IMFF is dedicated to celebrating the art of storytelling through film before a diverse audience.
Enjoy Opening Night Film and Reception.
Filmmaker meet-ups, wine-tastings and more!
Red Carpet Awards Banquet.
All Venues in walkable downtown Fayetteville.

Filmmakers accepted into the festival enjoy FREE Lodging!

Cash Prizes AND trophies for best Documentary Feature and Documentary Short, Narrative Feature and Narrative Short, Student Film, Animation and Best of Fest!

Filmmakers entering films for competition must complete and submit the Entry Form and fee.
• Entries must be submitted directly on FilmFreeway via Secure Online Screener which includes Vimeo links.
• All submissions must have been completed in the past four 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 4 years and proof of enrollment is required. Student films may not exceed 40 minutes without permission.
• Filmmakers whose films are accepted for competition will be notified by email by approximately September 1. All the privileges due to filmmakers will be specified in this correspondence.
• 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 does not pay for films that are in competition.
• 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 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
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Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Cullen Douglas

    Thrilled to be a member of the IMFF family now! Pat and Jan were great from the first communication until our final good-bye hugs. It was evident immediately that they are filmmakers who care about filmmakers. We were treated so very well by all the organizers, volunteers, sponsors, local merchants, and audience members. The films, the events, the venues, the area, and the local shops and eateries all made for a wonderful weekend. We thank the committee for the selection, the audience for the award, and we look forward to returning to Fayetteville and to Indigo Moon Film Festival. They are correct. Film inspires change. We hope our film made a little impact.

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much! We loved screening your film and hope to have you back again next year to an even better festival!

  • John Sexton

    What a wonderful experience at Indigo Moon 2019. The organizers and volunteers are some of the best I've experienced. Thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your festival. Our film (Curb Service) was well accepted and attended. It is very obvious the amount of work and love that is put into your festival. Looking forward to seeing you next year !

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    What fun we all had together! We look forward to seeing what you create next! See you next year!

  • The Bartender (2019)

    Indigo Moon reminded me why I truly miss and love The South. As I was leaving the festival on the last day, Pat told me,"You're a part of the Indigo Moon family now...so come back - with or without a film." That struck me as them being earnestly vested in my future as a (fellow) filmmaker.
    Their hospitality is off-the-charts. Their volunteers were very engaged and helpful. They even had board members conducting the Q&A sessions. This made for more-informed and thoughtful question prompts.
    I would most definitely return. The pace of Downtown Fayetteville is very comfortable and laid-back, which made for easy choices to hangout and talk between screenings.

    I look forward to seeing the festival gain more traction with filmmakers and the larger Carolina community (i.e. Raleigh, Charlotte, Greenville) as this will expand the networking opportunities and give more focus to the programming blocks.

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the kind words. We truly mean that each filmmaker who screens a work at IMFF is part of our family! We will be sending out a Family Code once IMFF 2020 starts taking submissions for you to use for a free entry.
    We hope to see you back and are always interested in improving the festival for filmmakers and film goers alike!
    Cheers!

  • Great venue. The treat filmmakers wonderfully.

    October 2019
  • Shawn Kelley

    Indigo Moon is an amazing film festival. First, I was notified my film – My Father's Brothers – was accepted before the notification date and the entire festival schedule was published by that date. Communication was flawless. The venues are all close together in charming downtown Fayetteville. I met a lot of filmmakers and had a great time. Jan and Pat could not have been nicer or more helpful. Highly recommended! Also super happy to take home a couple of awards!

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    We loved having you and the whole gang from My Father's Brothers here and on hand for the Q&A. Your film was fabulous and we loved getting to know you and the other people involved. We consider ourselves fortunate to have screened your film and look forward to other fantastic works from you soon!