INDIE BOOTS

Featuring independent theatre and film with different perspectives on whose stories are worth telling, what's funny, and how the world works.

Indie Boots features independent theatre and film with different perspectives on whose stories are worth telling, what's funny, and how the world works. We hope Indie Boots events prompt both laughter and dialogue, entertaining audiences and inspiring discussion.

News

  • We would love your feedback as we plan future events and have created a brief 7 question SURVEY to make it easy for you to share your thoughts.
  • Congratulations to Indie Boots Film Festival 2014 Audience Award Winner nobblycarrot7 and Audience Award Honorable Mentions Theo and Sam Wait for the Train Again, Rizzo, and Margaret Hue would like to go to Mars.! Click here for more info about the winning films!
  • We're on Reel Chicago's "10 terrific can't-miss events over the next 3 weeks" list! "Possibly for the first time at any festival or screening, entries from women directors outnumber their male counterparts. The short films of nine women directors will be showcased; men directors, five.(FYI. Female indie directors do okay at Sundance by comprising 23.9% of the entries, but in Hollywood they are a woeful total of 5%.)" - Reel Chicago
  • Don't miss our filmmaker Q&A! Members of the casts and crews in attendance from this year's films include Angela J Aguayo, Ashely Bagot, Don Baiocchi, Dylan Carey, Kevin Cline, Brad Davis, Jessica Dexter, Laura Elleseg, Kate Gerston, Zach Harris, Crystal Hartford, Marissa Lessman, Jordan Nelson, Dan Olson, Richard Paro, Breahan Eve Pautsch, Dan Perez, Cyra K. Polizzi, Anna Sampers, Rachel Simon, Aubrey Staton, and Hannah Welever! Tickets for the screening and Q&A are available HERE.
  • Congratulations to Indie Boots Theatre Festival 2014 Audience Award Winner Olivia Approaching and Audience Award Honorable Mentions The Monster Under Olivia's Bed and Olivia and the Third Wheel! Click here for more info about the winning directors, writers, and casts!
  • Tickets and subscriptions are now on sale for both Indie Boots Theatre Festival and Indie Boots Film Festival!
  • We are excited to announce the Indie Boots Film Festival 2014 film selections! Click here for film descriptions and photos.
  • So happy to announce the cast of Indie Boots Theatre Festival 2014: The Olivia Plays! Click here for photos and bios.
  • Congratulations to the writers of the 18 semi-finalist scripts and 9 finalist scripts selected for Indie Boots Theatre Festival 2014: The Olivia Plays!
  • Announcing the directors for Indie Boots Theatre Festival 2014: The Olivia Plays! Ashely Bagot, Juan Castañeda, Laura Elleseg, Patrice Foster, Erika Geller, Crystal Hartford, Richard Paro, Breahan Eve Pautsch, and Brittany Westfall!
  • We are pleased to announce the location for Indie Boots Theatre Festival 2014: The Olivia Plays! Join us at Greenhouse Theater Center on Monday, April 28 - Wednesday, April 30!
  • Indie Boots Theatre Festival 2014: The Olivia Plays will take place Monday, April 28 - Wednesday, April 30!
  • We are pleased to announce the date and host theatre for Indie Boots Film Festival 2014! Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 8th at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema!
  • The Call for Entries for the 2014 Indie Boots Theatre Festival is now open!
  • The Call for Entries for the 2014 Indie Boots Film Festival is now open!
  • Congratulations to Indie Boots Theatre Festival 2013 Audience Award Winner Rebecca Says Be Cool and Audience Award Honorable Mentions Snow White, who is also called Becky, no, Rebecca... and the Frog Prince and Rebecca on the Bus! Click here for more info about the winning directors, writers, and casts!
  • Congratulations to Indie Boots Film Festival 2013 Audience Award Winner ZACK and Audience Award Honorable Mentions A FABLE ABOUT BEAUTY and NUDIST BEACH!
  • $10 tickets are now available for Indie Boots Theatre Festival!
  • Announcing the Indie Boots Theatre Festival 2013 Actors: here!
  • Announcing the Indie Boots Theatre Festival 2013 Directors: here!
