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Festival Award Winner Picks Up BAFTA Nom!

We always get excited when nominations are announced to see if any Heartland-honored films from the past year are recognized. We get especially jazzed when it’s a Festival film! This morning as we scoured the BAFTA nominations, we were so excited to see Heartland Film Festival Award winning short, Abuelas, nominated for Short Animations! We send lots of love to director and friend Afarin Eghbal!

Abuelas Dir. Afarin Eghbal

Also recognized with nominations was Truly Moving Picture Award winner, The Help, with fives noms including Best Film and Octavia Spencer for Best Supporting Actress. She just scored the Golden Globe this past weekend for the same role so we’ll see if her momentum keeps going. Fellow Golden Globe winner Christopher Plummer was honored with a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his work in TMPA winner, Beginners.

We wish all nominees best of luck!

Click here for a complete listing of 2012 BAFTA nominations.

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Announcing the Top 10 TMPA Winners of 2011!

It’s taken us a whole year, but we’re finally ready to unveil our Top 10 TMPA winners of 2011! It’s always difficult choosing the top 10 from a great year of TMPA winners. This year was no exception! Without further ado, the Top 10 list!

10. The Muppets – Walt Disney Pictures
With the help of three fans, The Muppets must reunite to save their old theater from a greedy oil tycoon.

9. Dolphin Tale – Warner Bros.
Swimming free, a young dolphin is caught in a crab trap, severely damaging her tail. She is rescued and transported to the Clearwater Marine Hospital, where she is named Winter. But her fight for survival has just begun, because without a tail Winter’s prognosis is dire.

8. Buck – IFC
A real-life “horse-whisperer,” Buck Brannaman eschews the violence of his upbringing and teaches people to communicate with their horses through leadership and sensitivity, not punishment. Buck possesses near magical abilities as he dramatically transforms horses – and people – with his understanding, compassion and respect.

7. War Horse – Walt Disney Pictures
Young Albert enlists to service in WWI after his beloved horse, Joey, is sold to the cavalry. Albert’s hopeful journey takes him out of England and across Europe as the war rages on.

6. Warrior – Lionsgate
Two brothers face the fight of a lifetime – and the wreckage of their broken family – within the brutal, high-stakes world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighting.

5. The Way – Producers Distribution Agency
A father heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died while traveling the “El Camino de Santiago” from France to Spain.

4. Win Win – Fox Searchlight
A disheartened attorney named Mike Flaherty, who moonlights as a high school wrestling coach, stumbles across a star athlete through some questionable business dealings while trying to support his family. Just as it looks like he will get a double payday, the boy’s mother shows up fresh from rehab and flat broke, threatening to derail everything.

3. Beginners – Focus Features
Oliver meets the irreverent and unpredictable Anna only months after his father Hal has passed away. This new love floods Oliver with memories of his father who — following 44 years of marriage — came out of the closet at age 75.

2. Sarah’s Key – The Weinstein Company
In modern-day Paris, a journalist finds her life becoming entwined with a young girl whose family was torn apart during the notorious Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup in 1942.

1. The Help – Walt Disney Pictures
An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960′s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maid’s point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.

What do you think? Are there other TMPA winners from 2011 that you would like to see on this list?

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Looking for a last minute gift? Becoming Santa is now on DVD!

Becoming Santa, a favorite from the 2011 Heartland Film Festival, is now available on DVD just in time for some Holiday cheer!

The 2011 official selection, is the story of one man entering the culture and character of Santa Claus for a single season. We follow Jack as he bleaches his hair and goes to Santa School. He tries to do everything that Santa is asked to do. He works as a sidewalk Santa, does home visits, a Polar Express Train and a parade. Along the way, Jack collects children’s wishes, learns about the benefits of belief, the history and origin of Santa and the ordinary people keeping the spirit alive. Watch the trailer below!

Buy the DVD now!

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These Amazing Shadows to show on PBS!

Straight from the 2011 Heartland Film Festival, official selection These Amazing Shadows will make its television debut on December 29 on Independent Lens.

These Amazing Shadows takes you on a journey through the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry exploring film preservation and history in America. Check out the trailer below.

The film airs on December 29 on PBS’s Independent Lens. Check your local listings!

