Playing Fest and Loose

10 Days of Movies and Shenanigans

Summer lovin’…there’s nothing like it. This summer, we’re showing you our love with a 10-day festival that features exclusive parties, filmmaker meet-and-greets, and more than 100 first-run independent films from all over the world. And we’re hoping to have a little SUMMER FLING with you. You know: late nights, smart conversations, and a carefree romance that allows you to escape into incredible stories that will stick with you forever. Slip into something a little more comfortable—like an air-conditioned movie theater—and let us sweep you off your feet. We’re playing fest and loose with your hearts this year, folks. Hold on tight.

Everything You Need to Know to Plan Your Festival Experience

How to Fest with the Best

EXPLORE OUR ENTIRE 2017 SCHEDULE

EXPLORE OUR ENTIRE 2017 SCHEDULE

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 2017 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.

BUY AN ALL-ACCESS BADGE

BUY AN ALL-ACCESS BADGE

From WIND RIVER to PATTI CAKE$, 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.

GRAB A FRONT ROW SEAT AND ASK AWAY

GRAB A FRONT ROW SEAT AND ASK AWAY

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, July 15 at 3:30pm, 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!

BE SURE TO ATTEND A SHORTS SCREENING

BE SURE TO ATTEND A SHORTS SCREENING

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!

SEEK OUT OUR VISITING FILMMAKERS

SEEK OUT OUR VISITING FILMMAKERS

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 (one has traveled all the way from Israel to be with us). Just look for the clapper icon in our 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.

HANG OUT WITH OTHER MOVIE LOVERS

HANG OUT WITH OTHER MOVIE LOVERS

Chances are, these movies are going to be new to you. That's the joy of the festival experience. Our program will walk you through the day-by-day schedule so you can find just about anything to 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 days, a group will head out for drinks and conversation after the movies. Follow the crowd, or ask a volunteer where the party's headed.

With Official After-parties and Unique Festival Experiences

Our Biggest Movie Nights

WIND RIVER // Opening Night: Thursday, July 13

WIND RIVER // Opening Night: Thursday, July 13

Last year, we brought you "Hell or High Water" (along with special guest Gil Birmingham). This year, we're pleased to open our festival with the final installment of filmmaker Taylor Sheridan's frontier trilogy, WIND RIVER. It's a chilling thriller that follows a rookie FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) who teams up with a local game tracker with deep community ties and a haunted past (Jeremy Renner) to investigate the murder of a local girl on a remote Native American Reservation in the hopes of solving her mysterious death. BONUS: Our friends at the Eiteljorg Museum will be leading a short discussion of the film's Native American themes immediately following the film before our Opening Night Reception.

LUCKY // Awards Night: Saturday, July 15

LUCKY // Awards Night: Saturday, July 15

Harry Dean Stanton and David Lynch?!?!? Bingo. Let's party! LUCKY follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist, played by Harry Dean Stanton, and the quirky characters that inhabit his off the map desert town. Having outlived and outsmoked all of his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self-exploration, leading towards that which is so often unattainable: enlightenment.

PATTI CAKE$ // Closing Night: Saturday, July 22

PATTI CAKE$ // Closing Night: Saturday, July 22

You do NOT want to miss this film that Variety calls one of 2017's most endearing discoveries! Aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski, aka Patti Cake$, is fighting an unlikely quest for glory in her downtrodden hometown where her life is falling apart. Patti tries to reach the big time in the hip-hop scene with original and affecting music. Cheered on by her grandmother and only friends, Jheri and Basterd, Patti also shoulders her mother's heartaches and misfortunes.

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Sunday, July 16 starting at noon

A Three-Course Afternoon of Foodie Films

THE BULLISH FARMER // 12pm

THE BULLISH FARMER // 12pm

Four years in the making, THE BULLISH FARMER follows the story of John Boy, an unlikely farmer who finds himself representative of a growing movement across the United States: local farmers growing their crops & providing their livestock feed free of GMO's, antibiotics, and chemicals. This isn't just a story about John Boy. It’s the story about the difference one man can make when faced with overwhelming odds. Director Ken Marsolais will be at this screening to talk about making this important film.

