What is the Indiana Film Journalists Association?
Established in 2009 by a dedicated group of six Indiana journalists, the Indiana Film Journalists Association (IFJA) is a growing organization of Indiana-based journalists and broadcasters who specialize in film criticism and commentary. All major dailies, weeklies and a variety of other print and electronic outlets are represented. IFJA was established to promote the art of film criticism in the Hoosier state, to support Indiana’s growing film industry and to promote quality film criticism in Indiana.
In addition to presenting our Annual Awards and Top Ten List, members of the Indiana Film Journalists Association stay active throughout the year serving on film festival juries, attending and sponsoring special screenings, appearing at film and genre-specific conferences, and speaking to civic groups, schools, media outlets and many other places.
Every year in mid-December, the IFJA presents awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Animated Film, Best Documentary Feature and Best Foreign Language Film. In 2011, IFJA added a category for Best Original Score! Additionally, IFJA has two extra special awards presented each year, the “Hoosier Award” and the “Original Vision” Award.
IFJA’s “Hoosier Award” is meant to recognize a significant cinematic contribution by a person or persons with Indiana roots. As a special award, no runner-up is declared.
IFJA’s “Original Vision Award” recognizes a cinematic achievement that is extraordinarily innovative or represents outstanding achievement in experimental and/or original filmmaking.
IFJA MEMBERSHIP GUIDELINES
Private screenings discouraged: One of the primary reasons IFJA was formed was to use our collective influence to combat the dwindling number of screenings provided in the Indianapolis market. As such, we want to discourage studios from scheduling screenings for a single critic. Any IFJA member offered a restricted screening must request that it be opened to all members: “Invite one, invite all” is our motto. If the request is denied, the member is free to attend the screening, but only after a good-faith effort to include everyone.
Junkets/Conduct: The IFJA has no specific policy prohibiting members from accepting junket trips from studios. However, our critics are expected at all times to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with professional journalistic standards: No agreement, implied or otherwise, for a positive review/coverage in exchange for access; no accepting of lavish gifts; no agreeing to have prewritten quotes attributed to your name; and so forth.
Awards: Like most regional critics groups, the IFJA gives out annual awards to recognize the best and brightest of the movie year. Members must endeavor to watch as much of the field of potential nominees as possible. And they must be available and participate in the balloting process, which typically takes place the second week of December.
To receive consideration for membership in the Indiana Film Journalists Association, please contact Christopher Lloyd @ firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information and to receive an application!