Announcing High School Film Competition Official Selections!  

Claire Norton, Director of Heartland Institute

It’s official.

We have an amazing High School Film Competition Program set for the 2010 Heartland Film Festival. We knew it was going to be great as we started receiving submissions, but now that the program is all in place we can’t help but sit back and smile.

As the 19th annual Heartland Film Festival grows near, we can’t wait to meet those student filmmakers who are making the trek to Indianapolis to be a part of the High School Film Competition Program. Grand Prize winner John Gordon, Dallas, TX, who will be in attendance as a guest of Heartland for his film, Clay says of his selection in our competition:

When I received the call to inform me that I had won, my heart was beating at the speed of light, I felt extremely ecstatic, and I was glad that my work had been recognized. …I was truly humbled by the experience and I give extreme thanks to the festival …. I plan on saving the money for a future professional short film I hope to make either during college or immediately after.

In addition to John, other finalists in the High School Film Competition will be receiving prizes and recognition: Sarah Johnson, Matthews, NC (I am Afraid); Melody Miller, Canyon, CA, (A Hat, Some Change, and a Shoe) Regina Nicholson, Long Beach, CA (Glimpse of Horizon); Evan Trout, Fishers, IN (Lady and the Champ).

But it doesn’t stop there. We have even more high school filmmakers to highlight.

It wouldn’t be a well-rounded program without highlighting our official selections. With the amazing talent we encountered in this first year of judging it was hard to make our selections. We couldn’t simply highlight the five winners – we expanded the program by adding six Official Selections.

Luke Broyles, Westfield, IN (Michael); Sam Evenson, Greentown, IN (The Picture Box); Nicholas Heighway, Indianapolis, IN (Out of the Box); Olivia Huntley, Indianapolis, IN (Pour le Facteur [For the Mailman]); Richard Mattox, Tallahassee, FL (Chicken Little); Cheffy Thomas, Carmel, IN (Death Becomes Him);

When can I see this amazing collection of films that embody what HOPE means to the next generation of filmmakers, you ask?

HSFC Program Screenings at Heartland FF
Date Screening Theater
15-Oct 5:45pm Castleton AMC 14
17-Oct 5:15pm Showplace AMC 17
20-Oct 6:00pm Castleton AMC 14
21-Oct 7:30pm Showplace AMC 17

Come on out and join the fun as we celebrate these emerging talents alongside all the other amazing folks who are going to be out in full force at the 2010 Heartland Film Festival. They deserve your support. They are the face of filmmaking to come. We’ll see you at the festival!