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The 1st Annual Victory International Film Festival will be in Downtown Evansville from September 12-14. This three day walking festival aims to celebrate film and the community of Evansville. Screening 120 films from 30 countries, there will also be over 40 filmmakers with titles in competition attending the event. Attendees will be treated to red carpet events, panels and workshops from industry experts, special screenings, premieres, and films from around the corner to around the world. Filmmakers are in competition for one of our 19 awards and honors including our Audience Award which will be decided at the festival by attendees!

Our Official Selections include full length features, shorts, comedies, dramas, sci-fi, horror, documentaries, animation (3D, Traditional, Stop Motion), student, inspirational – essentially every genre of film to fit all tastes. These films have screened at festivals around the world including Sundance, Toronto, Vancouver, Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, SXSW, Cannes, and many more. Our sponsors include Indiana State University, Stella Artois, the City of Evansville, Dunn Hospitality Group, the Growth Alliance of Greater Evansville, and is also supported by a grant from the Indiana Arts Commission with the Southwest Indiana Arts Council as our Regional Partner.

Tickets are $15 for the Opening Night Celebration, $10 for Friday or Saturday, or $25 for a three day pass and are available on the ticket page on this website. We invite you to follow us on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for the latest news and updates and please SHARE this event. Through your participation and word of mouth we want to see this festival grow bigger and better every year. For questions please email us at victoryiff@gmail.com or message us on Facebook. We hope to see you downtown September 12-14!

Our festival begins with an Opening Night Celebration at the Victory Theatre. Doors will open at 6pm and tickets will be available for pick-up or purchase. Walk the carpet and get your photo taken in front of our festival backdrop, then enjoy a cocktail, beverage, or concessions before the show. The main event will begin at 7pm in the Victory’s historic 1900 seat theater. Festival Director Matthew Ulm and guests will give a short presentation on the festival and what is in store over the next two days. This will be followed by screenings of seven of the festival’s best short films that cover a wide range of genres to give the audience a taste of the selections being shown at this unique community event. An After Party will follow at Myriad Brewing Company (101 SE First Street) where you can relax, enjoy one of Evansville’s best micro-breweries, and speak with a filmmaker or two!

Our Registration and Headquarters at Encounter Church (317 Main Street) will open at 11am on Friday the 13th. Guests can pick up or purchase their passes at this location, which also serves as one of our screening rooms. The Films will roll at Noon at three of our four locations: Encounter Church, Innovation Pointe (318 Main Street), and Central Library (200 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.). The screening room at Old National Public Theatre (2 Main Street) will come online at 5pm. At 6pm Teresa D. Lee will moderate a two hour workshop on screenwriting with guests Taylor Gates (Writer of “Make Yourself at Home”) and Mary McGloin (Writer of “Tech Bettys”). At 7pm there will be a special screening of the feature film “The Silent Natural” at our Encounter Church location. This film is a period sports drama about William “Dummy” Hoy, one of the first deaf Major League Baseball Players. This film was shot in Kentucky and the screening will be followed by a Q&A with producers David Risotto and Steve Sandy, and actors Miles Barbee (Lead Actor – “Dummy Hoy”) and Marshall R. Teague (Supporting Actor – “Dooley.”) (Previous work includes Road House, Armageddon).

On Saturday Headquarters will open at 9am in preparation for screenings that begin at all of our locations at 10am. Panels and Workshops will begin at 11am and will run through 5p and include:

  • Working with Film Commissions – 11am – Moderated by Marx Pyle, Guest Jon Musgrave of the Southern Illinois Film Commission
  • Producing & Directing – Noon – Moderated by Ted Haycraft, Guests are David Risotto (The Silent Natural), Kyle Saylors (Against the Wall), Chip Rossetti (Saving Faith), Kathleen Davison (Tech Bettys), Demetrius Witherspoon (Submerge: Echo 51)
  • Composing – 1pm – Workshop conducted by Virgil Franklin of Vincennes University with 20+ years of experience composing for video and film.
  • The Business of Acting – Workshop conducted by Atlanta-based filmmaker and Actor Jim Dougherty (House of Cards, Killing Reagan, Chicago P.D.)
  • Going SAG-AFTRA on a Budget – Join Chicago based SAG-AFTRA representative Sanaa Sayyed as she covers the basics of low-budget, student, and short project contracts filmmakers can sign at SAG-AFTRA as well as an overview of the union itself. There are a lot of things that you have heard about SAG-AFTRA over the years, some true, some not-so-true – come find out for yourself. Bring your questions.
  • Women In Film – Moderated by Chelsea Casanova, Guests are Cindy Maples (98.6%), Kathleen Davison (Tech Bettys), Jenna Ruiz (SINGH), Taylor Gates (Make Yourself at Home).

