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2009 Festival Family Movie Event film, The Perfect Game comes to theaters April 16

Based on the extraordinary true story of the 1957 Monterrey Industrials Little League team, THE PERFECT GAME is an inspiring and heartwarming tale of faith and a testament to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming odds.

Living amidst the gritty poverty of 1957 Monterrey, Mexico, a rag-tag group of boys from the other side of the tracks discovers the joy of sandlot baseball under the guidance of Cesar, an aspiring Major League Coach thwarted by discrimination. Armed with the dream of playing a real Little League game, the young team members defy a total lack of resources, disapproving parents, and widespread prejudice to score their first Little League victory on U.S. soil and find themselves at the beginning of a once-in-a-lifetime journey.

Relying on their religious faith, a warm-hearted priest and their love of the game, the nine players and their coach embark on an incredible, record-breaking winning streak that leads them across the border to southern Texas, and all the way to the 1957 Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA, where a miracle will cement their place in history and change their lives forever.

Check out The Perfect Game, in theaters Friday, April 16.

Fun facts from the Festival

Bobby and Kevin Downes, producers of the Official Selection Dramatic Feature Like Dandelion Dust, first heard about author Karen Kingsbury’s work through their wives, who heard Karen speak at a women’s retreat.

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Their wives pushed them to make a movie based on one of Karen’s novels and they eventually decided on Like Dandelion Dust. Karen has written 40 novels and has sold around 15 million copies of her books!

Bobby and Kevin, introducing the film at one of the screenings earlier in the week, said they are hoping to release the film nationally in either March or September of 2010 and are hoping to adapt more of Karen’s novels for the big screen in the future!

Festival trivia for the day!

Did you know that Mark St. Germain, director of My Dog, asked people he knew to be in his film about celebrities and their dogs? The film features segments with stars like Richard Gere, Glenn Close and Greg Louganis talking about their relationships with their dogs.

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Mark St. Germain, in a Q&A session conducted by cell phone with Jeff Sparks after yesterday’s screening, said that he was also a contributing writer for this year’s Opening Night Event film Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (which just happened to feature Richard Gere!)

Daily trivia from the Heartland Film Festival

My Name is Jerry is one of the only feature length films to be entirely funded by a university. It took director Morgan Mead two years to convince Ball State University to fund the film, but once it got going they shot the film in only 21 days!

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They bought in only a couple of professionals from the movie industry for the filming. A crew of about 60 students filled out the rest of the production staff. They had to go through a two week boot camp prior to filming!

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Morgan, alongside story-creator Andrew Janoch, created the film as a showcase for actor Doug Jones. They wanted to develop a role and a film to showcase his actual face (Doug has appeared in most of his films under heavy plastic makeup, such as when he played The Silver Surfer in F4: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Abe Sapien in Hellboy and Hellyboy 2: The Golden Army.) Doug has stated that he is eternally grateful to Morgan for the opportunity!

Tips on co-directing a movie

At the Heartland Film Institute Seminar on Monday Gloria La Morte and Paola Mendoza spoke about the difficulties and advantages of co-directing a film. The pair co-wrote and co-directed the Crystal Heart Award-winning Dramatic Feature Entre Nos.

According to Paola, co-directing a film takes more time than directing one on your own.  The key is to keep communication open between the co-directors to ensure that they aren’t giving contradictory information to the actors and crew.

Gloria stressed how important it is to make certain that both co-directors are focused on the project and not let the difficulties become personal. This is especially important during disagreements regarding the film; it is paramount to think “what’s best for the project” and not let one’s ego interfere.

Trivia for the day!

Did you know?

Gregg Helvey, the producer/director/writer of Kavi, discovered while researching his film that there is more slavery today than there was during the 400 years of the slave trade. He hopes his film will shed light on such a troubling topic.

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You might not have realized it, but Side by Side, director Christian Sønderby Jepsen Crystal Heart Award-winning short film, actually is a documentary. Christian’s father and their neighbor had really not spoken to each other for fifteen years!

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Both of these shorts, as well as Small Collection and Vision Award for Best Short Film winner Bicycle (Jitensha) are playing in CHA Shorts Collection #2 throughout the week! Be sure to catch them and the rest of the short film programs!

Did you know?

