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Heartland Film Festival Announces 2013 Lineup, Special Premiere Titles and Talent for Opening and Closing Night Events

Academy Award®-qualifying festival to feature 134 independent films over 10 days with special event appearances by Vanessa Hudgens, Director Ronald Krauss, Academy Award® winner Geoffrey Rush, Director Brian Percival, and more

The Heartland Film Festival has announced details of its 22nd annual event (Oct. 17-26), including 134 independent films from 76 countries. The Academy Award®-qualifying festival within the Short Films category will be host to special Hollywood premieres, workshops and filmmakers from all over the world.

Note: Event film stills, Festival logo and other press materials available for download here.

Opening Night Event – Special Premiere of “Gimme Shelter” (Roadside Attractions)

  • Thursday, Oct. 17 – Screenings at 4 p.m. (tickets $25) and 7:30 p.m. (tickets $50)
  • The Toby, Indianapolis Museum of Art with reception to follow at Deer Zink Pavilion (7:30 p.m. screening only, included in ticket price)
  • Talent to appear on red carpet beginning at 6:15 p.m.
  • Q&A to follow each screening with cast and filmmakers

Special premiere of "Gimme Shelter" to open 2013 Heartland Film Festival.

Talent scheduled to attend (subject to change):

  • Actor Vanessa Hudgens
  • Kathy Difiore (real-life inspiration behind the film)
  • Writer/Director/Producer Ronald Krauss
  • Producer Jeff Rice

Centering on 16-year-old Agnes “Apple” Bailey, “Gimme Shelter” uncovers the struggle for survival and the hope of redemption through the harsh realities of life on the streets of New Jersey. As a pregnant teenager, Apple’s journey plummets to perilous struggles until finding salvation in a suburban shelter for homeless pregnant teens. Based on the lives of actual homeless, pregnant young women, writer and director Ronald Krauss lived in the primary shelter one year prior to production writing the “Gimme Shelter” screenplay. Hudgens similarly prepared for her transformative role by living in the actual shelter for three weeks of pre-production.

Closing Night Event – Special Premiere of “The Book Thief” (20th Century Fox)

  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m. – The Toby, Indianapolis Museum of Art – tickets $25
  • Closing Night Party to follow at The Jazz Kitchen – tickets $20 (combo ticket $40)
  • Q&A to follow with cast and filmmakers.

Special premiere of "The Book Thief" to close the 2013 Heartland Film Festival

Talent scheduled to attend (subject to change):

  • Actor Geoffrey Rush (Academy Award® winner)
    • Will receive the Heartland Pioneering Spirit Award
  • Actor Sophie Nélisse
    • Will receive the Heartland Pioneering Spirit: Rising Star Award
  • Director Brian Percival
    • Will receive the Heartland Truly Moving Picture Award for the film

Based on the beloved bestselling book, “The Book Thief” tells the inspirational story of a spirited and courageous young girl who transforms the lives of everyone around her when she is sent to live with a foster family in World War II Germany.

The Festival Closing Night Event will include the presentation of select awards, including the Best U.S. Premiere Awards and the Audience Choice Awards.

Animation Workshop – Behind-the-scenes with DreamWorks Animation

  • Monday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m. – AMC Castleton Square 14 – Free, but ticketed

Animation Workshop - Behind-the-scenes with DreamWorks Animation with Rob Minkoff and Walt Dohrn

Rob Minkoff has been one of the most innovative artists in animation, from creating character design for “The Little Mermaid” to directing “The Lion King” and “Stuart Little.” Now he is hard at work directing DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming feature film “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” based on the beloved characters from “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.”

The Festival is honored to have Rob Minkoff join us in Indianapolis to lead an animation workshop. Joined by the film’s Head of Story Walt Dohrn, Minkoff will take the audience through the creative process behind a major animated feature, showing clips from “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” (to be released in theaters March 7, 2014) and answer questions from the audience.

Awards Ceremony to Honor Independent Filmmakers, Bestow Award to Vanessa Hudgens

  • Saturday, Oct. 19, 8 p.m. – Indiana Repertory Theatre – tickets $100, black tie optional
  • Afterglow Party to follow ceremony in Indiana Repertory Theatre lobby

This is the night to celebrate the excellence of independent film as we gather to honor the Festival’s award-winning filmmakers. Be the first to know the winners of Heartland’s top prizes, which include:

  • The $50,000 Grand Prize for Best Narrative Feature
  • The $50,000 Grand Prize for Best Documentary Feature
  • The $5,000 Grand Prize for Best Narrative Short
  • The $5,000 Grand Prize for Best Documentary Short
  • The $2,000 prizes for the Jimmy Stewart Memorial Awards
  • The $2,500 Grand Prize Winner of the High School Film Competition

The Festival will honor actor Vanessa Hudgens with the Heartland Pioneering Spirit: Rising Star Award at the ceremony. Immediately following the event is the Afterglow Party, a unique opportunity for one-on-one conversation with filmmakers from around the world. The evening includes hors d’oeuvres and light jazz by Sarah Scharbrough.