  • Announcing the Indie Boots Theatre Festival 2013 Finalists: here!
  • We are excited to announce the 2013 Indie Boots Film Festival Official Selections!
  • Tickets are now available for Indie Boots Film Festival HERE or at the Landmark's Century Centre Cinema box office!
  • After pouring over hundreds of submissions, we are thrilled to announce the 25 plays selected as Indie Boots Theatre Festival 2013 Semi-Finalists: here!
  • Submissions are now closed. This year's plays and directors will be announced soon!
  • The date is set for Indie Boots Film Festival 2013! Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 9th at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema!
  • The play submission deadline for Indie Boots Theatre Festival: The Rebecca Plays is April 1st!
  • The location for The Rebecca Plays is announced! See you at Theater Wit Monday, May 20 - Wednesday, May 22, 2013!
  • The dates for Indie Boots Theatre Festival: The Rebecca Plays are announced! Monday, May 20 - Wednesday, May 22, 2013. 7:30pm.
  • Indie Boots is currently accepting short play submissions for Indie Boots Theatre Festival: The Rebecca Plays
  • The late submission deadline for the 2013 film festival is March 1st! Submit your indie film today!
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  • The first Indie Boots Theatre Festival takes place in Chicago in Spring 2013!
  • The regular submission deadline for the 2013 film festival is February 1st! Submit your indie film today!
  • We are thrilled to announce our 2013 logo contest winner, Scott Paro! Check out the new logo on our website and facebook!
  • The films selected for Queer Shorts at Reel Love for Reel Love Film Festival in Madison, WI are announced!
  • We are excited to guest curate a short film program for Reel Love Film Festival in Madison, WI! More info coming soon!
  • The films in the Queer Shorts Film Program we guest curated for Gay Film Weekend 2012 in Chicago are announced!
  • We are excited to announce our Logo Contest! Submit your artwork!
  • 2013 call for entries now open! Submit your film today!
  • Congratulations to 2012 Audience Award Winner HALF and 2012 Audience Award Honorable Mentions FLUID and STORYWOODS!
  • First 100 people in the theatre receive a $5 Native Foods Cafe gift card for the after-party!
  • The full list of films for the 2012 Festival announced!
  • $10 tickets are now available at the Landmark Website and box office!
  • 2012 Highlights Announced!
  • After-party location announced! Join us at Native Foods Cafe (1023 W Belmont, Chicago) for the audience award presentation and socializing with filmmakers, festival organizers, and fellow audience members! Plus, Native Foods Cafe will keep their kitchen open late, so the full menu of delicious food and drinks will be available!
  • Screening location announced! The film program and filmmaker Q&A take place at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema (2828 N Clark, Chicago) on Thursday, May 10th at 7:30pm!
  • Indie Boots Film Festival is now on Facebook and Twitter!
  • It's official! An Audience Award will be presented at Indie Boots 2012!
  • The Call for Entries for Indie Boots 2012 is posted on our Submissions page!
  • The first annual Indie Boots Film Festival takes place in Chicago in May 2012!

Indie Boots Film Festival

for films that are a little unruly

Thursday, May 8, 2014. 7:30pm.
Landmark's Century Centre Cinema

Tickets are now available!

Click here for film descriptions and photos!

Join us for the 2014 Film Festival Official After Party
at Friar Tuck, 3010 N Broadway!

Indie Boots Theatre Festival

2014: The Olivia Plays

Monday, April 28 - Wednesday, April 30, 2014. 7:30pm
Greenhouse Theater Center

Tickets are now available!

Click here for cast and crew bios and photos!

Join us for the 2014 Theatre Festival Official After Party on Wednesday night after the show at Lion Head Pub!



2014 Sponsors:






If you are interested in sponsoring our 2014 festivals, please email us at info@indieboots.org or mudgeonsoul@gmail.com, or visit our sponsor page for more information.