Opening Night: Tully
The Fest kicks off on Thursday, April 26 with the opening night drama Tully, written by Diablo Cody and directed by Jason Reitman — the team that created “Juno.” Academy-award winning actress Charlize Theron of “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Atomic Blonde” fame plays a struggling mother of three who forms a unique friendship with her babysitter, played by Mackenzie Davis (“Blade Runner 2049”). After its premier, Tully was dubbed a “modern riff on ‘Mary Poppins.’”
AWARDS NIGHT: RBG
The awards night film on April 28 will have moviegoers donning “dissent collars” with RBG. Fest moviegoers get a special first look at 85-year-old United State Supreme Court Justice and unexpected pop culture icon Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s unique personal journey, legal legacy, courtroom fashion and workout routine. RBG is a revolutionary documentary with cameos from Gloria Steinem and Nina Totenberg.
CLOSING NIGHT: THE LONG DUMB ROAD
The Fest closes on a comedic note on May 5 with the same film that concluded this year’s Sundance Film Festival, The Long Dumb Road. The film follows two men who accidentally meet when they are both facing personal, emotional intersections and they decide to embark on an unplanned road trip across the Southwest. The Long Dumb Road is directed by Indiana University graduate Hannah Fidell. Fidell is no stranger to the Indy Film Fest; she wrote and directed the 2011 short “We’re Glad You’re Here” about a rudderless twenty-something who moves back to her native Bloomington, Indiana from New York City.
Fest Like a Pro
We've got everything from tear-jerking dramas to knee-slapping comedies. Check out the entire line-up of features and shorts programs at this year's 2018 Indy Film Fest. This is your chance to see the films that will become tomorrow's blockbuster hits before they blow up. You may even rub elbows with a filmmaker or two along the way. But hey, that's what festivals are all about.
Chances are, these movies are going to be new to you. That's the joy of independent films and the festival experience of screening new movies for eager audiences. Our 2018 program can walk you through the day-by-day schedule where you can read about each movie and discover something that just might tickle your fancy. Don't recognize someone, or something? That's part of the fun. You get to discover new things before the rest of the world has to log into Netflix to see what all the buzz is about. Most nights, when the screenings are finished, a group will head out for drinks and conversation that can last well into the night. Follow the crowd, or ask a volunteer where the party's going tonight. They'll direct you right where you wanna go!
Part of your festival experience is the chance to meet the filmmakers. This year, we're pleased to have more than 30 filmmakers in attendance. Just look for the clapper icon in our online program to see where/when filmmakers will be in attendance. They'll stick around after the screening (wait for the credits to roll) to field audience questions and share behind-the-scenes stories about their movies. This is one of our very favorite festival moments and underscores the importance of people talking to people about movies.
From Tully to The Long Dumb Road, you're gonna wanna spend the week with us. After all, our dedicated screeners have been curating this year's selection of crowd-pleasing films since winter. This is where our ticket packages and All-Access Badges come in handy. You'll see hours and hours of films without spending oodles and oodles of cash. Plus, you'll look like a real festival insider with this coveted pass draped around your neck. Respect, yo.
Time and again, we hear from festival guests about how much they enjoyed their Shorts Program experience. For many, it's their first exposure to this unique format, where filmmakers are set free to test their stories (and storytelling devices) and gauge audience reactions. Based on festival feedback, many go on to turn them into feature-length films. Movies like Sling Blade, Bottle Rocket and Napoleon Dynamite (to name a few) all began as shorts on the festival circuit. As a festival audience, you play a vital role in their future. Explore our Shorts Programs. They're home to some of our biggest gems!
Through our 10 day Festival in April and all our year-round events like Roving Cinema and Rock+Reel, the Indy Film Fest is the best way to experience independent film and exciting cinema events in Indianapolis. And the best way to support our mission is to become an Indy Film Fest Member!
These filmmakers are competing for your hearts and minds as well as our coveted cash prize awards! Don’t miss your chance to meet actors and filmmakers from this year’s festival and learn about their craft first-hand. On Saturday, April 28 at 5pm, join us for an engaging panel discussion at the IMA. Discover more about what it takes to create the films we screen at our festival!
48 HOUR FILM PROJECT
During the Fest, guests can enjoy 140 feature-length and short films from across the world, plus the 48 Hour Film Project, a recent addition to Indy Film Fest’s year-round programming in which local teams have one weekend to create an original short film. The 48 Hour Film Project films will screen on April 31 and May 1.
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