Gabriel Noble, director of Best Documentary Feature Award-winner P-Star Rising, followed Priscilla (P-Star) Diaz and her father Jesse for four years as she rose to stardom. Did he get a chance to have a personal life at the same time, or even work on other projects?

As Gabriel mentioned at the Filmmakers’ Brunch on Sunday morning, not only did he manage to complete the film, he also got married, had a baby, and even made another documentary, Autumn’s Eyes, which he co-directed with Paola Mendoza, herself a Crystal Heart Award-winning for this year’s Entre Nos!

HEARTLAND FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2009 AWARD WINNERS

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Awards and $200,000 in cash prizes were presented to 17 films. Heartland announced Welcome by Director Philippe Lioret as the $100,000 Grand Prize Award Winner for Best Dramatic Feature; P-Star Rising by Director Gabriel Noble as the winner of the $25,000 Award for Best Documentary Feature and Bicycle (Jitensha) by Director Dean Yamada as the winner of the $10,000 Vision Award for Best Short Film.

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Award-winning Extra correspondent and Indianapolis-native Carlos Diaz emceed the glamorous awards ceremony. Special guests Greg Paul (Trustee of The Stewart Foundation and President of Castle Rock Entertainment) and Don Hahn (Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Waking Sleeping Beauty) presented awards. Co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, Dr. Ed Catmull, was honored with the Pioneering Spirit Award for his creative spirit in filmmaking and his contribution to Heartland’s mission.

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During the program, Heartland honored 17 dramatic and documentary short and feature-length films. Two student films received Jimmy Stewart Memorial Crystal Heart Awards and 15 films were honored with Crystal Heart Awards. These films were selected from more than 600 international film submissions for best meeting Heartland’s mission and demonstrating excellence in filmmaking.

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Additional highlights included Heartland recognizing recipients of the prestigious Truly Moving Picture Award, which is bestowed upon theatrically released films that uphold the values of Heartland. Also, three-time GRAMMY® Award-winner and producer of the Official Selection documentary feature, Kabul 24, Michael W. Smith was in attendance and performed a song from his instrumental album.

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Also, filmmakers and stars from the following Official Selection films were in attendance: A Shine of Rainbows, Americana, Another Harvest Moon, Beauty, Being Bucky, Facing Extinction: Christians in Iraq, Fifty Cents, JesusFreaks, Kabul 24, Like Dandelion Dust, Mandie and the Secret Tunnel, The Mighty Macs, My Name is Jerry, Pearl, Quest for Honor and She’s a Fox.

All of the Crystal Heart Award-winning films and Official Selections will be playing all week at AMC Castleton Square 14 and AMC Greenwood Park 14. For full listings check out the Festival guide online.

The Crystal Heart Awards Ceremony is gearing up to kick off!

Fans and filmmakers alike are arriving at The Murat Centre dressed to the gills.  The black tie event will commence with a reception and dinner, and then move on to the awarding of the Crystal Heart Awards for the Short Films.  Then, at 8:00 p.m., the Awards Ceremony will continue with the presentation of the Crystal Heart Awards for the Dramatic Features and Documentary Features, followed by the Best Dramatic Feature  and Best Documentary Feature awards!

Tune in to our live webcast starting at 7:00 p.m. for the Short Film awards. We will take a thirty minute break from 7:30 to 8:00 before continuing the live stream. Join us live by clicking here!

Follow us on Twitter for live updates from the Awards Ceremony!

First day of screenings under way!

We’re about halfway through the first full day of screenings! Many of the screenings are being followed by question and answer sessions with the filmmakers.  The collections of Short Films are always popular, considering that you can talk to three or four filmmakers afterward, instead of one! So far Shorts Collection #2 has screened, and was followed by a thorough Q&A session with Dean Yamada (director, Bicycle (Jitensha)), Christian Sonderby Jepsen (director, Side by Side), Jeremiah Crowell (director, Small Collection), and Chris Witt (editor, Kavi.)

The Shorts Collection #1 will screen shortly, with appearances by Melody George (director, Marbles With Thoreau), Irene Taylor Brodsky (The Final Inch), and Daniel Harrich (producer, Acholiland). Irene is no stranger to Heartland; her Crystal Heart Award-winning Documentary Feature Hear and Now won the Best Documentary Feature award and will be on DVD starting next week! There’s still time to make it; come and join us for the Crystal Heart Award-winning shorts!

