Hobnobben Film Festival is downtown Ft. Wayne, Indiana's exciting multi-day, multi-venue film festival. This Cinema Center experience is made possible with continued strong community support, dedicated volunteers, and the vibrant filmmaking created by artists from all over the globe.

We can't wait to see and your films June 7th-10th, 2018 and show off our downtown arts campus to filmmakers and cinephiles alike.

Ft. Wayne is a cool, little city with a great art scene, a growing downtown busting at the seams with restaurants and bars, and because of Cinema Center, some of the most film-loving folks you will meet in the Midwest!

Hobnobben loves you!

There will be awards granted for each of the following categories:

Viewer's Choice
Best Narrative Feature
Best Doc
Best Short
Hoosier Spirit Award (awarded to best film by an Indiana native or film shot in Indiana)
Best Student Work
The Philo Award

Entrants must fully comply with these Entry Rules & Regulations in order to be considered eligible for the 2018 Hobnobben Film Fest.

Films completed prior to 01/01/2017 are not eligible for competition entry.

Films that have been exhibited prior to the festival, in any capacity, with an audience, in the northeast Indiana region, are not eligible for submission or competition with the Hobnobben Film Festival. Failure to disclose scheduled screenings with Hobnobben Film Festival officials will result in the film's ejection from festival schedule. Entrants are required to disclose all festivals and screening opportunities offered between the notification of the acceptance into Hobnobben Film Festival and the festival's opening.

Feature-length films with ongoing (or infinite-run) online distribution or availability (via iTunes, etc.) are not eligible for competition entry. Films with finite or limited availability (i.e. an online only film festival) or via independent distribution (i.e. filmmaker’s own website) remain competition eligible. Films available to the public via YouTube, Vimeo, or similar platforms are eligible for submission.

Non-English language films must be subtitled in English to be eligible for entry.
Films must be available for screening at the Hobnobben Film Fest 06/07/2018 through 06/10/2018; an exhibition copy and Region-free NTSC DVD back-up copy of feature-length films, or digital copy of short films must be in possession of the Hobnobben Film Festival this entire time.


All films must be submitted via Hobnobben Film Festival's FilmFreeway Account and be viewable through FilmFreeway submission platform to be considered for festival screening.


Accepted films will be notified via email at the address included in the FilmFreeway submission form.
a. Please add the @Hobnobben.org domain to an accepted senders list to ensure receipt of festival emails, our primary mode of communication.

By submitting, submitters represent that such exhibition of submitted work will not violate or infringe upon any rights whatsoever (including copyright, trademark, musical or contract right) of any person or entity. Submitters further represent that they are authorized to submit film and, if selected, will deliver

a.) a digital copy of short films film no later than April 30, 2018, or
b.) a physical non-region dvd/bluray, if requested, of feature-length films, to be delivered no later than April 30, 2018.

Additionally, submitters indemnify the Hobnobben Film Festival and Fort Wayne Cinema Center, Inc. from any and all claims, demands, losses, costs, damages, and attorney's fee arising out of or in connection with third parties in regards to the screening of submitted film.

Any awards will be distributed to the production company of the winning film or to the person identified as a representative of the winning film’s production company in the credits thereof. All decisions of the Festival regarding the distribution of awards will be final and binding on all participants. If a representative from an award-winning film is not available to be present during Awards Ceremony, it is the responsibility of film's production company to provide Hobnobben with shipping address and correct postage to mail award. The Festival will not be liable for the distribution of any award to any party.

By submitting, submitters are stating they understood, and hereby agree to the terms written in the General Festival Rules submissions to Hobnobben Film Festival 2018.
Thank you for your interest in submitting your film with the Hobnobben Film Festival. Should you have any questions regarding this process or your film’s eligibility, please email submissions@hobnobben.org. Hobnobben loves you.

Overall Rating
  • LOVE this festival. If they continue to get support from the community, they could easily become a big name festival for the midwest! :) Hope to be back again with new projects!

    August 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the love! Can't wait to have you back again.

  • Robert Belinoff

    I was unable to attend but should have...communication was great...sounded like one of those wonderful small town events that really work...(went instead to a big deal, big city festival that didn't...my loss) next time, its Hobnobben!

    June 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Sorry to hear the other event didn't work out for you, rest assured you will always be welcomed at Hobnobben.

  • Nice festival, good organization, good

    June 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Renato, Thank you. We appreciate your comments.

  • Bravo to the folks at Hobnobben. I was able to attend for my film "The Fall of '69" that screened in the Hoosier Spirit category. The volunteers are kind and the filmmaker hospitality is top notch. What's happening at Cinema Center and Arts United in Fort Wayne is so important to the region and injects crucial life & culture into north-eastern Indiana. My team got a lot of value out of our free tickets to films. We watched about 7 feature-length movies on the house because of our filmmaker vouchers. If you get a film in, go. You'll have a really nice time. Fort Wayne's getting better and better, and it was just a treat to spend a summer weekend watching movies and exploring the city. Breweries and lodging and restaurants are cheaper than most American cities, so I was able to stay under budget for the weekend. But even if you don't get a film in I'd recommend you consider attending, I hope to be there next year. Thanks Margaret, Joe, Nichole, and everyone who made Hobnobben memorable!

    June 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Andrew, Thank you. We're glad you had a good time. Looking forward to seeing you next year.

  • Cameron McCasland

    I was unable to attend our screening for Tailypo, but the festival did a wonderful job in communicating with me before and during the festival. They had a great social media blitz throughout and the photos coming out of the fest were great to see. I look forward to visiting soon.

    August 2017
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    Response from festival:

    We missed you too. Thank you for your review.