Heartland International Film Festival

Oct. 7-17, 2021 – 30th Annual Heartland International Film Festival

Indiana’s largest and longest-running film festival will celebrate its 30th anniversary this October across Indianapolis! Since the inaugural Festival in 1992, Heartland has grown from a 4-day event with less than 20 films to an 11-day celebration featuring more than 100 independent films, 200 visiting filmmakers and 300 film screenings.

Tickets are not available yet, but when they go on sale, you can order by calling 866-HFF-1010 or visiting the Heartland Film office in-person.

During the Festival (Oct. 7-17), tickets may also be purchased at any Festival theater box office. The box office opens one hour before the first screening of the day and closes 30-minutes after the last film begins.

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Big Hospitality & Big Cash Prizes

Regarded as a filmmakers’ fest, HIFF boasts the largest festival cash prize purse since its inaugural event in 1992, awarding more than $3.3 million to independent filmmakers between its HIFF and Indy Shorts events. Renowned for its offerings, HIFF continues to be one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” in 2018.

HIFF has built a reputation on its impactful lineup, the connections audiences make with visiting filmmakers, the overall hospitality and intimacy of the experience, and bringing big Hollywood names – like Robert Downey Jr., Jessica Biel, Brendan Fraser, Rob Reiner, and Robert Duvall – to the Hoosier state. This year’s slate of award categories and prizes includes:

    • Narrative Feature ($20,000 Grand Prize)
    • Documentary Feature ($20,000 Grand Prize)
    • Social Impact Awards ($2,000 cash prizes)
    • Indiana Spotlight ($2,000 cash prize)
    • Jimmy Stewart Legacy Award ($5,000 cash prize)
    • Humor & Humanity Award ($1,000 cash prize)
    • Best Premiere Awards ($2,000 cash prizes)
    • FIPRESCI Best US Directorial Debut for USA Narrative Feature
    • Indiana Film Journalists Association Best Directorial Debut for an International Narrative Feature
    • Audience Choice Winners ($1,000 cash prizes)
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Heartland International Film Festival Partners

Alliance of Women Directors

Alliance of Women Directors (AWD)

Founded in 1997, Alliance of Women Directors is a collective of professional directors who have banded together to address film industry inequality and support one another’s career advancement. It is vital that stories are told from all perspectives, and AWD is dedicated to creating opportunity for women’s voices in our industry. The organization fosters a community that advances the art, craft, and visibility of women directors in all genres and mediums. Focused on providing education and professional support for members in the form of hands-on craft enrichment and mentorship, the AWD community is tireless in its advocacy efforts to increase opportunities for all.

The Easterseals Disability Film Challenge

The Easterseals Disability Film Challenge

The Easterseals Disability Film Challenge gives filmmakers—with and without disabilities—the opportunity to collaborate to tell unique stories that showcase disability in its many forms. The film challenge is a weekend-long filmmaking contest, open to all, that provides a platform for new voices in the entertainment industry. Each year, aspiring storytellers are prompted to creatively write, produce and complete a short film. Challenge winners receive invaluable access to entertainment professionals, opening the door to an industry notoriously difficult to enter.

Film Festival Alliance

Film Festival Alliance

Film Festival Alliance is a non-profit networking organization that develops and fosters collaboration among mission-driven film festivals across North America. FFA offers resources to strengthen the film festival industry, and advocates for a sustainable and inclusive environment for film festivals and the people who run them.