Heartland Film Festival Included in MovieMaker Magazine’s 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee 2017

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We are pleased to announce that the Heartland Film Festival has been named one of the 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee by MovieMaker Magazine for the third year in a row. Heartland Film is honored to be recognized and featured alongside some of the best film festivals from all over the globe that are doing incredible work within the independent film industry.

“As a follow-up to our 25th anniversary, all of us at the Heartland Film Festival could not be more excited to be recognized by an important voice in the film industry like MovieMaker Magazine,” said Heartland Film Director of Film Programming & Marketing Greg Sorvig. “We are extremely proud of our growth and accomplishments over the last quarter-century and are honored to be included alongside influential festivals within our competitive industry.”

To read the entire feature on MovieMaker’s website, click here.


2017 Heartland Film Festival Call for Entries are Open!

Filmmakers from around the world are invited to submit feature-length and short films in Narrative and Documentary categories to the 26th annual Heartland Film Festival. Student filmmakers are also encouraged to apply. High school filmmakers are encouraged to submit their entries to the 8th iteration of the Heartland High School Film Competition. Film submissions are judged on their overall artistic and technical quality, in addition to how they might promote positive change in people’s lives through the transformative power of film.

Set to award $100,000 in cash prizes, the Heartland Film Festival (Oct. 12-22, 2017) has expanded its number of cash-eligible award categories from 13 in 2016 to 33 for this year’s 26th annual event. Both feature-length and short films across the narrative, documentary and animated categories are invited to submit their titles for consideration during the 2017 call for entries period (February – May, 2017).

“Since 1992, Heartland Film has awarded $3 million in cash prizes — more than any other film festival in North America — to independent filmmakers at the annual Heartland Film Festival,” said Heartland Film’s President Craig Prater. “We hope that the expanded number of cash prizes will inspire our filmmakers to continue making impactful, inspiring stories for years to come.”

In addition, the Heartland Film Festival is a qualifying festival for the Annual Academy Awards® win 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.

Learn more and submit your film to the 2017 Heartland Film Festival here.

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