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Get Ready for Heartland Film Festival Screenings in Fountain Square, Oct. 23 – 26 at The Theater at the Wheeler Arts Community

Get Ready – Fountain Square Screenings Begin Wednesday!

Two nightly screenings right in Heartland’s neighborhood at the Theater at the Wheeler Arts Community – Wednesday, Oct. 23 through Saturday, Oct. 26 in Fountain Square!

Wednesday, Oct. 23
Festival Award Shorts 2 – 5:30 p.m.
The Retrieval – 8:15 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 24
Shorts Program 4 (Small Bites) – 5:30 p.m.
Stand Clear of the Closing Doors – 8 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 25
Shorts Program 6 (Strange and Odd Bits and Bobs) – 5:30 p.m.
Blood Brother – 8:15 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 26
Valentine Road – 5:30 p.m.
Hide Your Smiling Faces – 8 p.m.


2013 Heartland Film Festival Submission Numbers Up, New Venues and Exclusive Hotel Announced

October’s 22nd Annual Heartland Film Festival will hold its Awards Ceremony at Indiana Repertory Theatre, add third screening venue in Fountain Square, names Omni Severin as exclusive hotel.

Last October Heartland Truly Moving Pictures (Heartland) presented the Heartland Film Festival (HFF), where it welcomed 92 independent filmmakers from 25 countries, awarded over $140,000 in prize money, programmed 119 films and inspired 22,000 attendees at screenings and events across Indianapolis, experiencing an overall 5.7 percent growth in attendance.

Between its expanded award categories and its designation as an Academy Award®-qualifying festival within the Short Films category it is no surprise that the 2013 HFF Call for Entries film submissions are tracking ahead of last year’s numbers. At the end of 2012’s submission period a record-breaking 1,240 films were sent to Heartland. Independent filmmakers, including high school filmmakers, can submit their films to this year’s Festival by the June 15 deadline, or pay an additional fee to submit by the June 22 late deadline. Learn more about submitting a film.

Awards Ceremony at Indiana Repertory Theatre

On Saturday, Oct. 19, the HFF’s marquee Awards Ceremony event will be held at Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT), Indiana’s leading professional resident not-for-profit theatre, providing 124,700 live professional theatre experiences for its audiences last season.

“Bringing our staple event to such an iconic Indianapolis venue is extremely exciting,” says Heartland Film Festival Director Louise Henderson. “As two Indy-based nonprofits we’re proud to be working together to make a really memorable experience. The IRT provides a completely different atmosphere for our longtime attendees and we’re very excited about the possibilities.”

Learn more about Indiana Repertory Theatre.

Fountain Square Screenings at The Theater at the Wheeler Arts Community

With its headquarters located in Fountain Square—right off the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, in the historic Murphy Arts Center in Fountain Square—Heartland is pleased to announce that a third screening venue will be added right in its backyard.

The Theater at the Wheeler Arts Community, managed by the University of Indianapolis, will host four nights of screenings from Wednesday, Oct. 23 through Saturday, Oct. 26. A total of eight films will be played over the four nights. Beer from Sun King Brewing, wine and movie snacks will all be available.

“Having our office and film room located in Fountain Square has allowed us to engage the community on a whole new level,” says Heartland Director of Operations Adam Howell. “Being able to have a screening location for our neighbors in a space as great as The Theater at the Wheeler Arts Community is very exciting for the future of the Festival.”

Learn more about the Wheeler Arts Community.

The Omni Severin Hotel: The Exclusive Hotel of the 2013 Heartland Film Festival

As a longtime sponsor and hosts to the HFF’s Filmmakers Welcome Party and Filmmakers’ Brunch, Heartland has expanded its relationship with the Omni Severin Hotel, making it the exclusive hotel location for its filmmakers and guests come October.

Ideally located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, the Omni Severin Hotel stands as the city’s longest running luxury hotel and is a beautifully restored piece of the city’s history. This luxury Indianapolis hotel elegantly combines the grandeur of the early 1900s with the modern amenities and superior service of today.

“The Omni Severin Hotel is the perfect location for our events and guests,” says Howell. “Both the Heartland Film Festival and The Omni Severin are known for exceptional hospitality, so this relationship couldn’t be a better fit.”

