Indy Film Fest


Festival Intern: join the team today!

Posted by Lisa Trifone

We're currently seeking a Festival Submissions and Operations intern for the 2011 - 2012 season! Interested in learning all about what it takes to make a festival run? This is the role for you.

The Indianapolis International Film Festival is an all-volunteer organization, and we need an enthusiastic, organized individual to join us in all the work it'll take over the next several months to make the annual festival happen.

What can you expect to work on? Everything!

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Film Submissions - the festival sees over 500 films come through our doors hoping to land a slot in the annual event. We need your help in managing all these incoming movies. From tracking to filing to screening them (with the help of a Screening Committee!), you'll be at the front lines of managing the 2012 Festival experience!

Office Management - as the organization grows, we're making more and more friends. We're hoping to keep track of all of them in our management systems and processes, and you can help! From entering all the data to organizing it in a way that makes it easy to access, you'll be helping to make sure our friends are all accounted for.

Event Participation - this is probably the most fun part - the screenings, parties, discussions and more. As a part of the festival team, you'll always be on the invite list to every event we host. These include cocktail parties, advanced screenings and even some great meet & greets. Want to be on the right side of the red carpet? You will be in this role!

We're looking for college upperclassmen or recent grads; you're local to Indy with reliable transportation. Your schedule is fairly flexible, available for evening meetings and weekend work sessions. You're plugged in to email, social media and ideally, the local arts scene. Sound like you? Check out the complete job description, then shoot us an email with your info to apply!

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Festival Internships Now Available!

Posted by Lisa Trifone

If one half of getting the festival off the ground is getting the films in, the other half is building our team of dedicated volunteers and interns to help make the whole thing happen.

We're excited to announce the availability of several internships for the 2011 Festival season, and hope you'll take a minute to apply. While these are all listed as internships, each role is open to any dedicated volunteer with the time, interest and skill set right for the job.

Available positions include (click on each to open a PDF description):

Not sure which role is right for you? If you have an interest in working for the festival but aren't sure which role you'd like to engage in, please still forward your resume and cover letter to us at volunteer AT indyfilmfest DOT org. We have countless opportunities, including creating filmmaker gift bags, managing our annual surveys and working in our projection booths, and we'd love to have your help in any one of these ways!


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!


Like movies? Have we got a job for you.

Posted by Lisa Trifone

We're looking for a few good souls interested in watching the good, the bad and the just plain ugly film submissions we'll be receiving over the next several months (and trust us, they get ugly...).

Be on the front lines of the review process, screening a slice of the more than 500 films we expect to be submitted this year. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to attend weekly meetings to screen short film submissions and watch 2-3 feature-length films on your own each week, rating each and every one of them as you go. Your input will directly impact the films screened at the 2011 Indy Film Fest.

It's really not as daunting as it sounds. In fact, it's fun! Screeners get to meet fellow filmlovers, share their opinions about independent film and get an inside glimpse into the way the film festival comes together.

Interested in applying? Drop an email to to request the forms - but don't delay. Meetings start soon, and we'd love to have you at them all.


Something to talk about

Posted by Lisa Trifone

The gears have totally shifted into motion over here at Indy Film Fest HQ, and it's super exciting to see all the buzz that the recent announcements are generating.

Are you following us on Twitter? That scene is a blast these days - ticket giveaways, daily featured films and some great filmmakers and film fans to follow.

What's even better is seeing the city and film audiences get as stoked about what we're up to as we are. Just today, I discovered this little post from filmmaker Jill Carter - sounds like she's looking forward to getting back to Indy for screenings of her short film Ninety-one.

We're working on getting the events posted on all the local and regional events calendars, but looks like the folks at beat us to it - thanks for the great write up! And they're right - the All Access Pass IS the best way to go - unlimited movies, the best parties, and always being on the right side of the red carpet!

Finally, check out the coverage we snagged at Indianapolis ORG Magazine - they call out the events around town adding an international flair to the Circle City. Why thank you, that's exactly what we try to do! Magazine highlights PAULISTA, a stellar Brazilian film about three lives intersecting in a single apartment building.

We'll keep you posted on all the buzz we discover - are you talking about the fest? Let us know!


The 2010 Fest – Off Beat. On Target.

Posted by Lisa Trifone

Is there really a better way to put it? This year's list of over 100 films is quirky. Goofy. Experimental. Sentimental. Innovative. Evocative. Basically, they hit the bullseye.

Whether you like your film home grown or imported from a far; whether you're looking for something that'll make you laugh or make you think - whatever you like in your movies, we've got it this year. It's a line-up that's as diverse as it is approachable and as impressive as it is intimate.

Check out the whole thing online now. Here's a quick breakdown:

112 total films, including special events like The Wildest Dream on Tuesday, July 20. Natasha Richardson's last film, it's the story of the mountain climbers who try to tame Mt. Everest.

21 different countries featured in this year's festival films, including Latvia, Czech Republic, Finland, Nepal, Switzerland and Belguim.

Dozens of films featured in festivals like Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, Slamdance, Nashville, Seattle, Sarasota and more - all brought to your back door right here in Indianapolis. It's our pleasure, really.

Over 50 films making their Midwest Premiere, having never been seen before in this region. That's right - find them right here in Indy, July 15 - 25.

3 World Premieres - the first time these amazing movies have screened for any audience anywhere, including Everyone Says I Look Just Like Her, a film by Ryan Balas.

Watch this space for even more of what's featured at the 2010 Indy Film Fest, like the captivating family drama from Finland, Twisted Roots, or the best way to spend an hour this summer, with our shorts program One Hour, Ten Films.

We'll be blogging from now through the festival, giving you yet one more way to get closer to the festival than ever before. It may be a board member or a festival volunteer or even just a member of our audience who've got a thing or two to say - whomever chimes in, chances are you'll enjoy the read.