Hobnobben Film Festival invites filmmakers, film lovers, and the film-curious to see themselves, and be seen by others, as we celebrate the human experience through film.

At Hobnobben Film Festival, we aim to champion unique and diverse storytellers. Our 7th annual festival will be held October 13-16, 2022, at Fort Wayne Cinema Center, a 501c3 nonprofit arthouse theater, located in the downtown Fort Wayne arts district. Cinema Center’s mission is to provide unique opportunities to explore our world through the art of film, and Hobnobben allows us the opportunity to do this – like whoa.

What do we look for: A good forking story. Narrative over budget. Stories that deserve to be seen. Stories that NEED to be seen. Stories we don’t get to see often enough.

Fort Wayne is a great place to live, a great place to visit and a great place to have a film festival – we take our filmmaker hospitality seriously and want everyone to feel welcome and heard. Any selected filmmakers in attendance will receive two VIP filmmaker passes to the festival, free of charge.

Diversity: Need it. Want it. Gotta have it. No seriously, the stories we tell and who tells them matter. We want to hear as many voices as possible. We don’t have an international category, for example, because we want to see international submissions in ALL our categories.

Proceeds from the festival go toward supporting, maintaining and programming Fort Wayne’s nonprofit arthouse movie theater, Cinema Center.

Best of Awards will be given in each of the following categories:
Narrative Feature
Feature-Length Unscripted
Animated Shorts
Unscripted Short
Fiction Short
Student Work: High School and Undergraduate
First-Time Filmmaker and Advanced Student
Indiana Reels
WTFw: What the Fort Wayne?

All films submitted will also be eligible for the second annual Jen Lynn Award. This film honors films with lgbtqia+ representation and storytelling.

Jennifer Fray and Lynn Serstad have supported the festival since day one. Without the support of people such as these wonderful women, Hobnobben would not be what it is today. We are thrilled to be able to honor two great women and two valuable members of our Fort Wayne and Hobnobben Community with this inaugural award.

Rules & Terms
Entrants must fully comply with these Entry Rules & Regulations in order to be considered eligible for the 2022 Hobnobben Film Festival.
- Only films completed after April 1, 2021 will be accepted. If you have a compelling reason to submit a film outside this date (COVID was one, right?), please contact us at submisisons@hobnobben.org before submitting.
- Non-English language films must be subtitled in English.
- English Films are also highly encouraged to include subtitles or captions. Accessibility is important to our festival.

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 regarding the required formats and medium for the exhibition copy of the film and delivery deadlines.

Please add the @Hobnobben.org 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 the Awards Ceremony, it is the responsibility of the film's production company to provide Hobnobben with a shipping address and correct postage to mail the award. The Festival will not be liable for the distribution of any award to any party.

By submitting, you are stating you understand and hereby agree to the terms written in the General Festival Rules submissions to Hobnobben Film Festival 2022.

Thank you for your interest in submitting your film to the Hobnobben Film Festival. Should you have any questions regarding this process or your film’s eligibility, please email submissions@hobnobben.org.

COVID NOTE: No filmmakers will be disqualified for appropriate and necessary responses to COVID. Virtual screenings due to COVID will not disqualify any film from selection. If there are any questions about our submission policies, please contact our team at submissions@hobnobben.org.

Overall Rating
  • While I am excited that our film Underdogs won best short documentary at the 2021 edition of the Hobnobben film festival, I am extremely disappointed by this festival's lack of communication and organization. On opening night, the awards ceremony failed to address which films won for which specific category. It wasn't until after the ceremony I found out our film had won. In addition, while the Embassy theater is a beautiful venue, the attendance was abysmal for the screenings I attended. It's baffling that the team seemingly had plenty of resources for creating festival merchandise yet they couldn't afford to market for an audience to actually attend the festival. Finally, after receiving my award I was promised by festival staff that a physical statue would be mailed to my home address. After several attempts to reach out via email, I still have not heard back about the status of my award. I hate leaving negative reviews for festivals that try their best to put on an engaging experience, yet the myriad of issues that plagued this year's edition of the festival are inexcusable.

    December 2021
  • Melissa Mars

    Thank you for selecting THE LAST TOUCH. I wish I could have made it in person!

    December 2021
  • Myat Noe

    Another great year at a grand theatre in Fort Wayne. Thank you for awarding "A Thousand Years of Love". Cheers!

    October 2021
  • Zivar Hojati

    Thanks so much. This is exciting for me 🙏⚘

    October 2021
  • Hobnobben Film Festival did such a great job of coordinating their festival during the 2020 season. They made filmmakers from out of state feel included even if we could not be there. Well done!

    February 2021