The Indianapolis International Film Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with an impressive number of films on its schedule. The festival, which is in full-swing, takes place in downtown Indianapolis, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art from July 18-28, and will feature 118 films in total.
One new twist this year involves a “tweet wall,” which will display Twitter tweets made by audience members at several showings.
It would be impractical to try to sum up so many films, or to even offer a ‘best-of’ list. That said, one of the more intriguing films at this year’s festival—and this is only scratching the surface—is Don Jon, a film that stars the beautiful Scarlet Johansson. It was written by Joseph Gordon Levitt, who also stars in the film. It’s a comedy-drama about a modern day Don Juan whose womanizing ways and internet porn addiction lead to some very unexpected realizations as he connects emotionally with two very different types of women (Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore).
The IIFF festival will present an Audience Award this year for the best feature-length and short film in any genre. And as a special way of commemorating the festival’s 10th anniversary, a $5,000 award will be split among winning filmmakers—a substantial increase over last year’s $1,000 award, indeed.
Since it began in 2004 as a 3-day festival, the IIFF has come a long way. The 2012 festival achieved record attendance figures, and featured films from Sundance, Tribeca, Berlin and others. This year’s festival is expected to match and even exceed last year’s success. It is the perfect opportunity to catch film that would otherwise be available only at obscure, independent venues.
- July 18-28, 2013
- Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46208
- Tel. 317-923-1331