At Hobnobben Film Festival, we aim to champion unique and diverse storytellers. Our 5th annual festival will be held October 9th -11th at Cinema Center, a 501c3 non-profit art-house 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.

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.

Did we mention this is our 5th annual festival? Yeah, five years of amazing films, amazing filmmakers, amazing memories, and amazing audiences. We are legit stoked for October and want you to be a part of it.

Diversity: Need it. Want it. Gotta have it. No seriously, the stories we tell and who tells them matters. 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 non-profit art-house 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?

Entrants must fully comply with these Entry Rules & Regulations in order to be considered eligible for the 2020 Hobnobben Film Fest.

- Only films completed after July 7, 2019 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 2020.

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
  • Birds of Paradise

    While we are very happy to have been a part of this festival and to have won in our category their communication is terrible. We were unable to attend and could not be there to receive our award. They said they would send it in the mail along with an email including winners laurels but we never received either. I have tried to reach out to them via email and through messenger (they saw and opened those messages) but have not responded. The festival seemed great but their lack of communication is unacceptable.

    November 2019
  • Jake Baker

    I don't know if there's a staff that works harder to make sure the audience and the filmmakers have the best experience they possibly can. I've gone every year, and I'm proud my hometown is able to host such a great festival.

    November 2019
  • What a delight to attend with my film we, they where friendly, loving and caring. The audience turn out was beyond my exceptions. They had programs that allows filmmaker to work film in other countries. They provided us with food and drinks and had events all planned out.

    Got a ride to the airport and was provided with networking events and film screenings. They focus on diversity and try to cover content from all over the world. Saw films from Iran, Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Canada and many other countries.

    Hobnobben Film Festival celebrates the art of film and filmmaking. They love filmmakers and will help you with publicity.

    Thank you Hobnobben, it was worth traveling there. Hope to see you with our next film.

    Mani Nasry

    November 2019
  • Dustin Morrow

    Nichole and her team at Hobnobben were fabulous - communication was exemplary, and the festival was beautifully curated, with a message, and well-organized. A class act.

    October 2019
  • Dave Peniuk

    Five BIG Stars for Hobnobben FF! Our TV Pilot "The High Five" was selected and screened and we were thrilled to be a part of it. Unfortunately, we were not able to attend but we understand that it was a great success! And tons of efficient and wonderful communication with the HFF team! Thanks so much. We hope to submit and be selected in the future...and attend! Cheers!

    October 2019