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Film Festivals

Iris Film Festival
January
Bloomington - The Iris Film Festival showcases innovative, inspired, and engaging films and videos in the short format, many of which originate from members of the Bloomington and Indiana University communities. This screening is sponsored by The Media School.

Bloomington PRIDE Film Festival
January
Bloomington - A film festival exploring a wide variety of issues and situations involving the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities, seeks full-length and short films and videos for its annual late January festival.  PRIDE seeks films that express a range of viewpoints and feature many different personality types and situations, advocating community-wide attitudes of awareness, acceptance and appreciation of diversity. The goal of the festival is to educate and strengthen the local community and celebrate artistic talent and achievement.

Envision Film Festival 
March
Upland - The Envision film festival includes three days of film screenings, workshops and an awards ceremony. The festival honors Taylor University filmmakers and aspiring high school filmmakers whose visual storytelling explores the range of human experience with hopeful vision, artistry, truthfulness and integrity. The festival workshops and screenings are free and open to the public. Please register ahead of time at www.envisionfilmfestival.com.

Grand Film Festival
March
New Albany - The Grand Film Festival is a two day gathering of local talent showcasing film trailers, shorts and feature films. There will also be several panels of directors and production professionals to talk about all things film. Hosted by the Arts Council of Southern Indiana.

River Bend Film Festival
March - April 
Goshen - The festival is an excellent opportunity for Midwest filmmakers and beyond of all ages to screen their shorts and features and to network with other film artists.  We have screened hundreds of shorts and features from across the U.S. and from around the world.  This year we are excited to feature a unique event called Kids Shorts during our festival: films by or for kids. We are introducing a screenplay competition as well, where industry professionals will select the winners in two categories: independent and studio.

Italian Film Festival USA
April 
Indianapolis - Join us on a cinematic tour of Italy--all while in the comfortable seats at IUPUI!  Enjoy seven recent Italian films and two  documentaries.

Alhambra Theatre Film Festival 
April 
Evansville - The Alhambra Theatre Film Festival is an independent film festival that focuses on a mix of global films and provides audiences and filmmakers with multi day screenings, panel discussions and networking events hosted by the historic Alhambra Theatre in downtown Evansville, IN. Sign up at the website for regular updates.

Phantoscope High School Film Festival
April 
Indianapolis - Held at the Indiana State Museum, Phantoscope is especially for budding filmmakers who are high school students. Phantoscope shows a juried program of short films created by Mid-Western teens annually and features a panel discussion with area industry professionals, along with cash and other prizes.  There is a $1000 cash prize awarded to the contest's best film.   

CHS Film Fest
May
Carmel - A high school film festival for the best student filmmakers in Indiana.  Professional judges will critique each film and award Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Cinematography trophies. Top cash prize is $1,000. The festival is held in the the 1000 seat Dale E. Graham Auditorium inside Carmel High School. The public is invited to view submitted work and free passes will be awarded to the filmmakers. 

Indianapolis Jewish Film Festival
May
Indianapolis- The Indianapolis Jewish Film Festival was created through the cultural excitement of Indianapolis community leader and attorney Robert Epstein. More than a year was invested in the planning, organizing and selecting the quality films you’ll see in the Premier Festival by a Board of Directors comprised of Jews and those of other faith communities. The Indianapolis Jewish Film Festival is registered as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

Christi's Comedy Short Film Festival
May 
Shelbyville - Christi's Off-Broadway Theatre and Maydwell Productions bring you Christi's Comedy Short Film Festival Competition.  It's simple, it's easy, and it's FUN!  You will have 4 weeks to create your short film based on a topic chosen by the festival production staff for this year's film festival.

MayDay Film Festival
May 
Evansville - MayDay Film Festival has grown from starting out at University of Southern Indiana to being held at Showplace Cinemas. They welcome all types of films to be submitted.  FREE admission.  Films in original language with English subtitles.

Hobnobben Film Festival
June 
Fort Wayne - Hobnobben Film Festival is where film lovers rub elbows with film makers, in downtown Ft. Wayne, Indiana. This will be the Summit City's first multi-day, multi-venue film festival, presented by Cinema Center, a nonprofit film organization with 40 years of experience in the community. This year's film festival will take place June 16th-June19th, 2016. Ft. Wayne is a cool, little city with a great art scene, a growing downtown busting at the seams with restaurants and bars, and because of Cinema Center, some of the most film-loving folks you will meet in the Midwest. Because Ft. Wayne is where electronics pioneer Philo Farnsworth perfected the invention of the modern television, we have decided to honor him at Hobnobben with Philo Fest, a portion of Hobnobben that focuses exclusively on episodic and serialized television pilots. But, we are also screening shorts and features from local, regional, national and international filmmakers, as well! This is our first year, but we are sure this film festival is taking Cinema Center, and all of northeast Indiana, down a great, cinematic road for years to come. The festival plaza is all within walking distance from downtown eateries, recreation, bars and all festival-related parties. The four Ft. Wayne venues hosting the Hobnobben Film Festival are Cinema Center, Arts United Center and Arts United ArtsLab Theater and University of Saint Francis Performing Arts Center.

