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Indie in Indy | Taking the Leap and Learning As I Go
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Welcome to Great Indie Movies

When most people think of Indianapolis they think of the Indy 500, the Indianapolis Colts, the Indiana Pacers, etc. What people don’t know is that we have so many cultural things to be proud of, including our ample number of film festivals. I am proud to say that I am involved with the two largest – the Indy Film Fest which is a ten-day event in July and the Heartland Film Festival which is a ten-day event in October. Both film festivals draw great crowds but both are vastly different in their approaches to film selection, thus drawing very different crowds.


As a Board member of Middlewest Film Institute, I will get the honor of spending the next three days working alongside my colleagues to bring free panels related to varying filmmaking topics to people who are interested in learning more about filmmaking. I hope you find some of our panel topics to be engaging and can join us over the next few days for some lively conversations with filmmakers, critics and industry experts!


FREE Tickets

Saturday, July 21, 2012 – 11:00 AM

Indie Filmmaking from Start to Finish

Filmmakers Andie Redwine & Storme Wood, will guide you through the creation of a successful indie film from the initial idea through the final product. Andie & Storm’s award-winning film PARADISE RECOVERED played at 20 festivals over the 2010-2011 festival season and was just released by Monarch Home Entertainment on DVD, Blu-Ray and VOD. Andie is an Indiana based filmmaker and the film was shot in Bloomington, IN and Austin, TX.


Saturday, July 21, 2012 1:00 PM

Horror Stories from Frontlines of Filmmaking

So you want to make a movie, huh? Listen to these tales from a wide variety of filmmakers who found out the hard way how hard filmmaking can actually be! Hopefully their stories will help you avoid some of the horrors and pitfalls that await you when you decide to step behind the camera.


Saturday, July 21, 2012 2:30 PM

Meet the Filmmakers

The Indy Film Fest presents films from all corners of the globe and we’re fortunate to host some of them among us. Join us to meet and mingle with the filmmakers who have joined us at the fest.


Sunday, July 22, 2012 11:00 AM

Casting the Critical Eye

Step into the mind of a film critic and find out what they are thinking about as they watch your favorite films.


Sunday, July 22, 2012 2:30 AM

Show Me the Money: Funding Your Filmmaking

Fundraising is probably the most daunting task for the indie filmmaker. Come hear from those who have successfully funded their filmmaking efforts and get some insight on how to handle the money once you have raised it.


Monday, July 23, 2012 6:00 PM

The Sound of Music: Film Music Licensing

Hear about the ins and outs of music licensing from an entertainment lawyer, an artist representative and others before you add the latest track from Gotye, Nicki Minaj or or even your favorite local band to your soundtrack without permission.