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Calling all crews! Film Indiana under new leadership

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INDIANAPOLIS (December 12, 2016) – The Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD) announced today that responsibility for Film Indiana has transitioned from The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). Film Indiana is the state support office for the film, television, commercial and new media industries. Film Indiana’s primary objectives are to promote Indiana assets and destinations to prospective film makers and assist companies seeking production services in the state.

IOTD’s focus will be to build on the solid foundation established by IEDC. It will manage an online location database and production services directory that provides technical support to the film industry. Both resources will be housed on IOTD’s Film Indiana micro website.

“We’re delighted to be adding Film Indiana to our responsibilities,” said Mark Newman, IOTD Executive Director. “It fits nicely with our broader strategy for marketing Indiana assets and destinations. We have a diverse mix of natural landscapes, rural settings and urban places that appeal to site selectors. Our ambition is to ultimately offer grants and other resources to local communities to bolster their recruitment efforts.”

Amy Howell will serve as Film Indiana’s director. Her leadership skills and expertise with small and large scale productions is extensive. A four-time Emmy award winning producer, Howell brings 19 years of television production experience to her role.  Howell also serves as Director of Communications and Media Relations for the Indiana Office of Tourism Development.

“I’m excited by this new responsibility and feel that IOTD’s relationships with visitor bureaus, chambers of commerce, businesses, historic sites and others will only enhance our location database,” said Howell. “Indiana is a production-friendly state. My goal is to showcase our assets, our Hoosier Hospitality and bring in business to grow our economy.”

Film Indiana will also engage in partnerships with film festivals in an effort to attract more film production to Indiana. The organization will promote these events to gain marketing exposure for the state.

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Last Updated on Monday, 12 December 2016 10:53

Reel to Reel Night at Flat12

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Flat12 Bierwerks is accepting short film submissions for our next film night coming up Thursday, March 26, 8:30p. This event is FREE to the public and filmmakers receive their first pint!

Flat12 hosts a monthly event, Reel to Reel, showcasing local indie films and bringing filmmakers and filmgoers together for screenings, special film events, and of course, beer.

The typical format showcases 10-12 filmmakers each night. We are currently seeking submissions. Don’t be shy, it’s a curated event but a diverse one. The goal is not to be exclusive but to show creative works within reason and taste. This event exists to promote and encourage local filmmakers to collaborate and produce new work.

In addition to showcasing local filmmakers, Reel to Reel hosts
special events as well. These include collaborations with Big Car Collective, a Beehive Beauty School with hairstyling demonstrations from found vintage filmstrips, IU Libraries Film Archive’spresentation of the best of their retro educational films, and a retro vacation slideshow party in collaboration with Rocketship Comedy comics.

This free event occurs monthly and is open to the public (21+)

Filmmakers please contact and send submissions to

Guidelines for submissions:

1.) Local filmmakers are favored, but local isn’t a requirement
2.) The filmmaker doesn’t have to be in attendance as long as we have permission to screen their work
3.) Typically, each film showcased is around 10 minutes – it’s unlikely we’ll show a feature length as we would rather showcase more filmmakers at a given event than fewer
4.) We cannot guarantee screening for all submissions

If you know any other filmmakers who may be interested, please feel free to share!

Thanks and hope to see you all here!

Flat12 Indianapolis
414 N. Dorman St.
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 10:54

Southwest Indiana Film Festival

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ATTENTION FILMMAKERS! Announcing the first annual Southwest Indiana Film Festival (SWIFF), presented by the Dubois County Film Commission, August 8th and 9th in Huntingburg, IN!

First time filmmakers, seasoned professionals, YouTube cat video enthusiasts - all are welcome to enter! Just head to, fill out the entry form and register with us, pay the relevant entry fee, get your film requirements, and start filming!

The Commission is not looking for short films you've already created to be submitted for this festival. Rather, it is looking to have you create an original, 5-minute short film (plus 1 minute of credits) specifically for this exciting event. Each filmmaker/team will be assigned a particular genre (horror/sci-fi, drama, or comedy), and be required to include specific elements in each entry. Films must include three distinct Dubois County landmarks (options will be provided to assist you), and 30% of your film's final runtime must be culled from footage you've shot utilizing these identifiable locations. The final requirement: you must include the line "Only in Dubois County" spoken or shown visually at some point in your film's footage (not in the title or credits).