EATIN' GOOD // 2pm

EATIN' GOOD // 2pm

Don't miss this feast-for-the-eyes Shorts Block, featuring stories about fabulous meals, insatiable appetites and a tabletop film feast. BONUS: Director Michael Goldburg will be in attendance for this shorts block and eager to hear your thoughts about his short film SURE-FIRE!

TUNA, FAROFA & SPAGHETTI // 3:45pm

TUNA, FAROFA & SPAGHETTI // 3:45pm

Three Brazialian Chefs travel to France, Italy and Japan back to their roots. A road movie full of flavors and gastronomic stories.

The Best Comedies are All Heart

Laughter Is the Best Medicine

WHAT CHILDREN DO // July 14 and 21

WHAT CHILDREN DO // July 14 and 21

This comedy takes us inside the complicated relationship of two estranged sisters forced back together by their grandmother’s failing health. “The two main characters provided me with the perfect avenue to explore different sides of my personality as well as the chance to infuse their narratives with a lot of my own personal insecurities and fears,” says Director Dean Peterson. “All of the different journeys that Amy and Shannon go through are ones that I feel like I'm constantly midstream with myself.”

SIGNATURE MOVE // July 14 and 17

SIGNATURE MOVE // July 14 and 17

This romantic comedy meets coming-of-age story follows Zaynab, a Pakistani, Muslim, lesbian who takes care of her sweet, TV-obsessed mother and is seeking her identity in love and wrestling. Zaynab has some secrets from her mother, that she is falling in love with a Mexican woman named Alma and that she is taking wrestling classes from a former WWE wrestler.

Discovery Is Just Waiting

Long and Short Journeys

MARK TWAIN'S JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM: DREAMLAND // July 16 and 19

MARK TWAIN'S JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM: DREAMLAND // July 16 and 19

This film retraces Mark Twain's footsteps as a cub reporter on a bold adventure sailing around the Mediterranean and throughout Europe in 1867, with Jerusalem and the Holy Land as his ultimate destination. The 31-year-old reporter convinced a San Francisco newspaper to pay for his excursion aboard the Quaker City (the world's very first cruise ship at that time), in exchange for writing about his travels in regular dispatches. Narrated by Martin Sheen, the documentary reveals Twain's deep rooted and complex relationship with religion.

JOURNEY ON // July 15 and 18

JOURNEY ON // July 15 and 18

This powerful Shorts Porgram features short films about refugees, immigrants and the journeys that shape a lifetime. If you've never experienced a short film, you'll be blown away with the power of these films, and the amount of emotion these storytellers can pack into a punch. This block includes both narratives and a documentary that will get your wheels spinning and spark some good conversations for your own journey home.

Looking for a Little Action?

Hair-raising Thrillers & Spine-tingling Chillers

DEAD DRAW // July 17 and 21

DEAD DRAW // July 17 and 21

Someone knows about the 25 million and the plane to Mexico. Someone killed the getaway pilot. As loyalty turns to suspicion and friends become enemies, 4 criminals try to find the rat and escape their past — if they can survive the night.

MIDNIGHT SHORTS PROGRAM // July 16 and 20

MIDNIGHT SHORTS PROGRAM // July 16 and 20

This block features seven chilling and scary stories to remind you nothing good happens after midnight.

THE TRANSFIGURATION // July 21

THE TRANSFIGURATION // July 21

When troubled teen Milo, who has a fascination with vampire lore, meets the equally alienated Sophie, the two form a bond that begins to blur Milo's fantasy into reality.

LIKE ME // July 14

LIKE ME // July 14

A reckless loner, desperate for human connection, sets out on a crime spree that she broadcasts on social media. Her reality quickly splinters into a surreal nightmare as her exploits spiral out of control.

Can't Stop, Won't Stop the Beat

PLAY MY MUSIC LOUD

STEP // July 16

STEP // July 16

STEP chronicles the senior year of a girls' high-school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore. These young women find a unity through their team that pushes them to challenge themselves on and off the stage. Empowered by their teachers, teammates, counselors, coaches and families, they chase their ultimate dreams: to win a step championship and to be accepted into college. Emotionally inspiring, STEP embodies the true meaning of sisterhood through a story of courageous young women worth cheering for.