For additional information on special packages or to book accommodations, visit or call 1-800-The-Omni. Travelers or media can also follow Omni Hotels & Resorts at and

Full Venue and Event Schedule

Inspiring filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film, Heartland will hold the 22nd Annual HFF event from Oct.17-26 across these dates and venues:

Film Screenings

  • AMC Castleton Square 14 (Friday, Oct. 18 – Saturday, Oct. 26)
  • AMC Showplace Traders Point 12 (Saturday, Oct. 19 – Saturday, Oct. 26)
  • The Theater at the Wheeler Arts Community (Wednesday, Oct. 23 – Saturday, Oct. 26)


  • Announcement Party, Thursday, Sept. 19
    • The Indianapolis Artsgarden
  • Opening Night Event, Thursday, Oct. 17
    • The Toby at the Indianapolis Museum of Art
  • Festival Award Premiere Day, Friday, Oct. 18
    • AMC Castleton Square 14
    • First day of screenings – all the Festival Award-winning films
  • Awards Ceremony, Saturday, Oct. 19
    • The Indiana Repertory Theatre
  • Filmmakers’ Brunch, Sunday, Oct. 20
    • The Omni Severin Hotel
  • Closing Night Event, Saturday, Oct. 26
    • The Toby at the Indianapolis Museum of Art
  • Closing Night Event After Party, Oct. 26
    • The Jazz Kitchen

Our First First Friday!

Our view of the Cultural Trail.

As you may recall, in September we moved into our new digs in fabulous Fountain Square.  We’ve been enjoying the many great dining options, people watching on the Cultural Trail and getting to know our friendly and creative neighbors.  Located in the Murphy Art Center we have the honor of being surrounded by brilliant artists in a buzzing environment anchored by my personal favorite night out in Indianapolis–First Fridays.  We are excited to announce that Friday, February 3, will be our first involvement in the city’s monthly art tour!

We will be hanging out in our ground floor space from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm.  We’ll have beer from Upland Brewing Company to go along with multiple screenings of the 2011 Heartland Film Festival Award-winning short The First Anders. This is a great opportunity to welcome the arts community, neighborhood and city into our new home, and we look forward to celebrating with friends, old and new.

If you have never been to a First Friday, you are in for a real treat.  You should expect a night full of wonderful art, people, conversation, food and drink at galleries and studios all around the city.  It is a celebration of the best this city has to offer, and the timing could not be better.  With thousands of visitors in town for the Big Game and Fountain Square as one of the Super Celebration Sites, it’s sure to be one exciting night.  We hope to see you there!

P.S. Before heading out, make sure you are familiar with these transportation and parking guidelines.  Know Before You Go!

A New Home for Heartland!

The Murphy Art Center, Heartland's new home

UPDATE (8.1.2011): Construction is not complete on our new office and we’re postponing our open house previously scheduled for August 5. We’ll have an update soon with more details including the rescheduled date!

I am so excited to announce Heartland Truly Moving Pictures has found a new home in the Murphy Art Center located on Virginia Avenue in Fountain Square in Indianapolis. We’ve evolved significantly throughout the past 20 years, and this move symbolizes the next phase in Heartland’s history. The Murphy is the heart of the arts scene in Fountain Square and as a non-profit arts organization that celebrates the transformative power of film, we feel this location is a perfect fit for us. We are excited to be a part of this growing important urban center. The staff and I look forward to moving in to our new home on July 1.

Being on the Cultural Trail is another exciting element.  Our office is right there and we plan to take full advantage of that – including a real presence on First Fridays. Our first scheduled First Friday activity will be an open house on August 5 where we’ll showcase our new office space and introduce the community to our new public screening room.

There is a fascinating coincidence between The Murphy and Heartland. The building was originally the Granada Theatre, built in 1928 by Universal Studios.  The entrance to our new office space was the entrance to the theatre and we have photos of the old marquee that was above the entrance. Who knows? We might look to recreate it someday.

On a personal note – another interesting coincidence.  The last performance in the Granada Theatre was Sunday, March 11, 1951 – the day I was born just down the road at Methodist Hospital. It’s A SIGN!

Please do plan to come and visit us when you are in the neighborhood.

Jeff Sparks
President & CEO

Full Press Release – Heartland Truly Moving Pictures to Call Fountain Square Home (pdf)