Celebrating 9Fest's 6th year, 9FilmFest partners with Indy Shorts International Film Festival (Indy Shorts) presented by Heartland Film, an exclusive showcase of short films (under 40 minutes in length) from July 26-29, 2018, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, USA.

This Thai and American collaboration, gives filmmakers the chance to screen their films in Thailand and America.

HOW IT WORKS: Submit your film to 9FilmFest. Your film will be considered for Competition in Narrative, Animation and Documentary categories at 9Fest. Awards will be presented in each of these categories.

In collaboration with Indy Shorts; The 9Fest Finalist Committee will choose select films from competition and create a 9Fest Program for screening at Indy Shorts!

This privileged 9Fest Program will be reviewed by the Indy Shorts Finalist jury for their Competition section! You have a good chance of being selected as a Competition Film At Indy Shorts and have the chance to win USD $5,000!

This exclusive 9Fest Program will screen at Indy Shorts July 26-29, 2018.
Indy Shorts selects and honors films in several categories, with all winners to play encore screenings at the Heartland Film Festival in October:
• Narrative Short ($5,000 Cash Prize)*
Academy Award®-qualified category. Five finalists with four non-winning finalists awarded $500 each.
• Documentary Short ($5,000 Cash Prize)
Five finalists with four non-winning finalists awarded $500 each
• Animated Short ($5,000 Cash Prize)
Five finalists with four non-winning finalists awarded $500 each

*Heartland Film Festival has earned the special designation of being a qualifying festival for the Annual Academy Awards® within the Short Films category.

9Fest has Narrative, animation, and documentary categories. Short films must be under 40 minutes in length. The film must have been completed on or after January 1, 2017.

Awards for Best Film, Cinematography, Sound, Actress and Actor will be presented on 31 May 2018.

The creative world is at your fingertips. 9FilmFest’s goal is to support filmmakers, applaud their hard work, spark creativity and provide opportunities for discovery. We want filmmakers dreams to come true.

9Fest looks forward to see your amazing stories.

9Fest Competition Categories: Narrative, Documentary and Animation

The category winners receive 9FilmFest laurel certificates for these awards:

Best Film
Best Director
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Cinematography
Best Sound

All Competition films are eligible for selection to be included in our privileged 9Fest Program to be screened at Indy Shorts International Film Festival, July 26-29 2018. These selected 9Fest Program films will also be considered to be included in Indy Shorts Competition sections!


Each submitted film goes through an involved judging process, and is screened in its entirety. Films submitted to the 9FilmFest are distinguished by their overall artistic and technical quality. 9Fest is open to all genres and looks forward expanding visions, ideas and truths to the world.

To be eligible for the 9FilmFest, films must comply with the following:
- The film must have been completed on or after January 1, 2017.
- The film must be less than 40 minutes in length.
- The film cannot require dual projection (interlock) or separate soundtracks.
Non-English films must be subtitled in English.
- If your film is selected in the 9Fest Program for screening at Indy Shorts. The film must
be available for up to 5 screenings during Indy Shorts, July 26-29, 2018.
- There must not be a screening fee attached to the film. 9FilmFest and Indy Shorts will
not pay a screening fee to any film featured in the Festival; there are no exceptions.


In addition to the eligibility requirements listed above, filmmakers must comply with the following submission rules to be considered as a Finalist in their respective category:

• The submitting filmmaker must be either the producer or director of the film.
Entries are accepted exclusively through www.FilmFreeway.com.
• A completed official entry on FilmFreeway.com must be digitally signed by the filmmaker.
• Payment of the non-refundable entry fee must accompany the submission.
• Link to a functional streaming video file (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) in high definition 720p or 1080p. If the link is password-protected, the password is mandatory. Links may be included in the FilmFreeway cover letter or emailed to info@9filmfest.com.

All entries must submit the following information to be considered for 9FilmFest:
• Link to a functional streaming video file (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) in high definition 720p or 1080p. If the link is password-protected, a working password is mandatory.
• Completed and digitally signed submission on FilmFreeway.com.
• Entry fee.

All filmmakers will be notified by email before mid May, 2018. 9FilmFest reserves the right to release basic information about selected films as early as May.

- If your film is selected for 9Fest program at Indy Shorts, you are eligible for all the benefits of inclusion at Indy Shorts.
For detailed info go to: http://heartlandfilm.org/wp-content/uploads/2018-IndyShorts-RulesRegulations.pdf

Overall Rating
  • It was a honor to be part of this festival. Communication was very clear and friendly. It was a pity we couldn't attend the festival.

    June 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Marc, appreciate your review! It is an honor to screen your film MASTERPIECE. We hope being part of 9Fest can help propel your career in filmmaking. We look forward to the future!

  • Heimo Aga

    While unfortunately I couldn't attend the festival in Bangkok in person, communication was good and I am glad SXM was having its Asian premiere at 9FilmFest!

    June 2018
    Response from festival:

    Heimo, we enjoyed screening SXM! Rare to see a film shot and compiled like that! Thanks for sharing your technique!

  • Vera Neverkevich Hill

    Friendly and helpful communications, winners of Best Film become selected for a major US festival. It was a pleasure to be part of this festival!

    December 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for your review Vera. We enjoyed BURNED very much and are confident your film will continue to screen well and also receive distribution!!