12th Annual

Indy Film Fest

July 14, 2016 to July 26, 2016

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125 W. South St. #1930
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SPECIAL SUBMISSIONS ONLY • Final deadlines have passed. If you have a deadline waiver or special instructions from the event, select a Category of Entry to continue.

American Spectrum Features
American Spectrum celebrates the best in American Cinema. Films entered in this category must be primarily produced or co-produced by a citizen of the US. Films that are multi-national co-productions should enter in World Cinema, even where the US is a featured country in production.

Feature films are 50 minutes or longer. Short films are 49:59 or shorter (including credits).

NOTE: If your film has Indiana ties (filmmaker from IN, shot in IN, etc), you're invited to submit to the Hoosier Lens category.
American Spectrum Shorts
American Spectrum celebrates the best in American Cinema. Films entered in this category must be produced exclusively in the United States. Films that are the majority multi-national co-productions should enter in World Cinema, even where the US is a featured country in production.

Short films are 49:59 or shorter, including credits.

NOTE: If your film has Indiana ties (filmmaker from IN, shot in IN, etc), you're invited to submit to the Hoosier Lens category.
World Cinema Features
World Cinema highlights the best in international cinema. From Canada to China, from Cameroon to Costa Rica we seek the best the world has to offer.

International co-productions that include the United States should be entered in World Cinema.

For purposes of this category, Puerto Rico is considered a non-US territory.
World Cinema Shorts
World Cinema highlights the best in international cinema. From Canada to China, from Cameroon to Costa Rica we seek the best the world has to offer.

International co-productions that include the United States should be entered in World Cinema.

For purposes of this category, Puerto Rico is considered a non-US territory.
Documentary Features
The Indy Film Fest celebrates the finest non-fiction cinema from the US and around the world. Films in this category must be feature length and must meet basic requirements of non-fiction cinema (re-enactments are acceptable; a 'docudrama' or 'mockumentary' must be entered in narrative categories).
Documentary Shorts
The Indy Film Fest celebrates the finest non-fiction cinema from the US and around the world. Films in this category must be short in length and must meet basic requirements of non-fiction cinema (re-enactments are acceptable; a 'docudrama' or 'mockumentary' must be entered in narrative categories).
Hoosier Lens Features
Films in this category are narrative or documentary films with strong production ties to Indiana. This includes principal cast or filmmaker with ties to the state (born, raised, attended school in state), or a significant portion of the film was shot or produced in Indiana. Eligibility at festival discretion.
Please note: Submit to EITHER American Spectrum or Hoosier Lens. Films with Indiana ties submitted to the American Spectrum category will not be eligible for Hoosier Lens recognition.
Hoosier Lens Shorts
Films in this category are narrative or documentary films with strong production ties to Indiana. This includes principal cast or filmmaker with ties to the state (born, raised, attended school in state), or a significant portion of the film was shot or produced in Indiana. Eligibility at festival discretion.
Please note: Submit to EITHER American Spectrum or Hoosier Lens. Films with Indiana ties submitted to the American Spectrum category will not be eligible for Hoosier Lens recognition.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

The Indy Film Fest seeks to create a shared experience around film. We champion movies that entertain, challenge and expand perspectives in Indianapolis and beyond. As a film festival in a "crossroads of America," the Indy Film Fest seeks diversity in programming without compromising quality.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

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 accepts feature-length and short film submissions in four categories - American Spectrum, Hoosier Lens (films with Indiana connections), World Cinema and Matter of Fact (documentaries). 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. 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.

The Indianapolis International Film Festival began as a three-day festival in March 2004. The 2015 festival screened to our largest audiences yet, featuring films from Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, Berlin and beyond. For 2016, Indy Film Fest once again plans to present one of the finest festival-going experiences in the region, all built around film in Indy.

ORGANIZERS

Abby Schoonveld (Submissions Team); Amanda Harbeck (Secretary); Amanda Harbeck (Secretary); Amanda Harbeck (Treasurer); Brandon Peters; Chris Holobeck; Craig Mince (Fesitval Director); Dan Moore; Dan Moore; Emily Chapman (Controller); Joe Ball; Lauren Collins; Wayne Indyk

GENERAL RULES

INDY FILM FEST | 2016 SUBMISSION RULES AND REGULATIONS
The mission of the 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. Since submission of a film constitutes acceptance of these Entry Rules and Regulations (by filmmakers and their agents), please review this document carefully. Your film must be submitted via the Indy Film Fest Withoutabox.

