The Indy Film Fest exists to celebrate the art of cinema. We are persistent in our quest for the best the industry has to offer from home and abroad. We are dedicated to fostering new talent and helping filmmakers connect with the global industry. We are also dedicated to educating and developing audiences for international and independent cinema in Indianapolis, screening the kind of innovative, visionary work that may not normally achieve distribution in this area.

The Indy Film Fest began as the three-day Indianapolis International Film Festival in March 2004. The 2017 festival screened to our largest audiences yet, featuring films from Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, Berlin and beyond. For 2019, Indy Film Fest once again plans to present one of the finest festival-going experiences in the region and like our 2018 festival is now in the spring!

The Indy Film Fest accepts feature-length and short film submissions in three categories - American Spectrum, World Cinema and Documentary. In each of these areas, a best short and feature-length film is recognized, as selected by the festival jury. Further, the festival presents an Audience Award for both a feature-length and short film in any category, as well as a Hoosier Lens award for eligible films with Indiana connections. Again this year, winning filmmakers will split a $5,000 prize purse. With this prize money, the Festival hopes to encourage filmmakers at every level to continue their work in this art form.

2019 Indy Film Fest Submissions Rules


1. Entrants must fully comply with these Entry Rules and Regulations in order to be considered eligible for acceptance to the 2019 Indy Film Fest.
2. Eligible films must have been been completed in 2017 or later.
3. Films with prior distribution or that have been exhibited publicly for profit in the central Indiana region prior to the 2019 Indy Film Fest are not eligible for juried awards.
4. Films with ongoing or infinite-run online distribution or availability (iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, etc.) are not eligible for juried awards. Films with finite or limited availability (i.e. an online-only film festival) or via independent distribution (i.e. filmmaker’s own website) remain eligible for juried awards.
5. Entries must be in English or have English subtitles.
6. Films that require a screening fee for exhibition are may be submitted and may be selected, but are not eligible for juried awards.
7. Films must be available for screening at the Indy Film Fest from May 2-12, 2019.
8. Eligibility for the juried Hoosier Lens Short and Feature awards is at the discretion of the Indy Film Fest. Considerations include filmmaker ties to Indiana such as long-term or current residence in Indiana as well as whether the film was shot or set in Indiana.


1. All films must be submitted via Indy Film Fest’s FilmFreeway account which can be found at
2. The preferred method for screener submission is online via Vimeo or YouTube. Indy Film Fest must be supplied with current password through the end of the festival.
3. If submitting via DVD or Blu-ray, it must be playable on NTSC Region 1 DVD or Region A BD players and should be mailed to this address:
2019 Submissions
Indy Film Fest
125 W. South St. #1930
Indianapolis, IN 46206
4. Submission discs will not be returned and must be clearly marked on the case AND disc with the following:
○ Complete English Title
○ Director Name
○ Contact Name (if different than director) and email
○ Entry/Tracking Number
○ Total Run Time, rounded up to the nearest minute.
5. Entries without payment will not be considered.
6. Submission of entry is considered legal permission to screen your film during the festival upon acceptance.
7. Work in progress submissions are accepted, though such should be CLEARLY noted. Completed version must be received before final submission deadline in order to be considered for acceptance.


1. Accepted films will be notified via email at the submitter or contact address included in the submission form. Please ensure you can receive email from as it is our primary mode of communication.
2. Filmmakers (or primary contact) will be required to submit a consent form ensuring an absence of any legal or rights issues, and indemnifying the Indy Film Fest of any liabilities that may arise out of screening with the festival.
3. Consent form contractually confirms the film for screening at the Indy Film Fest.
4. Upon acceptance, filmmakers (or primary contact) will provide the following by the dates specified by festival organizers:
○ Required: An exhibition version of the film in Quicktime with a resolution of at least 1080p, encoded using H.264, H.265, ProRes, or Uncompressed.
○ Optional: A backup copy on Blu-ray or DVD is requested but not required.
○ Backup disc copies will not be returned. Format used for exhibition will be determined by the festival, potentially including the backup or submission format. Completed film may be archived by the Indy Film Fest.
○ For jury and press purposes, an online digital version of exhibition version of the film must be available through the end of the festival.
○ Press materials as itemized in the Filmmaker Info & Consent Form.
5. Filmmakers are responsible for shipping costs associated with delivering all materials to the Indy Film Fest. The Indy Film Fest may assume the cost of return shipping of exhibition copies following the run of the festival upon request.
6. The Indy Film Fest reserves the right to rescind acceptance of any film.

Should you have any questions regarding this process or your film’s eligibility, please email

By submitting, artists agrees to all terms set forth in category rules.

By submitting, filmmakers recognize that they are eligible for all appropriate prizes.

Indy Film Fest pledges that jury members will never be made aware of who is present and who is not present. All jurors are independent of the original selection process and discuss prizes independently of anyone directly involved with the festival (except necessary liaisons).

Entering your film is considered giving the Indy Film Fest permission to screen your film during the course of the festival. If, for some reason, after acceptance (but prior to the public announcement of the festival line-up) you choose not to screen with the Indy Film Fest, you must contact the festival offices immediately. Attempts to cancel a screening AFTER the official announcement cannot be acknowledged and the film will screen from the available copy on hand.

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

The submitter shall indemnify and hold harmless Indy Film Fest 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
  • Amanda Farmer

    Really enjoyed being part of Indy Film Fest! We were blown away by the festival's hospitality and thoroughly enjoyed the films we saw while we were there. Also had a great time meeting other filmmakers at the parties. Very glad we submitted, grateful to be chosen, and happy we attended!

    May 2019
  • I can't begin to thank Dan, Craig, Kylie, the rest of the staff, and volunteers for all their hospitality and wonderful professionalism. The Indy Film Fest was held at an awesome venue, attended by gracious film lovers, and gave back so much support to all the filmmakers. The festival was so well promoted and supported by the media. As a filmmaker, it was a humbling experience to have so many people wanting to see and hear about your work and process. Thank you again for such an amazing experience!

    May 2019
  • Ryan Gielen

    Great communication and interaction from acceptance through screening. Cool venue. Definitely recommend.

    May 2019
  • Ethan Minsker

    The people couldn’t be nicer, the theaters are spectacular, didn’t witness any technical issues, if your film is screening they genuinely have an affection for it. They got me on the local morning news program, and provided me a link to the segment. 100% worth the entry fee and glad I attended in person.

    May 2019
  • Absolutely one of, if not THE BEST, festivals I've ever attended. As a filmmaker, they treated me like I was a celebrity even though I just had my little documentary short "Still Afloat" screen. I met so many amazing fellow filmmakers and festival curators that were incredibly supportive of my film and my career in general. It was so refreshing. I was also able to see a few films in their fantastic line-up that I felt honored to be included in. I would 100% recommend submitting your film here and of course, go out and watch all of the other amazing films!

    May 2019