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New Award Categories Announced for 2013 Heartland Film Festival

The Heartland Film Festival® was established in 1991 to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film, screening independent films from around the world. Each year, the Festival awards more than $125,000 in cash prizes and presents its Festival Awards to the top-judged submissions.

The 22nd Annual Heartland Film Festival will be held in Indianapolis, Ind., October 17-26, 2013. Filmmakers participating in the Festival attend numerous screenings of their films and other special events designed to allow interaction between filmmakers and audiences. The Festival will officially open its Call for Entries period beginning March 1. Submissions will be accepted through June 14.

New Award Categories

The Heartland Film Festival is a qualifying festival for the Annual Academy Awards® in 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.

Beyond the Best Narrative Short Film category, the 2013 Heartland Film Festival Award categories will include (new categories in bold):

  • Grand Prize for Best Narrative Feature ($50,000 cash prize)
  • Grand Prize for Best Documentary Feature ($50,000 cash prize)
  • Best Narrative Short Film ($5,000 Grand Prize)
  • Best Documentary Short Film ($5,000 Grand Prize)
  • Best U.S. Premiere
    • Best Narrative Feature Premiere ($5,000 cash prize)
    • Best Documentary Feature Premiere ($5,000 cash prize)
    • Best Narrative Short Premiere ($2,500 cash prize)
    • Best Documentary Short Premiere ($2,500 cash prize)
  • Grand Prize Winner of the High School Film Competition ($2,500 cash prize)
  • Audience Choice Award for Narrative Feature
  • Audience Choice Award for Documentary Feature
  • Audience Choice Award for Narrative Short Film
  • Audience Choice Award for Documentary Short Film

Established to attract the debut of new films to the Festival, the U.S. Premiere category and its cash prizes offer more incentive than ever for filmmakers to debut their films in Indianapolis, Ind. Films within the U.S. Premiere categories will also be eligible for other Festival Awards and Audience Choice Awards.

858 film submissions? Woah, baby!

The 2011 Heartland Film Festival hasn’t even started and we’ve already broken a record! We’re so excited to have received a record number of film entries totaling 858 submissions, surpassing our previous record of 832 set last year.

“It’s so encouraging to once again see such an overwhelming number of film submissions pour in from all over the world,” said Ray Mills, our Festival Artistic Director. “What’s even more exciting is that the quality of films we received this year is higher than ever.”

Filmmakers from 43 countries and territories submitted their narrative, documentary and short films to Heartland in competition for more than $150,000 in cash prizes, one of the highest purse prizes of film festivals in the world. Foreign submissions represented Australia, China, India, Japan, Mexico and Puerto Rico, among others. Of the 858 films submitted, 163 of them were from student filmmakers, which is up 40
percent from last year.

“It’s been amazing to see the Festival grow in terms of submissions, screenings and audience and filmmaker attendance in the last few years,” said Mills. “We decided to cut back on our marketing and outreach for submissions this year and still received a record number of entries. I think this is a testament to our reputation in the industry.”

We’re looking forward to announcing the award winners on September 20! Stay tuned!

The Early Bird Gets a Chance at a Scholarship!

Haven’t you heard? Heartland has teamed up with Prodigy Camp to offer one student a scholarship to the 2011 summer session July 26-August 1.

We have cash prizes, festival screening opportunities and the coolest scholarship possibility imaginable. All you have to do is submit your High School Film Competition film by April 15, 2011.

About Prodigy Camp

This film camp is a place for the world’s top promising teen filmmakers to develop every aspect of their craft. In one intensive week, they will be taught the secrets to make a great film: screenwriting, directing and cinematography, and they will apply that knowledge, shooting and editing their own scene.

Students stay at the film camp supervised, and nothing but top flight award-winning filmmakers, including Oscar and Emmy winners, teach there. Students work on films most of the day, campfires and storytelling with filmmakers at night.

Every summer our film camp accepts 20 students, ages 12 to 18. Camp is held at a private retreat in the great Pacific Northwest for six days.

Submit your short film, 10 minutes or less, with the theme courage to the Heartland High School Film Competition by May 1, 2011 and be considered for this amazing opportunity. It’s too good to pass up! We can’t wait to see what amazing stories you have to tell.

Call for Entries is Open for the 2011 Heartland Film Festival!

Heartland is now officially accepting independently-produced feature length, short and student films for the 20th annual Heartland Film Festival, which will take place Oct. 13-22, 2011! With more than 830 entries from 48 countries last year, we expect to once again attract hundreds of the world’s top films from emerging and established independent filmmakers.

Now in our 20th year of recognizing and celebrating independent filmmakers, we once again seek out films that promote positive change and exemplify achievement of excellence in filmmaking. We look forward to receiving the multitude of diverse and creative submissions and seeing the 20th annual Festival lineup take shape.

We invite all independent and student filmmakers from around the world to submit films in narrative, documentary and animation categories. All films submitted are considered in competition and will be evaluated for their achievement of excellence in filmmaking and utilizing the transformative power of film to promote positive change in people’s lives. Award winners will be announced publicly on September 13, 2011. Submissions are accepted through

A committee including previous Festival Award recipients will review the submissions and select five narrative/animated features, five documentary features and seven shorts as winners. These outstanding films will be recognized with awards and more than $125,000 in cash prizes. Selected student films will receive awards and cash prizes. Festival top prizes include a $100,000 Grand Prize for Narrative/Animated Feature, $25,000 Grand Prize for Documentary Feature and $10,000 Grand Prize for Short Film. The Grand Prize Awards are announced at the Heartland Film Festival Awards Gala on Saturday, October 15, 2011.

U.S. and international feature length and short films may be submitted by May 1 for early consideration and a reduced submission fee. The regular deadline to submit films for the 2011 Heartland Film Festival is June 15.

Read more about eligibility requirements and submission rules and submit your film!

5 Ways to Embrace Heartland this Spring!

With spring upon us, the Heartland Truly Moving Pictures staff is feeling the need to celebrate! Whether you are a filmmaker or a film enthusiast, here are five ways you can celebrate great filmmaking this spring.

Join us in person or via live stream for The Life of a Motion Designer with Brian Phillips filmmaking workshop in April.

Filmmaking Workshop

Head to theatres to catch TMPA winners
Jane Eyre, Born to be Wild and The Conspirator.



Call for Entries for the 2011 Heartland Film Festival open March 31.


Be Inspired
See how the Heartland Film Festival helped filmmaker Kurt Kuenne change a law in Canada

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Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to presenting you with more opportunities to celebrate film all year!