SUBMISSION CATEGORIES AND AWARDS
The Indy Film Fest screens films in competition in three primary categories: American Spectrum and World Cinema for narratives plus Documentary. Films with a total run time including credits of less than 50 minutes are shorts, and 50 minutes or longer are feature films.

In addition, if you’d like your film to also be considered for our Hoosier Lens awards, please submit to that Withoutabox category instead of American Spectrum or Documentary. Films in the Hoosier Lens category will also be judged and eligible for awards in American Spectrum, World Cinema, or Documentary, as appropriate.

Submissions are accepted in only one of the following categories:
American Spectrum: Films in this category are narrative films primarily produced in the United States, particularly those films without any strong ties to Indiana.
World Cinema: Films in this category are narrative films originating from any country outside of the United States.
Documentary: Films in this category are non-fiction films, regardless of country of origin. Documentaries with significant Indiana ties may submit in the Hoosier Lens category if desired.
Hoosier Lens: Films in this category are narrative or documentary films with strong production ties to Indiana. This includes principal cast or filmmaker with ties to the state (born, raised, attended school in state), or a significant portion of the film was shot or produced in Indiana. Eligibility at festival discretion.
Please note: Submit to EITHER American Spectrum or Hoosier Lens. Films with Indiana ties submitted to the American Spectrum category will not be eligible for Hoosier Lens recognition.

In the case of films with multi-national production origins, the primary foreign production country should take precedence.

Festival awards are as follows:
● Juried Categories, with monetary prize
○ Best American Spectrum Feature Film [$900]
○ Best American Spectrum Short Film [$200]
○ Best World Cinema Feature Film [$900]
○ Best World Cinema Short Film [$200]
○ Best Documentary Feature Film [$900]
○ Best Documentary Short Film [$200]
● Juried Awards, with monetary prize
○ Hoosier Lens Feature Award [$500]
○ Hoosier Lens Short Award [$150]
○ Grand Jury Award (selected from the winners in each of the Best Feature categories) [$1000]
● Non-Juried Awards, no monetary prize
○ Feature Audience Award
○ Short Audience Award

ELIGIBILITY
To be eligible for consideration:
1. Entrants must fully comply with these Entry Rules and Regulations in order to be considered eligible for the 2016 Indy Film Fest.
2. Eligible films must have been been completed in 2014 or later.
3. Films with prior distribution or that have been exhibited publicly for profit in the central Indiana region prior to the 2016 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 July 14-24, 2016. An exhibition copy and region-free NTSC DVD back-up copy must be in possession of the Indy Film Fest during the festival.

SUBMISSION POLICIES AND PROCESSES

1. All films must be submitted via Indy Film Fest’s WithoutaBox account, accessible online here: https://www.withoutabox.com/login/4101
2. The preferred method for submission is online digital such as Vimeo or YouTube. Indy Film Fest must be supplied with current password through the end of the festival.
3. If submitting via DVD, it must be NTSC Region 0 or 1 and should be mailed to the address below:
2016 Film Submissions
, Indy Film Fest
, 125 W. South St. #1930
, Indianapolis, IN 46206
4. Submission DVDs 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
○ WAB Entry 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.

POLICIES UPON ACCEPTANCE

1. Accepted films will be notified via email at the address included in the WithoutaBox submission form. Please ensure you can recieve email from indyfilmfest.org 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:
a. An exhibition copy in one of the following formats:
i. Quicktime 1080p
1. H.264
2. ProRes
3. Uncompressed
ii. Unencrypted Blu-ray
iii. DVD
Format used for exhibition will be determined by the festival, potentially including the submission format.
b. For jury and press purposes, an online digital version of exhibition version of the film must be available through the end of the festival.
c. Completed film may be archived by the Indy Film Fest.
d. 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.


Thank you for your interest in submitting your film to the Indy Film Fest!

Should you have any questions regarding this process or your film’s eligibility, please email submissions@indyfilmfest.org.



TERMS AND CONDITIONS

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

By signing, 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 undersigned 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.