Last Updated on Thursday, 21 March 2013 10:40
Independent filmmakers have until July 1 to submit short films for the third annual Indiana Short Film Festival (formerly known as The Film Festival of Hendricks County). 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. A separate category, Student Films, will be limited to high school students or younger from anywhere in the State of Indiana.
The Indiana Short Film Festival will be held on Columbus Day weekend (October 11-13, 2013) at the historic Royal Theater on the Square in Danville, Indiana, just 14 miles west of Indianapolis. For more information, please see our website at www.inshortfilmfest.com
On March 30th at 6:30PM, Tommy Martin brings an exclusive screening experience of Versa Studios Media’ film “Cheery Point” to his hometown at the Clinton Community Recreation Center.
In the film, Martin plays the lead character Joshua Barrett, a young man conditioned into a life free from pain whose poignant journey into the discovery of emotions rests at the heart of the entire film.
Cheery Point’s condensed summary is as follows:
“Set in an alternate 2017 America, Cheery Point is an independent sci-fi feature film about a group of characters who strive to find meaning in their lives after the government enforces the administration of a new drug called Torpase. After being weaned by the last priest known in existence, Joshua Barrett (Tommy Martin) must decide if he will return to the society he knows or will join his captor's resistance of ‘springers’—those who show emotion openly.”
Principally shot in Louisville, KY, “Cheery Point” features cast/crew, locations, and resources all across the Midwest, including Chicago and Indiana locations such as Alexandria and Muncie. Other principle cast includes Amy Hunt, Richard Hackel, Louie Lawless, Kyle Dal Santo, and Jennifer Wilkins.
It sold out at its first screening through Apex theatres in Louisville to a 200 seat crowd within a week through social media alone, culminating in a standing ovation.
Versa owner Kenneth Stevenson remarks on the upcoming event, “Versa Studios Media is excited to bring the film’s third exclusive screening to a town that obviously supports and appreciates the talent of an individual like Tommy. We join you in celebration of his unique talents and success as well as those of the entire cast and crew.”
Several other “hoosier” cast and crew members will also be present. All are welcome to a meet and greet session following the film. A Q&A, as well as poster/merchandise signings, will also occur.
This movie is NOT YET RATED, but the film’s producers maintain that there is Action Violence, suggestive content, and some mild language, so parents: be aware. Tickets will soon be available at the Clinton Community Recreation Center for $6.
A portion of the proceeds will go to Nathan's Playroom. Their services currently include toy-based care packages, as well as the development of a pilot program for an in-facility toy room at a local children’s hospital. Future plans include creating a network for online peer-to-peer support for the siblings being served.
Fundraising efforts will help secure 501(c)(6) status and cover general start-up costs
INDIANAPOLIS, IND.—The Indiana Media Production Alliance (IMPA), an alliance of film and media professionals working together to promote the film and multimedia industry through the support of tax incentives and pro-industry legislation in the state of Indiana, has launched a fundraising campaign through the crowdfunding website Indiegogo.com.
With a fundraising goal of $1,200, this campaign will enable the IMPA to cover its basic organizational costs, so it can prepare to lobby the Indiana state legislature and accept donations for those lobbying efforts. This campaign, which will run through April 15, 2013, will ensure the IMPA is on a solid legal foundation and will be able to represent the film and multimedia industry in the state of Indiana for many years to come.
The funds will go towards the initial organizing of the IMPA, including:
•Registration fee for Not for Profit 501(c)6 status •Registration fee for federal EIN number
•Website hosting and registration
•General start-up costs
Donate to the IMPS Organizational Fund: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/347828/emal
Other Ways You Can Help
•Sign up for the IMPA mailing list by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting the website at http://indianamedia.org
•Like the IMPA on Facebook or follow on Twitter (@IndianaMediaOrg)
•Ask a friend or business to support the IMPA
What Happens Next
Once the Indiegogo fundraising campaign goal has been collected, the IMPA will launch a second, all-encompassing Indiegogo campaign to pay for costs to author proposed legislation for tax incentives and begin lobbying efforts for the 2014 state legislative session.
“The IMPA is dedicated to a continuing involvement in promoting the film and multimedia industry in Indiana,” says Glenn Pratt, President of the IMPA.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 February 2013 22:30
Filmmakers Daniel Grzeskowiak and James Burzelic teamed up to make “Misfit Heights”, a feature film about childhood
memories destroyed by zombies. Misfit Heights is a film about an apartment building populated by puppets who have to
struggle for survival when a mad scientist’s plan to rule the world with an army of undead goes awry. It’s up to the last few
survivors to fight their way into his secret lab and try to put an end to his evil plan before they become zombies, or the building’s
superintendant returns from vacation and evicts them.
