Submissions For 2023

20th Indy Film Fest will take place Spring of 2023

The next Indy Film Fest – our 20th annual festival – will take place April 19-30, 2023. The call for submissions is open through January, 2023 via FilmFreewayFesthome, and Click For Festivals.  Keep up to date on our submissions by joining our filmmaker email list.


Submit your film on Festhome

Submit on FilmFreeway

Submit your film on ClickForFestivals

Thank you for your interest in submitting your film to the Indy Film Fest! Our mission is to create a shared experience around film by presenting movies that entertain, challenge and expand perspectives in Indianapolis and beyond. We accept shorts and features, narratives and documentaries, both from around the world and around the corner. Each year we award nine juried prizes including special recognition for films with Indiana ties, plus our coveted audience awards. Accepted filmmakers get submission waivers for all future editions of the Indy Film Fest and will receive an Industry Pass to attend the next three Indy Film Fests!
New since 2019: Films with especially strong Indiana ties can submit for only $5! If you’re an alumni filmmaker of the Indy Film Fest or Indianapolis International Film Festival, please contact us at for your waiver code! Since submission of a film constitutes acceptance of the Entry Rules & Regulations (by filmmakers and their agents), please review the rules and regulations on the submission platform carefully. Should you have any questions regarding this process or your film’s eligibility, please email


Submit now for the lowest fees!


Early Submissions
$20August - October 1
  • Indiana Films are always $5!
Regular Submissions
$30October 2 - November 19
  • Indiana Films are always $5!
Late Deadline
$40November 20 - December 19
  • Indiana Films are always $5!
Extended Deadline
$80December 20 - February 1
  • Indiana Films are always $5!