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CONTACT INFORMATION

Unsolicited submissions to The Independent Critic are accepted between the 1st-10th of each month ONLY unless otherwise noted on this page. Submissions must be submitted by e-mail to - theindependentcritic@yahoo.com; telephone inquiries are not permitted. Submissions are not accepted via social media channels. If you prefer, however, you may send a DVD or Blu-ray to:

The Independent Critic
5115 Devon Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46226

Streaming links and DVD/Blu-ray submissions are accepted. Downloads, however, are not accepted. 

DIVERSITY STATEMENT

The Independent Critic proudly supports a filmmaking culture of diversity. Equity of opportunity is a core value of The Independent Critic. We believe the filmmaking community offers a powerful platform for social change and quality entertainment and we actively seek to support and empower diverse filmmaking voices. 

STUDIO AGREEMENTS

The Independent Critic actively works with local, regional, national, and international distributors. Distribution agreements are not subject to date restrictions and film submissions are accepted at any time. These submissions are not considered "unsolicited." 

BASIC SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • Individual submissions are limited to two (2) on a monthly basis 
     
  • The Independent Critic does not charge for reviews. However, The Independent Critic is open to fee-for-review arrangements providing promotional reviews. Please do note, however, that promotional reviews are clearly identified on The Independent Critic. 
     
  • The Independent Critic actively reviews both feature-length and short films (defined as under 40 minutes in length). 
     
  • The Independent Critic reviews indie or studio features in a wide variety of genres including faith-based cinema, experimental, indie horror, student films (high school or college), documentaries, foreign language, LGBT and many others often rejected by media outlets. 
     
  • The Independent Critic is happy to work with festivals to provide media coverage and/or reviews for your films. The Independent Critic prefers the availability of streaming links for these reviews, though is open to festival attendance with appropriate financial consideration. 
     
  • The Independent Critic does not review the following types of films - porn, music videos, web series, television productions, proof of concept films, fan films, time-limited production films (ie, "48-hour Film Fest") or any film that violates my own personal ethic. 
  • The Independent Critic will review films released directly to streaming within 30 days of a film's release only. 
     
  • In order to submit a film to The Independent Critic, you MUST have an active IMDB page with full production credits available.  

Submissions should include the following:

  • Streaming Link w/Password (if applicable)
  • Press Kit (if available) or full production credits/IMDB
  • Link to film website (if applicable, please also include Facebook pages)
  • If you have an urgent deadline, for example a festival premiere, I need to know this up front. Generally speaking, I will not deviate from my "by the end of the month" standard.
  • If you are requesting a DVD/Blu-ray review, I strongly prefer to receive the complete final production package. However, please provide me an e-mail up front before sending to ensure I'm agreeable to the review. I am happy to review streaming links, but will not review it as a "DVD/Blu-ray" release in these cases.
  • If these guidelines are not followed, a review will not occur.

ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS

  • The Independent Critic is happy to attend promotional screenings in Central Indiana with at least two weeks' notice. Please ensure that appropriate media credentials and/or ticketing arrangements have been made. 
     
  • The Independent Critic is happy to jury film festivals in person or via streaming links. The Independent Critic has juried for a variety of film festivals including the Heartland Film Festival, Indy Shorts, Indy Film Fest, Wet Your Pants Film Festival, Indy LGBT Film Festival, Indiana Shorts Film Festival, HollyShorts Film Festival, the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge and others. 
     
  • All film reviews are submitted to IMDB and other applicable media outlets. If The Independent Critic discovers that you have, for any reason, had a review removed from IMDB or via social media outlets your review will be deleted from The Independent Critic and your films permanently banned from The Independent Critic. 
     
  • Due to the high volume of submissions, submission receipt is not confirmed. If you have submitted within the submission timeframe and meet requirements, your review will be posted by the end of the month. In rare cases, a delay may be caused by festival attendance or extraordinarily high volume of submissions - in these cases, you will be notified by e-mail. If you wonder if a review is complete, please check the homepage and/or IMDB as reviews are posted in both places. 

THE INDEPENDENT CRITIC'S RATING SCALE

  • A+ to A: 4 Stars                
  • A- to B+: 3.5 Stars            
  • B: 3 Stars                         
  • B- to C+: 2.5 Stars           
  • C: 2 Stars
  • C- to D+: 1.5 Stars
  • D: 1 Star
  • D-: .5 Star
  • F: Zero Stars

    The 50/50 x 2020 Pledge

    The Independent Critic is proud to support Indy-based Heartland Film by committing to the 50/50 x 2020 Pledge - By the end of the year 2020, The Independent Critic will achieve gender parity in its reviews of both shorts and feature films. Furthermore, The Independent Critic also pledges support for the Ruderman Family Foundation's call for authentic representation of people with disabilities in film and actively commits to leverage its journalistic influence to effect genuine change in the film industry by calling for and actively promoting authentic and inclusive casting and hiring of people with disabilities.

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