Indy Film Fest


All Hail the King!

Posted by Sara McGuyer

Sun King, that is. We are out-of-our-mind excited to announce that Sun King has been named the official beer of the 2011 Indianapolis International Film Festival.

When our board president, Craig Mince, approached Sun King about the opportunity, the fine team at the brewery said yes before he could finish his sentence.

What does this all mean? It means come movie time during the fest at the IMA (July 14 through 24) you can enjoy Sun King beers in the theatres. Sun King will be the only beer sold during festival screenings and brewery staff will be on site during the entire festival run.

New this year, we're having a Sneak Peek Party, and what better place to have it than at Sun King?

Thursday, June 16 | 7-10 p.m.
Sun King Brewing Co., 135 N. College Ave.

We'll announce the official lineup for the 2011 festival. The Sneak Peek will be the first opportunity to purchase festival tickets, Sun King will sell pints (including a limited supply of Popcorn Pilsner) TwinPeaks will man the turntables, Yelp will provide the popcorn and food will be provided by Scratch Food Truck. We hope you'll come and rock the brewery with us. RSVP on Facebook.

We'll see you there, right? Until then, help us thank Sun King by showing them some love. Tweet sweet nothings to them @SunKingBrewing and tell them you're glad they'll be a part of the fest. And order Sun King when you're out and about. If you go somewhere that doesn't have any, tell the bartender they're missing out!


A Little Magic

Posted by Sara McGuyer

Some new friends of the fest shot a little video of the Bigger Picture Show, so we wanted to share it with you here. If the magic of this event is any indication of the vibe for the 2011 festival, we'll be in for a real treat!


The Bigger Picture Show lives up to its name

Posted by Lisa Trifone


Holy smokes.

Not entirely sure we can put into words the awesomeness that was Friday night's BIGGER PICTURE SHOW, our second-annual arts event featuring local designers who've re-imagined movie posters for our most beloved films.

We knew it'd be big, but we didn't realize it'd be this big. So big that people were perusing the art by 7:20 for a show that started at 7:30. So big that a few of the posters sold by 7:25.

(C) 2011 Stacy Kagiwada

So big that the party would eventually be outside, too, because the gallery couldn't contain everyone who came out.

(C) 2011 Stacy Kagiwada

So big that we got tweets like this one from @Articulate_Indy the next day: "Still feeling inspired by the poster designs from the Bigger Picture Show. Congrats, @IndyFilmFest!"

Thank you to every single designer for your art - you raised the bar yet again. This city is lucky to have you, and we're glad to know you.

(C) 2011 Stacy Kagiwada

Thank you Lodge Design for giving the show such a vibrant voice and story. It was as much your night as ours.

Thank you Big Car for hosting us in your new Service Center for Contemporary Culture and Community, a space that's sure to thrive.

Thank you Yelp Indy and Fat Sammies for the food, TwinPeaks for the sounds, Stacy Kagiwada for snapping the pictures (here and here).

And lastly, thank you Indianapolis - thanks to everyone who told us how much they loved the show, how impressed they were with the art, how great it was to see us on the scene, how great a time they had - we love what we do, and we love that you love what we do.

We'll see you at the festival!


Classic Film Posters Re-Imagined

Posted by Sara McGuyer

Last year, the Big Picture Picture Show was one of my favorite events of the year. A whole slew of Indy's best designers and illustrators mingled with art and movie lovers in a packed house at Big Car in an atmosphere that I can only describe as electric. This year it's going to be BIGGER, so we've renamed it... wait for it... The Bigger Picture Show! We're adding a dj and setting up shop in what's sure to be one of Indy's hippest new spots.

Indy Film Fest and Lodge Design present the second annual Bigger Picture Show, featuring nearly 40 local designers re-imagining their very favorite movie posters from every genre and generation. Hosted at Big Car’s latest space, The Service Center will be alive with art, music (provided by Twinpeaks) and a cash bar to complete the evening. Our good friends at YelpIndy will also be on the scene with their soon-to-be-famous Yelpcorn (aka popcorn).

Friday, May 13 | 7:30 p.m.
The Service Center, 3900 Lafayette Road (just north of 38th Street)
Entry is free, but you can RSVP here.

As if the party isn’t reason enough to come by, every poster – professionally printed and framed – will be up for sale. Want a unique piece of movie art in your living room? Arrive early to snag the one and only exhibit copy for just $75. Additional unframed prints will be available for order.

Thanks to our partners helping to make this event happen.
Lodge | Big Car | Nuvo | Yelp | Carey Digital | Twinpeaks

Wondering what to expect? Check out last year's impressive art here:


Thanks for rolling with us!

Posted by Sara McGuyer

HUGE thanks to everyone who came out for Roving Cinema this past Wednesday. We got to see some tried and true festival friends and meet some new ones too.

People came in costume, donning robes, bowling gear and Achiever t-shirts. The "caucasions" were flowing, the yelpcorn, abundant. We quoted the heck out of the movie in unison - making us wonder, is there a more quotable film out there?

I think The Dude himself would have approved. See for yourself! (Photographic goodness provided by the one, the only Stacy Kagiwada. We always love it when she comes to snap the fest in action!) See the full album on Facebook.

