Heartland High School Film Competition

2020 Call for Entries are Now Open

The High School Film Competition is now a part of Indy Shorts! Selections will be made by June 2020.

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.

Basic eligibility requirements:

  • Short films under 15 minutes in length
  • Documentary or narrative; live-action or animated
  • The director must have been in high school when the film was completed
  • The director must not have graduated from high school any earlier than Summer 2019

View the complete 2019 Indy Shorts Rules & Regulations

UPDATE, MARCH 23, 2020: We have reduced all the late deadline fees to match the lower regular deadline fees as a token of good will during the Coronavirus pandemic. Planning for Indy Shorts (July 21-26, 2020) is still moving forward as planned and we will continue to monitor the situation.

  • Early Bird Deadline, January 5, 2020 – FREE
  • Regular Deadline, March 22, 2020 – $10
  • Late Deadline, April 19, 2020 – REDUCED: $10 (was $15)
  • Extended Deadline, May 3, 2020 – REDUCED: $15 (was $30)

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.