Truly Moving Picture Award

Heartland Film honors select theatrically-released films–entertaining movies that do more than just entertain–with the Truly Moving Picture Award.

The Award allows studios and distributors to inform potential audiences of a film’s transformative power, and serves as a curatorial standard to enable moviegoers to identify entertaining films that do much more than just entertain.

Submissions are received directly from studios and producers for consideration. Films submitted to Heartland Film for Truly Moving Picture Award consideration are judged on their overall artistic and technical quality. Each film is screened by Truly Moving Picture Award jury members and Heartland Film staff.

2016 Truly Moving Picture Award winners

2016 TMPA winners include:








The Finest Hours















2015 Truly Moving Picture Award winners

2015 TMPA winners include:

The 33

Batkid Begins

Bridge of Spies









The Dark Horse

In the Heart of the Sea








McFarland, USA

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

My All American









Seymour: An Introduction








2014 Truly Moving Picture Award winners

2014 TMPA winners include:

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day












The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Good Lie








The Imitation Game


The Judge






Million Dollar Arm








The Monuments Men

Mr. Peadbody & Sherman

Disney's Muppets Most Wanted








St. Vincent

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The Wind Rises








2013 Truly Moving Picture Award winners

2013 TMPA winners include:





























2012 Truly Moving Picture Award winners

2012 TMPA winners include:






























The Magic of Belle Isle

Moonrise Kingdom






















2011 Truly Moving Picture Award winners

2011 TMPA winners include:











































2010 Truly Moving Picture Award winners

2010 TMPA winners include:















Hachi: A Dog's Tale






















A Ripple of Hope








 A Shine of Rainbows 



































Full listing/database of past Truly Moving Picture Award winners coming soon.

What merits the TMPA?

Films selected for the Truly Moving Picture Award promote positive change through the transformative power of film. Heartland believes that films are transformative because their artistic and technical quality draws the viewer in and allows them to fully experience whatever story the filmmakers are trying to tell.

The story of every selected film will be one that has the power to impact the audience in a positive way. A film that aligns with Heartland’s mission will create some kind of positive change in the viewer, and can change the way they see the world. It could be the kind of change that inspires a viewer, or perhaps educates them. It could change their perspective or make them think about certain topics in new ways.

The transformative power of a film is evidenced in the way its combination of image, sound and music engages, enthralls and entertains audiences. Transformative power is inherent in the film, and lies in elements such as the acting, directing and cinematography. A film with transformative power is creative, beautiful, original, artistic and truthful. A film with these technical and artistic elements, combined with an ability to make a positive impact on the person experiencing it, is one that aligns with Heartland’s mission.