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The Indy Film Fest seeks to create a shared experience around film. We champion movies that entertain, challenge and expand perspectives in Indianapolis and beyond.
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. With attendance growing every year, we continue to deepen our impact on the city and the film community worldwide. Featuring the best in independent and innovative film from both award-winning professionals and emerging filmmakers, we've exhibited films from nearly every state in the country and more than 50 countries around the globe.
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The Indy Film Fest began as a three-day festival in March 2004. Centrally located at United Artists Theatres in downtown Indianapolis, the first festival featured several Midwestern premieres, including acclaimed writer/director Lars von Trier's Dogville and A Slipping Down Life featuring Lily Taylor and Guy Pierce. Over all, 2,400 people saw 24 films on two screens; and with that, a festival was born. Still finding its land-legs, the festival moved from March to April in 2005, and from United Artists Theatres to Hollywood Bar & Filmworks, then Indianapolis' best dinner-and-a-movie spot downtown. The festival added an additional day to the schedule as well as a third screen to accommodate the growing audiences. Films featured included the Oscar-nominated documentary, Murderball. In the first two years of the Indianapolis International Film Festival, more than 5,000 attendees saw a total of 77 films from 27 different countries.
With further growth as the goal for 2006, the Indy Film Fest expanded from one venue to three. As a result, attendance grew by an astounding 61% while film submissions expanded by 211%. Films screened grew by 108%, and the Indy Film Fest secured its best-known premiere to date with Dreamworks Animation's Over the Hedge. In 2007, the Indy Film Fest presented its first Career Achievement Award to Albert & David Maysles - two time Academy Award Nominees for their integral contributions to the world on non-fiction cinema. The growth continued in 2008, 2009 and 2010 as the number of films submitted and screened continued to rise and the festival took on a reputation for bringing impressive independent film making to Indianapolis.
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