Daniel and James will self distribute the film on May 1, 2013, but need help to cover the costs of distribution. They
launched a 30 day kickstarter campaign on February 11, 2013 to raise the $5,000 needed to release the film digitally and physically.
The money will go to the submission of Misfit Heights to iTunes, Hulu, and DVD duplication.
Misfit Heights has been accepted in this year Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo and has been submitted to the
GenCon Film Festival, San Diego International Comic-ˇCon, and the Wet Your Pants Comedy Film Fest. “We’re excited
about all of these. The conventions will help us get the word out about our film, and the Wet Your Pants Film Festival is a
non-ˇprofit raising money for the Indianapolis kidney cancer foundation.”
The film attended the GenCon Film Festival in 2012 and received excellent audience and critical response. “When we
mentioned we made a puppet zombie musical people’s first response would be ‘That’s awesome!’ Then they would ask where
they can buy it.” Daniel said. “We had several hundred people see the film, and at GenCon, that’s almost unheard of for a first
time film. We wanted to create a film most gamers, college students, and our friends would enjoy. We had a very good response
from our target market, especially when the two best friends were singing while one of them was killing the other one. It’s a
great song. We submitted to several other festivals, but it’s time to start working on releasing it.”
Omaha resident and producer Daniel was watching television with friends when he turned and said
“What if a zombie apocalypse broke out on a puppet film?” They started writing. They also found their puppet designers
David Ray Preston Jr., Jonathan Kidder, and Dicapria. Mr. Preston’s resume includes several animation series including
“King of the Hill.” Puppeteer Kidder trained with Henson Company veterans.
Production was recorded without sound. Post-ˇproduction started in Los Angeles where their director now resides. James
Burzelic brought in voice actors, including anime star Cristina Valenzuela and pod cast guru Sean “Day 9” Plott. USC’s Sound
designer Fionnegan Justus Murphy worked on putting it all together with emerging composer Jamison Stokdyk. The musical
numbers were masterfully written by Daniel Bullock, singer for the band The Scarring Party
Updates on “Misfit Heights” can be followed on facebook (http://www.facebook.com/misfitheights) or the film’s website
(www.misfitheights.com). Trailers can also be seen on the films website. For more information, contact:
Multi-award winning, Indiana-owned film company, Karmic Courage Productions, will be showing their 14th film INGENUE at the River Bend Film Festival April 6 at 1pm.
Ingénue is a family friendly feature-film about a married couple who finds a human analog in their basement. The Analog appears to be a woman of the age of 20 but in reality she is a clone with the intelligence of a toddler. After being blackmailed by big business, the couple takes on the task to raise this analog and teach her what it means to be human. Written/Directed/Produced by Noblesville's own, Kate Chaplin.
South Bend connections are actors: Melissa Chapman (Fang), Craig Lemons (Sand Castles) and Simona Ciarlo (Sand Castles). Producer Amy Pauszek and Director of Photography, Dylan Cashbaugh also have family in South Bend.
Ingénue will show as part of the 4 day festival on Saturday, April 6th at 1pm. At 10am on Sunday writer/director Kate Chaplin will be giving a talk entitled "Why so few female directors" and at 4pm Kate and Producer Amy Pauszek will be on a producers panel. DVD's of the film will be available for purchase as well as the book Ingénue: Portrait of the Film including the full screenplay, production stories and photos. Tickets available at http://riverbendfilmfest.org/
Ingénue was filmed in Noblesville, Carmel, Indianapolis, and Avon.
More info including, trailer, opening title sequence, production stills and character introductions on www.karmiccourage.com
More information about the River Bend Film Festival can be found at www.riverbendfilmfest.org
Last Updated on Friday, 08 March 2013 20:58
South Bend, Indiana –The 5th Annual River Bend Film Festival will be held April 3 – 6, 2013 at three different venues in South Bend. The four-day event is sponsored by Mid America Filmmakers and Downtown South Bend, and is made possible by an Indiana Arts grant. Over fifty local, national and international independent films in a wide variety of genres will be shown throughout the festival.
The kick-off screening is Wednesday, April 3 from 7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. at Merriman’s Playhouse at 1211 Mishawaka Ave. South Bend, IN 46615 with short films and concluding with Refuge: Stories of the Selfhelp Home, a documentary revealing the origins of a resourceful community that over generations has brought together more than 1,000 Central European Jewish refugees and Holocaust survivors under one roof.
The Thursday night screening is 7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. in room 1001 in Weikamp Hall at Indiana University South Bend and sponsored by the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts. See some exciting work by the college’s New Media students, plus a variety of shorts and the feature Shot By Shot - The Magic of Moviemaking, the captivating story of a student filmmaker at Boston's Emerson College who is working laboriously on his thesis project - a short dramatic motion picture.
