About Us

Heartland Film is a nonprofit arts organization founded in 1991 with the mission to curate, promote and celebrate thoughtful and engaging films from diverse perspectives.

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.

Heartland Film is comprised of three main program areas:

Heartland International Film Festival
INDEPENDENT FILM: Heartland Film brings the world to Indianapolis each October during the 11-day Heartland International Film Festival. With over 290 screenings of independent films from around the globe, the Festival provides a unique opportunity for audiences to interact with more than 200 filmmakers whose art engages, educates and inspires.
Indy Shorts International Film Festival
INDEPENDENT FILM: Indy Shorts International Film Festival is an Academy Award®-qualifying fest dedicated to the art of short film. The largest short film festival in the Midwest, Indy Shorts showcases storytelling from around the world for four days every July in Indianapolis. Indy Shorts expanded as its own separate event from HIFF in summer 2018 and all winners (Grand Prize and Audience Choice Awards) will play encore screenings at HIFF in October.
Truly Moving Picture Award
THEATRICALLY-RELEASED FILM: Heartland Film honors select theatrically-released films with the Truly Moving Picture Award. Films that receive the Award have the power to promote positive change in audiences’ lives through the transformative power of the art form.

Support Heartland Film

Your time, talent and gifts are vital to the future of Heartland Film. As a nonprofit organization we exist by the generosity of people who, like us, believe in the transformative power of film.

Visit the Heartland Film support page to make a donation, or learn more about becoming a Heartland Film Member, volunteer, or sponsor.

Meet/Join the Heartland Film Team

Heartland Film is managed by a small, but mighty, staff – meet the team.

Interested in Heartland Film employment opportunities? Internships and seasonal positions are regularly available.

Contact or Visit Heartland Film

Have a question or comment? Send us a message via the contact page.

Heartland Film is headquartered in the Fountain Square district of Indianapolis. Stop by any time and say “hello!”