Bluebird is the big winner at the 2014 Indy Film Fest, taking home both the Grand Jury Prize for best feature in the festival and the American Spectrum Award for best American fictional feature.
In order to give audiences a chance to check out the winners before the end of the fest, the fest moved the award ceremony to its opening weekend, with Board President Craig Mince announcing winners July 19 at the Toby Theatre.
After a full weekend of films, parties, and audiences rubbing shoulders with indie filmmakers, the 11th annual festival continues through Saturday, July 26 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (with a few films screening at the downtown IMAX theater on Friday).
Unlike in years past, the fest will not have a best-of series on the Sunday after closing night. So if you want to see the winning films, make plans to do so in the next few days.
Grand Jury Prize and Best American Spectrum Feature: Bluebird
Director: Lance Edmands
Thursday, July 24 at 7 p.m., Toby Theater
Saturday, July 26 at 11:30 a.m., DeBoest Lecture Hall
Starring Mad Men’s John Slattery. A bus driver’s momentary lapse in judgment leaves a young boy locked in a bus overnight in freezing temperatures in a northern Maine logging town. Families are forced to face each other as the boy’s life hangs in the balance. The film’s director is scheduled to be available via Skype for the remaining screenings. See Ed Johnson-Ott's four-star review.
Best American Spectrum Short: Confusion Through Sand
Director: Danny Madden
Included in “Boots on the Ground” shorts program
Monday, July 21 at 8:30 p.m., DeBoest Lecture Hall
Thursday, July 24 at 1:45 p.m., DeBoest Lecture Hall
This hand-animated film was drawn on recycled paper and tells a story of a young soldier confronting the unknown in a hostile desert environment.
Best Matter of Fact Feature: Beyond All Boundaries
Director: Sushrut Jain
Thursday, July 24 at 5 p.m., Toby Theater
Saturday, July 26 at 2:45 p.m., Toby Theater
As one subject says in the film, “For Indians, cricket is not a sport, cricket is a religion.” A 30-year-old superfan, a 12-year-old cricket prodigy, and a female high school-age cricketer from the slums of Mumbai pursue their passion for the sport as the 2011 World Cup of Cricket ramps up in India. The filmmaker is scheduled to be in town for the festival. See Ed Johnson-Ott's four-star review.
Best Matter of Fact Short: Tarzan & Arab
Director: Paul Fischer
Included in “Father Figures” shorts program
Tuesday, July 22 at 4 p.m., DeBoest Lecture Hall
Friday, July 25 at 1:45 p.m., DeBoest Lecture Hall
Twin brothers from Gaza who grew up without access to a movie theater are on a quest to see a film on the big screen.
Best World Cinema Feature: You’ll Be A Man
Director: Benoit Cohen
Friday, July 25 at 1:45 p.m., Toby Theater
Leo, a 10-year-old wise beyond his years, and Theo, a carefree 20-year-old, become fast friends in this French drama. The two help each other face their responsibilities, but Leo’s father doesn’t approve of their relationship, which leads the friends to make some rash decisions. Read Scott Shoger's 2.5-star review.
Best World Cinema Short: Grand Canal
Director: Johnny Ma
Included in “A Family Affair” shorts program
Wednesday, July 23 at 6:15 p.m., DeBoest Lecture Hall
A boat captain who looks like a Chinese pop star visits his family for the first time in three months as part of his mission to collect on a debt. The visit leaves an impression on his young son.