The main festival takes place at the lower level of the Century Center on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6. It opens Friday night from 7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., starting with an introduction by keynote speakers, Hollywood producers John Baldecchi and Kathleen Haase, who have worked on films such as Conan, The Mexican, Detroit Rock City, and Affliction. Following a wide variety of short films, the evening showcases the locally produced Everglades of the North, which explores the diverse ecology, illustrates the astonishing history, and unveils the controversial saga of the Grand Kankakee Marsh.
Saturday’s daytime events run from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. where two simultaneous screening rooms assure there is always something amazing to be seen. This year the festival presents Kids Shorts at 10 a.m. with films by and for children, followed by a puppet presentation by the incredible Roz Puppets. Indianapolis filmmaker Kate Chaplin will present her feature Ingenue and lead a morning workshop on women in filmmaking. IU South Bend New Media students will also have a display of video art and Mid America Filmmakers is hosting movie swag give-aways throughout the weekend.
During Saturday morning and afternoon, festival-goers will have the opportunity to learn more about filmmaking, fundraising, make-up effects, and puppetry. Baldecchi and Haase, along with several other filmmakers, will be part of a Producers Panel and answer questions regarding their experiences in regional and Hollywood productions.
Saturday night’s program is 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. and begins with our awards ceremony, with presentations for best films and screenplays. This is followed by the feature Odd Thomas starring Willem Dafoe and Anton Yelchin with a Q&A with Baldecchi who produced it. The evening concludes with an array of excellent short films.
Wednesday (7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.) - $10 regular, $8 student/senior
(Limited ticket, purchase ahead online)
Thursday (7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.) - $5 regular/student/senior
Friday (7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.) - $10 regular, $8 student/senior
Saturday (9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) - $5 regular, $4 student/senior
Saturday (12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.) - $10 regular, $8 student/senior
Saturday (7 p.m. – 11 p.m.) - $10 regular, $8 student/senior
Saturday Day Pass (9 a.m. – 11 p.m.) - $20 regular, $18 student/senior
Weekend Pass (Friday 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.) - $30 regular, $25 student/senior
Saturday Morning Family Pass (9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) - $20 (families up
to 6 members)
For detailed information regarding the festival schedule, listings and
description of films, workshops, and purchasing tickets please visit
the website at www.riverbendfilmfest.org.
SOUTH BEND, INDIANA – Award-winning independent film company
Richardson Productions has 10 days remaining for the online
fundraising campaign for our 12th feature-length film entitled “The
Throbbit,” a parody of the wildly popular Hobbit franchise. We also
produced “The Dork of the
Rings,” which screened worldwide at film festivals and fantasy conventions.
The production, which has an all-volunteer cast and crew, is offering
levels starting at $5.00 which will help with the costs of making the
film: sets, costumes, puppets, make-up, on-set meals, marketing, and
more. In exchange for contributions, backers receive signed DVDs and
posters, digital downloads movies and music, credits in the film, and
pieces of memorabilia. We have launched our “Throbstarter” (like
Kickstarter) campaign on our website at www.thethrobbit.com and hope
to reach $3,500 or more by March 1, 2013. Filming takes place this
the finished film will be released in 2015.
We are also pleased to announce that London based film actor Kiran
Shah has once again joined our cast and signed on as an Associate
Producer. Kiran recently acted in “The Hobbit”, “The Chronicles of
Narnia” and “The Lord of The Rings.” Other films include “Legend”,
“Titanic”, “Return of the Jedi” and more. He starred as Dumpy the
Houseschmuck in our recent film “Harvey Putter and the Ridiculous
For questions contact us at email@example.com and visit our
website at www.thethrobbit.com
Last Updated on Friday, 11 January 2013 13:33
Call for entries for the 2013 Gen Con Indy Film Festival is now open!
Gen Con 2013 will be held August 15th-18th at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Gen Con is the world's largest gaming convention with over 41,000 unique attendees last year.
Gen Con Indy Film Festival is now an IMDb Qualifying Festival, granting all eligible film submissions a fast-tracked title page on IMDb.com. Once again we are partnering with withoutabox.com to make the submission process as painless as possible.
We spotlight films and web series from around the world.
There are three categories for submissions Feature Films, Short Films, and Series. Please read the description of each category carefully before submitting. 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 of Best Feature Film, Best Short Film, and Best Series. Filmmakers are encouraged to attend and participate in the many film related panels and discussions during the festival.
Early Bird submissions begin January 11th 2013
. During this early submission period there is a substantial discount on the submission fee. Once accepted, Filmmakers 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 2013.
Final deadline is April 30th 2013
For more information please check out the following URLs.