Heartland Film Expands, Announces Addition of Indy Shorts International Film Fest

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Organizer of the Heartland International Film Festival will add second major festival set to showcase the best in international short films, set for July 26-29, 2018, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields

Nonprofit arts organization Heartland Film, Inc. announced an all-new film festival in support of its annual Heartland International Film Festival (HIFF – Oct. 11-21, 2018). Indy Shorts International Film Fest (Indy Shorts) will exclusively showcase short films (under 40 minutes in length) from July 26-29, 2018, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields. HIFF just wrapped its 26th edition and experienced another year of seismic growth, with records set in the areas of film submissions, filmmaker attendance, and number of films programmed.

All short film categories and prizes associated with the Heartland International Film Festival will move to the annual Indy Shorts event, with all winners slated to play encore screenings at HIFF in the following October. An Academy Award®-qualifying film festival in the Short Films category, HIFF’s Best Narrative Short Film qualification category will move to Indy Shorts. The winner of this category will qualify for Academy Awards without the standard theatrical run, granted it meets all the other requirements needed to qualify. Short films featured at HIFF over the years have gone on to be short-listed, nominated, and winners of Academy Awards®. Most recently, 2016 Official Selection “Sing” won the 2017 Academy Award® for Live Action Short Subject.

“This year our film submission number spiked by more than 1,000 submissions from all around the world,” said Heartland Film President Craig Prater. “The majority of those were short films, and we are thrilled to dedicate an all-new festival to this exciting medium of independent film. There are thousands of film festivals out there, but only a handful of fests dedicated solely to shorts. Heartland Film is dedicated to growing the film community in Indianapolis and beyond and this is an exciting way to expand on what we’ve accomplished over the past 26 years. Expect new, different, and fun!”

The inaugural Indy Shorts event will bestow more than $25,000 in cash prizes across multiple categories, including:

  • Best Narrative Short Film – $5,000 Grand Prize
    • Five finalists with four non-winning finalists awarded $500 each
    • Academy Award®-qualified category
  • Best Documentary Short Film – $5,000 Grand Prize
    • Five finalists with four non-winning finalists awarded $500 each
  • Best Animated Short Film – $5,000 Grand Prize
    • Five finalists with four non-winning finalists awarded $500 each
  • Indiana Spotlight Competition – $2,500 Grand Prize
  • High School Film Competition – $2,000 Grand Prize
    • Four category winners awarded $500 each
  • Audience Choice Awards (no cash award)
    • Narrative, Documentary, Animated, and Indiana Spotlight categories
  • Best Student Film Award (no cash award)
  • Student Choice Award (no cash award)

Indy Shorts will offer a myriad of opportunities for local university students, including the official vote for the “Student Choice Award.” Internships across multiple disciplines will be offered in preparation for and during Indy Shorts and will provide students a unique opportunity to work with a major film festival and gain valuable industry experience before graduation. Call for entries for the inaugural Indy Shorts event will open soon exclusively on FilmFreeway.com. Submissions will be accepted through the extended deadline of March 2018. More updates and internship opportunities will be announced soon.

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