Filmmakers from the Dramatic Features scheduled to attend include:
- Renè Bo Hansen (director) of The Eagle Hunter’s Son
- Gloria La Morte (co-director and co-writer) and Paola Mendoza (co-director, co-writer, and star) of Entre Nos
- Zvi Spielmann (producer) of For My Father
- Omri Givon (director and writer) and Eldad Prives (star) of Seven Minutes in Heaven
- Philippe Lioret (director) of Welcome

Filmmakers from the Documentary Features scheduled to attend include:
- Hilla Medalia (director) and James Lecesne (producer and featured individual) of After the Storm
- Dag Hoel (producer), Håvard Bustnes (director) and Ole Klemetsen (featured individual) of Big John
- Gabriel Noble (director), Priscilla (P-Star) Diaz and Jesse Diaz (featured individuals) of P-Star Rising
- Eureka and Sdudla Sibiya (featured individuals) of Rough Aunties
- Greg Barker (producer/director) of Sergio

Wednesday night's filmmaker reception

Last night the Omni Severin Hotel played host to a variety of Heartland Film Festival staff and board members, sponsors, volunteers, producers, directors, writers, and stars of this year’s films. Tomorrow is the first day of screenings at AMC Castleton Square 14 and all of the Crystal Heart Award-winning filmmakers will be on hand for Q&A sessions after their films.

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Some of the filmmakers in attendance last night included Jeremiah Crowell, producer, director and writer of the Crystal Heart Award-winning short film Small Collection. Jeremiah will be involved in the Crystal Heart Awards Ceremony on Saturday, October 17 as well as the Filmmakers’ Brunch on Sunday morning.

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Melody George, producer, director and writer of the Crystal Heart Award-winning short Marbles With Thoreau is at the Festival for the World Premiere of her film. You will be able to talk to her at the Filmmakers’ Brunch, and she will be on the panel for the Heartland Film Institute Seminar on Monday, October 19. In addition, she will be at the Crystal Heart Awards Ceremony.

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Gloria La Morte and Paola Mendoza were also in attendance last night. They are at the Festival supporting their Crystal Heart Award-winning Dramatic Feature Entre Nos. Paola and Gloria co-directed and co-wrote the film, while Paola also starred in it. Both of them will be in attendance for the Filmmakers’ Brunch and the Heartland Film Institute Seminar, as well as the Crystal Heart Awards Ceremony.

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Fresh from Tel Aviv, Israel, Eldad Prives and Omri Givon were at the reception. Omri directed and wrote the Crystal Heart Award-winning Dramatic Feature Seven Minutes in Heaven, in which Eldad starred. They will also be at the Filmmakers’ Brunch, the Heartland Film Institute Seminar, and the Crystal Heart Awards Ceremony.

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Hilla Medalia, also from Tel Aviv and New York City, was present. She is the producer, director and writer of the Crystal Heart Award-winning Documentary Feature After the Storm, about a group of Broadway actors staging a musical in post-Katrina New Orleans. She will be at the Crystal Heart Awards Ceremony, and you will get a chance to talk to her at the Filmmakers’ Brunch.

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Daniel Harrich, producer of the Jimmy Stewart Memorial Crystal Heart Award-winning Student Dramatic Short Acholiland which is about a small band of U.N. aid workers delivering food in Ugandan villages, was also in attendance.  He will also be here for the Crystal Heart Awards Ceremony.

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This evening’s Opening Night Event feature film and recent Truly Moving Picture Award winner, Hachi: A Dog’s Tale, was represented by producer Vicki Shigekuni Wong. Starring Richard Gere, Joan Allen and Jason Alexander, Hachi: A Dog’s Tale is based on a true story about a college professor’s bond with an abandoned dog.

We hope that the Festival will be a great experience for all of the filmmakers, and hope that it will change their lives in positive ways. Another filmmaker, Frank Kelly, a 2006 Crystal Heart Award-winner for his short film Emily’s Song, found that his life was dramatically changed by the Heartland Film Festival. Click here to read what he has to say about his wonderful experience with the Festival.

