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17-Apr-2014 12:06am PDT  

 

Indianapolis International Film Festival

11 Annual July 17, 2014 to July 27, 2014

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P.O. Box 1917
Indianapolis IN 46206
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Phone: 317.560.4433
submissions@indyfilmfest.org
http://indyfilmfest.org

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.
Matter of Fact 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).
Matter of Fact 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
The Hoosier Lens category is intended to highlight the best in filmmaking with Indiana ties. Connections to Indiana include a filmmaker, writer or actor (or other significant personnel on the film's production) who is from or attended school in Indiana, or a film shot significantly somewhere in the state. The films in this category will present the best in Indiana filmmaking to a hometown crowd.

Filmmakers must EITHER submit as American Spectrum or as Hoosier Lens, and will be selected based on the pool of submissions in the respective category.
Hoosier Lens Shorts
The Hoosier Lens category is intended to highlight the best in filmmaking with Indiana ties. Connections to Indiana include a filmmaker, writer or actor (or other significant personnel on the film's production) who is from or attended school in Indiana, or a film shot significantly somewhere in the state. The films in this category will present the best in Indiana filmmaking to a hometown crowd.

Filmmakers must EITHER submit as American Spectrum or as Hoosier Lens, and will be selected based on the pool of submissions in the respective category.

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 Indianapolis International Film Festival 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 Indianapolis International Film Festival 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 2013 festival screened to our largest audiences yet, featuring films from Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, Berlin and beyond. For 2014, the Indianapolis International Film Festival 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 (Submissions Team) ; Craig Mince (Fesitval Director) ; Emily Chapman (Controller) ; Lucas Sanders (Asst Director)

GENERAL RULES
INDIANAPOLIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL | 2014 SUBMISSION RULES AND REGULATIONS

GENERAL
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. Since submission of a film constitutes acceptance of these Entry Rules & Regulations (by filmmakers and their agents), please review this document carefully.

KEY DATES
Submissions Open – November 1, 2013
Earlybird Deadline – December 31, 2013
Regular Deadline – February 28, 2014
Late Deadline – April 15, 2014
WAB Extended Deadline – April 30, 2014
Notice of Acceptance – approximately June 1, 2013
2014 Indy Film Fest – July 17 - 27, 2013

ENTRY FEES
Until 12/31/13 - $25 ($15 WAB members)
1/1/2014 to 2/28/2014 - $30 ($20 WAB members)
3/1/2014 to 4/30/2014 - $40 ($30 WAB members)
*All entry fees are USD, per film and non-refundable.

SUBMISSION CATEGORIES AND AWARDS
The Indy Film Fest screens films in competition in four categories: American Spectrum, Hoosier Lens, World Cinema and Matter of Fact. Films 49 minutes or less are considered short films; 50 minutes or longer are considered feature films.

Submissions are accepted in only one of the following categories:
• American Spectrum films are defined as narrative films exclusively produced in the United States, particularly those films without any strong ties to Indiana.
• Hoosier Lens films are defined as narrative or documentary films with strong production ties to Indiana. This includes major cast or crew ties to the state (born, raised, attended school in state), and/or a significant portion of the film was shot and/or produced in Indiana.
o 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.
• World Cinema films are defined as narrative films originating from any country outside of the United States.
• Matter of Fact films are defined as documentary films, regardless of country of origin. Documentaries with significant Indiana ties may submit in the Hoosier Lens category if desired.

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

Juried Festival Awards are as follows:
• Best American Spectrum Feature Film
• Best American Spectrum Short Film
• Best Hoosier Lens Feature Film
• Best Hoosier Lens Short Film
• Best World Cinema Feature Film
• Best World Cinema Short Film
• Best Matter of Fact Feature Film
• Best Matter of Fact Short Film
• Grand Jury Award – determined from the winners in each of the Best Of…Feature categories.

ELIGIBILITY
To be eligible for consideration:
1. Entrants must fully comply with these Entry Rules & Regulations in order to be considered eligible for the 2014 Indy Film Fest.
2. Films completed prior to 12/31/2012 are not eligible for competition entry.
3. Films with prior distribution and/or that have been exhibited publicly for profit in the central Indiana region are not eligible for submission for competition with the Indianapolis International Film Festival.
4. Feature-length films with ongoing (or infinite-run) online distribution or availability (via iTunes, etc.) are not eligible for competition entry. Films with finite or limited availability (i.e. an online only film festival) or via independent distribution (i.e. filmmaker’s own website) remain competition eligible.
5. Non-English language films must be subtitled in English to be eligible for entry.
6. Films that require a screening fee for exhibition are eligible for submission, but not eligible for category or Grand Jury prize consideration.
7. Films must be available for screening at the Indianapolis International Film Festival 07/17/2014 through 07/27/2014; an exhibition copy and Region-free NTSC DVD back-up copy must be in possession of the Indy Film Fest this entire time.

SUBMISSION POLICIES AND PROCESSES
1. All films must be submitted via Indy Film Fest’s WithoutaBox account, accessible online here:
2. Screener copies should be mailed to the address below:
2013 Film Submissions
Programming Director
PO Box 1917
Indianapolis, IN 46206
3. Screeners of entries must be submitted in DVD format, NTSC Region 0 or 1.
4. Submissions must be clearly marked on the case AND disc with the following:
a. Complete English Title
b. Director Name
c. Contact Name (if different than director) and Email
d. WAB Entry Number
e. Total Run Time, rounded up to the nearest minute.
5. Entries without payment will not be considered.
6. Screening copies will not be returned.
7. Submission of entry is considered legal permission to screen your film upon acceptance during the festival.
8. Re-entry of prior year’s submissions is not recommended.
9. Work in progress submissions are accepted, though such should be CLEARLY marked on submission disc and case. Completed cuts must be received by May 1, 2014 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.
a. Please add the @IndyFilmFest.org domain to an accepted senders list to ensure receipt of festival emails, 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 film contact) will provide the following by the dates specified by festival organizers:
a. An exhibition copy in one of the following formats (*Should any issues arise regarding the availability of the intended exhibition copy, films will be screened as scheduled from a format left to the discretion of festival organizers, most likely the DVD submission copy.):
i. DVD
ii. BluRay
iii. HDCam
iv. (For Short Films Only) QuickTime 1080p HD 8 bit uncompressed or Apple ProRes file (or equivalent)
b. Three (3) additional screening copies or a password protected digital copy, through an external URL- Vimeo, personal website, etc,.of the completed film, for jurying purposes.
c. One DVD copy of the final, completed film for archiving in the Indy Film Fest program library.
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 HDCam tapes following the run of the festival, should arrangements be made to do so.
6. The Indy Film Fest reserves the right to rescind acceptance of any film should eligibility status change.

Thank you for your interest in submitting your film with the Indy Film Fest – we look forward to considering it! 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.