Filmmakers’ Brunch to Offer Intimate Insight with Filmmakers

  • Sunday, Oct. 20, 11 a.m. – The Omni Severin Hotel (Exclusive Hotel of the Heartland Film Festival) – tickets $25

Discover the inspiration behind some of your favorite Heartland films by joining the filmmakers for an informal brunch. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to speak one-on-one with fascinating storytellers to hear what inspires them to work in this industry and the challenges they face when creating moving films.

Festival to Screen 20 Festival Award winners alongside 96 Official Selections, 12 High School Film Competition Films and 4 Special Presentations

Festival Award winners, all eligible for the Grand Prize within their respective category, include:

Narrative Feature ($50,000 Grand Prize)

  • “The Forgotten Kingdom”
  • “Hide Your Smiling Faces”
  • “Life Inside Out”
  • “This is Where We Live”
  • “When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep”

Documentary Features ($50,000 Grand Prize)

  • “Barzan”
  • “Blood Brother”
  • “The Genius of Marian”
  • “Life According to Sam”
  • “The Network”

Narrative Short ($5,000 Grand Prize)

  • “The Amber Amulet”
  • “Liquidation”
  • “Rhino Full Throttle”
  • “Springtime”
  • “The Sweatshop”

Documentary Short ($5,000 Grand Prize)

  • “Atomic Dream”
  • “The Circle”
  • “Herd in Iceland”
  • “How the Light Gets In”
  • “Wrinkles of the City – La Havana”

Special presentations include:

  • “The Crash Reel”
  • “Gideon’s Army”
  • “Linsanity”
  • “Valentine Road”

World premiere titles include, but are not limited to:

  • “The Christmas Candle”
  • “Life Inside Out”
  • “Little Hope Was Arson”
  • “No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie”

10 days of independent, international, enlightening film

As an Academy Awards®-qualifying festival within the Short Films category, Heartland is widely respected in the independent film community. Offering 282 film screenings, Q&A sessions with filmmakers, workshops and special events, Heartland gives you the opportunity to see films from around the world and meet the filmmakers who craft them.

View the Festival guide book for complete schedule and list of films. Tickets go on sale Sept. 23.

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Visit Heartland Sept. 7 at the Penrod Arts Fair

For the first time ever, Heartland will be selling 2013 Heartland Film Festival 10-packs and merchandise at the Penrod Arts Fair!

Among Indiana’s marquee arts events, the Penrod

Arts Fair “features over three hundred artists, six stages of entertainment, more than 50 arts-related non-profit organizations, and an extensive children’s area.”

Items include:

  • 2013 Heartland Film Festival ticket voucher 10-packs ($90, which is $20 off the box office price)
  • T-shirts, tote bags, pint glasses, mugs, umbrellas and more!

We’ll also be handing out some great giveaways, including posters and pens!

Get your tickets at the Penrod Arts Fair website.

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Now Hiring Ticket Agents for the 2013 Heartland Film Festival

Do you love the arts? Do you love movies? Then this is the job for you!

Heartland is currently looking for ticket agents for the upcoming Heartland Film Festival, Oct. 17-26. Day and evening shifts at AMC Castleton Square 14, AMC Traders Point 12 and Wheeler Arts (in Fountain Square) locations are available.

Duties include selling tickets and vouchers, handling monies and delivering excellent customer service. Ticket sales experience necessary. Must be flexible, detail-oriented, able to work in a fast-paced environment and customer service driven. Pay is $10/hr. Applicants must be age 18 or older. Please email your resume and two professional references to patronservices@trulymovingpictures or call Sue Elbel at (317) 464-9405 by Sept. 2.

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2013 Heartland Film Festival Breaks All Submissions Records, Announces Partnership with ShortsHD™

Heartland Film Festival receives over 1,500 submissions from nearly 80 countries, will have short films featured on cable/satellite TV network.

Submissions for the 2013 Heartland Film Festival (Oct. 17 – 26) have smashed all previous records across multiple categories. Heartland’s success has grown substantially over the years, with an overall increase of 151 percent in submission numbers since 2009, thanks in part to the Festival’s selection as a qualifying festival for the Annual Academy Awards® in the Short Films Category in 2011. 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. Three 2012 Heartland Film Festival Award Winners were selected as nominees for the 2013 Academy Awards® and one, “Inocente,” won the Oscar® for Best Documentary, Short Subject.

