2018 Heartland International Film Festival Sponsors

The Heartland International Film Festival is made possible in part through the gracious support of an amazing core of sponsors. Interested in working with Heartland Film to promote your brand or organization? Contact Vice President of Development Michael Ault via email or by calling (317) 464-9405.

Executive Producer Sponsors - $50K & Above


Lilly Endowment Inc.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family -- J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons J.K. Jr. and Eli -- through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company.

In keeping with the wishes of the three founders, Lilly Endowment exists to support the causes of religion, education and community development. The Endowment affords special emphasis to projects that benefit young people and promote leadership education and financial self-sufficiency in the nonprofit, charitable sector.

Lilly Endowment Inc. Website 

The David and Betty Klapper Family Foundation

Thank you to the David and Betty Klapper Family Foundation, sponsors of Opening Night, GLOW: Awards Party, and Closing Night!

AMC Independent

AMC Theatres is dedicated to innovating the way you see movies. Don’t just visit a theatre; experience the AMC difference of premium formats that bring you superior acoustics, richer imagery, and a choice between Real D® 3D, Dolby Cinema®, and IMAX® technologies. Taste our special menu of elevated cinema favorites and enjoy bolder flavors, wider variety, and superior quality movie snacks. In select locations, reserve your seats when you purchase tickets online and relax into the spacious comforts of our AMC luxe recliners. Come enjoy the very best of cutting-edge entertainment when you choose AMC Theatres.

AMC independent is our commitment to advancing indie films. We're bringing you more of what you want – a diverse line-up of films that excite, encourage and engage. Check out the movies playing now or coming soon.

AMC Independent Website 

Filmmaker's Circle Sponsors - $25-49K

Gary D. and Marlene Cohen

Underwriters of the Heartland Film Festival High School Film Competition Grand Prize - the Summer White Lynch Memorial Award.

Castleton Square - A Simon Mall

Castleton Square is the largest mall in the state of Indiana, serving the northern Indianapolis metro area, which includes the affluent communities of Carmel, Fishers, and Noblesville. This indoor climate controlled mall boasts four major department stores, a food court, play area, and specialty shops ranging from jewelry to women's fashions to sporting goods. Among the 130 stores, this shopping magnet features Macy's, Forever 21, H&M, Build-A-Bear Workshop and Fossil. Shoppers will also find exciting dining options from sit down restaurants such as McAlister's Deli and Houlihan's to grab and go choices such as Chick-fil-A. Top off your visit with a movie at our 14 screen AMC Theatre.

Castleton Square Website

Think Ahead Studios

Videos can form sincere and powerful connections. We craft visual stories that move your audience and fit your brand's style. If your style is more methodical, our scripts are calculated. If you prefer to roll with the punches, we'll hit you with some quick cuts and sharp characters. Whatever the story is, we'll take it to the screen with animation, video production and visual effects.

Think Ahead Studios Website 

The Stewart Foundation

Proud Supporter & Underwriter of the Jimmy Stewart Legacy Award. The Jimmy Stewart Legacy Award will honor a single winner, selected from the Festival’s feature-length narrative and documentary titles. The winning film will best embody the ongoing legacy of actor and national hero Jimmy Stewart and will demonstrate the triumph of the human spirit through determination and the defiance of odds, humble vulnerability, and courage in the face of adversity. The 2017 Jimmy Stewart Legacy Award Winner will be announced at GLOW: Awards Party on Saturday, Oct. 21 in Fountain Square!

Sun King Brewing

The Official Beer of the Heartland Film Festival

Sun King Brewing is a brewer-owned and operated craft brewery with a focus on traditional seasonal and unique specialty beers. SKB is the first full-scale production brewery in Indianapolis since 1948. SKB distribute kegs and cans to bars, restaurants, and liquor stores around central Indiana and sell cans, flip-top bottles, 64-ounce growlers, and kegs out of their tasting room.

