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

We are planning for an in-person event for 2022! 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, wine-tastings and more!
~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 more.

• 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.

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  • Tony Hall

    THEY KNOW HOW TO FEST!!!
    Festival Runners Pat Wright and Jan Johnson know how to fest.
    There were so many unique things that this festival does to showcase their films and filmmakers.
    On their Official Selection Night, they run a Facebook Live and Zoom Live event in which they announce the films, which very few festivals do. Since this is an EXTREMELY LARGE FESTIVAL (One of the largest in the SE region of the United States), putting together all of these little details is so special.
    Our Feature Film ‘Lonesome’ participated in IMFF 2021 version which due to COVID was mainly ran virtually. This did not stop the festival from making this an event to be remembered.
    Next, even though we screened virtually, the festival runners set up a Q&A session that the festival go-ers can watch along with the films. This was a very special detail that made us feel welcomed.
    ‘Lonesome’ ended up taking home the Audience Award for Feature Films at the conclusion of the festival. Pat & Jan were on top of everything to let us know what we had to do to get as many people to watch our film as possible, as well as their outreach into their community that helped us win this prestigious award. Pat & Jan thank-you so much for this experience.
    Looking forward to Indigo Moon having many more Moons of successful fests!

    February 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Tony, It was a delight to feature your film in IMFF2021. Despite the pandemic and all that went with it, we still put on a festival full of great films like yours. We are full steam ahead for an in person festival for 2022! We hope to see you there.
    REMEMBER, filmmakers who have films selected are provided with free lodging during the festival! I hope you will consider entering this year's festival. Former filmmakers are our Family and each one gets one free entry to the festival!

  • Irene Blei

    Taking part in Idigo Moon Film Festival was a real pleasure! Everything was well planned and consistent, quite outstanding. We got an award for our film "El árbol ya fue plantado / The Tree has been Planted", which of course made us very happy. But if this had not happened, I would have written a positive review as well, for the Festival is to be recommended for its quality.

    November 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Irene! We thought your film was fun and creative. We are honored to show such good work during our festival. Hopefully we will have live audiences gathering next year!

  • Greetings from Catalonia!

    Thanks for all! Great festival! Very pleased and honoured.

    Good luck in future editions.

    November 2021
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    Response from festival:

    So glad you were able to participate. Lets do this next year in person!

  • We were thrilled with the festival!! The event was amazing and although completely online, it ranked, from our experience, as a top 10 festival in term of presentation, professionalism and participation. Congratulations! The film selections were AMAZING and we were honoured to receive the Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature for our film, Pave the Road. Thank you!! We look forward to continuing our journey with Indigo.

    October 2021
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    Response from festival:

    We were thrilled to screen your film before our audience. The pandemic has put a damper on many of our usual activities, but fingers crossed! We will be in person next year!

  • Stephane Fiorenza

    Not much communication between the organizers and our production, and zero feedback or anything.

    October 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks for letting us know how things looked from your side of the issue. We wrote once letting you know we were shifting to a virtual festival and asking if it was ok. No response. We wrote to let you know your film was accepted. No response but the download was approved. We wrote to ask if you wanted to be interviewed about your film to be shown after the film was screened. No response.
    Certainly, a virtual festival has its issues and we cannot invite you to our town, house you, feed you, network with you etc. If you look through our other reviews, I think you will see a very different experience than the one you reflect.
    Keep creating and we hope to see you and all the other creative people in person in 2022.