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Before the Festival

Congratulations!

Congratulations on your acceptance into the 2024 Indy Shorts International Film Festival! You are our most important VIP, so before #IndyShorts2024 begins, here is a complete guide to having the best possible experience!

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Important Links

RESERVE TICKETS 

(NOTE: Due to our theaters having assigned seats, you need to reserve tickets to every film you see, including your own!)

Click here to Learn More.

FILMMAKER & INDUSTRY DIRECTORY

(Full Contact List)

Click here to Learn More.

TECH CHECK FORM

(Must be done 48 hours prior to screening)

Click here to Learn More.

EVENTIVE HELP PAGE

(Virtual tech help and live chat support)

Click here to Learn More.

ACCESSIBILITY OPTIONS

(How to make your film as accessible as possible)

Click here to Learn More.

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Social Media Tips

With 180+ short films in our festival, it is nearly impossible for us to effectively showcase every film on our social platforms. But with your help, we can get the word out together! Help us help you! The more you post and tag, the more we can share, like and comment!

 

TIPS

  • Post: On Facebook, Instagram & Twitter/X about your screenings

    • Don't forget to post the link to your film from our ticketing website!

    • Posting about your virtual screening is a great opportunity to let your friends and family support you! 

  • Tag: @HeartlandFilm

  • Hashtags: #IndyShorts2024 #DiveIntoShorts

CUSTOM GRAPHICS

  • We made custom #IndyShorts2024 graphics for every film! Use these in your social posts to help promote your screening.

SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLKIT

  • Pre-Made Posts: Our Social Media toolkit is simple to use. Just click post and festival graphics and the content will automatically be shared to your Facebook, Instagram or Twitter/X accounts.

  • Laurels: Below the pre-made posts are downloadable #IndyShorts2024 laurels and logos. Add these to a still photo or your film poster.

  • Story Backgrounds: We've also created downloadable #IndyShorts2024 Story Backgrounds you can incorporate into your own social posts.

OTHER POST IDEAS

  • Pictures of you at #IndyShorts2024 and #DiveIntoShorts

  • Stories

  • Trailers

  • Interviews

  • Share Heartland Film Posts

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Community Outreach

We love connecting films with local community groups and non-profits that have a common focus. If you know an Indianapolis-based group that would be interested in your film, let us know! 

 

You can email your ideas to our Community Outreach & Education Manager, Abi Lindstedt, at alindstedt@heartlandfilm.org!

Click here to Learn More about our Partners.

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Festival Guidebook

During the Festival
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Come Fest with Us! 

We want to meet you, celebrate your film and hang out! At the Indy Shorts International Film Festival, we take great pride in our Hoosier Hospitality. If you travel to Indianapolis, you're sure to be met with smiling faces, new friends and unforgettable experiences. On top of having a blast and seeing your film on the big screen, here are some benefits to attending the festival in-person.

  • Attendance is generally 10% higher for screenings with filmmakers attending.

  • Films with attending filmmakers will be listed at the top of our daily newsletter.

  • Filmmaker interview requests are sent to attending filmmakers first.

  • We host daily filmmaker, staff and industry networking opportunities.

  • Filmmakers are invited to all parties and special events.

  • Word of mouth is king! Being at the festival and talking about your film can impact the number of attendees that show up to your screening!  

  • One complimentary hotel night for filmmakers (dependent on availability). Email Evan at evernon@heartlandfilm.org for more information.

Filmmaker Check-In

Filmmaker badges will be available at the Living Room Theaters' Box Office to collect at the following dates/times:

  • Tuesday, July 23 from 6:30 - 8 PM 

  • Wednesday, July 24 from 4:30 - 8:15 PM

  • Thursday, July 25 from 4:30 - 8:15 PM

  • Friday, July 26 from 3:30 - 8:30 PM

  • Saturday, July 27 from 12:30 - 8:30 PM

  • Sunday, July 28 from 12 - 6:15 PM
     

To check in for your Q&A, please follow the below procedures:

Filmmakers participating in a Q&A and watching their film:

Check-in at the venue Box Office 30 minutes before your screening begins. Please note that you must reserve a ticket to watch your film. If you have not reserved a ticket, please do so ASAP.

Filmmakers participating in a Q&A but not watching their film:

Check-in at the venue's Box Office at least 10 minutes before your program's screening ends.

Filmmakers wishing to complete a tech check:

Check-in at the venue Box Office at least 1 hour before your screening begins — regardless of Q&A participation.

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Media Opportunities

Heartland Film will send multiple press releases out before and during the festival. These are general press releases to provide media event details and a list of all the films.

 

While our media outreach will focus on the overall festival promotion, feel free to reach out to media on your own too! We've provided a few media contacts below.

Click here for Media Contacts.

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Photo Ops

We're rolling out the red carpet for you! We'll have both a red carpet and

step-and-repeat at each of our festival venues, so stop by to get your photo taken!

More dates will be added to the photographer's schedule closer to the festival.

