Every August, filmmakers from around the world meet up for The Indie Gathering International Film Festival. The Indie Gathering is more than just a film festival - it's a place where filmmakers can gather together with the audience for one great weekend! Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 festival has been postponed to March 11-14, 2021 at the Hilton DoubleTree in Westlake, OH (Cleveland area).

We are the Alternative for Independent, Underground and Experimental Film and Video. The "Indie" Gathering Film Festival exists to showcase the independent filmmaker. Our mission is to inspire and encourage film makers through a competitive showcase. Filmmakers participate in their screenings and after the films speak with audience members who seek a closer look into the creative process.

**PLEASE READ ALL RULES BEFORE SUBMITTING!**

With competitions for films, scripts, film scoring, special FX makeup, stunts/fight scenes, and acting/monologue, The Indie Gathering has a place for everyone! The weekend consists of three screening rooms, a convention/vendors room, film seminars/lectures, competitions, networking parties and more! If you are involved in, or interested in, any aspect of filmmaking, this festival is for you.

Previously voted one of the Top 25 Film Festivals by MovieMaker Magazine as the Best Fest for Networking!

**PLEASE READ ALL RULES BEFORE SUBMITTING!**

Awards to attending winners include trophies, plaques, certificates, and Grand Championship Belts (to Best Overall Film, Script, Film Score). Non-attending winners receive e-certificates.

2020 Sponsored Awards TBA.

**PLEASE READ ALL RULES BEFORE SUBMITTING!**

When submitting your project, please e-mail us with your project information and genre selection at Kristina@WorldEOnline.com. This must be received by e-mail to ensure your submission goes into the proper judging category. Please include your project name and tracking number in the e-mail. Filmmakers, please also note if your film is a student project. Please note that we may, in our own discretion, move your project into a different genre if we feel it is a better fit for that genre. This does not happen often, but we want to ensure your project is in the right category. However, we still need your selected genre e-mailed to us. Please select only ONE.

Film Genres: Action / Animation / Comedy / Comedy-Romantic / Documentary / Drama / Drama-Comedy / Drama-Crime / Drama-Romantic / Experimental / Family / Fantasy / Horror / Horror-Comedy / Sci-Fi / Suspense-Thriller / Trailer / TV Pilot / Web episode / Western

Music Video Genres: Alternative / Blues / Country / Indie / Jazz / Metal / Other / Pop / Punk / R & B / Rap / Rock

Script Genres: Action / Comedy / Comedy-Romantic / Drama / Drama-Comedy / Drama-Crime / Drama-Romantic / Family / Fantasy / Horror / Horror-Comedy / Sci-Fi / Suspense-Thriller / TV Pilot / Web episode / Western

Films in any language other than English MUST be subtitled.

There are NO restrictions as to when your film or script was completed or where it has been released. Anyone may enter the competition. All entries must receive an average score of 90 or above in the judging process to qualify for award placement.

Filmmakers - If you are sending your judging copies (2 are required) by mail instead of a secure online screener, please check both copies of your DVD or Blu-Ray before mailing to make sure they play. Each DVD or Blu-Ray should have your film title, total run time and FF tracking number. It is recommended that you check your discs on more than one DVD player (not a computer) to ensure they play, as this is a common issue with submissions. We do NOT accept files, file discs, or any other format - NO EXCEPTIONS.

Hard copies are NOT returned, unless you clear this with the festival administration from the beginning. In order to have your disc(s) or script(s) returned to you (after the festival) you MUST send an SASE along with your disc(s) OR script(s) - not separately or after.

**IF YOU SUBMIT VIA SECURE ONLINE SCREENER AND YOUR FILM IS SELECTED TO SCREEN, YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO SEND A HARD COPY (DVD / BLU-RAY) OF YOUR FILM FOR SCREENING. ANY SELECTED FILM NOT RECEIVED BY A GIVEN DEADLINE WILL BE REPLACED IN THE LINEUP - NO EXCEPTIONS.**

We do not grant submission fee waivers *under any circumstance*. We do not pay screening fees.

Please note, if your project qualifies for an award, you or a direct representative from your project must be in attendance at the festival in order to receive any physical awards. Non-attending winners will be e-mailed award certificates after the event.

All submissions - whether accepted or not - come with ONE complimentary 4-day event pass to the festival. Any additional passes must be purchased in advance or at the door.

If you have a film in competition which can no longer be considered for screening, you may withdraw it from screening consideration but still leave it in competition for award placement. Please e-mail kristina@worldeonline.com as soon as possible if you need to withdraw from consideration for screening.

You may withdraw your submission at any time, but there are no refunds on submissions.

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  • From the time of submission to the venue itself, I can't say enough good things about this festival. Thank you for the love you gave our project 'Upstate Story.'

    November 2019
  • Dan Edwards

    The Indie Gathering is a fantastic festival! Great networking, quality films, and well run. I enjoy having my films screen here and look forward to the Indie Gathering every year.

    October 2019
  • All about the filmmakers and celebrating indie film. This is a wonderful festival for networking and sharing your work with other attendees.

    September 2019
  • A great staff with a really fun festival.

    September 2019
  • Roxanna Lewis

    Thank you IGIFF for screening and awarding my short film, The Crossing. IGIFF was very organized and did a wonderful job communicating with filmmakers. The vibe was very warm and welcoming. With regret, I was unable to attend but definitely look forward to doing so in the future!

    September 2019