New Award Categories Announced for 2013 Heartland Film Festival  

The Heartland Film Festival® was established in 1991 to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film, screening independent films from around the world. Each year, the Festival awards more than $125,000 in cash prizes and presents its Festival Awards to the top-judged submissions.

The 22nd Annual Heartland Film Festival will be held in Indianapolis, Ind., October 17-26, 2013. Filmmakers participating in the Festival attend numerous screenings of their films and other special events designed to allow interaction between filmmakers and audiences. The Festival will officially open its Call for Entries period beginning March 1. Submissions will be accepted through June 14.

New Award Categories

The Heartland Film Festival is a qualifying festival for the Annual Academy Awards® in 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.

Beyond the Best Narrative Short Film category, the 2013 Heartland Film Festival Award categories will include (new categories in bold):

  • Grand Prize for Best Narrative Feature ($50,000 cash prize)
  • Grand Prize for Best Documentary Feature ($50,000 cash prize)
  • Best Narrative Short Film ($5,000 Grand Prize)
  • Best Documentary Short Film ($5,000 Grand Prize)
  • Best U.S. Premiere
    • Best Narrative Feature Premiere ($5,000 cash prize)
    • Best Documentary Feature Premiere ($5,000 cash prize)
    • Best Narrative Short Premiere ($2,500 cash prize)
    • Best Documentary Short Premiere ($2,500 cash prize)
  • Grand Prize Winner of the High School Film Competition ($2,500 cash prize)
  • Audience Choice Award for Narrative Feature
  • Audience Choice Award for Documentary Feature
  • Audience Choice Award for Narrative Short Film
  • Audience Choice Award for Documentary Short Film

Established to attract the debut of new films to the Festival, the U.S. Premiere category and its cash prizes offer more incentive than ever for filmmakers to debut their films in Indianapolis, Ind. Films within the U.S. Premiere categories will also be eligible for other Festival Awards and Audience Choice Awards.