One more reason why it’s cool to live in Indiana — submissions are now open for the 2011 Indianapolis International Film Festival, hosted July 14 - 24 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. No matter if you’re an amateur, an Oscar award winner, a B-movie horror director, or a rom-com producer—you’re invited to submit your work to this annual event in the Indy arts scene.
Submission fees have been lowered this year, in an obvious attempt to make getting your work out into the cosmic void more affordable. Key deadlines in submitting are:
• Early Deadline: January 1; $25 fee
• Regular Deadline: March 1; $30 fee
• Late Deadline: March 15; $40 fee
Feature length films in any category are eligible for the festival's $1,000 Grand Jury prize—the 2010 Grand Jury Prize winning film was Michael Weithorn's A Little Help, starring Jenna Fischer. Other films featured in 2010 include Academy Award-winning short film The New Tenants and opening night film Barry Munday, which hit theaters this October. Films interested in submitting must utilize Withoutabox.com (http://www.withoutabox.com/login/4101), an online tool that connects festivals and filmmakers.
Craig Mince, the Indy Film Fest President, said of the open submissions, "This is going to be a very exciting year for the festival and for our audience. There are so many great films and filmmakers that we want the people of Indiana to experience, so we are making it more affordable than ever to submit a film this year."
Films chosen for the 2011 festival will be featured in three major categories:
• American Spectrum, celebrating the best in American cinema. Films must be produced or co-produced by at least one (1) U.S. citizen.
• World Cinema, recognizing the best in international works. These films may be co-produced by a U.S. citizen(s) but at least one (1) producer must be a citizen of a nation other than the U.S.
• Matter of Fact, reserved for thought-provoking documentary filmmaking from the U.S. or around the world.
Lisa Trifone, the Festival Managing Director, notes that "we're evolving as a festival, and this year we want to push the envelope. After seven successful years, we've proven ourselves to be a viable film festival in Indianapolis where filmmakers are eager to feature their work."
In addition to seeking films for submission, the festival is also accepting applications for the Screening Committee now through Dec. 1. If you’re interested in volunteering or supporting the Indy Film Fest, you can contact the festival at firstname.lastname@example.org.