Sun King Brewing Website 

Film Indy

Film Indy is dedicated to serving the needs of productions interested in filming in Central Indiana. We offer a hands on approach to making your production a success. In addition to serving as a liaison between producers and city officials we are committed to growing the existing production community and marketing Central Indiana as a leader in Film and Media Production. 

Film Indy Website 

Eli Lilly and Company

Lilly is a global healthcare leader that unites caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We were founded more than a century ago by a man committed to creating high-quality medicines that meet real needs, and today we remain true to that mission in all our work. Across the globe, Lilly employees work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to communities through philanthropy and volunteerism.

Lilly Website 

Silver Screen Sponsors - $10-24K

Anderson University

Anderson University is a private Christian college in Anderson, Indiana. Founded in 1917 by the Church of God, the university remains affiliated with its founding church and values its heritage and history.

Anderson University Website

DCG: Digital Color Graphics

Let DCG create imaginative products and perform services for your business, home or hobby.  Services include digital print, promotional, specialty, post card/mailing services and variable data printing.

DCG: Digital Color Graphics Website

National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. 

National Endowment for the Arts Website

Earshot Audio Post

Earshot is made up of engineers with creative streaks. Or artists who geek out on technology. Either way, their track record in the industry shows that we have the right combination of smarts, skill and flair to make sonic magic.

Earshot Audio Post Website

HotBox Pizza

Saving the world from pizza mediocrity, one slice at a time.

Hotbox Pizza Website 

Capitol City Ford

Capitol City Ford isn't only a place for those in the market for a new Ford car. We're also the go-to spot for those already behind the wheel. Customers find our car service and maintenance center, also located in Indianapolis, Indiana, both convenient and competent.

It doesn't stop there-- Capitol City Ford also host an array of services to personalize or enhance your Ford driving experience. Just ask our onsite auto parts and accessories department what we mean.

Capitol City Ford Website 

Indiana Arts Commission

The IAC consists of 15 gubernatorial appointments who establish the agency's policies and goals, plan its direction for the future, and approve all grant awards and programs. The commissioners serve up to eight years, without compensation. They are selected to represent various areas of the state and diverse arts, business and community backgrounds. The Indiana Arts Commission is to positively impact the cultural, economic and educational climate of Indiana by providing responsible leadership for and public stewardship of artistic resources for all of our State's citizens and communities.

Indiana Arts Commission Website 

Bob & Alison Spoonmore

Bob & Alison Spoonmore are the presenting sponsors and founders of the Heartland Film Festival High School Film Competition.

Care Institute Group, Inc.

Care Institute Group, Inc. (Care Group) was founded in 1993. The business philosophy behind the formation of Care Group was to develop a strategic business plan that could build a diversified pool of senior housing projects nationwide, utilize the skills and existing capital investment in infrastructure by premier operators, and obtain the tax-advantaged financing to achieve these goals and to lower the costs of service to the residents of the facilities owned by Care Group. At its peak, Care Group successfully completed forming and financing a group of ten senior care facility projects throughout the United States.

Care Institute Group, Inc. Website 

Francis Ford Coppola Winery

The Family Coppola encompasses all of the things Francis loves most—cinema, wine, food, resorts and adventure—and embraces quality, authenticity and pleasure as a backbone to each of these vibrant business endeavors. Anchored in Sonoma County, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, known for its superior level of quality and integrity, is, as Francis puts it, "a wine wonderland, a park of pleasure where people of all ages can enjoy all the best things in life: food, wine, music, dancing, games, swimming and performances of all types. A place to celebrate the love of life." Coppola's second foray into Sonoma County came in 2015 with the launch of Virginia Dare Winery, American wines since 1835, ushering in a new era of elevated quality and vineyard-specific wines. The Family Coppola are lovers not only of wine, but spirits as well. Great Women Spirits—small-batch, house-crafted, classically styled spirits—are a collection of spirits as unique and remarkable as the women they honor. The Family Coppola Hideaways are a collection of unique properties where adventure meets serenity. Drawing upon inspiration from his film career and travels around the globe to the far-reaching corners of the world, Francis created each resort, embracing off-the-beaten-track locations and making each locale an ideal destination for exploring the natural wonders of the area while relaxing in tranquil surroundings. Additionally, The Family Coppola operates a venerable film production company, American Zoetrope; the award-winning literary and art magazine, Zoetrope: All-Story; Cafe Zoetrope in San Francisco's iconic Sentinel Building in North Beach; and Mammarella Foods, an authentic line of premium organic pastas and sauces.