On Saturday at 2pm, we will have a special block of films titled “Inspiration Through Adversity.” Each of the three documentaries shown during this block feature subjects that had to triumph over extreme mental, physical, and emotional setbacks to survive or succeed turbulent times in their lives. The first title in the block is “Against the Wall,” an inspirational short about the life of Kevin Foster, who became the only person allowed by the Chinese government to ride a bicycle atop the length of the Great Wall, despite being told by doctors he would never walk or talk again after being electrocuted as a child. Second will be “Grateful: The Jenni Berebitsky Story,” which follows the life of a courageous young woman debilitated by ALS that sees beauty and humor in life…and keeps moving forward. These two films will be followed by a Q&A block with “Against the Wall” Director Kyle Saylors and “Grateful” Director Paul Nethercott. The last film in this block is titled “Victory Swim”, which tells the story of Susan Scarlett and Adam Ellenstein. Susan was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and embarked on a journey to fight this progressive, debilitating disease through a focus on exercise, wellness, and mental toughness. Her nephew, Adam Ellenstein, undertook a 65-mile lake swim in the frigid waters of Lake Okanagan to raise funds, awareness, and to honor and uplift his aunt. The film tracks Adam and his crew as he trains for the grueling 65-mile (105-kilometer) record-setting event, and Susan as she prepares to swim a part of the lake with him. Through his efforts, Susan discovers an inner capacity to face her own tests—the pain and fear, and the day-to-day reality of living with a degenerative disease. A Q&A session will follow “Victory Swim” with Susan Scarlett and Kathy McMurray of the Parkinson’s Awareness Support Association of the Tri-State.

Screenings on Saturday will cease at all locations at 6pm, but the day does not end there. All guests of the festival are invited to attend our Awards Ceremony at Encounter Church at 7pm. See who wins one of our nineteen awards, including the Audience Award which is decided by YOU! An After Party will follow at The Rooftop (112 NW Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.).

Tickets are available now at victoryiff.com/tickets. We invite you to follow us on Facebook for the latest news and updates about what is in store at our inaugural event.

Hours of Operation

Opening Night Celebration

The doors at the Victory Theatre (600 Main Street) will open at 6pm on Thursday, September 12. Tickets will be available for purchase or, in the case of pre-sales, pick-up at the ticket windows. Festival Passes are not for sale at the Victory during the Opening Night Celebration, only tickets for the Thursday night event. See the Tickets & Passes section below for more information. An After Party will follow the event at Myriad Brewing Company (101 SE 1st St).

Friday, September 13

Our Headquarters at Encounter Church (317 Main Street) will open at 11am. Passes & Credentials will be for sale or pick-up at that time. Screenings at our Encounter Church, Innovation Pointe, and Central Library locations will begin at Noon. Old National Public Theatre will begin screenings at 5pm. See our Full Schedule below for exact times and titles for each location. Screenings will end at 10pm.

Saturday, September 14

Our Headquarters at Encounter Church (317 Main Street) will open at 9 am. Passes & Credentials will be for sale or pick-up at that time. Screenings at all of our locations will begin at 10am. See our Full Schedule below for exact times and titles for each location. Screenings will end at 6pm with our Awards Ceremony beginning at 7pm at Encounter Church. An After Party will follow at The Rooftop (112 NW Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.).

Tickets & Passes

Tickets to the Opening Night Celebration, 1 day, or 3 day passes can be purchased on the tickets page. Anyone that pre-buys a ticket to the Opening Night Celebration, or a 3-day pass, will pick up a ticket at Will Call at the Victory Theatre on Thursday, September 12.

Full Schedule

We have a full slate of films and many panels and workshops scheduled for our three day run. With 120 films from 30 countries being screened, two special event screenings, and more than 40 filmmakers with films in competition attending, there will be plenty to do! Please note on the schedule that there are two “On Demand” blocks on Saturday evening. During those blocks you can ask to have any of our shorts screened at your convenience.

Locations

We will be at multiple venues over the course of our three day festival. Explore the tabs below to see where we will be, and what you can enjoy!

Our Opening Night Celebration will be at the Victory Theatre (600 Main Street) on Thursday, September 12. Walk the red carpet beginning at 6:00pm with the event beginning at 7:00pm. Single night tickets to the celebration are available through Ticketmaster. More information on ticket options is available by clicking on “Tickets” in the menu bar above. Tickets bought through Ticketmaster will be available at the ticket window, all VIP and multi-day credentials will be available from festival representatives in the lobby.

