As one of the Cultural Arts venues of Summer Celebration, Indiana Black Expo supports emerging and independent filmmakers by providing a platform for original film works to be screened by avid film lovers. The collective voice of African Americans and other minorities is often lost or simply overlooked. Promoting creative expression and film helps to strengthen our voice and understanding of each other. IBE’s Film Festival Competition invites Adults (18+) and Youth (18-) to submit projects (15 minutes or less) in length. We have two categories this year, DOCUMENTARY and NARRATIVE. All submissions center around the theme of Celebrating “Black Excellence” Finalists will be notified by May 31st and have their project screened on July 8th at IMA’s Toby Theater. Winners will be announced on July 8th.

$1,000 for the Adult Winner
Go Pro Hero for Youth Winner

Submission: Producers and or Directors must upload their film to along with supportive materials such as: film trailer, website links, and short synopsis (up to 100 words) by May 1, 2017 5:30pm.

Prohibited Articles; Activities: Films depicting or implying pornography or any sexually explicit material, violence or excessive language are prohibited. Indiana Black Expo, Inc. reserves the rights to evaluate and accept films for family-friendly content.

Photography Rules: Your participation in Indiana Black Expo, Inc.’s Summer Celebration hereby gives permission to Indiana Black Expo, Inc. to use and authorize others (media outlets) to use all or any part of (his/her) interview/photography/video in related media such as books, magazines, journals, pamphlets, electronic (Internet) and other written and video formats interview/photography/video, regardless of the medium by which it is recorded. I also hereby release Indiana Black Expo, Inc. and its directors, its members, trustees, employees and agents, from any and all claims for invasion of privacy, defamation, breach of contract or other breach of duty arising out of or in the connection with the use of this interview, photography or video.

Film Screening: Submission of entry is considered legal permission to screen your film upon acceptance. A panel of judges will select finalist whose film will be shown during the Film Festival. Winners will be selected during the IBE Film Festival Summer Celebration July 8, 2017 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art Toby Theatre.

Use of Promotional Materials: Supportive materials for the each film such as film trailer, website link(s) and graphic promotional materials are required with submission for IBE to promote the film at the IBE Film Festival. Participation in the IBE Film Festival gives permission to Indiana Black Expo, Inc. to use and authorize other (media outlets) film promotional materials for the exclusive activity of promoting the event and subsequent Summer Celebration events. Indiana Black Expo, Inc. is not responsible for marketing and promoting each Artists & Authors Market exhibitor, Filmmaker, or Film for Film Festival.

Liability: The filmmaker (or primary contact) agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the managing entity (Indiana Black Expo, Inc.) and/or the owner from and against any/ all liability, claims and demands that might arise from or asserted in connection with the forgoing undertaking and responsibility legal or rights issues of screening at the IBE Film Festival. Neither the managing entity, its service contractors, the management of the film festival, agents, servants, contractors or employees will be held liable for any claims except for claims for damages or injuries caused by or resulting from negligence of the managing entity and/or owner, the management of the film festival and the owners and their respective agents, servants and employees.

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