Indy Film Fest


Getting Crafty

Posted by Sara McGuyer

Everyone recognizes the Oscar statue. Awards and film just go hand in hand. Indy Film Fest gives out awards too - but this year we learned the marble trophies we'd been using for years were no longer available. With the old style being discontinued, we decided to mix things up. The idea was to create hand-crafted awards to reflect the personal style of our featured films. Here's the result:

2011 Indy Film Fest Awards
The award art work was silk-screened onto actual birch paper, which absorbed the ink in unexpectedly cool ways. Each award turned out a little different from the next — a one-of-a-kind memento from the 2011 Festival. After adding a simple frame to commemorate the recognition, these festival trophies are ready to hang with their new filmmaker friends.

Huge thanks to our creative partner, Lodge Design for dreaming these up and making it happen!


We Built It :: Will You Come?

Posted by Sara McGuyer

Summer seems to be winding down (can you believe it's September tomorrow!?!), but it wouldn't be complete without a trip to the ball field. We've cooked up a special night to make sure you get at least one last visit in this season. Roving Cinema returns for a special screening of Field of Dreams at Victory Field.

This year, the Indians are celebrating 125 seasons of professional baseball in Indianapolis. We can't think of a better way to pay tribute to that rich history than to screen the ultimate baseball flick right on their big scoreboard. Join us for peanuts, some brews and some serious Kevin Costner action.

Thursday, September 1
Doors open at 7:30pm | Show at Sunset, approx. 8:15
Ticketing options & event details!

View the trailer:

Check out the event on facebook to see who else is coming.


The Audience Awards go to…

Posted by Sara McGuyer

For ten full days of film, you came out, you watched, you voted. After very careful tallying and recounting (because the results were SO CLOSE!), we're pleased to share your picks with you!

And the Audience Awards of the 2011 Indy Film Fest go to...

Audience Award Winner - Short Film

Audience Award Winner - Feature Film


All films were rated on that scale of 1 - 5 on the ballots. The top films ended up in some case only hundredths of percentage points behind the next. Rounding out the Top 5 Most Loved by audiences at this year's fest, are the following films:

Something Left, Something Taken

A Bag of Hammers
Natural Selection
Better this World
Boys of Bonneville

Thank you to each of you who supported the fest. Every ticket purchased, every vote cast helps support the film scene in Indy. We loved seeing new faces and old friends alike, and we can't wait to hear what you thought of the festival. Stay tuned - we'll be posting a survey soon!


And the winner is…

Posted by Sara McGuyer

Fresh on the heels of their acquisition by The Cinema Guild, NATURAL SELECTION triumphs as the Grand Jury winner of Indy Film Fest. This distinction names it best overall film at the festival and carries a $1,000 prize. In addition to the Grand Jury award, the film directed by Robbie Pickering also earned the distinction of Best American Spectrum Feature Film.

It's a total bonus that the film has Indiana ties. The film's production designer Michael Bricker is an Indiana native and the co-founder and Executive Director at People for Urban Progress in Indianapolis.

All winners get an encore screening! If you missed them, catch them today at The IMA!

Best Matter of Fact @ 2 pm

Short Film – TYPE A
Feature Film – THE GREEN WAVE
Get tickets for Type A & The Green Wave

Best World Cinema @ 4:30 pm
Short Film – DIREK ASK
Get tickets
for Direk Ask & Small Town Murder Songs

Best American Spectrum @ 7 pm
Get tickets for Something Left, Something Taken & Natural Selection

The IMA Culturally Adventurous Award @ 9:30 pm
Get tickets for Jess + Moss

The IMA Culturally Adventurous Award is a new honor bestowed on an official Indy Film Fest selection by festival host Indianapolis Museum of Art. This award seeks to honor the selection which defies categorization, contains exciting cross-cultural or international content, or embodies stylistic experimentation.

Our Audience Award will be announced after all of the ballots are tallied from Sunday! More soon!


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!


Indy Recommends

Posted by Sara McGuyer

Looking for recommendations? We're curating a list of reviews and recommendations to help you decide what to see at the 2011 Indy Film Fest!

See you at the movies!

