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CINEPHILE FILM ARTS is a Bloomington based non-profit organization that encourages the production of independent film in Indiana, and strives to demystify filmmaking and make it a more accessible art form. To this end, Cinephile provides an environment for creative community, education, and material and monetary support for area film and video artists of all ages.

Cinephile's programs include an annual grant project to help local filmmakers finance their work, and an annual festival that showcases independent films from all over Indiana. Future programs include equipment rentals, and youth workshops in screen writing and filmmaking.

Cinephile's primary corporate sponsor was the Cinemat in downtown Bloomington. For more information on CINEPHILE FILM ARTS, visit their website at


Q: Who is CINEPHILE? A: CINEPHILE is a local non-profit arts organization and registered IU Student Group. We have an executive director and a board of directors, as well as a small number of volunteers and interns.

Q: Why does CINEPHILE exist? A: The mission of CINEPHILE is to make filmmaking a more accessible artistic medium. With the advent of digital video cameras, and with computers getting faster and cheaper, the tools necessary for making a movie are more readily available than they've ever been.

The difficulty is that while making a movie is much cheaper and easier than it was even five years ago, it's still not exactly an inexpensive or easy endeavor. One person doesn't typically have the time, money, skills and resources to make a movie entirely on their own. This is where CINEPHILE comes in.

Q: What does CINEPHILE do? A: CINEPHILE helps people make movies by providing a venue for networking via our monthly meetings & workshops, website, and Yahoo Groups list. CINEPHILE has already proven itself to be a valuable resource for connecting people with various skills and interests. Cinematography, illustration, screenwriting, acting, music composition, editing, directing, lighting, choreography, make-up, prop building - people with these skills have been involved with CINEPHILE, as well as people who just love movies- so you should too.

What's more, our monthly meetings are a great way to get some feedback on what you're working on- bring your script, or a clip from your movie, or storyboards, or music, or anything else you have. You can even bring your finished film to screen.

CINEPHILE also provides other valuable resources, including a grant program that gives money to local filmmakers, and our annual Cinephile Festival of Independent Film & Video that showcases independent films from all over Indiana. The grant program begins in late summer, and the festival is held in early spring at the historic Buskirk-Chumley Theater in downtown Bloomington, IN.

Q: How do I become a member of CINEPHILE? A: Eventually, we plan to evolve CINEPHILE into a "membership organization." Currently CINEPHILE does not have a formal membership structure, but our meetings are open to anyone who wants to attend. We also have plenty of volunteer and internship opportunities. (See below for more info on volunteering)

Q: How is CINEPHILE funded? A: CINEPHILE is funded entirely through donations and various fundraising activities. Donations can be mailed to:

Indiana Memorial Union Bldg.
Attn: Cinephile Film Arts Organization
IMU Room 371 900 E. 7th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405

CINEPHILE is also seeking corporate sponsors to help support our community projects such as our film grants and the Cinephile Festival of Independent Film & Video. Corporate sponsors will have their logo included on all promotional materials, including flyers, posters, newspaper print ads, etc. Inquiries should be directed to:

Q: How can I help out? A: CINEPHILE has a number of volunteer and internship opportunities in a variety of areas including advertising and public relations, graphic design, event planning, fund raising, etc. For more information, visit our website at

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