Once you have your project together, come visit Dubois County and make your short film! More details on this and other requirements are included in the entry form/information available on our website at We are also on Facebook at

Entry fees are due at the time you register for the festival, and there are two different levels for entry: Professional, and Amateur. The early bird deadline for registration is July 1, and the cost is $150 for Pro, and $50 for Amateur. The late registration deadline is July 14 and the fees increase to $200 for Pro and $75 for Amateur (save $$$ by registering prior to this!).

All films are due to us, received, no later than July 18th, no exceptions. No films will be accepted after this deadline, and registration fees are nonrefundable.

On Friday, August 8th there will be an opening night party for all filmmakers and special guests, including TBA festivities and door prizes. All day Saturday, August 9th there will be screenings of the film entries, as well as seminars, workshops, lectures, Q&A's, demonstrations, and more, presented by special guests (TBA) on various filmmaking topics and trends. In short: a day of awesome. That evening there will be an awards ceremony with prizes, and an after party.

To kick off our first film fest we’ve included some great prizes like a Blackmagic camera, GoPro camera packages, cash, and more!

Hollywood has recognized Dubois County’s natural features, great scenery and architectural beauty over the years. Besides several independent films, two feature films (A League of Their Own and Hard Rain) and an HBO special have been filmed in Dubois County. Plus, Jasper, Indiana, has been featured in the hit TV show “Revolution” and is the model for the city in “The Middle”. 

Now it's your turn.

So get creative and film the crap out of something great! The Dubois County Film Commission looks forward to viewing your films and seeing you at SWIFF!



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South Bend, Indiana –The 6th Annual River Bend Film Festival will be held April 3 – 5, 2014 at three different venues in South Bend. The three-day event is sponsored by Mid America Filmmakers, Downtown South Bend and WNIT, and is made possible by an Indiana Arts grant. Almost forty local, national and international independent films in a wide variety of genres will be shown throughout the festival.

The kick-off screening is Thursday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m.. – 11:00 p.m. at Showplace 16, with the Indiana premiere of the Goshen-shot feature film “Sand Castles”, a drama created by Goshen-native Jordon Hodges, who also stars in the film. Another featured actor in the film is Hollywood legend Clint Howard (Apollo 13, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Austin Powers, Star Trek), who will be on-hand for a Q&A, as well as other events thought the festival.

As part of DTSB's First Fridays, the Friday night event begins at 7 p.m. at The State Theatre in downtown South Bend, where Clint Howard will give a talk about his movie experiences - having appeared in over 200 films throughout his career. This will be followed by several blocks of short films, including the comedy "Satellite Beach" starring and directed by Luke Wilson.

The rest of the festival takes place at the lower level of the Century Center on Saturday, April 5. Daytime events run from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. where two simultaneous screening rooms assure there is always something amazing to be seen, including a highlight of local films at 3:20 p.m.. At 10 a.m. Hollywood screenwriter Stephen Susco will host a screenwriting workshop, and at 1 p.m. Indianapolis filmmaker Kate Chaplin will run a workshop on film directing. Join us at 5 p.m. for a panel discussion with Clint Howard and other industry guests. IU South Bend New Media students will also have a display of video art and Mid America Filmmakers is hosting movie swag give-aways to attendees.

Saturday night’s program is 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. with a screening of increble short films, followed by our awards ceremony, with presentations for best films and screenplays. The evening concludes with the documentary “Music City USA”, which shows the heart of Nashville through the eyes of music's biggest stars.

More Information at


Indiana Short Film Fest

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Independent filmmakers have until July 1 to submit short films for the fourth annual Indiana Short Film Festival.  There is no entry fee.

All genres are welcome from all over the world, but entries must be under 40 minutes.  The audience will vote for their favorite films in various categories, and a $250 cash award will be given to the Grand Jury winner.

