2017 Heartland International Film Festival Sponsors

The Heartland International Film Festival is made possible in part through the gracious support of an amazing core of sponsors. Interested in working with Heartland Film to promote your brand or organization? Contact Vice President of Development Michael Ault via email or by calling (317) 464-9405.

Executive Producer Sponsors - $50K & Above


Lilly Endowment Inc.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family -- J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons J.K. Jr. and Eli -- through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company.

In keeping with the wishes of the three founders, Lilly Endowment exists to support the causes of religion, education and community development. The Endowment affords special emphasis to projects that benefit young people and promote leadership education and financial self-sufficiency in the nonprofit, charitable sector.

Lilly Endowment Inc. Website 

The David and Betty Klapper Family Foundation

Thank you to the David and Betty Klapper Family Foundation, sponsors of Opening Night, GLOW: Awards Party, and Closing Night!

AMC Independent

AMC Theatres is dedicated to innovating the way you see movies. Don’t just visit a theatre; experience the AMC difference of premium formats that bring you superior acoustics, richer imagery, and a choice between Real D® 3D, Dolby Cinema®, and IMAX® technologies. Taste our special menu of elevated cinema favorites and enjoy bolder flavors, wider variety, and superior quality movie snacks. In select locations, reserve your seats when you purchase tickets online and relax into the spacious comforts of our AMC luxe recliners. Come enjoy the very best of cutting-edge entertainment when you choose AMC Theatres.

AMC independent is our commitment to advancing indie films. We're bringing you more of what you want – a diverse line-up of films that excite, encourage and engage. Check out the movies playing now or coming soon.

AMC Independent Website 

Filmmaker's Circle Sponsors - $25-49K

Gary D. and Marlene Cohen

Underwriters of the Heartland Film Festival High School Film Competition Grand Prize - the Summer White Lynch Memorial Award.

Castleton Square - A Simon Mall

Castleton Square is the largest mall in the state of Indiana, serving the northern Indianapolis metro area, which includes the affluent communities of Carmel, Fishers, and Noblesville. This indoor climate controlled mall boasts four major department stores, a food court, play area, and specialty shops ranging from jewelry to women's fashions to sporting goods. Among the 130 stores, this shopping magnet features Macy's, Forever 21, H&M, Build-A-Bear Workshop and Fossil. Shoppers will also find exciting dining options from sit down restaurants such as McAlister's Deli and Houlihan's to grab and go choices such as Chick-fil-A. Top off your visit with a movie at our 14 screen AMC Theatre.

Castleton Square Website

Think Ahead Studios

Videos can form sincere and powerful connections. We craft visual stories that move your audience and fit your brand's style. If your style is more methodical, our scripts are calculated. If you prefer to roll with the punches, we'll hit you with some quick cuts and sharp characters. Whatever the story is, we'll take it to the screen with animation, video production and visual effects.

Think Ahead Studios Website 

The Stewart Foundation

Proud Supporter & Underwriter of the Jimmy Stewart Legacy Award. The Jimmy Stewart Legacy Award will honor a single winner, selected from the Festival’s feature-length narrative and documentary titles. The winning film will best embody the ongoing legacy of actor and national hero Jimmy Stewart and will demonstrate the triumph of the human spirit through determination and the defiance of odds, humble vulnerability, and courage in the face of adversity. The 2017 Jimmy Stewart Legacy Award Winner will be announced at GLOW: Awards Party on Saturday, Oct. 21 in Fountain Square!

Sun King Brewing

The Official Beer of the Heartland Film Festival

Sun King Brewing is a brewer-owned and operated craft brewery with a focus on traditional seasonal and unique specialty beers. SKB is the first full-scale production brewery in Indianapolis since 1948. SKB distribute kegs and cans to bars, restaurants, and liquor stores around central Indiana and sell cans, flip-top bottles, 64-ounce growlers, and kegs out of their tasting room.

Sun King Brewing Website 

Film Indy

Film Indy is dedicated to serving the needs of productions interested in filming in Central Indiana. We offer a hands on approach to making your production a success. In addition to serving as a liaison between producers and city officials we are committed to growing the existing production community and marketing Central Indiana as a leader in Film and Media Production. 

Film Indy Website 

Silver Screen Sponsors - $10-24K

Anderson University

Anderson University is a private Christian college in Anderson, Indiana. Founded in 1917 by the Church of God, the university remains affiliated with its founding church and values its heritage and history.

Anderson University Website

Business Furniture

Creating that perfect space is why Business Furniture exists. Business Furniture helps its customers create the culture they want, utilizing just the right amount of space and just the right blend of work environments. Business Furniture's broad portfolio includes many successful solutions for education, healthcare, bioscience, laboratories, professional services firms, corporations and government agencies across the Midwest.

Business Furniture Website 

DCG: Digital Color Graphics

Let DCG create imaginative products and perform services for your business, home or hobby.  Services include digital print, promotional, specialty, post card/mailing services and variable data printing.

DCG: Digital Color Graphics Website

National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. 

National Endowment for the Arts Website

Earshot Audio Post

Earshot is made up of engineers with creative streaks. Or artists who geek out on technology. Either way, their track record in the industry shows that we have the right combination of smarts, skill and flair to make sonic magic.

Earshot Audio Post Website

HotBox Pizza

Saving the world from pizza mediocrity, one slice at a time.

Hotbox Pizza Website 

Capitol City Ford

Capitol City Ford isn't only a place for those in the market for a new Ford car. We're also the go-to spot for those already behind the wheel. Customers find our car service and maintenance center, also located in Indianapolis, Indiana, both convenient and competent.

It doesn't stop there-- Capitol City Ford also host an array of services to personalize or enhance your Ford driving experience. Just ask our onsite auto parts and accessories department what we mean.

Capitol City Ford Website 


NUVO, Inc.'s mission is simple: to empower intelligent, open-minded innovators through storytelling. As Indiana's largest independent alternative news organization, NUVO is created by and for people who love our community, our culture and our environment.
NUVO Newsweekly and NUVO.net highlight Indy′s news, arts and entertainment, music, food and drink, and more by giving Central Indiana Hoosiers the low-down on everything good, bad and ugly happening in our shared home. Check out NUVO′s calendar for the most comprehensive list of things to do in Indianapolis. Follow NUVO on Twitter and like NUVO on Facebook for even more details about what′s going on in the Crossroads of America.

NUVO Website 


Over thirty years ago, Robert Mondavi set out to establish a wine culture in America by putting great California wine on every table. In 1979 he established the Woodbridge Winery near his childhood home of Lodi, California to make fruit-focused wines for everyday drinking. The Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi wine style is marked by bright fruit flavors and smooth finishes made to complement food. 

Woodbridge Website 

Indiana Arts Commission

The IAC consists of 15 gubernatorial appointments who establish the agency's policies and goals, plan its direction for the future, and approve all grant awards and programs. The commissioners serve up to eight years, without compensation. They are selected to represent various areas of the state and diverse arts, business and community backgrounds. The Indiana Arts Commission is to positively impact the cultural, economic and educational climate of Indiana by providing responsible leadership for and public stewardship of artistic resources for all of our State's citizens and communities.

Indiana Arts Commission Website 

Bob & Alison Spoonmore

Bob & Alison Spoonmore are the presenting sponsors and founders of the Heartland Film Festival High School Film Competition.

Cinema Sponsors - $5-9K




Arts Council of Indianapolis

Eskenazi Health


MBP Catering



La Margarita


Sweet & Savory Catering



Reel Sponsors - Under $5K

Historic Artcraft Theatre

Bose Public Affairs Group

Luna Language Services

Lumina Foundation