IMFF is dedicated to celebrating the art of storytelling through film before a diverse audience.

We are planning for an in-person event for 2023! We have a lot of excitement planned, so check back often for updates!

Experience all the Festival has to offer!:
~Opening Night Film and Reception.
~Filmmaker meet-ups, filmmaker lounge
~Food and snacks!
~All Venues in walkable downtown Fayetteville.
~Filmmakers accepted into the festival enjoy FREE Lodging!
(and a ton of other freebies!)

Jury and Audience laurels for Best Documentary Feature and Documentary Short, Narrative Feature and Narrative Short, Student Film, Animation, North Carolina Connection, First-Time Filmmaker and special awards for stand-out films.

• Entries must be submitted directly on FilmFreeway via Secure Online Screener which includes Vimeo links.
• All submissions must have been completed in the past five years.
• All films must be in English or have English subtitles. Non-subtitled or dubbed foreign language films will not be considered.
• All clearances must be obtained for exhibition.
• Only the Producer, Director, Screenwriter, or someone closely connected to the film may complete the application.
• Schools may submit films on behalf of student filmmakers in the Student Category.
• Only complete entries will be accepted. This includes the non-refundable entry fee, a completed entry form, and an online screener.
• Films submitted in previous years will not be accepted for submission.
• Feature-length films (narrative or documentary) must be 40 minutes or longer.
• Film Shorts (narrative, documentary, experimental, animated) must be 40 minutes or less.
• Student films must have been completed in the past 5 years and proof of enrollment is required. Student films may not exceed 40 minutes without permission.
• All filmmakers with a film in competition will receive a VIP All Access Pass, giving free access to all events and screenings (subject to availability) at the Festival. These passes are non-transferable and must be worn at all times in clear view. Passes are not sent by mail, but must be picked up in person at the IMFF Box Office.
• IMFF promotes the schedule of screenings via media including newspapers, emails, television and radio. IMFF encourages filmmakers to help promote their films by promoting their screening(s) to industry professionals, distributors, the press and the general public.
• For entries selected to the Festival, you will be instructed as to the format required for screening. This exhibition print must be received by IMFF no later than September 10. Failure to comply with technical specifications may result in the removal of the film from Festival competition.
• Filmmakers may provide postcards, posters or other promotional items for their film. Marketing materials will be displayed at the Box Office. IMFF will not print posters or cards to promote any single film.
• The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The individual or corporation submitting this film additionally grants the Indigo Moon Film Festival the right to one or more public screenings of the entry during the dates of the Festival.
• The management of the Indigo Moon Film Festival reserves the right to decide all questions regarding rules and regulations. Submission of a film constitutes that the filmmaker accepts the rules and regulations set forth herein.
• The Indigo Moon Film Festival reserves the right to refuse films depicting excessive nudity, violence and/or gore.
• IMFF holds no responsibility for lost films.
• Questions: Please call 910.309.6580, or email: info@GroundSwellPictures.com.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The management of the Indigo Moon Film Festival reserves the right to decide all questions regarding rules and regulations. Submission of a film constitutes that the filmmaker accepts the rules and regulations set forth herein.

Indigo Moon Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The individual or corporation submitting agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Indigo Moon Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • I can recommend it! I couldn't visit, but you can feel the nice warm atmosphere around the festival and true love for the cinema. Great communication!

    November 2022
  • Jon Bacon

    We had a wonderful weekend at Indigo Moon. Everyone was so welcoming and so instilled with the spirit of independent filmmaking. From the films to the venues to the food at the awards dinner — we couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Indigo Moon is definitely one of our favorite festivals!

    October 2022
  • Nathan Buck

    I had so much fun at the Indigo Moon Film Festival, which is run with heart, passion and commitment by a wonderful team led by Pat and Jan. As a filmmaker I felt valued and honored to have my movie selected and to win the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature was really a pleasant surprise. The Cameo Art House Theatre is a gem of a venue and the programming there reflects the festival's commitment to independent cinema. The IMF team created an atmosphere that led to many delightful encounters with other filmmakers and some impromptu after hours explorations of Fayetteville's night life and film--centric conversations that lasted into the small hours of the morning. I feel that the professionalism and heart at the core of this festival will bring it increasing exposure and gravitas in the coming years and I strongly encourage filmmakers to submit their work to IMF. My heartfelt thanks to each and everyone of the spectacular IMF team and I hope to see you again in the coming years!

    October 2022
  • Kempson Bellington

    PROS:
    Festival provided a lounge and snacks for filmmakers.

    Hotels were covered.

    Staff was kind and provided a welcoming atmosphere.

    Had good conversations with fellow filmmakers.

    CONS:
    They played a feature-length film at the top of the short film block.

    The film "Interstate" is listed on their FilmFreeway page as having a runtime of 1:28:51. It is also, paradoxically, labeled a "narrative short." Just... how? I asked a staff member, who insisted that they followed Academy rules of keeping shorts under 40 minutes. Evidently there was some failure to communicate, because everyone had to suffer through "Interstate" just to get to the shorts that they came to see.

    Projection was subpar in the Arts Council location. Motion smoothing and dynamic contrast ruined every single video.

    Slight issues with audio sync.

    SUMMARY:
    The festival treats filmmakers well and gave us a good chance to network, but the "Interstate" mistake left a terrible taste in my mouth.

    P.S.:
    My negative opinion of IMFF is exacerbated by the fact that "Interstate" is a pretty bad movie. It COULD have been a decent short film; considering how repetitive and visually constrained it is, the film is 70 minutes longer than it needs to be. I applaud the artists for trying something different, but that does not excuse its torturously bloated runtime, nor IMFF's decision to screen it.

    October 2022
  • Latesha Merkel

    Couldn't attend in person, unfortunately, but they were great with communicating info about the festival.

    October 2022