I am a bit of a film fanatic. I grew up going to films and waiting in line outside of the theater (remember those days?) with my parents and brother to see blockbuster films and smaller independent films. My favorite time of the year is right now when smaller independent films are shown at festivals across the country, and one of the better film festivals, especially when you consider the bang for your buck, is happening right here in Hendricks County. Indiana Short Film Festival The 3rd Annual Indiana Short Film Festival will showcase 64 movies over three days Columbus Day weekend at Danville’s historic Royal Theater. If you haven't been to a film festival before, this is your chance! Let’s talk about the Top 10 things you need to know about the Indiana Short Film Festival.

  1. Unique -- The Indiana Short Film Festival is the only Midwest film festival that solely features short films ranging from 2 to 40 minutes.
  2. International Flavor -- This year's entries include films (in a variety of genres) representing countries from all over the world including Australia, Canada and Spain. Though the 64 films in this year's festival will be from all over the world, there will be some from nearby as well including this documentary about Munice entitled "Stories and Legends."
  3. Best of the Best -- Film Festival organizers actually had to narrow the thousands of submissions they received down to that final 64 for this year's event.
  4. Showings -- This year's film festival will be made up of nine showings with each showing lasting approximately 90 minutes.
  5. Family-friendly? -- None of the films are rated but organizers say the later showings on Friday and Saturday night (Series B and F) may contain content that is not suitable for younger viewers. You can find a list of the films and available synopsis of each film at the film festival's website.
  6. Interactive -- Several of the filmmakers are expected to make appearances during the event. A filmmaker question-and-answer session with available filmmakers will be held at the end of each showing.
  7. Tickets -- Participants have the flexibility to purchase tickets for specific showings or pay one fee for full weekend access. Tickets for individual showings cost $5 a person and should be purchased in advance at the film festival's website though any tickets that remain can be purchased at the door the day of the event.
  8. Save $ with a Weekend Pass -- If you think you might attend all or most of the showings, save money and get a weekend pass! The pass is only $30 per person. Danville's historic Royal Theater
  9. VIP Access -- The weekend pass also gets you exclusive access to a VIP Filmmaker Meet and Greet. That special event during the festival includes wine and light hors d'oeuvres.
  10. Celebrate the Royal Theater -- Could they have picked a better spot to watch new independent short films than at the historic Royal Theater? Movies have been shown there since 1927, and the theater has so much character it provides its own experience.

Indiana Short Film Festival

  • When: Various times Columbus Day weekend (Friday through Sunday). Visit the official website for a list of films and times.
  • Where: Royal Theater, 59 S. Washington St., Danville.
  • Cost: $5 a person per showing or $30 a person for a weekend pass. There are a limited number of tickets and weekend passes. Tickets are available online or at the door on the day of event if available.
  • Want to know more? Visit Indiana Short Film Festival for a list of films, synopsis and times.
  • Get social: Visit the Indiana Short Film Festival’s Facebook page and tweet about the films, using the hashtag #InShortFilm