Victory Theatre - 600 Main Street
Victory Theatre - Stage Set for Evansville Philharmonic

Encounter Church (317 Main Street) will serve as our base of operations for the festival. While not open on Thursday, September 12, registration will be in the first floor lobby on Friday and Saturday. You can purchase passes and pick up your credentials at this location only. In addition we will be using the second floor space as one of our screening rooms. The church will serve as the location for the Indiana premiere of “The Silent Natural” on Friday evening, and the “Inspiration Through Adversity” block on Saturday at 2:00pm.

Encounter Church - 317 Main St.
Encounter Church - Reception Area

The Old National Public Theatre inside the WNIN Public Media Center (Two Main Street) features a 48 seat cinema style theatre, stadium seating, and Christie Cinema Digital Projection. It will serve as one of our screening rooms on Friday evening, and all day on Saturday.

WNIN - 2 Main St.
Old National Public Theatre in WNIN

Located in the heart of Downtown Evansville, Innovation Pointe (318 Main Street) is a high-tech business incubator managed by the Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville. We are using the Media Suite on the 1st Floor as a screening room on Friday and Saturday. In addition, we will have our panels and workshops in the MakerSpace located in the basement on Friday evening and Saturday – check our Full Schedule for time and topic.

Innovation Point - 318 Main St.
Innovation Pointe 1st Floor Media Suite

Central Library (200 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.) is the beating heart of the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library system. The 145,000 square foot facility opened in 2004 and offers extended hours and a wide variety of amenities that include meeting and study spaces, the beautifully appointed Indiana Room, and the Browning Events Room which will serve as one of our screening rooms on Friday and Saturday. Central Library has parking on the ground level, or in an underground garage, on the Chestnut Street side of the building.

EVPL Central Library - 200 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Browning Events Room B in EVPL Central Library

After our Opening Night Celebration on Thursday, September 12 come join us at one of Evansville’s finest micro-breweries – Myriad Brewing Company (101 SE 1st St). Located in the historic McCurdy Building, it is the perfect setting after our evening in the historic Victory Theatre. With 12 taps and a selection of wine and spirits it is the perfect venue to talk film, network, and enjoy the night!

Myriad Brewing Company - 101 SE 1st St.
The bar at Myriad Brewing Company.

After our first full day on Friday, September 13, come join us at Kevin’s Backstage Bar and Grill (524 Main St.). Located on Main Street, just southeast of the Victory Theatre, it’ll be the place to be for food, drinks, and networking.

Kevin's Backstage Bar and Grill

After our Awards Ceremony, join us as we celebrate the close of our inaugural festival. We have chosen The Rooftop (112 NW Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.) as the back-drop for our final event of the festival. This downtown neighborhood restaurant and bar is located just off Main Street and features American based cuisine, a wide variety of wines and spirits, iced cold beer and great cocktails with a friendly local face. We will have the 2nd Floor Lounge all to ourselves and with filmmakers elated after receiving their awards, and a full bar, this is sure to be a great way to wrap-up this exceptional event.

The Rooftop - 112 NW Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
2nd Floor Lounge at The Rooftop

Hotels

There are many hotels located in the Evansville area but we have two beautiful hotels that have reserved blocks and room rates for the festival. You can learn more by opening the sections below.

Our Sponsors at Dunn Hospitality Group are offering a great rate on King or Double Queen rooms for the duration of the festival. Located just ten minutes from our festival locations downtown, the hotel is surrounded by shopping and your choice of restaurants. It has all the amenities travelers have come to expect from the Holiday Inn family and includes a hot breakfast with your stay.

To reserve by phone call the hotel at 812-303-0050 and mention the Victory International Film Festival. To reserve your room online click here. For detailed instructions on how to reserve your room online watch the video below.

To begin your reservation online click here.

At the Doubletree you can enjoy your stay only a few blocks from the Victory Theatre and our Main Street screening locations. Featuring 241 rooms, casual dining, pool, fitness center, and 100% smokefree prime downtown location this is Evansville’s premiere hotel in the heart of the city.

To reserve by phone call the hotel at 812-423-5002 and mention the Victory International Film Festival. To make your reservation online go to hilton.com/en/doubletree and use group code “FFB.” For detailed instructions on reserving your room online watch the video below.

Event Map

We have designed our festival to highlight our Downtown District – a vibrant and convivial environment for residents and guests to Evansville. By spreading out our locations we hope that attendees will appreciate all the area has to offer. Please use our event map to navigate between our screening rooms and event locations.

Transportation

Evansville is an active ride share community with drivers for Uber and Lyft. Just download the app on your smart device to secure a ride. Evansville also has multiple taxi services but must be booked in advance by phone or their website. Google “Evansville Taxi Service” to see options.