Two Heartland Film Festival Films, Three Truly Moving Picture Award-winning Films Nominated for 2016 Academy Awards®


Among the record 1,750 films submitted to the 2015 Heartland Film Festival, two of the 145 programmed titles have been nominated for Academy Awards by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Additionally, three Truly Moving Picture Award-winning films have been nominated for Academy Awards across ten categories.

  • World of Tomorrow, directed by Don Hertzfeld
    2015 Heartland Film Festival Award Winner, Narrative Short
    Nominated for Animated Short Film
  • Stutterer, directed by Benjamin Cleary
    2015 Heartland Film Festival Official Selection, Narrative Short
    Nominated for Live Action Short Film
  • Room, directed by Lenny Abrahamson
    2015 Truly Moving Picture Award Winner
    Nominated for Best Picture, Actress in a Leading Role (Brie Larson), Directing (Lenny Abrahamson), Adapted Screenplay (Emma Donoghue)
  • Bridge of Spies, directed by Steven Spielberg
    2015 Truly Moving Picture Award Winner
    Nominated for Best Picture, Actor in a Supporting Role (Mark Rylance), Original Score (Thomas Newman), Production Design (Adam Stockhausen), Sound Mixing (Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Drew Kunin), Original Screenplay (Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen)
  • Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh
    2015 Truly Moving Picture Award Winner
    Nominated for Costume Design (Sandy Powell)

“It’s incredibly exciting to have several of our honored films nominated by the Academy,” said Heartland Film’s Artistic Director Tim Irwin. “Narrowing down over 1,130 short film submissions in 2015 was an exceedingly difficult task, and seeing two of our favorites, along with three of our Truly Moving Picture Award-winners, vie for the industry’s top awards is very gratifying. We wish the best of luck to all of our nominees.”

Six films honored by Heartland Film through the Heartland Film Festival or Truly Moving Picture Award took home the gold at last year’s 87th Annual Academy Awards®, with The Phone Call taking home the Oscar® for Live Action Short Film. The previous year in 2013, three short films were nominated and Inocente, directed by Andrea Nix Fine and Sean Fine, took home the Oscar® for Documentary Short Subject.

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 2015 Heartland Film Festival took place Oct. 16-25, 2015 in Indianapolis. At the Indianapolis Museum of Art on Friday, Oct. 16, we were honored to present Room as our Opening Night film with a special question and answer session following the screening with Director Lenny Abrahamson via Skype.

"Room" Director Lenny Abrahamson skypes in for a Q&A session following the screening

“Room” Director Lenny Abrahamson skypes in for a Q&A session following the screening

To see more photos from Opening Night of the 2015 Heartland Film Festival, click here.

The 2016 Heartland Film Festival will open its Call for Entries period beginning Feb. 1, 2016 and will be held Oct. 21-30, 2016.

The 88th Academy Awards® will air on Sunday, Feb. 28th on ABC.


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