28th Annual

Heartland International Film Festival

October 10, 2019 to October 20, 2019

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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Narrative Feature
• Dramatic or comedic narratives; animated or live-action.
• Anything but a documentary qualifies for this category.
• 41 minutes or longer.
• Narrative Features receiving their U.S. or World premiere at Heartland may be eligible for “Best Premiere” awards.
• Five Narrative Features will be named Heartland Film Festival Finalists.
• One of the five Narrative Feature Finalists will receive the $15,000 Grand Prize for Best Narrative Feature, which will be announced at the Awards Party during the Festival. Other Finalists will receive a $1,000 cash prize.
Documentary Feature
• Nonfiction films; animated or live-action.
• 41 minutes or longer.
• Documentary Features receiving their U.S. or World premiere at Heartland may be eligible for “Best Premiere” awards.
• Five Documentary Features will be named Heartland Film Festival Finalists.
• One of the five Documentary Feature Finalists will receive the $15,000 Grand Prize for Best Documentary Feature, which will be announced at the Awards Party during the Festival. Other Finalists will each receive a $1,000 cash prize.
Indiana Spotlight Competition
INDIANA SPOTLIGHT
We are excited to exhibit films with ties to the Hoosier state for the fourth year of our Indiana Spotlight Competition. Films in competition for the Indiana Spotlight Award and $2,000 cash prize are films that meet at least one of the following requirements:
- Director is a current Indiana resident or native.
- Producer/executive producer/writer is a current Indiana resident or Indiana native.
- At least 65% of the film was shot in Indiana.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

Heartland Film is a nonprofit arts organization founded in 1991 with the mission to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film. Since the inaugural Heartland International Film Festival (HIFF) in 1992, the fest has grown from a 5-day event with less than 20 films to an 11-day celebration featuring more than 130 independent feature films, 200+ visiting filmmakers and 300+ film screenings. HIFF has built a reputation on its impactful movies, the connections audiences make with visiting filmmakers, the overall hospitality and intimacy of the experience, and bringing big Hollywood names – like Robert Downey Jr., Jessica Biel, Rob Reiner, and Oscar® winner Geoffrey Rush – to the Hoosier state.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Heartland Film is a nonprofit arts organization founded in 1991 with the mission to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film. Since the inaugural Heartland International Film Festival (HIFF) in 1992, the fest has grown from a 5-day event with less than 20 films to an 11-day celebration featuring more than 130 independent feature films, 200+ visiting filmmakers and 300+ film screenings. HIFF has built a reputation on its impactful movies, the connections audiences make with visiting filmmakers, the overall hospitality and intimacy of the experience, and bringing big Hollywood names – like Robert Downey Jr., Jessica Biel, Rob Reiner, and Oscar® winner Geoffrey Rush – to the Hoosier state.

Top Five Reasons to Submit to the Heartland International Film Festival & Indy Shorts
1. Cash prizes, ranging from $1,000 - $15,000 per prize.
2. Academy Award-qualifying festival in the Short Films category.*
3. One of MovieMaker Magazine’s Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2018.
4. Artistic integrity: transparent selection process offering screener feedback by request after the Festival.
5. Regarded for our Hoosier hospitality with a strong community between filmmakers, moviegoers, and volunteers.

The 28th annual Heartland International Film Festival will take place in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, October 10-20, 2019. Filmmakers participating in the Festival attend numerous screenings of their films and other special events designed to allow interaction between filmmakers and audiences. Filmmakers from around the world are invited to submit films; student filmmakers are welcomed in each category as well. The Heartland International Film Festival selects and honors films in several categories:

- Narrative Feature ($15,000 Grand Prize)
- Documentary Feature ($15,000 Grand Prize)
- Social Impact Awards ($2,000 cash prizes)
- Indiana Spotlight ($2,000 cash prize)
- Jimmy Stewart Legacy Award (R5,000 cash prize)
- Humor & Humanity Award ($1,000 cash prize)
- Best Premiere Awards ($2,000 cash prizes)
- Best Foreign Language Contender ($2,000 cash prize)
- Audience Choice Winners ($1,000 cash prizes)

ORGANIZERS

Greg Sorvig (Director of Film Programming); Julia Ricci (Film Programming Coordinator)

GENERAL RULES

SELECTION PROCESS
Each submitted film goes through an involved judging process, and is screened by at least one member of the selection committee. Selected films could eventually be seen more than six times by members of the screening committees, programming staff, and juries. Heartland Film reserves the right to stop watching your film after 15 minutes if the reviewer determines that the film’s technical quality is not at a baseline level for festival inclusion.

Films submitted to Heartland International 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 - ultimately Heartland International Film Festival programs story-driven films that do much more than entertain.