Records were broken in the following categories:

  • Overall number of submissions
    • 1,521 – up from 1,292 submissions in 2012
  • Number of countries represented
    • 79 – up from 63 countries in 2012
  • Number of High School Film Competition submissions
    • 71 – up from 52 in 2012
  • Number of countries represented in the High School Film Competition
    • 5 – up from 2 in 2012

Known throughout the industry as a “filmmakers’ festival,” the Heartland Film Festival (Oct. 17-26) will add even more opportunities for independent filmmakers as it partners with the ShortsHD™ network to offer select short film category winners the opportunity to be featured in blocks of festival-themed programming later this year. These films will also have opportunities for distribution via iTunes and Amazon Instant Video.

ShortsHD™ is the world’s first high definition short movie channel. Its programming is categorized into one-hour and half-hour themed blocks that cover a variety of genres, including comedies, musicals, documentaries, thrillers, dramas and animation.

ShortsHD™ features Academy Award® winners and nominees, international festival winners, high quality CGI animation, cinematic gems from international independent moviemakers and award-winning movies from the brightest new directors.

“We are extremely excited about our partnership with ShortsHD™,” says Tim Irwin, Heartland’s Artistic Director. “Heartland is proud to be working with a partner like ShortsHD, a vocal advocate of these amazing, often overlooked short films. Between this new relationship and our Academy Award® qualifying status the Heartland Film Festival is really making a name for itself within the world of short films.”

“As a kid who grew up in Terre Haute, there couldn’t be a film festival I am more excited for ShortsHD™ to partner with than the Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis,” says Carter Pilcher, Chief Executive of ShortsHD™. ”Each year we work with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to release the Oscar® Nominated Shorts Films in theatres across the country, and Heartland’s position as an Academy qualifying festival makes it a key partner in efforts to promote the world’s most entertaining short films and the short film rock stars who make them.”

Select films from Heartland Film Festival will be featured on ShortsHD™ later this year.

About ShortsHD™
ShortsHD™ is the first high definition channel dedicated to short movies and is available on DIRECTV (Channel 568), and AT&T U-Verse (Channel 1789). ShortsHD™ is operated by Shorts International, the world’s leading short movie entertainment company with the world’s largest movie catalogue dedicated to short movies. Shorts International also operates ShortsTV™, which is available in France, Belgium, Luxembourg on Numericable (Channels 134 and 52) and in Turkey via TTNET’s Tivibu service.  Shorts™ is the short movie on-demand service available on iTunes movie stores in the US, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Taiwan and throughout Europe. The company is headquartered in London, England with additional offices in Paris and Los Angeles and is led by Carter Pilcher, Chief Executive. Shorts International is owned by Shorts Entertainment Holdings and Liberty Global Ventures.

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Indie Film Short Term 12 Wins Truly Moving Picture Award

Director Destin Daniel Cretton is being honored once again by Heartland Truly Moving Pictures. Last year Cretton’s film I Am Not a Hipster was chosen as an Official Selection in the 2012 Heartland Film Festival. His latest directorial effort, Short Term 12, is now being recognized as a Truly Moving Picture Award (TMPA) winner.

“The Truly Moving Picture Award jury appreciated the powerful story of Short Term 12 and the gritty realness in which the film was shot,” explains Heartland’s Artistic Director, Tim Irwin. “Key scenes really showcase the characters’ mentor/mentee relationships in unique, authentic ways, resonating well with the jury. The film ends with a realistic yet hopeful message that will remain with the viewer long after they see the film.”

Select theatrically-released films that offer more than mere entertainment are honored with the TMPA: these films inspire, educate and engage audiences and filmmakers alike. Heartland bestows the TMPA to approximately 15-20 films a year that impact their targeted audiences in a meaningful way. Submissions are received directly from studios and producers for consideration.

Short Term 12 will be in theaters Friday, August 23. Visit for information.

About “Short Term 12”
“Short Term 12″ is told through the eyes of Grace (Brie Larson), a twenty- something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. Passionate and tough, Grace is a formidable caretaker of the kids in her charge – and in love with her long-term boyfriend and co-worker, Mason (John Gallagher Jr.).

But Grace’s own difficult past – and the surprising future that suddenly presents itself – throw her into unforeseen confusion, made all the sharper with the arrival of a new intake at the facility – Jayden (Kaitlyn Dever), a gifted but troubled teenage girl with whom Grace has a charged connection.

She and Mason also struggle to help Marcus (Keith Stanfield) – an intense, quiet kid who is about to turn 18 – manage through the difficulty of having to leave the facility.