The Indiana Short Film Festival will be held on Columbus Day weekend (October 11 and 12, 2014) at the historic Royal Theater on the Square in Danville, Indiana, just 14 miles west of Indianapolis.  For more information, or to sign up for email updates, please see our website at


BACKSPACE: Casting Call

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Production title: Backspace
Union / Non-Union: Non-Union
Production Type: Independent
Project length: Short Film (30 minutes)
Project format: 16:9 2.5K
Posted on: Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
Production location: Indianapolis
Production Company: SKFilms
Directors: Thomas Lewis/Tim Hashko
Producer: Andy Townsend
Writer: Josh Lenahan
Audition Location: IUPUI School of Informatics
Shooting Location: Indianapolis
Compensation: None


Tuesday, December 3, 2013 1:00 – 10:00 PM
Thursday, December 5, 2013 1:00 – 10:00 PM
(Please note all auditions will be given a specific time within this window)
Call Backs: December 10, 2013 6:00 – 10:00 PM
Shooting Starts: December, 2013
Shooting Ends: January, 2014

While battling writer's block, a reclusive author employs questionable tactics to gain more time for her next
novel, only to be forced into working with an officious typist, who takes the story in an unexpected direction.
The questionable tactics of her past have left her isolated and now she seeks atonement by writing her own

Character BIOs:

Once a successful author, Levi hasn't written a good story in years. She hasn't been outside of her apartment
for just as long. She has a deep secret that torments her soul. She desperately wants to let the world in on her
secret, but can't seem to muster up the courage and find the right words.

Chelsea is an aspiring student writer who is not above using deceit and allure to advance herself. She lands a
typist job with a legendary author and ends up becoming indispensable.

An English professor and established author, Redding has a soft (and kinky) spot for younger women. He
doesn't pass up a chance for a love affair with some of his most attractive students. His true motivation though
is his quest for juicy material for his future books.

Trudy is an established publisher and a business woman. A feminist type, she prefers to work with female

Kenya is a no nonsense landlord with a soft heart for her eccentric tenant.


Indianapolis 48HFP: Calling All Filmmakers!

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The 48 Hour Film Project, the largest filmmaking competition in the world, is coming back to Indianapolis!


Calling All Filmmakers!

In a wild, sleepless weekend, you and your team will make a short movie from scratch - that is: writing, shooting and editing in only 48 hours. On Friday, August 1, you'll get a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre, all to include in your movie. By Sunday, August 3, the movie must be complete. Each completed film is guaranteed a screening at Tobias Theater at IMA in the following week.


Registration Opens Soon!

Registration will open on May 28, 2014. So get your teams together, come up with a name for yourselves and plan on signing up soon based on these dates and prices:


EARLY BIRD registration: May 28- July 7 for $140

REGULAR registration: July 8- July 22 for $160

LATE registration: July 23  - August 1 for $175


Registration fee is per team, not per person, and includes TWO FREE TICKETS to the screenings, which you will receive just before the screening.


Why Make A 48 Hour Film?

You'll meet other local filmmakers, spend 48 hours in intense movie making, have your film screened at Tobias Theater at IMA, and compete to represent Indianapolis against the other 48HFP cities around the world! The top films from around the world screen each year at the Cannes Film Festival.


Watch last year's winner of the Indianapolis 48HFP, "Overcompensation," by Short Pants Productions here.


Get ready to make a movie!

Last Updated on Friday, 23 May 2014 09:02

Medora", "Undefeated: Roger Brown" showing at Butler April 2

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The Indiana-based documentaries “Undefeated: The Roger Brown Story”  and “Medora” will be show at Butler University on Wednesday, April 2, as part of the Conference on Ethics & Public Argumentation. Showing are at noon and 6:30 p.m., respectively. Directors of both film, plus featured subjects, will be present for discussion afterward.  The same day, the HBO documentary "AUTISM: The Musical” will also be shown at 2:25 p.m.  Admission is free. Full conference schedule at


Gen Con Film Festival Call For Entries Now Open!

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Call for entries for the 2014 Gen Con Indy Film Festival is now open!

Gen Con 2014 will be held August 14th-17th at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Gen Con is the world's largest gaming convention with over 48,000 unique attendees last year.

We spotlight films and web series from around the world.