CHATTERBOX // July 16 and 22

CHATTERBOX // July 16 and 22

The Chatterbox has been an Indianapolis bar since the 1930’s, but it hasn’t always been the establishment that it is today. The current owner, David Andrichik, has created a home where everyone is welcomed and local jazz musicians can share their art every night of the week. This film is a love note to a much needed jazz club in Indianapolis. This short film screens with HENRY.

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KING RAT // July 18 and 22

KING RAT // July 18 and 22

A graduating senior befriends his Commencement Speaker in the last few days of college. KING RAT examines the possibility that years after graduation—whether it's ten years or thirty—we may be stuck with the same issues we had before crossing that stage at Commencement.

THE NARCISSISTS // July 14 and 22

THE NARCISSISTS // July 14 and 22

A couple in Brooklyn has to decide whether or not to stay together and renew their lease or call it quits after five years. Having spent two weeks apart to decide, Oliver and Cassi spend the day with their respective best friends, wandering New York City, trying to figure out the next move.

GOD SENDS THUNDER // July 14 and 21

GOD SENDS THUNDER // July 14 and 21

Once the leading authority in genetic engineering, Dr. Okina has now retired and lives a quiet life with his daughter that is disturbed only by his unresolved trauma over failing to prevent his wife’s suicide years before.

CRY IT OUT // July 16 and 20

CRY IT OUT // July 16 and 20

SCREENS WITH OUR "MIDNIGHT SHORTS" PROGRAM. Martin is a newly-minted stay-at-home dad, having just lost his job right as his wife Karen is venturing back out into a new career.

THE CIRCUS // July 15 and 21

THE CIRCUS // July 15 and 21

Stories about life, both inside and outside the ring, as told by those who call the circus their home.

THIS IS IT // July 14 and 17

THIS IS IT // July 14 and 17

Screens with our 'SHIP OUT Shorts Program. Justin and Erin have a hard time staying broken up.

SECRET // July 14 and 18

SECRET // July 14 and 18

Screens with our IT'S A FAMILY AFFAIR Shorts Program. Nicola seeks to connect to her dying mother who lingers at the end of her life from dementia. Meanwhile, another woman, Kimi, is looking for the birth-mother she never knew.

LITTLE WARRIORS // July 15 and 20

LITTLE WARRIORS // July 15 and 20

Screens with our FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT Shorts Program. "Little Warriors" is about a group of youth in Indianapolis who successfully inspired their City government to adopt a climate recovery resolution.

THE WEDDING // July 14 and 21

THE WEDDING // July 14 and 21

Mark, an unemployed photographer around 30 living in Vienna, comes back home to the countryside for his sister’s wedding. While his older brothers are both married, have steady jobs and children, Mark is still working as a waiter, waiting for his big breakthrough.

ICEBERG // July 19 and 21

ICEBERG // July 19 and 21

Screens with our WHO RUN THE WORLD? GIRLS. Shorts Program. Mr Elys leads an aimless life crouched behind the steering wheel of his ice resurfacer. This sullen life changes when he meets Brie, a stubborn and wild youngster that was formerly banned from the ice-skating trainings.

DER TUNNEL // July 17 and 22

DER TUNNEL // July 17 and 22

Screens with our WEIRDED OUT Shorts Program. On his weekly train ride through Switzerland a student notices that the tunnel they are driving through is unusually long. When he arrives at an empty cabin he watches the rapidly accelerating train head straight into a dark abyss.

DON'T HANG UP THE FUCKING PHONE CURTIS // July 17 and 22

DON'T HANG UP THE FUCKING PHONE CURTIS // July 17 and 22

Screens with our WEIRDED OUT Shorts Program. After a mind altering encounter at a party, Curtis must face his inner most demons...and his cat...who is trying to kill him.

SOUP // July 16 and 20

SOUP // July 16 and 20

Screens with our MIDNIGHT SHORTS Program. A pregnant woman struggles with frightening illusions brought on by birth pangs as she makes a pot of soup.

FEST ON, PEOPLE!

Let's have a Cinematic, Summer Fling