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Heartland Film Festival Unveils 2015 Winners

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2015 Heartland Film Festival Opens Call for Entries, Announces $122,000 in Cash Prizes with $5,000 Top Prize for Indiana Filmmakers

Academy Award®-qualifying film festival seeks independent film entries from all over the world

Set to award more than $120,000 in cash prizes, the 2015 Heartland Film Festival (Oct. 16-25, 2015) has opened its call for entries period to independent filmmakers from around the world. Prize categories and awards include:

• Best Narrative Feature ($45,000 total award)
• Best Documentary Feature ($45,000 total award)
• Best Narrative Short ($5,000 total award)*
• Best Documentary Short ($5,000 total award)
• Jimmy Stewart Memorial Crystal Heart Award Winners ($2,000 each, $4,000 total award)
• High School Film Competition Grand Prize Winner ($3,000 total award)
• Best Premiere, Narrative Feature ($5,000 total award)
• Best Premiere, Documentary Feature ($5,000 total award)
• Indiana Spotlight Winner ($5,000 total award)
*The Heartland Film Festival is 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.

“Since 1991, Heartland Film has awarded $2.9 million in cash prizes—more than any other film festival in the United States—to independent filmmakers at the annual Heartland Film Festival,” said Heartland Film’s Artistic Director Tim Irwin. “Indiana may have a small footprint on the film industry, but the Heartland Film Festival has had a great impact on the lives of independent filmmakers and moviegoers for over two decades.”

Spotlight on Indiana Filmmakers

New in 2015, the Heartland Film Festival will feature a cash prize for its Indiana Spotlight competition winner, with a total prize of $5,000.

Submissions from the Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Narrative Short and Documentary Short categories that meet the eligibility requirements and hold their U.S. or World Premiere at the Festival will be in competition for the prize.

Films must meet two of the following three criteria for eligibility (proof is required):

• Director is a current Indiana resident or Indiana native
• Producer/executive producer/screenwriter is a current Indiana resident or Indiana native
• At least 65 percent of the film was shot in Indiana
Films competing for the Indiana Spotlight prize will remain in competition for other prizes, assuming all eligibility requirements are met.

Interested filmmakers can submit independent films at heartlandfilmfestival.org, now through the final May 29 deadline.


Heartland Film Festival- Heartland Truly Moving Pictures

Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, a non-profit organization, seeks to recognize and honor filmmakers whose work explores the human journey by expressing hope and emphasizing the best of the human spirit.

Its flagship event, the Heartland Film Festival, launched in 1991 and runs each October in Indianapolis, Indiana, screening independent films from around the world.

Every year, the Festival awards $200,000 in cash prizes and presents its Crystal Heart Awards to the Festival’s top-judged submissions. Heartland has awarded more than $1.6 million to support filmmakers during the last 16 years.

The organization's Truly Moving Picture Award was created to honor films released theatrically that align with Heartland’s mission.

By bestowing a watermark to honored films, the award allows studios and distributors to inform potential audiences of a film's uplifting message and appeal. Heartland is also dedicated to its relationship with the National Collaboration for Youth and its expanding F.I.L.M., “Finding Inspiration in Literature and Movies,” project.

The organization’s flagship event, the Heartland Film Festival, invites independent filmmakers from around the world to submit feature length and short films in dramatic, documentary and animation categories. The Festival awards $200,000 in cash prizes and presents its Crystal Heart Awards to the top-judged submissions. This includes a $100,000 Grand Prize Award for Best Dramatic Feature, a $25,000 Award for Best Documentary Feature and a $10,000 Vision Award for Best Short Film. The annual nine-day film festival in

October offers moviegoers a rare glimpse at these independent films and special events for film enthusiasts of all ages, including a black tie awards gala, a special family movie event, an education seminar featuring industry experts and much more. Festival attendance has increased the past six years with a record of more than 21,000 attendees in 2006.

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