An unprecedented number of filmmakers will be attending the 2009 Heartland Film Festival!

This year around 100 filmmakers are scheduled to attend the Heartland Film Festival! A wide array of directors, producers, writers and stars will be at various events, including Q&A sessions after their films and the Crystal Heart Awards ceremony. Many will also be at both the Filmmakers’ Brunch on Sunday, October 18, and the Heartland Film Institute Seminar on Monday, October 19.

Crystal Heart Award-winning dramatic features scheduled:

- Renè Bo Hansen (director) of The Eagle Hunter’s Son

- Gloria La Morte (co-director and writer) and Paola Mendoza (co-director, writer, and star) of Entre Nos

- Zvi Spielmann (producer) of For My Father

- Omri Givon (director and writer) and Eldad Prives (star) of Seven Minutes in Heaven

- Philippe Lioret (director) of Welcome

Crystal Heart Award-winning documentary features scheduled:

- Hilla Medalia (director) and James Lecesne (producer and featured individual) of After the Storm

- Dag Hoel (producer), Håvard Bustnes (director) and Ole Klemetsen (featured individual) of Big John

- Gabriel Noble (director), Priscilla (P-Star) Diaz and Jesse Diaz (featured individuals) of P-Star Rising

- Debra Zimmerman (executive producer) and Sdudla Sibiya (featured individual) of Rough Aunties

- Greg Barker (producer/director) of Sergio

In addition, many of the stars, directors, writers and producers of  the short films and Official Selections are scheduled to attend, including Dean Yamada, director of Bicycle (Jitensha), Gregg Helvey, producer/director/writer of Kavi, and Ryan Ochoa, star of The Perfect Game.

There will also be a special appearance by Don Hahn, producer/director of Waking Sleeping Beauty and producer of Disney classics like The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast. He will be answering questions following the screening of Waking Sleeping Beauty.

Michel Orion Scott, director of The Horse Boy, is scheduled to attend the Closing Night Event, following the screening of his film with a Q&A session afterward.

Actor Doug Jones, star of My Name is Jerry, is also scheduled to attend. He has previously starred as The Silver Surfer in 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Abe Sapien in Hellboy and Hellyboy 2: The Golden Army, and Fauno/Pale Man in Pan’s Labyrinth.

Irene Taylor Brodsky, who won a Crystal Heart Award in 2007 for her documentary feature Hear and Now,  is scheduled to attend for her new film, the Oscar-nominated documentary short The Final Inch.

Bobby Downes and Kevin Downes, producers of Like Dandelion Dust, are also scheduled to attend. Like Dandelion Dust, a Dramatic Feature Official Selection, stars Mira Sorvino and Barry Pepper.

Heartland Welcomes Hoosier Filmmakers “Back Home Again”

Among the record 87 films that will screen at the 18th annual Heartland Film Festival are a few films that will undoubtedly be of interest to Heartland audiences. This year’s Festival boasts nine films with ties to Indiana, including a few native Hoosier filmmakers as well as some transplants. These Official Selection films will screen Saturday, Oct. 17 through Saturday, Oct. 24 at AMC Castleton Square 14 (6020 East 82nd Street) and AMC Greenwood Park 14 (461 South Greenwood Park Drive).

“It’s always exciting for us to have a film with Indiana ties in our Festival lineup,” said Jeffrey L. Sparks, President and CEO of Heartland Truly Moving Pictures. “Audiences here feel a great deal of pride for films and filmmakers with local roots and rightly so as these films were selected from more than 600 submissions, which is no easy feat.”

The nine films with ties to Indiana that will screen during the Heartland Film Festival are feature-lengths D Tour, Spooner and My Name is Jerry, and shorts The Best Part of My Day, Chicken Cowboy, Free Wall, Grande Drip, Ragman, and Weathered.

HEARTALND FILM FESTIVAL FILMS WITH TIES TO INDIANA

The Best Part of My Day
Al has a very monotonous, geeky life until Janey enters the picture and gives him something to look forward to every day. The Best Part of My Day is a unique, comedic and awkward tale of longing and missed connections.

