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Indianapolis International Film Festival 2011

The Indianapolis International Film Festival is now accepting film entries for its 2011 edition. Since 2004, the Indy Film Fest has quickly grown into one of the Midwest’s fastest-growing and most-watched film festivals – and one of the most valued annual cultural events in the city.

Featuring the best in independent and innovative film from both award-winning professionals and emerging filmmakers, the Indianapolis International Film Festival has exhibited films from nearly every state in the USA and more than 50 countries around the globe.

The Indianapolis International Film Festival screens films in competition in three categories: American Spectrum, World Cinema and Matter of Fact.


Submissions are accepted in only one of the following categories:

  • American Spectrum films are defined as narrative films primarily produced in the United States.
  • 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.

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

Films 39 minutes or less are considered short films; 40 minutes or longer are considered feature films.

Please consider the following deadlines:

  • Regular Deadline: 1 March 2011
  • Late Deadline: 15 March 2011
  • WAB Extended Deadline: 31 March 2011
  • Notice of Acceptance: approximately 1 June 2011


Juried Festival Awards are as follows:

  • Best American Spectrum Feature
  • Best American Spectrum Short
  • Best World Cinema Feature
  • Best World Cinema Short
  • Best Matter of Fact Feature
  • Best Matter of Fact Short
  • Grand Jury Award (Determined from the winners in each of the Best Of…Feature categories; accompanied by a $1,000 prize purse)


  • Films completed prior to 31 December 2009 are not eligible for competition entry.
  • Films with prior distribution and/or that have been exhibited publicly for profit in the central Indiana region are not eligible for submission with the Indianapolis International Film Festival.
  • Non‐English language films must be subtitled in English to be eligible for entry.
  • Films that require a screening fee for exhibition are eligible for submission, but not eligible for category or Grand Jury prize consideration.
  • Re‐entry of prior year’s submissions is not recommended.
  • Screeners of entries must be submitted in DVD format, NTSC Region 0 or 1.

How to enter?

All films must be submitted via Indianapolis Film Festival’s WithoutaBox account.

Screener copies should be mailed to:

2011 Film Submissions
Indy Film Fest
719 ½ Massachusetts Ave Suite B
Indianapolis, IN 46204 USA

Submissions 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

Should you have any questions regarding this process or your film’s eligibility, please email submissions [at] (please replace [at] with @).

Entry fee

  • 2 January – 28 February, 2011: $30 ($20 WAB members)
  • 1 – 14 March 2011: $40 ($30 WAB members)
  • 15 – 31 March 2011: $50 ($35 WAB members)