internationally renowned Sundance Film Festival. Although we are very sad to see her go, we are also very excited to see her follow her passions and dreams.

It's safe to say the Indy Film Fest would not be where it is today without the dedication and support of Lisa. You might have seen Lisa announcing films and rocking Q & A with filmmakers at events, but the lion share of her work was behind the scenes. She pounded the pavement, getting our name out there to filmmakers and studios alike. She created systems and processes that took our DIY-to-the-extreme organization to a much more organized place. Her tireless efforts have helped catapult this rag tag film festival into the national spotlight (I mean, you guys saw her in the Hollywood reporter, right?) and we will forever be in her gratitude.

Please join us in saying thank you and goodbye to one of Indy’s best and brightest.

Since we are movie nerds we always speak in movie quotes so…

“Here’s looking at you, kid.” – Humphery Bogart as Rick Blaine


The Fall Film Series Will Rock You

Posted by Lisa Trifone

After the most successful festival to date, we're excited to kick off our 2012 Fall Film Series, with the help of SmallBox, Nuvo and IMAX at the State Museum.

This time around, the five films in the series all have one awesome thing in common - they'll rock your socks off. With a musical theme behind them, you're going to love what you see - and hear.

Here's the breakdown - click on any title to get your tickets!

In April 2011, LCD Soundsystem called it quits at the height of their fame. This concert doc not only logs the final performance of their greatest hits, but chronicles headliner James Murphy and how he came to the decision to move on. Watch the trailer.

ALMOST FAMOUS - October 11
Cameron Crowe's seminal work about one kid with a love for rock and roll who gets a close-up look at the business of a band on tour. Watch the trailer.

Concerts make for a great night out, but the concert poster is what lingers long after the band's packed up. A movement for decades, this intriguing documentary covers the origins of one-off gig posters and the designers making them more and more unique with each tour. Watch the trailer.

MOULIN ROUGE! - November 1
Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor star as star-crossed lovers in Baz Luhrmann's imaginative and over-the-top musical about the famous can-can club in 19th century Paris. Watch the trailer.

A hit at Sundance Film Festival in January, California Solo follows a former Britpop rocker who now works on a farm who gets caught driving drunk and faces deportation after living in Los Angeles for many years.  His efforts to stay in the U.S. force him to confront the past and current demons in his life.  Watch the trailer.

Each film is at 7p at the IMAX at the State Museum, which is now serving beer and wine alongside movie popcorn and candy! With the support of SmallBox, we're excited to present a great slate of independent films and classic favorites throughout the fall.

See you at the movies!

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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.