Producer, director and writer of The Best Part of My Day, Benjamin Dewhurst, is an award-winning independent filmmaker and multimedia professional based in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was born and raised in Shelbyville, Indiana and is a graduate of Ball State University. Dewhurst has directed more than 25 short films, served as the executive producer of an online sketch comedy show, and directed a feature in HD.

Chicken Cowboy
Shelly the chicken wasn’t looking for a fight, but he found one. Can he face his fears and stand up for himself?

Stephen Neary is a Hoosier-born, New York based animator. The ’04 graduate of Lawrence Central High School has created animation for Nickelodeon’s Wonder Pets! and shorts for Saturday Night Live. Neary was also a story artist on Ice Age 3. Chicken Cowboy, which Neary directed, produced and wrote, is his senior project from New York University.

D Tour
Pat Spurgeon is a talented and professional musician who works hard to be where he is today. As a multi-instrumentalist, Pat is an integral part of the indie pop band Rogue Wave. In addition to giving the band everything he’s got, Pat has had to deal with kidney failure and the parameters that have been set for him by his situation. After the success of his first kidney transplant 13 years ago, the kidney starts to fail just as Rogue Wave takes off. D Tour chronicles Pat’s search for a living organ donor and the challenges associated with finding a viable match while touring with his band.

Producer, director and writer of D Tour, Jim Granato, is a self-taught filmmaker who originally hails from Bloomington, Indiana. He has produced and directed several short films, screening both locally and worldwide. In addition, Granato has received many credits on a variety of independent film and television productions. D tour is Granato’s first feature film as director and producer. The film has won several awards, and will make its broadcast television debut this fall on PBS Independent Lens.

Free Wall
James is a young, single dad working at a factory with his friend, Jermain. When new co-worker Cole befriends James, tensions between the three become unbearable causing Jermain to take things into his own hands.

Born in Muncie, Indiana, Jonathan Moisan has always had a strong interest in film and directing. Free Wall is his first major project and hopes that it will be just the beginning to a long, exciting career. Moisan currently resides in Muncie and is an associate professor of telecommunications at Ball State University.

Grande Drip
Eric Jensen buys a cup of coffee every morning, except Eric doesn’t drink coffee. He’s enamored with the girl behind the counter. Unable to muster the courage to woo his love, an unlikely hero comes to the rescue; an eccentric homeless man with a heart of gold.

Grande Drip producer, Greg Wilson, was born in Indianapolis and is a graduate of Perry Meridian High School and Taylor University. In 2004, Wilson attended the Los Angeles Film Studies Center. Through their internship program he landed in legendary writer/director/actor Garry Marshall’s office. That internship led to a part-time job which, in turn, led to full-time work as Marshall’s assistant on the film, Georgia Rule. After the film, Wilson moved up to head of development and casting at Henderson Productions. He currently is gearing up for a webseries called Type. Writer.

My Name is Jerry
As a door-to-door salesman, Jerry Arthur’s life is filled with slamming doors and low expectations. He is a middle-aged divorcée with an unsure and unwanted future, a daughter he has not seen or spoken to in years, a dead-end job and low self-esteem. In other words, Jerry is close to hitting rock bottom. One day Jerry stumbles on a group of young people with their futures before them. Their energy and music reminds Jerry that you can influence your life for the better regardless of the past. Through new and old friends alike, Jerry discovers you can move forward even when you can’t see exactly where you are going.

Director Morgan Mead attended Ball State University and the New York Film Academy where he first teamed up with Doug Jones on a short film, Dead End Delivery. He is currently in post production on The Alpha and the Mega, a hi-definition documentary exploring the underbelly of
the American Megachurch phenomenon. Mead has also directed numerous music videos, including work for the bands Perfect Confusion and The Elsa Project.

Ragman
Ragman is an adaptation of National Book Award recipient Walter Wangerin, Jr.’s classic short story of unconditional love and self-sacrifice. This dramatic short follows a businessman, who on his walk to work meets the mysterious Ragman with his call of “new rags for old!”

The author of Ragman, Walter Wangerin Jr., hails from Valparaiso, Indiana.

Spooner
Herman Spooner is a used car salesman who still lives at home with his parents. Turning 30 years old marks a hard deadline set by his mom and dad to get a place of his own. To top it off, Spooner’s boss is putting on the pressure to bring in some numbers or face the chopping block. Headed for one of the worst days of his life, Spooner meets the girl of his dreams, Rose Conlin. Instead of finding a bachelor pad, Spooner is now working on winning the heart of Rose, who is about to leave for the Philippines.

