Heartland Film Festival: Heartwarming Films in Indianapolis

The Heartland Film Festival is celebrating 16 years of bringing films that celebrate the positive aspects of life to Indianapolis this October. Heartland Truly Moving Pictures is the Indianapolis non-profit organization that works to organize and conduct the festival each year. The Heartland Film Festival features provide Indianapolis kids and adults nine days of fun and moving films by students and professional filmmakers.

“Doing Indy” video about the Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis

Ceremonies for the annual Indianapolis event are typically held in the Indiana History Center, the Murat Theatre, Conseco Fieldhouse and Indianapolis hotels, some in downtown Indianapolis. After a day of shopping at the Circle Centre Mall, guests in Indianapolis can catch an up-and-coming film at the UA Circle Centre 9 Theater, or drive to the AMC North or South venues. Films of all lengths and subject matter are available for viewing at virtually any time of day.

More than $1.8 million has been awarded to Indianapolis artists submitting their films to the festival since 1991. Each festival produces the $200,000 Crystal Heart Award and Jimmy Stewart Memorial Crystal Heart Awards, a $100,000 Grand Prize winner for Best Dramatic Feature, $25,000 for Best Documentary Feature and $10,000 for Best Short Film.

In 2000, the Truly Moving Picture Award was added to the list of recognitions at the annual Indianapolis festival, and 2002 brought the addition of video distribution efforts for the submitting artists.  The purpose of this program is to gain distribution of the film under the Heartland Film Festival label.  This helps new filmmakers pursue their dreams and spread their art.  Any film that is involved in this program may be found and purchased online at Amazon.com.

Notable films receiving awards at the festival have gone on to gain national recognition and touch thousands of lives.  One such film is Lars and the Real Girl, which won the Crystal Heart Award prior to reaching national levels of distribution.

Heartland Truly Moving Pictures partnered with the National Collaboration for Youth to create the “FILM. Project”, or Finding Inspiration in Literature and Movies.  This project provides curriculum and lessons surrounding filmed works of art.  The purpose is to apply lessons in the film to current subject matter being studied by the students.  Since the FILM Project’s inception in 2004, more than 300,000 youth have participated in this form of Indianapolis education.

Movie and film lovers can purchase an all-access pass or individual tickets for a single showing.  New dates for the 2009 Heartland Film Festival are set for October 15 through 23, 2009.  We’ll see you there next fall!

For more information on the Heartland Film Festival, please visit the festival’s homepage.

Heartland Film Festival
200 S Meridian St
Indianapolis, IN 46225

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