Heartland High School Film Competition

Launched in 2010, the High School Film Competition encourages tomorrow’s filmmakers to create films that inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of the art form.

Congratulations to all of the High Schooler filmmakers who were selected to be a part of the 2020 Indy Shorts International Film Festival! You can watch all of these films on our Indy Shorts Virtual Fest from July 21-26.

View the 2020 High School Film Competition Program

About the Summer White Lynch Memorial Award

Summer White Lynch

The Summer White Lynch Memorial Award, Grand Prize for Best High School Film, is Underwritten by Gary D. & Marlene Cohen

Summer White Lynch – loving wife, mother of two young boys, daughter, sister, friend to many. Indianapolis native, Carmel Graduate living in Bloomingdale, Illinois, lost her battle to triple negative breast cancer in June 2014. She was diagnosed in the fall of 2011 and during her fight to live inspired all who followed her story with humor and strength. Summer as a person was selfless, personable, courageous and always took the time to make someone feel good about themselves especially children. A friend eulogized her by saying “There are only two kinds of people – those who are friends of Summer and those she has not met yet.”

When she was sent home from Mayo Clinic with the news that there was nothing left to do but wait to die, it inspired a movement that became ignited a Random Act of Kindness movement over social media that spanned over local communities, states and overseas. She knew a lot of these stories that inspired her spirit of giving before she passed. The Mayor gave her the key to Bloomingdale and declared June 6 would be dedicated to RAOK in her honor. The High school film award is one of the pay it forward’s that came from the Summer On RAOK movement. Gary D. and Marlene Cohen wanted to give back by bringing her spirit to the Heartland Film award both to honor her and to encourage others to be inspired to do something kind to a random stranger and feel the personal reward of giving selflessly.

Fighting Cancer “The Princess Crazy Way” is her extended community on Facebook, which posts stories throughout the entire year.