Three Heartland Film Festival Titles, Five Truly Moving Picture Award-Winning Films Nominated for 2017 Academy Awards®

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Among the record 2,535 films submitted to the 2016 Heartland Film Festival, three of the 138 programmed titles have been nominated for Academy Awards by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Additionally, five Truly Moving Picture Award-winning films have been nominated for Academy Awards across 10 categories.

  • Borrowed Time, directed by Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj
    2016 Heartland Film Festival Grand Prize Winner, Animated Short
    Nominated for Animated Short Film
  • La Femme et le TGV, directed by Timo von Gunten
    2016 Heartland Film Festival Audience Choice Award Winner, Narrative Short
    Nominated for Live Action Short Film
  • Sing, directed by Kristof Deák
    2016 Heartland Film Festival Official Selection, Narrative Short
    Nominated for Live Action Short Film
  • Lion, directed by Garth Davis
    2016 Truly Moving Picture Award Winner
    Nominated for Best Picture, Actor in a Supporting Role (Dev Patel), Actress in a Supporting Role (Nicole Kidman), Adapted Screenplay (Luke Davies), Cinematography (Greg Fraser), Original Score (Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka)
  • Hidden Figures, directed by Theodore Melfi
    2016 Truly Moving Picture Award Winner
    Nominated for Best Picture, Actress in a Supporting Role (Octavia Spencer), Adapted Screenplay (Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi)
  • Loving, directed by Jeff Nichols
    2016 Truly Moving Picture Award Winner
    Nominated for Actress in a Leading Role (Ruth Negga)
  • Moana, directed by John Musker and Ron Clements
    2016 Truly Moving Picture Award Winner
    Nominated for Animated Feature, Original Song (“How Far I’ll Go” – Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda)
  • Life, Animated, directed by Roger Ross Williams
    2016 Truly Moving Picture Award Winner
    Nominated for Documentary Feature

“The Heartland Film team is thrilled that the Academy has nominated a slate of powerful, story-driven films to compete at the 2017 Academy Awards,” said Heartland Film Director of Film Programming & Marketing Greg Sorvig. “Among those nominated are two of the 2016 Heartland Film Festival’s top prize winners: Grand Prize for Animated Short Film winner Borrowed Time and Narrative Short Audience Choice Award Winner La Femme et le TGV. We are proud of all the short film nominees that were part of the Heartland Film Festival and major motion picture nominees who were also recipients of our Truly Moving Picture Award. This is truly the icing on our 25th anniversary birthday cake and we wish the best of luck to our nominees.”

 

"La femme et le TGV" took home the Audience Choice Award for Best Narrative Short at the 2016 Heartland Film Festival

“La Femme et le TGV” took home the Audience Choice Award for Best Narrative Short at the 2016 Heartland Film Festival

Three films honored by Heartland Film through the Heartland Film Festival or Truly Moving Picture Award took home the gold at last year’s 88th Annual Academy Awards®, with Stutterer taking home the Oscar® for Live Action Short Film. The previous year in 2015, The Phone Call, directed by Mat Kirkby, took home the Oscar® for Live Action Short Film.

Since 2011, the Heartland Film Festival has been granted the special designation of being a qualifying festival for the Annual Academy Awards® within 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.

The 25th annual Heartland Film Festival took place Oct. 20-30, 2016 in Indianapolis.

The 2017 Heartland Film Festival will open its Call for Entries period beginning Feb. 1, 2017 and will be held Oct. 12-22, 2017.

The 89th Academy Awards® will air on Sunday, Feb. 26th on ABC.

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