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About the Heartland Film Festival

Oct. 16-25 – 10 days of entertaining films that do more than just entertain

Every October, the Heartland Film Festival gives its moviegoers access to more than 100 visiting independent filmmakers from all over the world, right in the heart of the Midwest. Heartland showcases more than 130 entertaining movies that do much more than just entertain over 10 days of red carpet premieres and events, parties and hundreds of film screenings across Indianapolis. Heartland Film gives you the rare opportunity to see independent films that you can’t see anywhere else and to meet the filmmakers who crafted them.

The Heartland Film Festival has earned the special designation of being a qualifying festival for the Annual Academy Awards® within 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.

Last year the 22nd Annual Heartland Film Festival broke records across all categories, including:

  • Screening Attendance: 24,000
  • Screening Attendance Growth: 13 percent
  • Total Film Submissions: 1,521
  • Submitting Countries: 76
  • Films Programmed: 134
  • U.S. and/or World Premiere Titles: 27

Don’t miss the 23rd Annual Heartland Film Festival, Oct. 16-25 across Indianapolis.