Q&A with Indy Film Fest's executive director 

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NUVO: How do the films get picked?

Craig Mince (executive director): We have a screening committee of 15-20 dedicated volunteers that watch all the movies as they come in. They score each movie on identical criteria. At the end of the screening process those scores are tallied and averaged. After we have those scores we are able to isolate the films that play during the festival.

NUVO: Which Indiana short is your favorite right now?

Mince: Oh man, that's a tough question as they are all so good! I am a sucker for animated films and the short film Claire & the Keys is really good! John Ludwick and team did an amazing job.

NUVO: Any memorable moments so far with filmmakers?

Mince: It's always the highlight of the year for me when we get to meet the filmmakers. We LOVE showing them everything Indy has to offer while they are here. We always end up on Mass Ave or Fountain Square having a drink and talking the night away about their films and all the different places they've gone with them. It's also really cool introducing filmmakers who have never met then seeing them work together on projects down the road!

NUVO: Why did you decide to go Hoosier heavy on this round?

Mince: It wasn't a conscious effort to go heavy with films with Hoosier ties; that's just what bubbled to the top in the screening process. It speaks volumes to the efforts that are being made by the local filmmaking community and those that want to tell stories that are based here in the heartland. We consider our Hoosier Lens films along side all the other films that are submitted and the quality is on par if not better then most.


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