Grace comes to find – in both her work and the new teenager in her care – surprising sources of redemption. And while the subject matter is complex and often dark, this lovingly realized film finds truth – and humor – in unexpected places.

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2012 Heartland Film Festival Official Selection 3 Days of Normal Available August 20

3-Days-of-Normal-2012-poster3 Days of Normal, Official Selection of the 2012 Heartland Film Festival, will be available on iTunes, VOD, Amazon Instant and DVD beginning August 20!

Visit the film’s official website for more information!

About the film:
It’s fall in rural New Hampshire and Deputy Bill Morgan, 30, runs the flags up the pole in front of his quaint, small town police station. It’s a typical day for Bill and it suits him just fine. The last thing he expects to discover is Nikki Gold, Hollywood’s current It-Girl, passed out drunk in her car. When the paparazzi hear that Nikki is in Washington, Bill and Nikki find themselves hiding out as the town sees a level of excitement it isn’t exactly used to.

3 Days of Normal is a reminder that sometimes the gentler, nicer parts of life are the things worth hanging on to. Glamour and fame are deceptive, but the kindness of strangers has a value of its own.

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Heartland Film Festival Voted No. 1 “Best Local Film Festival” by NUVO Readers

Thank you, NUVO readers: The Heartland Film Festival has been voted the No. 1 “Best Local Film Festival” in NUVO’s 2013 Best of Indy survey!

Mark your calendars for the 2013 Heartland Film Festival, October 17-26 in Indianapolis. We are doing away with online ticket fees, adding a new screening venue in Fountain Square and will soon announce some other exciting news!

View all the Best of Indy winners over at

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Watch Truly Moving Picture Award Winner The Intouchables on Netflix!

The Intouchables, a Truly Moving Picture Award winner, is now available on Netflix!

Directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, this film is a bold, uplifting comedy-drama about trust and human possibility. Based on a true story of companionship between a handicap millionaire and his street smart ex-con caretaker, The Intouchables depicts an unlikely friendship rooted in honesty and humor between two individuals who, on the surface, would seem to have nothing in common.

After a paragliding accident, Philippe (François Cluzet) becomes paralyzed from the neck down. He has a full staff at his estate, but he needs a personal caretaker to help him move around. The only person who caught his eye during the application process was Driss (Omar Sy), a younger man from the projects who was only there to be rejected so he can keep collecting unemployment checks. Driss is hired and an unlikely friendship is formed between them as they experience laughter and heartbreak.

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The Anderson Monarchs Now Available on Netflix!

The Anderson Monarchs, a 2012 Heartland Film Festival Official Selection, is now available on Netflix!

Directed by Eugene Martin, this documentary is about an all-girls soccer team competing, living, and thriving in an at-risk urban neighborhood in Philadelphia. Nominated in 2008 by Sports Illustrated as Sports Team of the year, they were also hailed as the future of American Soccer in the London newspaper, The Guardian. This documentary trails two girls through the formative years that will alter the direction and course of their lives forever. The Anderson Monarchs are the only all girls, nationally competitive African American soccer club in the United States.

Living in the inner city of Philadelphia, these girls face many challenges and uncertainties. Being an Anderson Monarch is a chance to be on a tight-knit team but also a place to be simply a girl, a little girl in most cases, playful, funny, squirmy—but playing good soccer too. The film lovingly depicts this—goofing around on the sidelines, pillow fights in a hotel room while at a soccer tournament, soccer practice in Halloween costumes. The coach fosters an environment of mutual respect, care for others and most of all, a safe place to just be a kid, all while developing first-rate soccer players.

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2010 Festival Audience Choice Award Winner Ways to Live Forever in Theaters July 19

Ways to Live ForeverHeartland is pleased to share that 2010 Heartland Film Festival Official Selection and Audience Choice Award winner Ways to Live Forever will be released in theaters July 19! Locations include:

A portion of the box office proceeds from the film will benefit several pediatric hospitals and cancer charities and foundations that are officially supporting the film. The complete list (which includes the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Johns Hopkins, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and more) is available on the supporters page of the film’s official website.

Film Synopsis
Like most inquisitive boys, 12-year old Sam wants to know about UFOs, horror movies, ghosts, and girls. Sam also has leukemia, and although the adults in his life don’t want him to dwell on it, Sam wants to know everything about his disease and death, a possibility he might face. Together with his best friend, Felix, he embarks on a “scientific investigation” with questions, observations, evidence, reflections, and lists of all the things he wants to do someday — like breaking a world record, flying in a blimp, kissing a girl for the first time, and experiencing what it’s like to be a teenager. In this poignant yet ultimately uplifting tale, Sam and his family face the immensity of an uncertain future with love, humor, and a touch of the unexpected.

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