OPENING NIGHT: THEM THAT FOLLOW
Thursday, May 2 at 7:30pm
The Fest kicks off on Thursday night (May 2) with our Opening Night screening of Them That Follow. Set deep in the wilds of Appalachia, where believers handle death-dealing snakes to prove themselves before God, Them That Follow tells the story of a pastor’s daughter who holds a secret that threatens to tear her community apart.
AWARDS NIGHT: WILD ROSE
Saturday, May 4 at 7pm
Rose-Lynn Harlan is fresh out of jail with two young kids and all she wants is to get out of Glasgow and make it as a country singer in Nashville. Her mum Marion has had a bellyful of Rose-Lynn’s Nashville nonsense. Rose-Lynn is forced to take a cleaning job, only to find an unlikely champion in the lady of the house. Wild Rose is an uplifting story with an original soundtrack about family, dreams, reality, three chords and the truth.
CLOSING NIGHT: THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE
Saturday, May 11 at 8pm
A dark comedy set in the world of karate. The film centers on Casey who is attacked at random on the street and enlists in a local dojo led by a charismatic and mysterious Sensei in an effort to learn how to defend himself.
HOW TO FESTIVAL
We've got everything from tear-jerking dramas to knee-slapping comedies. Check out our entire line-up of features and shorts programs. 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 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. When available, 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.
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 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!
SPECIAL PRESENTATION: YESTERDAY
Friday, May 10 at 7pm
Jack Malik is a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the support of his childhood best friend, Ellie. After a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover he’s the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles. From Academy Award®-winning director Danny Boyle and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Richard Curtis comes a rock-n-roll comedy about music, dreams, friendship, and the long and winding road that leads to the love of your life.
SPECIAL PRESENTATION: THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM
Sunday, May 5 at 11:45am
This touching documentary chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through ups and downs, dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature’s conflicts, the Chester’s unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination.