2017 Truly Moving Pictures Heartland Film Festival
Heartland Film Festival Announces 2017 Lineup, Will Honor Hollywood Legends Rob Reiner and Alan Ladd, Jr. with Lifetime Achievement Awards. A record 213 films from 104 countries to be featured at the 26th annual Heartland International Film Festival, set for Oct. 12-22, 2017, across Indianapolis.
Heartland Film Festival 2016 Unveils Film and Event Lineup for its 25th Anniversary. Appearances by Jessica Biel, Dr. Kent Brantly, John Rhys-Davies, Rory Feek, and Alan Thicke highlight the Festival’s 11-day silver anniversary, set for Oct. 20-30, 2016.
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. Continue reading about the 2015 Heartland FIlm Festival.
Heartland Film Festival Unveils 2015 Winners, Awards More Than $120,000 to Independent Filmmakers
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 (“The Way of Tea,” directed by Marc Fouchard) will qualify for consideration in the Live Action Short Subject category of the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules. Additionally, $45,000 Grand Prize Winner for Best Narrative Feature "The Judgment" is the Bulgarian entry in the foreign-language film category of the 2016 Academy Awards®. Continue reading about 2015 award winners.
2014 HFF in October
The Heartland Film FestivalIndiana’s largest and longest-running independent film festivalwill showcase more than 130 independent films and gives audiences access to more than 100 independent filmmakers from around the world from October 16-25, 2014. With red carpet premieres and events, parties, and hundreds of film screenings, the Heartland Film Festival offers the best of world cinema right in the heart of the Midwest. Read about the 23rd 2014 Heartland FIlm Festival.
As High as the Sky with Nikki Braendlin
I saw the film and met Nikki Braendlin (photo , left) at the 2013 Heartland Film Festival in October, the film’s last festival, but now it’s time for the film’s release. Although As High as the Sky has finished its year on the festival circuit, the filmmakers secured distribution with Cinema Libre Studio. The DVD comes out on May 6, 2014, and the film is available through Video On Demand and streaming on June 6, 2014. So let’s hear more about this movie from the filmmaker herself Nikki Braendlin.
Steve Albrezzi: On the Road to Commencement
Commencement is one of those films that draws you in to a warm sense of intimacy with a small group of characters. There is a main character, Christa (Amelia Rose Blaire), with her own crises and decisions to make at this crossroads in her life.
But in many ways she is the catalyst for the ensemble. Each of a number of surrounding characters has different personal or relational issues to deal with over the course of a 24-hour period. So when the lights came up in the theater at the 2013 Heartland Film Festival, I decided immediately that I liked this film. In fact, there was a veritable cornucopia of things to like. Lucky for me, filmmaker Steve Albrezzi writer, director, and producer was at the Heartland Film Festival, where Commencement had its U.S. premiere. I had the chance to meet Steve after the screening, so let’s learn more about the man who created this lovely film.
HEARTLAND FILM REVITALIZES BRAND AND PROGRAMMING, ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $1 MILLION IN MAJOR FUNDING SUPPORT
Indianapolis-based nonprofit arts organization formerly known as Heartland Truly Moving Pictures unveils new brand, major funding for 2014, mini-festival, board members and staff
Heartland Film Festival Lineup Films for 21st Annual Festival
Heartland Truly Moving Pictures announced the 118 films selected to be screened at this year’s Heartland Film Festival. The films once again demonstrate Heartland’s commitment to bring inspiring films and filmmakers - to Indianapolis for its 10-day festival.
This year’s 21st Annual Heartland Film Festival will take place October 18-27, 2012 with films showing at AMC Castleton Square 14 and AMC Showplace Traders Point 12, and special events happening at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Read more about the 2012 Heartland Film Festival.
Heartland Film Festival 2011 Winners
More than 60 sponsors contributed to the success and growth of the 20th annual Heartland Film Festival. The Festival kicked off last night with it’s opening film, The Way. The Festival’s sponsors are vital in allowing Heartland to continue to celebrate and honor beautifully made films that emphasize the best of the human spirit and to recognize the filmmakers that made them. Read more about Heartland Film Festival 2011 Winners.
2009 Heartland Film Festival
A few notes on a few notable films at the 2008 Heartland Film Festival
Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media’s “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” Receives Heartland’s Truly Moving Picture Award
Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media’s The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is the latest film to receive the prestigious Heartland Truly Moving Picture Award from Heartland Truly Moving PicturesTM, announced today by the organization’s President and CEO Jeffrey L. Sparks. The characters of C.S. Lewis’ timeless fantasy come to life again in this second motion picture that continues the spectacular story that began with The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
A year after their last adventure in Narnia, the four Pevensie children Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter are beckoned back to the magical world. Over a thousand years has passed in Narnia, however, and the one-time rulers find the countryside to be a much different place than they remember. The civilization they'd grown to love and eventually rule over is on the brink of extinction, all while an evil king positions himself to take the throne by any means necessary.
Caspian, the tenth in a long legacy in kings, unites with the Pevensie children to take on the villainous Miraz, who happens to be his uncle. Determined to bring together the peaceful world of Narnia and his own kingdom stuck in a power struggle, Caspian works with the Pevensie children to find victory in even the most daunting battles. The film is directed Andrew Adamson (Shrek, Shrek 2) from a screenplay he co-wrote with Emmy® Award-winning writing partners Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (HBO’s The Life and Death of Peter Sellers). The film is produced by Academy Award® winner Mark Johnson (Rain Man, The Notebook) and Philip Steuer (The Rookie, The Alamo), executive produced by former Walden Media executive Perry Moore and co-produced by Douglas Gresham.
“The world of Narnia triumphantly returns with Prince Caspian, as vibrant and majestic as ever,” said Jeffrey L. Sparks, President and CEO of Heartland Truly Moving Pictures. “Its themes of loyalty, humility and forgiveness make it a Truly Moving Picture Award winner that does more than entertainit inspires!”
Heartland and the National Collaboration for Youth (NCY) also selected The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian as part of their collaborative program called F.I.L.M., “Finding Inspiration in Literature & Movies.” The literacy and film program encourages youth associated with NCY organizations around the country to screen the program’s featured films, read the books/scripts associated with the movies, utilize the activity guides and partake in related service projects. To learn more about the Prince Caspian: Becoming a Leader program and to download the free youth development activity guide, visit www.youthFILMproject.org.
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian joins recent Truly Moving Picture Award recipients Under the Same Moon, [email protected], Penelope, The Bucket List and The Kite Runner, among others. To view Heartland’s complete list of Truly Moving Pictures, visit www.TrulyMovingPictures.org.
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, screening independent films from around the world. Each year, the Festival awards $200,000 in cash prizes and presents its Crystal Heart Awards to the top-judged submissions. Heartland has awarded more than $1.8 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 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 & Movies,” project. For more information, visit www.TrulyMovingPictures.org.
Indianapolis, IN (May 19, 2008)
Heartland Film Festival Changes Name and Expands Mandate
Indianapolis, IN To better reflect its mission to recognize films with impactful and uplifting messages, the Heartland Film Festival ® has created a newly minted parent organization Heartland Truly Moving Pictures TM.
The name change, announced by President and CEO Jeffrey L. Sparks, highlights the organization’s industry award and watermark, the Heartland Truly Moving Picture Award, while at the same time re-defining its commitment to filmmakers, studios and distributors whose projects address challenging subjects yet provide meaningful storylines and resolution. Continue reading...
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.