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Golden Globe Noms are Out!

Lots of love for Heartland films at the Golden Globes! Truly Moving Picture Award winners, The Help and War Horse both scored noms in the Best Motion Picture, Drama category. (Read what our jury thought about The Help and War Horse.)

A few more TMPA winners received nominations in the acting categories! Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer were all honored for their roles in The Help and Christopher Plummer was recognized for his work in Beginners.

Join us in cheering them on January 15th!

Complete listing of 2011 Golden Globe nominations.

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TMPA Winners and Festival Films Coming to DVD in December!

A whole slew of TMPA winners are hitting DVD and Blu-ray this December! Warrior, which was released by Lionsgate back in September, hits shelves on December 20. You can pre-order it on Amazon here.

Another TMPA winner released in September is Dolphin Tale, courtesy of our friends at Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros. It will also be available starting December 20. You can pre-order it on Amazon by clicking here.

If your family is looking for more entertainment beyond Dolphin Tale, check out Mr. Popper’s Penguins. This Fox release is in stores now! Check it out on Amazon here.

Also available in stores now, the box office surprise The Help hit shelves earlier in December. The film, courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures, is gearing up for awards season, and if you haven’t already seen it now is the perfect time! You can find it on Amazon here.

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Heartland Films nominated for Independent Spirit Awards!

Beginners - Nominated for Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Male Supporting Actor

It’s that time of year again. Awards season! We kick things off today with the Film Independent Spirit Awards.

“The Film Independent Spirit Awards recognize the finest artistic achievements across the broad spectrum of independent filmmaking—from emerging talent working on a shoestring budget to established auteurs,” said Film Independent Senior Director Sean Mc Manus.  “The 2012 nominees tell their stories in such an authentic way and reflect the inclusive nature of the independent filmmaking community.  We are delighted to support them and expand the audience for their work.”

Both Truly Moving Picture Award winners and Heartland Film Festival films felt the love today. Beginners received a total of four nominations including Best Feature and Best Director. The TMPA winner was also nominated for Best Screenplay alongside fellow award winner Win Win. 2011 HFF Official Selection The Redemption of General Butt Naked has been nominated for Best Documentary.

Special congrats to Heather Courtney, director of the 2011 Crystal Heart Award winner, Where Soliders Come From for her nomination for the Truer Than Fiction award!

Visit the Film Independent website for a complete list of nominees.

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Snowmen is hitting DVD!

Remember our hit Opening Night Event film from the 2010 Heartland Film Festival? Of course you do! It was the Truly Moving Picture Award-winning Snowmen!

We’re excited to announce that the DVD will hit store shelves on November 29! You can pre-order it now at Walmart.com or Amazon.com.

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TMPA winners hitting DVD this week!

If you missed these TMPA winners in theaters, you can now catch them on DVD and Blu-ray! Larry Crowne, which was released by Universal Pictures at the beginning of July, is available now on both Blu-ray and DVD. Buy it here!

If that’s not enough, Beginners also hit store shelves on November 15! It hit theaters back at the beginning of June, and was released by Focus Features. Pick it up on Blu-ray or DVD!

Both films are very deserving Truly Moving Picture Award winners, and this is your chance to have a copy for yourself!

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War Horse is a Truly Moving Picture Award winner!

We’re excited to announce Steven Spielberg’s War Horse as our latest TMPA winner! The film, courtesy of DreamWorks and Disney, hits theaters nationwide on December 25. The film tells the story of a courageous horse around the time of World War I. The story follows the horse as he makes his way across Europe as part of the war machine. But the entire time this War Horse belongs to only one person – the young boy who raised him and trained him in England leading up to the war.

Our TMPA jury enjoyed the film, particularly the beautiful cinematography and strong themes of courage, loyalty and hope. The juxtaposition of horrific war scenes with the rolling landscapes of England and France were found to be thoughtfully executed, as in all of Spielberg’s films. The jury especially appreciated the way soldiers from both sides of the trenches are humanized, particularly in a key climactic scene featuring German and British soldiers in the middle of No Man’s Land. All in all, the jury found the film to be an epic tale told with strong and resilient themes that, even if it is sad at times, is definitely a Truly Moving Picture Award winner.

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