The annual Hobnobben Film Festival is a multi-day, multi-venue festival held in downtown Ft. Wayne's art district. Cinema Center, a 501C3, is the premier cultural center for the presentation of independent, foreign and documentary films in Northeast Indiana. Hobnobben is a labor of love made possible by strong community support, dedicated volunteers, and the vibrant filmmakers from all over the globe.

Fort Wayne is a great place to live, a great place to visit and a great place to have a film festival. We are looking forward to having you join us October 11th through the 13th.

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

People'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

Entrants must fully comply with these Entry Rules & Regulations in order to be considered eligible for the 2019 Hobnobben Film Fest.

- Only films completed after March 9, 2018 will be accepted
- Non-English language films must be subtitled in English.


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. The notification will include information in regards to the required formats and medium for the exhibition copy of the film and delivery deadlines.
Please add the domain to an accepted senders list to ensure receipt of festival emails, our primary mode of communication.

By submitting, you confirm 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 confirm that they are authorized to submit film.

By submitting, you agree to have your film, if selected, be shown 1 to 3 times during the festival.

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, you are stating they understand, and hereby agree to the terms written in the General Festival Rules submissions to Hobnobben Film Festival 2019.

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

Overall Rating
  • Mona Strassburger

    This is a great film festival that will only get better. All the staff and volunteers are wonderful - great communication and a very well organized and run event. Fort Wayne is a cute little town, worth a few days visit when you're not watching films or attending events. Thanks for having us and hope to bring back more films from Myanmar!

    May 2019
  • 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' 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.