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!
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