858 film submissions? Woah, baby!  

The 2011 Heartland Film Festival hasn’t even started and we’ve already broken a record! We’re so excited to have received a record number of film entries totaling 858 submissions, surpassing our previous record of 832 set last year.

“It’s so encouraging to once again see such an overwhelming number of film submissions pour in from all over the world,” said Ray Mills, our Festival Artistic Director. “What’s even more exciting is that the quality of films we received this year is higher than ever.”

Filmmakers from 43 countries and territories submitted their narrative, documentary and short films to Heartland in competition for more than $150,000 in cash prizes, one of the highest purse prizes of film festivals in the world. Foreign submissions represented Australia, China, India, Japan, Mexico and Puerto Rico, among others. Of the 858 films submitted, 163 of them were from student filmmakers, which is up 40
percent from last year.

“It’s been amazing to see the Festival grow in terms of submissions, screenings and audience and filmmaker attendance in the last few years,” said Mills. “We decided to cut back on our marketing and outreach for submissions this year and still received a record number of entries. I think this is a testament to our reputation in the industry.”

We’re looking forward to announcing the award winners on September 20! Stay tuned!