26th Annual

Heartland Film Festival

October 12, 2017 to October 22, 2017

 
Category

High School Film Competition

 

Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
April 1, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 0.00 *
Regular Deadline
May 13, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 10.00 *
Late Deadline
May 20, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 15.00 *
WAB Extended Deadline
May 27, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 30.00 *

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.


Category Details

NOTIFICATION DATE
Approximately August 15, 2017

RUNTIME
Shorts: From 1 minutes to 12 minutes

COMPLETION DATE
Projects completed after June 1, 2015

PLACE OF ORIGIN
Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

PREMIERE STATUS
No premiere requirement

DISTRIBUTION STATUS
Projects may have distribution

3 SUBMISSION COPIES REQUIRED

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

SUBMISSION COPY FORMATS
Online
  Secure Online Screener
Media Files
  .AVI (Audio-Video Interleaved)
  Other - Digital
  .MOV (QuickTime)

SUBMISSION COPY LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English
OTHER

EXHIBITION FORMATS
Digital VideoNTSCPALSECAM
HDCAM    
DCP    
Media Files
  .MOV (Quicktime)
  .MPG (MPEG or MPEG2)
  .AVI (Audio-Video Interleaved)
  DCP
  HDCAM

EXHIBITION LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English
OTHER


Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is required, but only after acceptance.


Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

High School Film Competition Narrative Finalist
One narrative short will be chosen as the High School Film Competition Narrative Finalist, and will receive a $500 cash award.
Cash Award Value: 500 U.S. Dollar

High School Film Competition Documentary Finalist
One documentary short submitted to the High School Film Competition will be chosen as the High School Film Competition Documentary Finalist, and will receive a $500 cash award.
Cash Award Value: 500 U.S. Dollar

High School Film Competition Indiana Spotlight Narrative Finalist
One narrative short submitted to the High School Film Competition will be chosen as the Indiana Spotlight Narrative Short Finalist, and will receive a $500 cash award.
Cash Award Value: 500 U.S. Dollar

High School Film Competition Indiana Spotlight Documentary Finalist
One documentary short submitted to the High School Film Competition will be chosen as the Indiana Spotlight Documentary Short Finalist, and will receive a $500 cash award.
Cash Award Value: 500 U.S. Dollar

Summer White Lynch Memorial Award Grand Prize
Four High School Film Competition submissions will be chosen as Finalists. At the Awards Ceremony one of the four Finalists will be named as the Summer White Lynch Memorial Award Grand Prize winner, and will receive an additional $2,000 for a total prize of $2,500.
Cash Award Value: 2,000 U.S. Dollar

Category Rules

PLEASE NOTE: All films submitted in the High School Film Competition for the Heartland Film Festival are in competition to be Finalists at the time of submission, provided they meet eligibility requirements.

SELECTION CRITERIA
Each submitted film goes through an involved judging process, and is screened in its entirety by at least three members of the selection committee. Selected films have been seen 4-15 times by members of the screening committees, programming staff, and juries.

Films submitted to the Heartland Film Festival are judged on their overall artistic and technical quality. Additionally, each film must be engaging and entertaining, but do more than simply entertain. Selected films have a transformative power that impacts audiences by educating, inspiring, challenging or shifting perspectives.

FINALISTS/OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
Films are ultimately chosen as either Finalists, which remain in competition for the Grand Prizes, or Official Selections, which screen out of competition for the Grand Prizes (though they may remain eligible for Best Premiere or Indiana Spotlight prizes, as described below).

All submitted films that meet the below eligibility requirements are considered “in competition” to be selected as a Heartland Film Festival Finalist at the time of submission. In September 2017, Finalists are publicly announced. Only Finalists are
eligible for the Grand Prize in each category. Grand Prize winners are announced at the Heartland Film Festival Awards
Party on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Filmmakers must be present to win, as described below.

Films that are not honored as Finalists may be invited to screen as “Official Selections” and are eligible for the Audience Choice Awards. Official Selections are no longer “in competition” for the Grand Prizes: only Finalists will be eligible for Grand Prizes. Feature-length films having their U.S. or World Premiere at Heartland are eligible for Best Premiere Awards. Indiana films meeting eligibility requirements for the Indiana Spotlight competition are eligible for the award in that category.
Other films may be invited to screen at the Festival as a “Special Presentation” or in a “To Be Announced” time slot; these may be eligible for the Audience Choice Award depending on when the films are scheduled.

Films selected as Finalists will be programmed to screen up to eight times during the Festival. Official Selections will screen up to four times.

In past years, Heartland Film generally selected 25-30 Narrative Features, 25-30 Documentary Features, 55-65 short films (narrative, documentary, and animated combined) and 10-15 High School Film Competition submissions. In 2016, 138 films were selected from 2,535 submissions. This distribution of category selections is subject to change and expand.


ELIGIBILITY
To be eligible for the Heartland Film Festival, films must comply with the following:
- The film must have been completed on or after June 1, 2016.
- The film must be available for up to 8 screenings during the Festival, October 12-22, 2017.
- There must not be a screening fee attached to the film. Heartland will not pay a screening fee to any film featured
in the Festival; there are no exceptions.
- Heartland requires a digital file for every feature film. The file must be at least Apple ProRes 422 (or equivalent) and 1080p. The file may be delivered on hard drive (unencrypted) or we can extract the file from an HDCAM (no HDCAM SR). No Blu-rays, DCPs or 35mm prints will be screened at the Festival.
- Short films must be available in one of the following formats: HDCAM or Apple ProRes 422 (or equivalent) on a flash drive, hard drive or other digital media. All films must have a resolution of 1080p.
- Films that have had a theatrical release, a television broadcast within the United States or a release through an on-demand outlet such as Netflix, Amazon On-Demand or any other outlets that are available in Indiana prior to the Festival dates are not eligible to be named Finalists, but may be considered for “Special Presentation” screenings.
Films with a theatrical release, television broadcast or available on-demand outside of the USA are eligible to screen as “Official Selections” and are eligible to be named Finalists.
- The film cannot require dual projection (interlock) or separate soundtracks.
- Non-English films must be subtitled in English.


RULES FOR SUBMISSION
In addition to the eligibility requirements listed above, filmmakers must comply with the following submission rules to be considered as a Finalist in their respective category:
- The submitting filmmaker must be either the producer or director of the film.
- Entries are accepted through www.withoutabox.com.
- A completed official entry on Withoutabox.com must be digitally signed by the filmmaker.
- Payment of the non-refundable entry fee must accompany the submission.
- Payment can be made by credit card, check or money order payable in US dollars to Heartland Film, Inc. The filmmaker will be responsible for bank fees associated with any check returned to Heartland by the bank as unpaid.
- All items on the materials checklist (below) must be provided by the entry deadline.
- Link to a functional streaming video file (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) in high definition 720p or 1080p. If the link is password-protected, the password is mandatory.Links may be included in the Withoutabox cover letter or emailed to submissions@heartlandfilm.org.
- Multiple submissions must be provided as individual submissions.


IMPORTANT NOTE
A filmmaker (director or producer) MUST be present at the Heartland Film Festival Awards Ceremony in order to receive any cash prize.

Filmmakers from outside the United States must be advised that per U.S. tax code and tax treaties, Heartland Film Festival will withhold U.S. taxes from monetary prizes when applicable, totaling as much as 30 percent of the cash award, regardless of recipients' citizenship. Taxes withheld will be deposited with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Heartland Film Festival cannot assist filmmakers in filing for those funds from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.