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
  • I was very appreciate that they were accepted my project to be screened and although I was unable to attend. i thought there communication with me in regards to the festival, my film and screening were excellent. If I get accepted with another project in the future hope to attend.

    October 2019
  • A HUGE thank you to everyone at HFF! I thoroughly enjoyed the films and the discussion panels. The communication leading up to the fest was amazing and very accommodating. I hope to be back in the future!

    October 2019
  • Gavin Michael Booth

    Our film had a wonderful experience at this festival. Sadly no one from our team was able to attend but even then, the festival organizers had a wonderful panel for the audience lined up that worked well with our film's subject message. I thought that was really special since we couldn't do a Q&A. Their communication throughout the entire process was wonderful and the follow up email letting us know how the event went was really sweet. It's so nice to hear details of how your screening went when you cannot be there in person.

    October 2019
  • Steve Leeper

    We had a delightful time at the Hobnobbin Film Festival this fall! Our film Fireflower had a warm audience response. I only wish we could have attended the entire festival.

    October 2019
  • Excellent communication. Fun folks who value filmmakers. Highly recommended.

    October 2019