 

THURSDAY, JULY 25 

When: Kick-Off Party from 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Where: High Alpha (830 Massachusetts Ave, Suite 1500 Floor 4)

When: Filmmaker After Hours from 9:45 - 10:30 PM

Where: Pins Mechanical Co. (856 Carrollton Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202)

 

SATURDAY, JULY 27

When: Awards Celebration from 10:30 AM - 12 PM

Where: Tinker House Events (1101 E 16th St, Floor 2)

When: Summer Nights Award Winners from 7:30 - 9:30 PM

Where: The Amphitheater at Newfields

 

SUNDAY, JULY 28

When: Mimosa Mixer from 12 - 2 PM

Where: The Tobias Theater at Newfields

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Filmmaker Special Events & After Hours

FILMMAKER AFTER HOURS, DAY 1

When: Tuesday, July 23 from 9 - 11 PM

Where: Pins Mechanical Co. (856 Carrollton Ave)

Perks: HotBox Pizza, Duckpin Bowling

Details: FREE, No RSVP Required, 21+ Only

FILMMAKER AFTER HOURS, DAY 2

When: Wednesday, July 24 from 9 - 11 PM

Where: Pins Mechanical Co. (856 Carrollton Ave)

Perks: HotBox Pizza, Duckpin Bowling
Details: FREE, No RSVP Required, 21+ Only

KICK-OFF PARTY

PRESENTED BY MOVIEMAKER MAGAZINE

When: Thursday, July 25 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM

WhereHigh Alpha (830 Massachusetts Ave, Suite 1500 Floor 4)

Perks: Rooftop Party, Drink Tickets, Appetizers 

Click here to RSVP

FILMMAKER AFTER HOURS, DAY 3

When: Thursday, July 25 from 9 - 11 PM

Where: Pins Mechanical Co. (856 Carrollton Ave)

Perks: HotBox Pizza, Duckpin Bowling

Details: FREE, No RSVP Required, 21+ Only

FILMMAKER SPEED NETWORKING

When: Friday, July 26  from 10 - 12 PM

Where: Hotel Indy (141 E Washington St)

Perks: FREE Coffee, Snacks

Click here to RSVP

SUMMER NIGHTS: OSCAR® SHORTS

When: Friday, July 26 (Doors at 7 PM, Films Around 9:30 PM)

Where: The Amphitheater at Newfields (4000 N Michigan Rd)

Perks: FREE HotBox Pizza, Summer Activities

DetailsOutdoor Screening, Grass Amphitheater

Click here to RSVP

INDY SHORTS AWARDS PRESENTATION

When: Saturday, July 27 (Doors at 10:30 AM, Presentation at 11 AM)

Where: Tinker House Events (1101 E 16th St, Floor 2)

Perks: FREE Light Breakfast, Cash Bar

Click here to RSVP

SUMMER NIGHTS: INDY SHORTS AWARD-WINNERS

When: Saturday, July 27 (Doors at 7 PM, Films Around 9:15 PM)

Where: The Amphitheater at Newfields (4000 N Michigan Rd)

Perks: FREE HotBox Pizza, Summer Activities

DetailsOutdoor Screening, Grass Amphitheater

Click here to RSVP

MIMOSA MIXER + INDIANA SPOTLIGHT 1

When: Sunday, July 28 (Mixer at 12 PM, Films at 1:45 PM)

Where: The Tobias Theater at Newfields (4000 N Michigan Rd)

Perks: FREE Mimosas, Coffee, Pastries

Click here to RSVP

FILMMAKER AFTER HOURS, DAY 6

When: Sunday, July 28 from 7:30 - 9:30 PM

When: Pins Mechanical Co. (856 Carrollton Ave)

Perks: FREE HotBox Pizza, Duckpin Bowling

Details: FREE, No RSVP Required, 21+ Only

GENERAL PERK: NEWFIELDS + GROUNDS

Explore the beautiful museum and grounds of Newfields! Show your ticket to that day's Indy Shorts screening at the box office to receive free general admission to the entire museum!

Festival Info
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Venues

Living Room Theaters (745 E 9th St, Suite 810, Indianapolis, IN)

Living Room Theaters is located in the new and vibrant Bottleworks District, right off Mass Ave! Between Pins Mechanical Co and the Garage Food Hall, there are plenty of places to hang out in between film screenings! Don't forget to ask concessions for a parking voucher before you go! They'll validate up to three hours of free parking in the Bottleworks Districtʼs gated lots.

Newfields (4000 N Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN)

Newfields is home to the world-renowned Indianapolis Museum of Art, beautiful blooming gardens, and host to the Indy Shorts International Film Festival. There are three screening sites at this location: The Tobias Theater (inside), The Amphitheater (Outside) and The Beer Garden at Garden Terrace (outside). Show the front desk your Indy Shorts 2024 ticket/badge and get free admission to the grounds!

Awards

Narrative Feature Grand Prize

$20,000 Grand Prize


Documentary Feature Grand Prize

$20,000 Grand Prize


Richard D. Propes Narrative Social Impact Award

$2,000 Cash Prize


Richard D. Propes Documentary Social Impact Award

$2,000 Cash Prize


Indiana Spotlight Award

$2,000 Cash Prize


Horror Award

$2,000 Cash Prizeee

Jimmy Stewart Legacy Award

$5,000 Cash Prize


Humor & Humanity Award

$2,000 Cash Prize


Best Narrative Premiere Award

$2,500 Cash Prize


Best Documentary Premiere Award

$2,500 Cash Prize
 

Indiana Film Journalists Association Award

for Best Special Presentation

Audience Choice Winners

Overall, Narrative, Documentary, Indiana Spotlight, Horror

Heartland Film Contacts

Programming:

Greg Sorvig

Artistic Director

gsorvig@heartlandfilm.org

Hospitality:

Evan Vernon

Film Programming Coordinator

evernon@heartlandfilm.org

Print Traffic:

Jason Harris

Print Traffic Coordinator

printtraffic@heartlandfilm.org

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