September 09, 2013
From a documentary about the history of Muncie, Ind., to an action thriller set in London, England, 64 films made the cut to be shown on the big screen at the Royal Theater in Danville during the 3rd Annual Indiana Short Film Festival.
Formerly the Film Festival of Hendricks County, the Indiana Short Film Festival is the only event solely dedicated to short films in the Central Indiana region with three days of festivities Oct. 11-13. A record 85 films from across the globe were submitted with a selection committee narrowing that list to the final 64 that will be shown.
“We are extremely excited about getting to showcase these short films from independent filmmakers worldwide,” said Sarah Ferguson, festival committee member. “If you love movies, this will be a must-see weekend. We’ve even added a weekend pass to simplify the process for those who wish to see every film.”
The films will be divided into nine showings, with each showing lasting about 90 minutes followed by a question-and-answer session with some of the filmmakers. Showings will include various genres including animation, comedies, documentaries, drama, horror and more. Not all showings will be suitable for younger audiences. Check the event website at www.INShortFilmFest.com/events.htm for a synopsis of the films during each of the nine showings.
The nine showings will be at 7 and 9 p.m., Oct. 11; noon, 3, 6 and 8 p.m., Oct. 12; and 1, 3 and 6 p.m., Oct. 13. All films will only be shown once throughout the weekend. Admission to each showing will cost $5 a person, or $30 for a weekend pass plus a small handling fee.
Weekend passes provide entry into every showing and access to a special VIP Filmmaker Meet and Greet session from 4:30-5:45 p.m. on Saturday. Those interested in purchasing a weekend pass should do so early, as there will only be 100 passes available.
A panel of special judges will select their favorite films during the event with a $250 cash award given to the grand jury winner. Those judges include: Mark Beals, computer services manager at the Avon-Washington Township Public Library; Bob Harbin, an independent casting director from Los Angeles; Lou Harry, arts & entertainment editor for the Indianapolis Business Journal; Lisa Mason Lee, face of MyINDY-TV 23; and Sonny Wingler, telecommunications instructor at Ball State University.
For more information or to purchase tickets, go to the festival’s website at www.INShortFilmFest.com.