INDIE has become a reference among film festivals in Brazil, due to its persistence, the quality of its programming and especially the loyalty of its audience. For the first time in almost 20 years, we will not be physically close to our dear and faithful spectators, as the screenings will be online. However, at this moment and more than ever, we consider it even quite relevant to carry out this festival. We are living hard and dark times in Brazil, facing obscurity and intolerance, so more than ever we must exist and resist.
About INDIE: the festival was created in 2001 in Belo Horizonte, and since 2007 happens in São Paulo as well. The festival mission is to bring international independent film to the widest possible audience in Brazil. The Festival aims to provide a cultural alternative to the commercial film experience, to support independent filmmakers, and promote the art of filmmaking.
Indie means creative, free, experimental, cultural. The festival was created to encourage the exhibition of new films without distribution in Brazil, especially those by new directors. In past years, the festival counted more than 490,000 spectators. Many directors have their work shown in complete retrospectives: Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Béla Tarr, Brillante Mendoza, Charles Burnett, Naomi Kawase, Koji Wakamatsu, Hong Sang-Soo, Claire Denis, Philippe Grandrieux, Wang Bing, Jean-Claude, Brisseau, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, among many others.
This festival edition is dedicated to national and international independent features and shorts. INDIE online edition will happen in November 2020, from 04 to 18 in Brazil. This is the 19th edition of the festival, and the first one to be held online.
A selected jury will be responsible to choose the best films presented in this online festival edition. Three awards will be given:
Best World Cinema Film: For the best international feature presented
Best Indie Brazil Film: For the best national feature presented
Best Fluxus Film: For the best national or international short presented
For the Best World Cinema Film a distribution prize will be given. The film selected will be able for theatrical distribution in Brazil by Zeta Filmes.
Other prizes shall be given, and announced on time.
Entries will be open from July 20th, for fiction and documentary features, short films, both national and international, produced between 2019 and 2020.
The exhibition format will be digital-only, and a DCP will be asked for those selected.
International films must not have been shown in Brazil before the festival and must have its premiere in INDIE 2020. National films shall not been shown theatrically in Brazil until the Festival date.
A screener link of the film will be asked to be watched online by the selection committee. For locked and secured links, a password must be provided. INDIE will not accept submissions in DVD, Blu Ray, or any physical format.
The selected works will be shown in streaming, in a secure platform, limited to the Brazilian territory. Viewers will be asked to register to watch the films.
For submission purposes, international films may be in any language. However, the film must have English subtitles.
Entry fees are non-refundable.
The decision of jury members will be final and accepted by all. No inquiries or arguments will be entertained. The organizers reserve the right not to award any or all of the prizes.