Heartland International Film Festival Opens 2018 Call for Entries and Debuts Social Impact Awards, Three Short Films Earn Academy Award Nominations

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2017 Heartland International Film Festival selections “Garden Party,” “The Silent Child,” and “Watu Wote” advance as nominees for the 2018 Academy Awards®. Indy Shorts International Film Festival, presented by Heartland Film, is an Academy Award®-qualifying festival in the Short Films category.

2018HFFGraphic-webresSet to bestow more than $82,000 in cash prizes, the Heartland International Film Festival (Oct. 11-21, 2018) invites feature-length narrative, documentary, and animated films to officially submit for programming consideration, now through June exclusively at FilmFreeway.com. New for 2018, Heartland has added two Social Impact Awards; two juried winners ­– one narrative and one documentary feature – will honor stories centered on the fight for equality and justice, each with a $2,500 cash prize.

The call for entries period opens one week after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its nominees for the 2018 Academy Awards®, including three short films from the 2017 Heartland Film Festival.

“Year after year we’re honored to bring Oscar-winning and nominated films to Indiana at the Heartland International Film Festival,” said Heartland Film’s Director of Film Programming Greg Sorvig. “With the expansion of an all-new short film festival called Indy Shorts in July and expanded awards for the Heartland International Film Festival in October, we are dedicated to growing and showcasing top story-driven film content from around the globe.”

Heartland Film previously announced the expansion of the all-new Indy Shorts event, an Academy Award®-qualifying film festival solely focused on the art of shorts films, 40 minutes or shorter in length. Indy Shorts will be hosted July 26-29, 2018, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields. The winners of Indy Shorts will earn the right to encore screenings at the feature-focused Heartland International Film Festival in October. Short films can be submitted for consideration to Indy Shorts via a separate FilmFreeway submissions page.

 

Cash Prizes Expand to All Finalists

Heartland International Film Festival presents a variety of awards to selected filmmakers. Winners of the 2018 Awards will be announced at the GLOW: Awards Party in October. The prizes are set to include:

Five Narrative Features will be selected as Heartland International Film Festival Finalists, announced prior to the Festival. One of the five Finalists will receive the $25,000 Grand Prize for Best Narrative Feature, and will be announced at GLOW: Awards Party during the Festival, with the four non-winners receiving $1,000 each.

Five Documentary Features will be selected as Heartland International Film Festival Finalists, announced prior to the Festival. One of the five Finalists will receive the $25,000 Grand Prize for Best Documentary Feature, and will be announced at GLOW: Awards Party during the Festival, with the four non-winners receiving $1,000 each.

The Jimmy Stewart Legacy Award will include a $5,000 cash prize for a single winner. 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. Finalist and Official Selection titles are eligible.

U.S. or World Premiere Awards will be selected from Finalist and Official Selection titles with their premieres at the 2018 Heartland International Film Festival with two awards: Best Narrative Feature Premiere with a cash award of $3,500 and Best Documentary Feature Premiere with a cash award of $3,500.

Social Impact Awards will honor films (Finalists or Official Selections) that showcase stories centered on the fight for equality and justice. Two awards will be given: Social Impact Award, Narrative Feature, and Social Impact Award, Documentary Feature, each with a cash award of $2,500.

Indiana Spotlight Award will honor one film from any category that qualifies within the Indiana Spotlight competition. The winner will receive a $2,500 cash award.

 

Academy Award® Nominations

Among the record 3,500+ films submitted to the 2017 Heartland International Film Festival, three of the 213 programmed titles have been nominated for Academy Awards® by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Additionally, nine Truly Moving Picture Award-winning films (studio films honored by Heartland Film throughout the year) have been nominated for 31 Academy Awards® across various categories.

“Garden Party,” directed by Florian Babikian, Vincent Bayoux, Victor Caire, Théophile Dufresne, Gabriel Grapperson, Lucas Navarro
2017 Heartland International Film Festival Official Selection, Animated Short
Nominated for Animated Short Film

“The Silent Child,” directed by Chris Overton
2017 Heartland International Film Festival Official Selection, Narrative Short
Nominated for Live Action Short Film

“Watu Wote: All of Us,” directed by Katja Benrath
2017 Heartland International Film Festival Official Selection, Narrative Short
Nominated for Live Action Short Film

“The Shape of Water,” directed by Guillermo del Toro, Fox Searchlight Pictures
2017 Truly Moving Picture Award Winner
Nominated for 13 Academy Awards®

“Darkest Hour,” directed by Joe Wright, Focus Features
2017 Truly Moving Picture Award Winner
Nominated for six Academy Awards®

“Mudbound,” directed by Dee Rees, Netflix
2017 Truly Moving Picture Award Winner
Nominated for four Academy Awards®

“Coco,” directed by Lee Unkrich, Disney-Pixar Animation Studios
2017 Truly Moving Picture Award Winner
Nominated for two Academy Awards®

“Victoria & Abdul,” directed by Stephen Frears, Focus Features
2017 Truly Moving Picture Award Winner
Nominated for two Academy Awards®

“The Florida Project,” directed by Sean Baker, A24
2017 Truly Moving Picture Award Winner, 2017 Heartland International Film Festival Special Presentation
Nominated for an Academy Award®

“The Greatest Showman,” directed by Michael Gracey, Twentieth Century Fox
2017 Truly Moving Picture Award Winner
Nominated for an Academy Award®

“Roman J. Israel, Esq.,” directed by Dan Gilroy, Columbia Pictures
2017 Truly Moving Picture Award Winner
Nominated for an Academy Award®

“Wonder,” directed by Stephen Chbosky, Lionsgate
2017 Truly Moving Picture Award Winner
Nominated for an Academy Award®

 

Call for Entries: 2018 Heartland International Film Festival (Oct. 11-21, 2018)

Interested filmmakers can submit independent feature films (41 minutes or longer) now through the extended mid-June deadline. Submissions are accepted exclusively through FilmFreeway at https://filmfreeway.com/HeartlandFilmFestival.

Filmmakers of short films (40 minutes or under) can submit their works for consideration to Indy Shorts now through the extended late-April deadline. Submissions are accepted exclusively through FilmFreeway at  https://filmfreeway.com/HeartlandFilmIndyShorts.

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