Creative Collaborations

Partner with us on a film or series

You can contribute to our world-class programming. Creative Collaborations enables partners at IU or in the community to select a film or series that highlights important topics and ideas, inspires engagement with the arts and humanities, and enriches people’s lives.

We have partnered with more than 200 campus and community collaborators on more than 1,000 film screenings. Recent collaborations have included the City Lights Film Series, Race Swap, Queer Disorientations, Art and a Movie, Attucks: The School That Opened a City, and Representing Religion: Ireland, The Troubles, and Beyond.

Not only did the partnered film series reach students in new ways, it reached faculty in new ways and produced a concrete academic publication that captured just what Indiana University can contribute to the betterment of the world.

Timothy Fort, Kelley School of Business
Three people speak before an audience.
A filmmaker gives a talk.
Three people talk on stage.

Jason Silverman, Samba Gadjigo, and Eileen Julien; Kogonada; Nathaniel Dorsky, Russell Sheaffer, and Jerome Hiler

Funding assistance

Top proposals can earn funding assistance to help with the costs for screening rights, ticketing fees, and materials shipping/handling. Each semester we award five partial fee remissions:

  • One for the top proposal from an IU student organization
  • One for the top proposal from a community organization
  • Three for the top proposals from IU academic units

If your proposal receives a fee remission, we will let you know when we tell you your proposal has been approved.

Criteria for proposal selection

Our Program Advisory Board reviews proposals to determine how well they address the following:

  • Academic relevance of the request
  • Multidisciplinary nature of the proposal
  • Quality of the film selection(s)
  • Departmental support for the proposed film or series
  • Plans to reach and develop intended audience

Proposals that include multiple academic and community partners/funding sources make the strongest applications.

Submit a proposal

The deadline for Fall 2019 proposals is Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at 12 pm (EST). No late applications will be accepted.

PLEASE NOTE: In September 2019, IU Cinema will dedicate its entire programming line-up to films directed by women in celebration of September as Woman Director Awareness Month. Additionally, 2019 commemorates the fifth annual #DirectedbyWomen Worldwide Film Viewing Party, an initiative celebrating the creative work of women filmmakers, which was founded in 2015 by Barbara Ann O’Leary, IU Cinema’s founding social media specialist and blog editor. All events taking place in September 2019 will be films directed by women. Please be mindful of this when you are proposing events for fall 2019 as we would love for you to join in the fun!

The application takes at least 30 minutes to complete.

If you would like to see an example of a successful proposal, please email

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