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 2018, Indy Film Fest once again plans to present one of the finest festival-going experiences in the region and moves back to 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.


To be eligible for consideration:
1. Entrants must fully comply with these Entry Rules and Regulations in order to be considered eligible for the 2018 Indy Film Fest.
2. Eligible films must have been been completed in 2016 or later.
3. Films with prior distribution or that have been exhibited publicly for profit in the central Indiana region prior to the 2018 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 eligible for submission, but not eligible for juried awards.
7. Films must be available for screening at the Indy Film Fest April 26-May 6, 2018.


1. All films must be submitted via Indy Film Fest’s FilmFreeway account.
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:

2018 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 address included in the FilmFreeway submission form. Please ensure you can recieve 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

Overall Rating
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    Gino Pinetti

    It's not easy to make a review of some of the most beautiful days of your life ...
    I just want to say that we brought with us in Italy the memory of a Lovely place and Wonderful people we will keep in the depths of our heart forever.
    This is the truth !
    Thank you to each of you.
    Gino and Barbara

    July 2017
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    Csaba Bene Perlenberg

    I wasn`t able to attend the festiival, but in regards to communication with the fest and their social media work, this is one of the best fests our film has played at. Looking forward to submitting again for future projects and attending in person.

    July 2017