Co-producer and writer of Spooner, Lindsay Stidham, spent her early years making countless trips to Indianapolis as both of her parents are Hoosiers.

Weathered
Weathered is the intimate portrait of Weather Wellington, who is caged in time by the loss of her fiancé. Retreating inside herself, Weather longs for human connection and reaches out the only way she knows how – by making doctors’ appointments.

Producer and co-director, Matt Webb, grew up in Huntington, Indiana and is a graduate of Huntington North High School and Huntington University. He has written, directed, produced, and toured the U.S. with an original theatrical musical revue, written film reviews and study guides, taught theatre at Huntington University, directed more than 15 staged productions in the U.S. and Haiti, and has produced alongside other up-and-coming filmmakers in Los Angeles. Webb recently finished his masters degree in theology and film at Fuller Theological Seminary and is completing his first feature screenplay Waking up Dead.

The film’s lead, Nicole Parker, is a graduate of Indiana University and recently finished a stint on Broadway as the lead in Wicked.

Celebrating America's Favorite Pastime with Screening of The Perfect Game at Family Moving Night

It’s all about baseball during this year’s Heartland Film Festival’s Family Movie Event as Heartland screens The Perfect Game on Sunday, Oct. 18 at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center (450 West Ohio Street). Based on a true story, this inspiring family film tells the tale of a miracle that happens, cementing an unlikely team’s place in history and changing their lives forever.

Armed with the dream of playing a real Little League game, the boys from Monterey, Mexico travel to the United States. After an unexpected first round victory, they find themselves on a once-in-a-lifetime journey. Relying on their religious faith, a warm-hearted priest, and their love for the game, the nine players and their coach embark on an incredible, record-breaking winning streak that leads them from southern Texas to Williamsort, Pennsylvania. The Perfect Game stars Jake T. Austin, Clifton Collins, Jr., Ryan Ochoa, Emilie de Ravin and Cheech Marin. This film is rated PG.

Sponsored by Printing Partners, the event will include a party with refreshments and fun activities for all ages following the movie. Doors open at 1:00 p.m. and the screening will begin at 2:00 p.m.

General admission tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for children (12 and under) and are available by calling Heartland’s toll-free number, 1.866.HFF.1010 or by visiting HeartlandFilmFestival.org. Limited seating is available. A service fee will be added to all online and phone orders.

2009 Heartland Film Festival Schedule & Tickets Now Available!

We are so thrilled to present to you our 2009 Heartland Film Festival line-up! This year brings a lot of new and exciting changes including an improved ticketing system, an extended schedule and a brand new, Sneak Peek line-up of some of our new Truly Moving Pictures Award recipients.

This year tickets are available to purchase at various Marsh Supermarket locations, by phone, at the theaters during the Festival and now online where you can print your tickets right from home! Get all the information and details on how to get your tickets.

In response to overwhelming demand, this year we have extended the schedule to two weekends packed full of screenings and giving you 10 inspired days of independent films from around the world! Not only has this given you a chance to see more of the films, it has increased the number of screenings for a record high of 84!

Another record breaking event, Heartland Truly Moving Pictures as awarded more films in 2009 than ever before with our Truly Moving Picture Award. This has given us a chance to provide you a sneak peek at some of the films coming soon to theaters; Bright Star, Precious and Waking Sleeping Beauty! Be sure to check out the synopses, clips and trailers for these Truly Moving Pictures!

We are looking forward to another successful year at the Heartland Film Festival and look forward to joining you at this year’s event! Now, go check out the films and start creating your schedule!

Heartland Wraps 2009 Call for Entries

Heartland Film Festival has officially closed the 2009 Call for Entries, wrapping another successful year of submissions for consideration into the annual festivities.  Each year hundreds of films come Heartland’s way and only a select few will play at the Festival, either as Official Selections or as Crystal Heart Award winning films, sharing in a total prize pool of $200,000.

This year’s Festival lineup will be announced in September.  Until then, discover the rest of the Heartland Film Festival and all the films screened throughout seventeen years of programming.