The 16th Indy Film Fest takes place May 2-12, 2019

Thank you for your interest in submitting your film to the Indy Film Fest! The mission of the the Indy Film Fest 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 filmmakers traveling to Indianapolis receive hotel accommodations (subject to availability).  New this year: Accepted filmmakers will receive an Industry Pass to attend the next three Indy Film Fests!

If you are 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.

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Submissions Platforms

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Should you have any questions regarding this process or your film’s eligibility, please email

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Earlybird Deadline
  • October 1, 2018
Regular Deadline
  • December 31, 2018
Late Deadline
  • February 2, 2019
Extended Deadline
  • February 22, 2019