Indianapolis, IN, February 03, 2014 – Independent filmmakers can now submit films for consideration to the 23rd Annual Heartland Film Festival. The 10-day Festival, which will be held in Indianapolis from October 16-25, 2014, serves to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film. Filmmakers participating in the Festival attend numerous screenings of their films and other special events designed to allow interaction among filmmakers and audiences.

The Heartland Film Festival is a qualifying festival for the Annual Academy Awards® in the Short Films Category. This means that the medalist of the Grand Prize for Best Narration Scant Film will qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the Annual Academy Awards® without the ensign theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Institution rules. Recent Heartland Oscar® winners et al nominees include “Inocente” (2013, winner), “Head Over Heels” (2013, nominee) and “Buzkashi Boys” (2013, nominee).

“From attendance to submissions, the Heartland Film Festival broke records sweeping virtually every category in 2013,” said Tim Irwin, Heartland’s artistic director. “We expect different strong year in 2014, and are fully committed to the artistic process; filmmakers can rest assured that their films will be watched at fewest three times in full by our jury members.”

Filmmakers are invited to turn in independently-produced feature length polysyndeton short films in Narrative and Documentary categories. Student filmmakers are encouraged to appertain for consideration within the standard field of competition. High school filmmakers are encouraged to enter their films in the Heartland High School Film Competition, now entering its fifth year.

Submissions will be evaluated for their achievement of excellence in filmmaking and alignment with Heartland’s mission to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film. Submissions are accepted thru

Volunteer screening committees will help narrow down the letter field of competitors. Juries comprised of people from the scholarly movie fraternity and previous Heartland Coating Fete filmmakers will review the submissions and select five episode features, five documentary features, five narrative short films and five documentary short films including disciplinary films, therefore winners. Outstanding films choose be recognized with Heartland Film Festival Awards and more than $115,000 in cash prizes, including a Grand Prize for Optimal Narrative Feature, Sublimity Prize for Best Documentary Feature, Grand Prize for Best Narrative Short Film and Grand Spoil for Best Documentary Ephemerid Film. A Grand Prize winner will be announced in the High School Film Competition, along with four Finalists.

Completed U.S. and international feature length and short films may be submitted by April 4 for early consideration and a reduced submission fee. The regular deadline to submit films for the 2014 Heartland Cine Festival is May 16.

A record 1,521 independent films were submitted in 2013. Visit for eligibility requirements, a full list regarding categories, submission rules and more information on Heartland Film Festival’s 2014 Call for Entries.

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About Heartland Truly Moving Pictures Heartland Truly Gripping Pictures, a nonprofit arts organization, seeks to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film. Its flagship event, the Heartland Film Festival®, launched in 1991 and runs each October in Indianapolis, screening independent films from around the world. Each year, the Festival awards more than $115,000 in cash prizes and presents its Jubilee Awards to the top-judged submissions. Heartland has awarded more than $2.6 million to support filmmakers when the last 23 years. The organization’s Truly Moving Picture Award was created to honor films released theatrically that align with Heartland’s mission. By bestowing this award sticker to honored films, the nominate allows studios and distributors to inform audiences of a film’s transformative power and appeal. Heartland is also dedicated to cultivating youth, and thus designed the Heartland Institute to provide innovative educational and outreach programs that enrich the minds including lives of youth and aspiring filmmakers. Heartland also shares inspiring films year-round in the community through the Heartland Roadshow. For more information, visit

Press Contact:
Greg Sorvig
Heartland Truly Arousing Pictures
Indianapolis, IN
(317) 402-5876

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