Indy Film Fest

22Dec/103

Garland, the Godfather and getting into the spirit of the season

Posted by Lisa Trifone

It's all I can do to keep from listening to Christmas music until after Halloween, let alone Thanksgiving, so it probably won't surprise you to know that I've been rotating through my holiday movies for about as long. Every year, there are a handful of films I have on hand to keep the festive mood going - White Christmas, The Family Stone, A Christmas Story. They're classics and, like good friends and a glass of wine, always sure to put you in a good mood.

With that in mind, I thought it'd be fun to share my top five favorite Christmas movies. Keep reading to get the scoop, then please - share yours in the comments!

21Dec/101

Oscar’s Kid Brother

Posted by Lisa Trifone

If the Oscars are the big man on campus during Awards season, then the Golden Globes - presented each year by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association - are the kid brother. They're fun for a while, cute in their own way and have a striking resemblance to their more strapping counterpart, but overall, you just can't take them all that seriously.

That couldn't be more appropriate than now, as the HFPA has announced their nominees. Taking a look at the list, it's hard to take the line-up seriously, given the blatantly snubbed, the inexplicably included and the antiquated comedy/drama structure to the categories. As if that's all there is.

At first glance, it's a fairly expected list - the films getting most of this year's awards buzz cleaned up pretty nicely. The King's Speech snagged the most nominations, a feat it may just repeat come Oscar time in late January. Behind it in quantity is The Fighter, with Mark "Say hi to your Motha for me" Wahlberg and Christian Bale. The ratings controversy around Blue Valentine didn't stop it from getting a couple nods for indie powerhouses Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams.

So far, so good.

5Nov/100

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!

3Nov/100

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 volunteer@indyfilmfest.org to request the forms - but don't delay. Meetings start soon, and we'd love to have you at them all.