Hoosierdance International Film Festival
June 
Kokomo - We accept feature narratives, feature documentaries, short narratives, and short documentaries. There will also be a high school film competition. Our screening and panel locations are at a variety of locations. Our screening rooms can hold between 60-200 people.  There are plenty of locations in downtown Kokomo to mingle with other filmmakers and audience members. Some of our screening venues double as restaurants and bars to ensure that you don't have to travel far to have a good meal or tasty beverage. Our VIP lounge is a craft cocktail and craft beer lounge called The Coterie.

Drone Film Fest
July
Spaceport Indiana will hold Indiana's first and only Drone Film Fest in July 2016.  Individuals or teams can enter their cinematic film or short video taken with their Drone. Open to all ages, the event is designed to showcase the technology and capability of the growing Drone community.  All entries must be completed by amateur film makers and videographers and must use Indiana landmarks, historical sites, or interest sites.  Official rules and other details will be made available at www.spaceportindiana.com soon. All entries must be submitted by July 15th 2016.  Contactus@spaceportindiana.com

Middle Coast Film Festival
July 
Bloomington - The Middle Coast Film Festival is Bloomington’s first interactive film festival, working in conjunction with the Bloomington community to provide access to both filmmakers and film audiences alike. Middle Coast provides multi-day screenings of highly anticipated international and national short and feature films, web-based episodes, and music videos at four separate venues in Bloomington. There are panel discussions, Q&A sessions, and multiple networking events at local studios, restaurants, and bars. Middle Coast is projected to bring in over 25 industry leaders and experts with a combined knowledge base of all things film and financing. 

Indiana Black Expo Film Festival
July 
Indianapolis - Independent filmmakers present uplifting and positive messages covering the breadth of the human experience. As one of the first venues of Summer Celebration, IBE audiences screen independent films produced by or written about African Americans and African culture. Several films are winners of nationally-acclaimed independent film festivals. 

Indy Film Fest
July 
Indianapolis - The mission of the Indianapolis International Film Festival (the Indy Film Fest) is to create a shared experience around film by presenting movies that entertain, challenge and expand perspectives in Indianapolis and beyond.

Southwest Indiana Film Fest
October
Jasper - In addition to the return of the Dubois County 5 Minute Film Contest, we will be inviting Filmmakers from all over the world to submit their Features and Short films to be showcased here in Dubois County.  We will also hold several workshops and panels featuring industry professionals to discuss filmmaking and acting.

Heartland Film Festival
October 
Every October, the Heartland Film Festival gives its moviegoers access to more than 100 visiting independent filmmakers from all over the world, right in the heart of the Midwest. The Festival showcases more than 130 entertaining movies that do more than just entertain over 10 days of red carpet premieres and events, parties and hundreds of film screenings across Indianapolis.  The Heartland Film Festival has earned the special designation of being a qualifying festival for the Annual Academy Awards® within the Short Films category. This means that the winner of the Grand Prize for Best Narrative Short Film will qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival 
November
Indianapolis - Highlighting gay/lesbian subject matter and/or characters in features, shorts, and documentaries.

YES Film Festival (YESFest)
November
Columbus - The mission of YESFest is to celebrate the creativity and diversity of independent film, bringing to the screen the best from all genres: documentaries, drama and short film. The venue is good one, in a town internationally famous for its art and architecture. We are especially interested in seeing films by Indiana filmmakers, or films that have an Indiana connection.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival
December
Indianapolis - The Wild and Scenic Film Festival will be the first of its kind in Indiana, featuring films about individuals and communities across the globe that are taking action and becoming part of the solution on issues ranging from energy, food systems, biodiversity, climate change, and the protection and restoration of wild lands and wild waters.

DREAMS COME TRUE Film Festival

Terre Haute, IN - April 

Dreams Come True Film Festival is the sister company to Dreams Come True Films LLC, which was established in June 2011. Based in Terre Haute, IN, Dreams Come True Films LLC is a faith based, family run independent production company that has produced three feature films, two short films and is currently in production of a third feature film with more projects coming in the future.

Dreams Come True Film Festival's number one goal is to showcase the best of the best in filmmaking. We don't care what the budget is or who the star may be, we just want to watch amazing films by amazing filmmakers. Our goal is to stand out from all the rest. For more information please see- https://www.facebook.com/dreamscometruefilmfestival

 

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