Experience Film, Parties, Panels and more at HIFF


The Heartland International Film Festival will be returning to Indianapolis October 11-21.

This will be the festival’s 27th year and is also Indiana’s longest and largest film festival. The Festival will be featuring more than 100 independent films through 300 screenings over the 11 days. The three screening venues are AMC Castleton Square 14, AMC Showplace Traders Point 12 and Newfields. There will be multiple events, panels and special screenings throughout the festival.

The event begins on Thursday, Oct. 11, with an opening night screening of “Mr. SOUL!” at 7 p.m. at Newfields. “Mr. SOUL!” is a documentary about the variety show SOUL! and its producer and host Ellis Haizlip. SOUL! was one of the first shows to provide expanded images of African Americans on television. A party following the screening will be at the Deer Zink Pavilion with food, live music and dancing. Tickets for the event are $50 or $42 for Heartland members.

The 2018 spotlight screening will be the film, “What They Had.” The film was written and directed by Elizabeth Chomko and is starring Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Robert Forster and Taissa Farmiga. The film follows a family in crisis when a daughter comes home to help her ailing mother and father, who is reluctant to let go. The screening will be at AMC Castleton Square 14 on October 14 at 6:45 p.m.

The centerpiece screening will highlight the film “When Jeff Tried to Save the World,” written by Kendall Goldberg and Rachel Borgo and directed by Kendall Goldberg. Jon Heder, Anna Konkle, Maya Erskine, Steve Berg and Jim O’Heir star in the film. “When Jeff Tried to Save the World” tells the story of a manager of an old-school bowling alley who discovers the owner’s plans to sell. While saving Winky’s World he finds he also is saving himself. The film will be shown at Newfields on Wednesday, Oct., 17 at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. the Festival will recognize the best independent filmmakers from all over the world and award $82,500 in cash prizes at GLOW: Awards Party at the Deer Zink Pavilion at Newfields. The awards ceremony will be followed by a retro party featuring live entertainment by Mixtape, food, drinks, arcade games and more. Attendees are asked to dress in their boldest colors to be part of GLOW.

Another major event during the Festival is the annual Filmmakers’ Brunch at The Montage on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. Attendees will discover the inspiration behind some of your favorite Heartland International Film Festival movies by joining the filmmakers for an informal brunch. Tickets can be purchased for $35 or $30 for members

The Festival will end with a closing night screening and after-party. The documentary, “Care to Laugh,” features the story of comedian Jesus Trejo. It will be shown at the AMC Castleton Square 14 on Sunday, Oct., 21 at 7 p.m. The documentary looks at the life of Trejo as he turns his adversity into comedy by using his life experience as material for his routine. Following the screening, there will be a closing night party at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery Pavilion. Tickets can be purchased for the screening only for $22 or $17 for members.

Sixteen total films will be premiering at the Festival and more than 100 films will be screened throughout the 11 days.

For more information on the Festival, a full list of films and to purchase tickets visit heartlandfilmfestival.org.

This post was written by Hannah Scott from Anderson University in partnership with Heartland Film.

Hannah Scott is a senior from Goshen, Ind. majoring in public relations and political science. Hannah is an associate with Fifth Street Communications®, a student-run public relations agency at Anderson University.


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