International Industry Lunch Hosted by Heartland Film at TIFF


Heartland International Film Festival hosted a private lunch at Toronto International Film Festival for film production companies, distributors and filmmakers who are submitting their country’s film to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for nomination consideration of Best Foreign Language Film.

Several guests in attendance will be presenting their films at this year’s Heartland International Film Festival. Heartland is the among the first U.S. film festivals to showcase films being submitted for consideration at this year’s 2019 Academy Awards®.

A total 25 guests were in attendance representing Screen Australia, Festival Formula LTD, Goethe Institute, Head of Eye International (Netherlands), IMCINE, Czech Film Center, Sydney’s Buzz, Slovejski Films Center and Greek Film Center. Also in attendance were Beth and Andy Friedenberg of the San Diego Cinema Society, Ms. Monserrat Sanchez Sholer (Mexico), Greg Sorvig (Director of Film Programming, Heartland Film); Arlene Grande (Board Member, Heartland Film), Therese Hayes (International Film Programmer); Hannah Fisher (International Film Programmer) and Craig Prater (President, Heartland Film).

A series of films will showcase in a special section at the 27th annual Heartland International Film Festival which opens October 11-21, 2018. One film from the Foreign Language Contenders series will be awarded the juried Best Foreign Language Contender Award and $5,000 cash prize. The selected films were nominated by representatives from the various guilds, film organizations and memberships that make up the national industry of any specific country.

Stay tuned to see the full lineup of Foreign Language Best Picture contenders and purchase tickets to Heartland International Film Festival at


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