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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 ShortTerm12.com 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 NUVO.net.

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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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42 Now Available on Blu-ray, DVD and HD Digital

Awarded the Truly Moving Picture Award (TMPA) earlier this year, Warner Bros. Pictures’/Legendary Pictures’ release 42, the true story of baseball legend Jackie Robinson and Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey’s fight against injustice in the world of professional baseball, is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and HD Digital download.

Academy Award® winner Brian Helgeland (“L.A. Confidential”) wrote and directed the drama, starring Chadwick Boseman (“The Express”) and Oscar® nominee Harrison Ford (“Witness”).

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Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation Awards $75,000 to Heartland Truly Moving Pictures

Heartland Truly Moving Pictures is pleased to announce it has received a $75,000 grant from the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation (AWCCF). Heartland will use this general operating award to support its expanded year round programming through the Heartland Roadshow, as well as sustain the high quality programming at the annual Heartland Film Festival.

The Heartland Roadshow brings Festival films to partners through programs like The Great American Songbook Movie Series at The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, Indiana Black Expo Film Festival, Best of the Fest at The Historic Artcraft Theatre, Charley Creek Arts Fest, and the JCC for events like Indy Talks and the Ann Katz Festival of Books. In 2013 the Roadshow is on track to reach an audience of 10,000 outside of the annual Festival.

Strong community outreach through the Roadshow draws audiences to the annual Heartland Film Festival. This year the 22nd annual Festival takes place October 17 – 26 and will showcase independent international films and filmmakers from around the world. Thanks to being a qualifying festival for the Annual Academy Awards in the Short Films Category, filmmaker submissions from around the world continue to increase, promising the best of the best will be screened at Heartland.

“This grant continues a great history of support from AWCCF, and speaks to the passion and partnership they provide Heartland around our mission to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film,” says Heartland COO, Stuart Lowry. “We are pleased and proud of this generous gift, and look forward to elevating and showcasing the art of film in Indianapolis as we welcome filmmakers from around the world each year to the Heartland Film Festival.”

This award from the AWCCF joins support from Arts Council of Indianapolis and the Indiana Arts Commission. Together these generous funders are strengthening arts and culture in Indianapolis by ensuring that Heartland continues to bring world class film programming to the city.

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