RULES & TERMS
Please visit http://heartlandfilm.org/festival/submit/ for a full list of 2019 Rules and Regulations

ELIGIBILITY
To be eligible for Heartland International Film Festival, films must comply with the following:
- The film must have been completed on or after January 1, 2018 and be 41 minutes or longer in length.
- The film must be available for up to four screenings during the Festival, October 10-20, 2019.
- There must not be a screening fee attached to the film.
- Heartland requires a Digital Cinema Package (DCP) for every film in addition to a high-quality digital backup file. No Blu-rays, DVDs or 35mm prints will be screened at the Festival.
- Premiere status has no bearing on whether a film is selected. Heartland Film does not encourage your film being available on YouTube, Vimeo, theatrical release, etc. prior to the event, but that does not have any bearing on eligibility. Any film invited to play at the Festival MUST communicate to the director of film programming if release plans change once the film is programmed. Failure to communicate may result in the film being pulled from the lineup.
- The film cannot require dual projection (interlock) or separate soundtracks.
- Non-English films must be subtitled.

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.
- A completed official entry via this site.
- Payment of the non-refundable entry fee must accompany the submission.
Payment can be made by credit card, check or money order payable in U.S. 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.
- Multiple submissions must be provided as individual submissions.
- Films submitted in the wrong categories to save on submission costs will be disqualified and fees will be kept by Heartland Film, Inc. (example: filmmaker submits to High School Film Competition but was not a student at the time the film was made) - this includes filmmaker claims of being a student when they are not indeed students. Student filmmakers must provide a scan of their current student identification card.

NOTIFICATION
Filmmakers (producer or director) for films selected to be Finalists will be notified by no later than August 15, 2019. All other filmmakers will be notified by email shortly thereafter. Official Selections and Finalists will be publicly announced in September, 2019, and Heartland International Film Festival reserves the right to release basic information about selected films as early as May.

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 other prizes).
10 filmmakers will be selected as Finalists in the following categories:
- 5 Narrative Features
- 5 Documentary Features

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. Finalists are still eligible for other prizes, such as the Jimmy Stewart Legacy Awards, Best Premieres, Social Impact Awards, Humor & Humanity Award, and Audience Choice.

All submitted films that meet the below eligibility requirements are considered “in competition” for Heartland International Film Festival Finalists at the time of submission. In September, 2019, Finalists are publicly announced. Only Finalists are ultimately eligible for the Grand Prize in each category. Grand Prize winners are announced at the Heartland International Film Festival Awards Party on Friday, October 19, 2018. Filmmakers must be present to win.

Films that are not selected by our juries as Finalists may be invited to screen as “Official Selections” and are eligible for the Audience Choice Awards, the Jimmy Stewart Legacy Award, Social Impact Awards, and Humor and Humanity Award. Official Selections are not in competition for Festival Awards/Grand Prizes.

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. “Special Presentation” films are generally titles that already have major distribution or have had their broadcast premiere prior to the Heartland International Film Festival.
Finalist films will be programmed to screen up to five times during the Festival. Official Selections will screen up to three times each.

In 2018, 136 films were selected from more than 850 feature submissions.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

I, the undersigned, as submitting filmmaker (producer or director) of the film, acknowledge and agree that I have read, understood, and complied with the Heartland International Film Festival submission rules. If my film is selected as a Finalist at the Heartland Film Festival, I WILL BE PRESENT at the Festival from October 17 through October 20, 2019, including the Heartland International Film Festival Awards Party on Saturday, October 19, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana to receive the award. If I am unable to attend, another filmmaker (producer or director) representing the film will accept the award in my place.

Additionally, should I be awarded, I will acknowledge Heartland International Film Festival in the film’s future advertising and promotional materials. I hold Heartland International Film Festival harmless from any damage to the print en route or otherwise during the Festival’s possession of the film.

I hold that any claims I have made about the premiere status of my film are accurate at the time of submission. I hereby acknowledge that I will notify Heartland International Film Festival of any changes in the film’s premiere status as soon as they occur.

I accept that changes in the film’s premiere status prior to the Festival may not have any bearing on my eligibility for being selected as a Finalist, but may materially impact my eligibility for other cash awards, including Best Premiere Awards.

If selected to screen at the Heartland Film Festival, you authorize Heartland Film, Inc. to publicly exhibit your film again as part of our traveling screening series, for at least one screening in 2019 or 2020 (without a screening or any other fee).

Heartland Film, Inc. reserves the right to withdraw any film from screening consideration at any point in the process.

I hereby warrant that I am authorized to commit the film for screening, and understand and accept these requirements and regulations, and, if accepted for the Heartland International Film Festival, agree that no screening fee will be demanded. I hereby warrant that I have all the necessary rights to exhibit all elements of my submission, including but not limited to music and stock footage/imagery.

I shall indemnify and hold harmless Heartland International Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening prints/films entered.