Heartland Film Festival

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The Heartland Film Festival is a film festival held each October[1] in Indianapolis, Indiana.[2] First held in 1992,[3] its goal is to "inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film."

Every October, the Heartland Film Festival gives its moviegoers access to more than 100 visiting independent filmmakers from all over the world, right in the heart of the Midwest. Heartland showcases more than 130 entertaining movies that do more than just entertain over 10 days of red carpet premieres and events, parties and hundreds of film screenings across Indianapolis.[4]

The Heartland Film Festival has earned the special designation of being a qualifying festival for the Annual Academy Awards® within the Short Films category. This means that the winner of the Grand Prize for Best Narrative Short Film will qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.[5]

The Heartland Film Festival is organized by nonprofit arts organization Heartland Film. The organization is a curator and supporter of purposeful filmmaking, honoring a wide variety of cinema and awarding storytellers from all over the world. The films Heartland Film selects and exhibits – whether they inspire and uplift, educate and inform, or have the ability to shift audiences’ perspectives on the world – all have one thing in common: they are entertaining films that do more than just entertain. Beyond the Heartland Film Festival, other programs include the Heartland Film Roadshow, Heartland Film Institute and the Truly Moving Picture Award.[6]

Grand Prize and Audience Choice Award Winning Films[edit]

Year Grand Prize for Best Narrative Feature Grand Prize for Best Documentary Feature Grand Prize for Best Short Film Audience Choice Award
Narrative Feature Documentary Feature Short Film
1999 Wayward Son
2000 [7] The Rising Place
2001 [8] The War Bride
2002 [9] To End All Wars
2003 [10] Saints and Soldiers
2004 [11] Love's Brother
2005 [12] End of the Spear A Kiss on the Nose Innocent Voices Earthling The Man Who Walked Between the Towers
2006 [13][14] Shooting Dogs The Hip Hop Project Shade Shooting Dogs A Man Named Pearl I Want to Be a Pilot
2007 [15][16] Bella Hear and Now Validation Man in the Chair Hear and Now Validation
2008 [17] Captain Abu Raed Pray the Devil Back to Hell Victoria Captain Abu Raed Ripple of Hope Go
2009[18] Welcome P-Star Rising Bicycle (Jitensha) Like Dandelion Dust, A Shine of Rainbows (tie) After the Storm Grande Drip
2010  The Space Between Freedom Riders[19] The Butterfly Circus Ways to Live Forever For Once In My Life The Butterfly Circus
2011[20][21] Red Dog Crime After Crime Thief Red Dog Crime After Crime Sun City Picture House
2012[22][23] Cairo 678 Rising from Ashes Head Over Heels A Bottle in the Gaza Sea Stuck, Rising from Ashes (tie) It Ain't Over
2013[24] Hide Your Smiling Faces The Network The Amber Amulet (Narrative Short), Wrinkles of the City: La Havna (Documentary Short0 23 Blast Life According to Sam, Blood Brother (tie) The Amber Amulet (Narrative Short), Running Blind (Documentary Short)


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  7. ^ "'The Rising Place' Takes Heartland Fest". 2000. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2006-02-08. 
  8. ^ "7 Canadian (Genie) Nominations for The War Bride". Retrieved 2006-02-08. 
  9. ^ "Heartland News". 2002. Retrieved 2006-02-08. 
  10. ^ Heartland Film Festival 2003 Annual Report (PDF). 2003. p. 5. Retrieved 2006-02-08. 
  11. ^ "Love's Brother". 2004. Retrieved 2006-02-08. 
  12. ^ "Heartland Film Festival Concludes Another Record Breaking Year". 2005. Retrieved 2006-02-08. 
  13. ^ "Heartland Film Festival Announces Top Winners". 2006-10-21. Retrieved 2006-10-24. 
  14. ^ "Heartland Film Festival Concludes Another Record-Breaking Year". 2006-10-30. Retrieved 2007-01-23. 
  15. ^ "Heartland Film Festival Announces Top Winners". 2007-10-20. Retrieved 2007-10-23. 
  16. ^ "Heartland Concludes with 22,000 attendees". 2007-10-29. Retrieved 2007-10-29. 
  17. ^ "Heartland Truly Moving Pictures - 2006-2008 Award Winners". Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  18. ^ "Heartland Truly Moving Pictures | HEARTLAND FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2009 AWARD WINNERS". Trulymovingpictures.org. 2009-10-18. Retrieved 2013-01-28. 
  19. ^ "Freedom Riders". Trulymovingpictures.org. 2010-09-29. Retrieved 2013-01-28. 
  20. ^ Ackmann, Allison (2011-10-17). "Congrats to the 2011 Grand Prize Winners!". Retrieved 2011-10-28. 
  21. ^ Ackmann, Allison (2011-10-23). "2011 HFF Audience Choice Award Winners: The people have spoken!". Retrieved 2011-10-28. 
  22. ^ Sorvig, Greg (2012-10-21). "2012 Grand Prize Winners Announced". Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  23. ^ Sorvig, Greg (2012-11-13). "21st Annual Heartland Film Festival Ends on High Note". Retrieved 2013-04-17. 
  24. ^ Sorvig, Greg (2012-10-21). "2013 Heartland Film Festival Announces Grand Prize Winners". Retrieved 2013-10-30. 

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