NUVO: Indy Film Fest 2011: Cinematic Journeys

Indy Star has two articles: If you can only see five films, pick these
and Hoosier filmmaker gets delusional

The Film Yap: The most comprehensive collection of reviews

IBJ: LOU'S VIEWS: Get a jump start on Indy International Film Festival

Indianapolis Museum of Art has two blog posts: On Screen & In the Gallery
and On Screen & In Between at Indy Film Fest

The Independent Critic has several reviews

Add your personal recommendations in the comments!


Shiny New Things!

Posted by Sara McGuyer

We're constantly seeking ways to add to the festival vibe. Our mission is to create a shared experience around film. This means after we watch the movies, we want to mingle and talk and offer various ways for local film lovers to interact with the fest and each other.

So, here's a few shiny new things we're doing this year, and we do hope you like them!

Reel Mosaic by Carbon Arc

Photo Booth
Thanks to our new sponsor SmallBox, we're setting up a Spinshot photo booth on opening and closing night parties. Be on the lookout for it and be sure to get your photo snapped!

Festival Lounge
Another new partner for the festival, RJE Knoll is outfitting the IMA's Fountain Room with some swank furniture to help create the 2011 Festival Lounge. This will be the place to be between screenings to catch up with friends, to chat about the films and maybe meet a director or two! The music will be oh so good – DJ TwinPeaks will be making a few stops in the lounge, and our friends at My Old Kentucky Blog (MOKB) are sharing their first two shufflers, which are chock full of awesomeness. Our Official Beer of the Fest, Sun King, will be on hand with their Popcorn Pilsner. Could their be a better beer to pair with movies? We think not. Did we mention Just Pop In will be serving up their delicious popcorn?. Oh yes. The lounge will be the place to be, that is – if you aren't watching movies. The lounge will be open July 15-17 from 4p to 11p.

After Party Spots
This year we've organized a slate of bars to head to after the movies every night. Once you've seen the flicks, you want to talk about them, hang out with other film lovers and continue drinking in the vibe of the fest. So come on out after the show!

Th 7/14 – Opening Night Party at The Bar at the Ambassador
Fri 7/15 – O’Reilly’s

Sat 7/16 – Sensu
Sun 7/17 - Mesh
Mon 7/18 – Elbow Room
Tues 7/19 – White Rabbit
Wed 7/20 – Ball and Biscuit
Th 7/21 – Urban Element
Fri 7/22 – Tavern on South
Sat 7/23 – Closing Night Party at Agio

Image credit: Reel mosaic by Carbon Arc via flickr


Hello, Red Carpet

Posted by Sara McGuyer

Is there anything more exciting in movies than opening night? The buzz, the glamour, the after-party magic. For us, opening night sets the tone for the rest of the festival.

We can't think of a better way to do that this year than to kick things off with Fox Searchlight's ANOTHER EARTH. Join us July 14, 7 p.m. at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Your ticket gets you into the film and the after-party at Bar at the Ambassador. If you haven't been before, the Bar offers a darkly elegant atmosphere with an expansive marble bar and eclectic New Orleans art collection. The Bar has been kind enough to provide complimentary appetizers for you to enjoy. Full service menu and bar will be available. Opening Night sponsor Just Pop In! will be on hand with a selection of their decidedly delectable popcorn, as will Sun King Brewery, sampling their own Popcorn Pilsner! And be sure to get your photo snapped – keep your eyes open for the Spinshot photo booth, courtesy of SmallBox!

Get tickets here.


The 2011 Line-Up!

Posted by Sara McGuyer

Indy Film Fest Festival Laurels

It's finally here - the official 2011 line-up!

For months we've been watching hundreds of submissions. Our screening committee - a diverse group of volunteers with different tastes in film - began watching movies in April to start narrowing the field.

After months of viewing, planning and deliberation, we're pleased to announce the official selections. Films will run July 14-24 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Go here to see the full line-up and buy tickets! We'll continue to share highlights of the upcoming fest here with you. See you at the IMA in a month?


Just a little bump

Posted by Lisa Trifone

We love our friends over at Magnet Films in Broad Ripple. They've made us this simple but fun bumper you'll be seeing a lot of at this year's festival. Enjoy!

2011 Indy Film Fest bumper