Francis Ford Coppola Winery Website 

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.6 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, and asset management. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of customers in the United States and many of the world's most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. 

JPMorgan Chase & Co. Website 


We have the world’s largest catalogue of high quality short movies available on TV, online and in theaters, and also produce original short film content for broadcasters and brands.

Our teams obtain only professionally produced live action, animation and documentary short movies from the world’s most famous film festivals and independent suppliers. Through the acquisition of these films we offer professional short filmmakers an unparalleled commercial medium to develop their careers, and viewers an opportunity to see the best short movies from around the world – on TV, online and in theaters.

On TV, our channel is the world’s first and only 24/7 HD channel dedicated to short movies. Available across the US and Europe, ShortsTV brings short stories to life in stunning high definition and covers the latest events in the short film industry.

Online, we offer hundreds of the world’s best independent shorts for download from stores in over 90 countries, including iTunes, Google Play and Amazon Instant Video.

In theaters, we produce and distribute the annual Oscar Nominated Short Films theatrical release, bringing the world’s top awarded short movies to the big screen.

And on top of all that, we produce original short film content through our production division, Shorts Factory. Whether it’s for our own TV channel, or other broadcasters and brands, we use our unique expertise in short film to produce high-quality short form content that entertains, educates and inspires.

ShortsTV Website 


The editorial content in our publications is gathered and packaged based on the results of independent marketplace research. The communities spoke, and we have delivered on their wishes. We invite content submissions – and get them regularly – from all corners in the community. We’re active listeners, and that means this: News is what our readers say it is. That’s not a concept; it’s a practice. This is the community’s newspaper, its enrichment source and its rallying point. We’re happy to play that role.

CURRENT Website 

Daniel's Vineyard

Daniel’s Vineyard is a full production winery and event venue offering a portfolio of 15 high quality wines.  Together along side their five kids, the idea to plant a vineyard was sown in the Tuscan foothills over a bottle of wine by husband and wife, Daniel and Kimberly.  Upon arrival back to the states, they began to put their dream into action. In 2010, over 14,000 grape vines were cultivated into the Indiana soil by family, friends, and neighbors. As the vines have flourished over the years, so has the Daniel’s Vineyard community.

Daniel's Vineyard Website 

Sweet and Savory

When Shawn and Melissa Mudd first came to Indianapolis, they wanted to make a big entrance and not only launched an offsite catering and event planning business but also started a small café where they could get to know the people of Indianapolis. 

Both the café and the catering business took off and quickly began earning loyal regulars. For more than a decade, the couple ran, grew and expanded both businesses. While the Mudds admit balancing both businesses with a growing family was challenging, they say it not only helped them flex their creative muscles but also helped them learn more about the unique needs and tastes of the Indiana communities.

After 12 years of running both businesses, the couple decided that they wanted to focus soley on their catering services—expanding and offering new options to clients. By shifting this focus, they were able to expand services to include a wide variety of events including weddings, private parties, corporate events and even private dining services.

Today, the company operates out of a new, renovated location off 96th street and feature a gourmet catering kitchen and beautiful consultation and tasting room.

Sweet and Savory Website 

Cinema Sponsors - $5-9K




Arts Council of Indianapolis

Eskenazi Health


MBP Catering



La Margarita



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Reel Sponsors - Under $5K


Bose Public Affairs Group

Luna Language Services

Lumina Foundation


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