Programs & Events

Heartland Film is a curator and supporter of purposeful filmmaking, honoring a wide variety of cinema and awarding storytellers from all over the world. The films we select and exhibit – whether they inspire and uplift, educate and inform, or have the ability to shift audiences’ perspectives on the world – all have one thing in common: they are entertaining films that do more than just entertain. 

Beyond the 10-day Heartland Film Festival, Heartland Film offers year-round programming via:

Truly Moving Picture Award
The Truly Moving Picture Award is given to select theatrically-released films that have the power to promote positive change in audiences’ lives through the transformative power of film.

Heartland Film Roadshow
The Heartland Film Roadshow travels all across Indiana to offer year-round screenings of select Heartland films to the community. Screenings venues include the Indianapolis Museum of Art, JCC Indianapolis, The Palladium, The Historic Artcraft Theatre and others.

Heartland Film Institute
The Heartland Film Institute inspires students and young filmmakers through initiatives such as the High School Film Competition and various workshops and seminars both at the Heartland Film Festival and throughout the rest of the year.