Creative Collaborations


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Creative Collaborations

Since opening in 2011, IU Cinema been privileged to partner with more 200 campus and community collaborators on nearly 1,000 partnered film screenings, which has led to enriching and engaging programming for university faculty, staff, and students, and Bloomington community members.


In support of Indiana University’s longstanding commitment to excellence, research, and public engagement in the arts, IU Cinema’s Creative Collaborations program provides a platform for making IU’s intellectual and cultural assets accessible and visible through campus- and community-wide thematic film programming. These collaborations create a space for making the arts and humanities at IUB robustly public-facing through strong and innovative outreach throughout the Bloomington campus and community.

To facilitate diverse and inclusive film programming partnerships, IU Cinema utilizes a Program Advisory Board to review and approve Creative Collaborations partnership requests. The board consists of members from the 14 schools across the Bloomington campus, as well as an undergraduate student and community member representative.


IU Cinema welcomes Creative Collaborations programming proposals from any IU Bloomington academic or non-academic unit, as well as community organizations, and IU student groups.


Approved Creative Collaborations partners must agree to the following:

  • Creative Collaborations partners whose proposals are approved are expected to contribute funding to support the screening rights for each film (approx. $250–$500 per film), as well as modest partial funding for ticketing fees and materials shipping/handling costs (approx. $100 per film).
  • All approved Creative Collaborations screenings will be free, but ticketed for the public (i.e. no funds to support your proposal should be expected from ticket sales).
  • Work with IU Cinema to determine final program title and film selections. Once the titles have been approved, provide an 80-word description of the film and film series for the IU Cinema Program Book.
  • Commit to promoting the film(s) and bringing an audience to the screening (would like a commitment of 50).
  • Commit to introducing each film in the series (3–8 minutes, including film context but not content—no spoilers or major plot points) and providing a Q&A moderator (when applicable).
  • Send to IU Cinema for approval any marketing materials or press releases designed for series events.

In return, the IU Cinema will provide all approved Creative Collaborations partners with the following:

  • Research and procure screening rights and materials from the appropriate film distributors and/or archives.
  • Develop marketing materials to promote your series, which may include individual series posters or social-media images, IU Cinema website listings, IU Cinema Program Book inclusion, Ryder Magazine ads, social-media promotions across IU Cinema platforms, online web calendar listings, and inclusion in weekly emails.
  • Provide venue and staffing for all screenings, including projectionist, house managers, ticketing, and ushers.
  • Provide recognition of partnership in all print and online marketing materials.
  • Provide ticketing service, with ability to offer blocks of tickets to partner(s) upon request.

IU Cinema offers a limited number of fee remissions to the top-ranked proposals. Five free remissions are awarded each semester to the following:

  • One fee remission is awarded to the top-ranked proposal from an IU student organization.
  • One fee remission is awarded to the top-ranked proposal from a Bloomington community organization.
  • Three fee remissions are awarded to the three highest-ranked proposals from IU academic unit.

Applicants whose proposals are awarded a fee remission will be notified of their award status upon notification of their proposal being approved by IU Cinema’s Program Advisory Board.


The application for Spring 2019 Creative Collaborations proposals is now open. Submission deadline for Spring 2019 proposals is Monday, September 10, 2018, at 5 p.m. (EDT). No late applications will be accepted. Before submitting, we encourage you to review an example of a previously submitted and approved Creative Collaborations application.

You can access the online application by clicking the APPLY NOW button.

IU Cinema’s Creative Collaborations program is a competitive process. Each semester, the Cinema receives many more requests than it can support in the available screening slots.

IU Cinema’s Program Advisory board will review proposals to determine how well they address the following:

  • academic relevance of the request,
  • multidisciplinary nature of the proposal,
  • quality of the film selections,
  • departmental support described for the proposed series, and
  • plans to reach and develop intended audience.

Proposals that include multiple academic and community partners/funding sources will make the strongest application for consideration.


Rachael Stoeltje, Chair, IU Staff Representative, Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive
Greg Waller, Immediate Past Chair, The Media School
Donyel Byrd, School of Social Work
Greg Carter, School of Nursing
Alexander Cuenca, School of Education
Will Eltzroth, Undergraduate Student
Timothy Fort, Kelley School of Business
Terri Francis, Black Film Center/Archive
Allen Hahn, College of Arts and Sciences, Theatre, Drama & Contemporary Dance
Joan Hawkins, The Media School
Sarah Lasley, School of Art and Design
Frank Lewis, School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Elaine Monaghan, The Media School
Morten Oxenboell, College of Arts and Sciences, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Howard Rosenbaum, School of Informatics and Computing
David Smiley, School of Public Health
Sean Starowitz, Community Representative, City of Bloomington
Konrad Strauss, Jacobs School of Music
Khashayar Tonekaboni, School of Optometry
Tim Waters, Maurer School of Law


Departments of African American and Africa Diaspora Studies, Central Eurasian Studies, Gender Studies, French and Italian, Germanic Studies, History, American Studies, Spanish and Portuguese, Religious Studies, English, East Asian Studies Center, Jacobs School of Music, College of Arts and Sciences, The Kinsey Institute, Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program, Black Film Center/Archive, Lilly Library, IU Libraries, SWSEEL, Intensive Freshman Seminars, CAHI, School of Education, Radio and TV Services, WTIU, Office of the President, First Nations Educational and Cultural Center, American Indian Student Association, Indiana University Student Association, Native American Graduate Students’ Association, Office of Multicultural Initiatives, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Latino Studies Program, Chicano-Riqueño Studies Program, Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, William T. Patten Foundation, School of Optometry, International Studies Program, Center for the Study of Global Change, Polish Studies Center, Disability Services for Students, Central Eurasian Studies, Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, Student Composer’s Association, Asian Culture Center, Graduate and Professional Student Organization, Center for Human Diversity, Poynter Center for Study of Ethics and American Institutions, Office of GLBT Student Support Services, Institute for German Studies, School of Journalism, and Eskenazi Museum of Art.