Once again we are partnering with to make the submission process as painless as possible.

There are three categories for submissions Feature Films, Short Films, and Series. Please read the description of each category carefully before submitting. Early Bird submissions begin January 10th 2014. During this early submission period there is a substantial discount on the submission fee. Accepted submissions will receive up to 5 4-Day passes to Gen Con and will be invited to participate in our panel discussions. This is a great way to reach your target audiences.

Early-Bird deadline is February 6th 2014.
Final deadline is April 30th 2014.

The Gen Con Indy Film Festival focuses on genres that appeal to our gaming attendees. These include, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Horror, Gaming, Thriller, or anything geek friendly. We welcome Comedies, Dramas, Live Action, Animated, and Documentaries.

Cash Prizes will be awarded in the categories:
· Best Feature Film $300 and a Booth at Gen Con 2015 (Aprox. $1600 value)
· Best Short Film $100
· Best Series $100 and a Booth at Gen Con 2015
(Aprox. $1600 value)
Additionally certificates will be awarded to the following selections:
· Best Animated Film
· Best Gamer Film
· Best Documentary Film
· Best Fantasy Film

· Best Sci-Fi Film
· Best Horror Film
Filmmakers are encouraged to attend and participate in the many film related panels, discussions, and events during the festival.

For more information please check out the following URLs.



Gen Con Indy 2013 Continues Record-Breaking Growth

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INDIANAPOLIS (August 20, 2013) Gen Con Indy 2013, completed August 15-18 at the Indiana Convention Center, experienced record attendance numbers and unprecedented growth. Weekend turnstile attendance of 159,364 and unique attendance of 49,058 grew the convention approximately 20% from 2012’s previous record of 41,000+ unique attendees. These metrics show continued growth of more than 75% over the past five years.

“The Gen Con team is ecstatic about the attendance numbers for Gen Con Indy 2013, but there are also many other successes from this year’s show to share,” said Adrian Swartout, CEO of Gen Con LLC. “More than 12,000 gaming and entertainment events occurred at the convention, 360+ companies exhibited, the annual Trade Day doubled in attendance, and Sunday enjoyed record-breaking Family Fun Day attendance. It is hard to believe Gen Con Indy could experience a better year than 2012, but our exhibitors, sponsors, and event organizers guaranteed this was absolutely our best show.”

As announced previously by Visit Indy, Indianapolis’ convention and tourism agency, Gen Con Indy accounts for more than $47 million in yearly economic impact to Indianapolis, a figure that has only been surpassed by the 2012 Super Bowl

“Gen Con continues to experience tremendous growth in Indianapolis,” said Leonard Hoops, President & CEO of Visit Indy. “Gen Con LLC leadership really knows their attendees and how to enhance the gaming experience every year, and Indy really knows Gen Con and how to put on a great event. We’re delighted to be the host city through at least 2020 and look forward to many future Gen Cons to come.”

Gen Con’s Wednesday Tapping Party for Indianapolis business Sun King Brewing’s official beer of Gen Con Indy 2013, Flagon Slayer, drew more than 2,000 fans to the Wednesday night event on Georgia Street.

Record-setting numbers were not limited to attendance and economic impact. The show’s Co-Sponsors each hosted high-profile events commanding media attention. The first Guinness World Record attempt at a Gen Con Indy was completed successfully by Mayfair Games on Saturday, August 17, when they achieved the world’s largest game of Catan with 922 players. Wizards of the Coast hosted a sold out Night with D&D event, featuring a murder mystery puzzle game. Paizo Publishing’s Pathfinder Special Event filled the Sagamore Ballroom, with actions of one player impacting the games of hundreds of others. Collectively, these three events had more than 2,500 ticketed participants.

“This was Paizo Publishing’s first year as a Co-Sponsor of Gen Con, and we were thrilled to have our best show ever,” said Erik Mona, Publisher and CCO of Paizo Publishing. “And it’s not just Paizo saying so. The buzz among exhibitors was that this was their best Gen Con as well. We can’t wait to return.”

Gen Con Indy 2014 will take place at the Indianapolis Convention Center from August 14-17, 2014.

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