What started as a two-day festival in 2004 has since expanded to include year-round events that empower audiences to connect with films, filmmakers, and one another.
We’re probably best known for our annual film festival—a ten-day event that has grown steadily and become one of the most anticipated and valued annual cultural events in the city. We also host a range of events that connect movie lovers. Our Roving Cinema series presents films in different fun and exciting environments—places you might not expect to watch a film. Our Popped Up! series was created from our belief that film belongs to everybody, and it brings screenings into the city’s various neighborhoods. We also host a dinner-and-a-movie series called Film to Fork, as well as a cutting-edge music series, Rock+Reel. Oh, and there’s Bigger Picture Show. It’s an annual creative mixer that brings Indianapolis’s best creative minds together for a one-of-a-kind fundraiser.
Throughout the years, Indy Film Fest has featured the best in independent and innovative film from both award-winning professionals and emerging filmmakers. More than that, we’ve created a community around film, and we couldn’t be more proud.
The fest kicks off on July 13 with the opening night thriller Wind River, starring Jeremy Renner of “Avengers” fame. The critically-acclaimed mystery follows Renner, who plays a recluse game tracker, and Elizabeth Olson, who plays an FBI agent, on the hunt for a young woman’s murderer on the isolated Wind River Indian Reservation. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with representatives from the Eiteljorg Museum and an opening night reception.
The awards night film will have fans laughing and learning. “Lucky,” stars Harry Dean Stanton and is a story about a 90-year-old atheist’s path to religion. The film promises drama, comedy and to take the audience along on the journey to the enlightenment.
Then the fest will close on a comedic note with a coming of age story about an improbable rapper who finds her voice in Patti Cake$. Set in suburban New Jersey, “Patti Cake$” follows Patricia Dombrowski, played by Danielle Macdonald, in her search for fame and glory through her passion for rap music. The fest’s closing night party will follow the screening.
During the fest, guests can enjoy more than 95 feature-length and short films from 19 countries, plus the 48 Hour Film Project, a recent addition to Indy Film Fest’s year-round programming in which local teams have one weekend to create an original short film. The 48 Hour Film Project films will screen July 17-18.
We look forward to hosting you.
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