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“As High as the Sky,” Featuring All-Female Cast and Key Crew, to Screen at JCC of Indianapolis

“As High as the Sky” a first-time, independent feature from writer-director Nikki Braendlin, is a beautifully nuanced film that explores the fragile bonds between sisters. Made on a SAG Indie Ultra-Low budget, the film packs an emotional and memorable punch with notable performances by Caroline Fogarty (“Big Love” and “Desperate Housewives”) and Bonnie McNeil (“Sympathy for Delicious”).

Heartland Film Festival Takes “Best of the Fest” to Bedford, Ind., Presented by Duke Energy

Known for showcasing the best in independent, inspiring film from all over the world every October, the Heartland Film Festival—presented by nonprofit arts organization Heartland Film—will offer moviegoers in Bedford, Ind. a chance to experience the festival atmosphere in their own backyard. Four indie filmmakers are scheduled to attend “Best of the Fest,” presented by Duke Energy, and will be available to mingle with attendees and provide insight on the filmmaking process.

2014 Heartland Film Festival Submission Period Now Open

Academy Award®-qualifying festival seeks independent film submissions from all over the world, will award more than $115,000 in cash prizes at 10-day event in October

Download Your 2014 Academy Awards® Ballot – Nine Nominations for TMPA Winners!

Download the 2014 Oscar ballot. Heartland is pleased to announce that four 2013 Truly Moving Picture Award winners have been nominated for Academy Awards® across nine categories:

Heartland Announces Top 10 Truly Moving Picture Award Winners of 2013

Each year nonprofit arts organization Heartland Truly Moving Pictures honors select theatrically-released films with its Truly Moving Picture Award, a seal that signifies a film’s transformative power and appeal.

2014 Heartland Film Festival Programming Internships: Now Accepting Applications

Heartland Film has several Film Programming internships available for 2014, starting in February 2014 and continuing through summer. Film Programming Interns will manage the intake and cataloging of film submissions for the Heartland Film Festival, and will view approximately 150 short and/or feature length films online and on DVD. They will assist with the screening committees responsible for reviewing each of the submissions. Interns will be asked to assist in administrative/research assignments at the Heartland offices, and will be responsible for various office-related tasks. A $250 stipend per semester will be offered.

Heartland’s Board of Directors Names Stuart Lowry President

Indianapolis-based nonprofit organizer of the Heartland Film Festival promotes chief operating officer

Heartland Film Festival Titles Available Now

We’re pleased when any of the independent films showcased at the Heartland Film Festival get distribution, but today we’re elated. All six of these films are available to rent and own via VOD:

“Saving Mr. Banks” Honored with Heartland’s Truly Moving Picture Award

“Our jury unanimously voted ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ a Truly Moving Picture Award Winner,” said Tim Irwin, Heartland’s artistic director. “Jurors noted exceptional performances across the board, highlighted by Emma Thompson’s portrayal of P.L. Travers. Messages in the film were powerful, yet nuanced, and the story flowed well with the use of Travers’ flashbacks as a young child.”

“Nebraska” Wins the Truly Moving Picture Award

“Our Truly Moving Picture Award jury found ‘Nebraska’ to be authentic and honest,” said Tim Irwin, Heartland’s artistic director. “Bruce Dern’s performance as Woody made a strong connection with our jurors, who could all relate to the character’s struggles and relationship with his family. The quality of the film’s writing and cinematography were also praised, as they lent credibility and truthfulness to the overall experience.”

Three Heartland Film Festival Titles Make Oscar® Shortlists

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences have released its shortlists across various categories for February’s 86th Annual Academy Awards®. Three films from the Heartland Film Festival have been shortlisted.

Support Heartland on Giving Tuesday!

Dear Friend of Heartland, We don’t ask often, but we need your support more than ever before. This year’s Heartland Film Festival broke submission and screening attendance numbers, but we’re not certain how much longer…

Help “Linsanity” Return to Indy on Dec. 11

“Linsanity,” the feature length documentary about NBA star Jeremy Lin (2013 Heartland Film Festival special presentation), will come back to Indianapolis on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at AMC Castleton Square, if enough tickets are pre-sold via Tugg!

Disney’s “Frozen” a Truly Moving Picture Award Winner

Upcoming Walt Disney Animation Studios release “Frozen” has been recognized by nonprofit Heartland Truly Moving Pictures with the Truly Moving Picture Award.

“Ways to Live Forever” Expands Its Theatrical Run, Returns to Indianapolis Area in December

2011 Heartland Film Festival Award-winning film “Ways to Live Forever” will return to the Indianapolis area in December. The film is based on author Sally Nicholls’ popular novel of the same name, published by Scholastic.

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