Let's Roll :: image credit - Stacy Kagiwada

Not your average movie-going experience. That's how we roll :: image credit - Stacy Kagiwada

A Lane with a View :: image credit - Stacy Kagiwada

We agree, getting an Aaron Scamihorn poster is exciting :: image credit - Stacy Kagiwada


You Want a Toe?

Posted by Sara McGuyer

Tonight's the night! The long-awaited Roving Cinema Big Lebowski screening at Jillian's is here. Doors open at 6:00 & the show is at 7:30. Our reserved bowling lanes for Lebowski, Party of 6 are SOLD OUT, but fear not! There are still general admission tickets available for only $5. Get them here.

We're also pleased to offer this limited edition, silk-screened poster by local artist Aaron Scamihorn. It could really tie your room together, and for a mere $20. You want a toe?

Original, limited edition screen print by Aaron Scamihorn


Topic Du Jour: Opening Night Selection

Posted by Sara McGuyer

The hot topic du jour in the festival office is the opening night film. What film matches the mood we're seeking? Which will help us build buzz? Much thought and discussion goes into this one decision.

Barry MundayWhile we're digging into our selections and programming this year's lineup, you can have a festival in your own living room. If you're a netflix subscriber, the 2010 opening night film Barry Munday is available to watch instantly.

In the film, Barry loses his ability to procreate after a bludgeoning via trumpet (ouch!). He learns he has unwittingly impregnated a recent sexual partner, no matter that he doesn't  recall even meeting her. A quirky and hilarious tale unfolds as Barry tries to navigate a new relationship and the path to parenthood. Earns points for a stellar cast and frequent laughs.

Do tell: have you discovered any of your festival favorites on Netflix?


Hey VIPs, let’s make magic!

Posted by Sara McGuyer

It’s pretty simple really. As an official backer of the 2011 festival, you’re part of the action. And one of the VIPs that makes it all happen. Here’s how it works: You and your friends make a small contribution, and depending on the level, we’ll give you FREE tickets and wearables. With the dollars we raise, we can allocate much-needed resources to host workshops, program special events and bring in filmmakers from all over to create the one-of-a-kind experiences we’re known to provide for film lovers all over the region. Dollar for dollar, here’s how it all breaks out:

Support Indy Film Fest, Earn tickets & more.

what you give | what you get:

$10 - Two Tickets to the 2011 Indy Film Fest (a $20 value)

where it goes: covers an hour of a professional projectionist’s expertise, ensuring that
every festival ?lm screens masterfully

$25 - Four Tickets to the 2011 Indy Film Fest (a $40 value)

where it goes: one summer month's utility bill at the festival office

$50 - 10-pack of Tickets and a FREE Indy Film Fest T-shirt ($120 value)

where it goes: daily rental fee for HDCam deck to screen ?lms on the best format in
the industry

$100 - One All-Access pass, a 10-pack of Tickets and a FREE Film Fest Tee
($220 value)

where it goes: estimated theater rental costs for a single screening

$250 - Two All-Access passes, a 10-pack of Tickets and a FREE Indy Film
Fest T-shirt ($320 value)

where it goes: guest and presentation materials for a ?lmmaking panel


Your Ad Here :: Become a Festival Sponsor

Posted by Lisa Trifone

Sponsor GuideAt the Indianapolis International Film Festival, we're known for our movies. But we wouldn't have movies - or parties, or panels or anything else - without the amazing audience that comes out for everything we do.

We reach an Indianapolis audience of movers, doers, influencers and - most importantly - buyers. With thousands of tickets redeemed each year - and only growing! - plus publication in issues of Nuvo distributed around the city, your participation with the Indy Film Fest is going to be seen. Add in website coverage, our awesome social media reach and the opportunity to put your name directly on a film, party or event and your partnership becomes an entry into one of the highest-profile arts events on the scene.

What's more, by supporting the festival as a sponsor, you and your business are standing up for the arts in Indianapolis, putting your name on the importance of expanding the culture of the city. In a town with stellar music, fine art and dance, partnering with the Indy Film Fest will only bolster an already strong film presence in Indianapolis.

If you're interested in becoming a sponsor, check out our opportunities here. Partnerships range from a high-end title sponsorship that puts your name next to ours, to a quarter-page ad in our festival program that puts your name in the audience's hands.

We can't wait to work with you.


Kickstart our Hearts!

Posted by Sara McGuyer

Recently, we shared an article on twitter on what it takes to run a festival. We always hopes it FEELS like magic, but the truth is, there's a lot of prep going on behind the scenes. A gazillion moving parts. Hundreds of volunteer hours. Venue contracts. Equipment rental. Printing costs...

This year, we're starting off our membership drive as a kickstarter. We invite you to be a part of our little festival: become a backer here.

Kickstart Indy Film Fest

We'll add it up with all of the others to create one deliciously amazing film festival, right here in Indy at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. And when you come to the fest this summer, you'll know you own a little piece of it. And a big hunk of our gratitude.

The gratitude comes with each gift, but we've also cooked up a whole host of perks for various levels. We're offering up everything from movie passes to a reserved seat in the theatre for the duration of the festival. Fancy stuff.

Please join us by giving, asking your friends to donate and shouting out the good word to help us reach our goal of $4,000!