26th Annual

Heartland Film Festival

October 12, 2017 to October 22, 2017

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Narrative Feature
- Dramatic or comedic narratives; animated or live-action.
- Anything but a documentary qualifies for this category.
- 50 minutes or longer.
- Narrative Features receiving their U.S. or World premiere at Heartland may be eligible for “Best Premiere” awards.
- Total of 5 Finalists will be chosen by our jury to compete for 1 Grand Prize - other Narrative Features will be featured as Official Selections.
- One of the five Narrative Feature Finalists will receive the $25,000 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 each.
Documentary Feature
• Nonfiction films; animated or live-action.
• 50 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 $25,000 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.
Narrative Short
• Dramatic or comedic narratives; live-action.
• Anything but a documentary qualifies for this category.
• Under 50 minutes in length.
• Five Narrative Shorts will be named Heartland Film Festival Finalists.
• One of the five Narrative Short Finalists will receive the $5,000 Grand Prize for Best Narrative Short, which will be announced at the Awards Party during the Festival. Other Finalists will each receive a $500 cash prize.
• The Grand Prize winner in this category will qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.
• Each short selected as a Finalist will be offered a broadcast deal by Shorts International®, which includes iTunes and Amazon Prime listings, in addition to broadcast on the ShortsHD cable channel.
Documentary Short
• Nonfiction films; live-action.
• Under 50 minutes in length.
• Five Documentary Shorts will be named Heartland Film Festival Finalists; one filmmaker from each film will receive a trip to Indianapolis for the Festival and a Heartland Film Festival Finalist statuette.
• One of the five Documentary Short Finalists will receive the $5,000 Grand Prize for Best Documentary Short, which will be announced at the Awards Ceremony during the Festival.
• Each short selected as a Finalist will be offered a broadcast deal by Shorts International®, which includes iTunes and Amazon Prime listings, in addition to broadcast on the ShortsHD cable channel.
Animated Short
• Animated films; dramatic/comedic narratives or nonfiction.
• Under 50 minutes in length.
• Five Animated Shorts will be named Heartland Film Festival Finalists; one filmmaker from each film will receive a trip to Indianapolis for the Festival and a Heartland Film Festival Finalist statuette.
• One of the five Animated Short Finalists will receive the $5,000 Grand Prize for Best Animated Short, which will be announced at the Awards Ceremony during the Festival.
• Each short selected as a Finalist will be offered a broadcast deal by Shorts International®, which includes iTunes and Amazon Prime listings, in addition to broadcast on the ShortsHD cable channel.
High School Film Competition
• Short films under 12 minutes in length.
• Narrative or documentary; live-action or animated.
• The director must have been in high school when the film was completed.
• The director must not have graduated from high school any earlier than Spring/Summer, 2016.
• 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
o One narrative short will be chosen as the High School Film Competition Narrative Finalist, and will receive a $500 cash award in addition to travel expenses for the director and one guardian to attend the Festival.
o One documentary short will be chosen as the High School Film Competition Documentary Finalist, and will receive a $500 cash award in addition to travel expenses for the director and one guardian to attend the Festival.
o One narrative short meeting Indiana Spotlight requirements will be chosen as the High School Film Competition Indiana Spotlight Narrative Finalist, and will receive a $500 cash award in addition to travel expenses for the director and one guardian to attend the Festival.
o One documentary short meeting Indiana Spotlight requirements will be chosen as the High School Film Competition Indiana Spotlight Documentary Finalist, and will receive a $500 cash award in addition to travel expenses for the director and one guardian to attend the Festival.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

Heartland Film, through its mission to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film, has impacted filmmakers and moviegoers of all backgrounds for 25 years. The Heartland Film Festival serves as a gateway for great films and powerful stories told by an incredible range of filmmakers from our own backyard and around the globe. Heartland Film includes, respects and celebrates unique voices and perspectives in its programming, and welcomes all filmmakers and moviegoers regardless of their sexual orientation, race, religion or creed.

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 Film Festival (HFF) 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 films, 150 visiting filmmakers and 280 film screenings. HFF 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, and Oscar® winner Geoffrey Rush – to the Hoosier state.

TOP FIVE REASONS TO SUBMIT TO THE HEARTLAND FILM FESTIVAL
1. Expanded number of cash prizes - 33 in 2017 vs. 13 in 2016! Ranging from $500 - $25,000 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 2016.
4. Artistic integrity: transparent selection process which guarantees your film is watched in full by at least three screening team members, with screener feedback eventually made available to the films not accepted (by request after the Festival).
5. Regarded for our Hoosier hospitality with a strong community between filmmakers, moviegoers and volunteers.

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 Film Festival selects and honors films in several categories:

- Narrative Feature
- Documentary Feature
- Narrative Short
- Documentary Short
- Animated Short
- High School Film Competition (HSFC)
- Indiana Spotlight

AWARDS & PRIZES
Awarding $100,000 in cash prizes for 2017, the Festival has bestowed more than $3 million to independent filmmakers since 1992 – the largest total amount awarded by any film festival in North America.

*HFF has earned the special designation of being a qualifying festival for the Annual Academy Awards® within the Short Films category. This means that the winner of the Grand Prize for Best Narrative Short Film will qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

ELIGIBILITY UPDATE: As of 5/18/17, Heartland requires a Digital Cinema Package (DCP) for every film (feature or short) selected for the Festival. No Blu-rays, DVDs or 35mm prints will be screened at the Festival.

GENERAL RULES

SELECTION PROCESS
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. Selected films have a transformative power that impacts audiences by educating, inspiring, challenging or shifting perspectives - ultimately the Heartland 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 2017 Rules and Regulations

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.


MATERIALS CHECKLIST
All entries must submit the following information to be considered for the Festival:
- Link to a functional streaming video file (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) in high definition 720p or 1080p. If the link is password-protected, a working password is mandatory.
- Completed and digitally signed submission on Withoutabox.com.
- Entry fee.


NOTIFICATION
Filmmakers (producer or director) for films selected as Finalists in their respective category will be notified by phone around mid-August, 2017. All other filmmakers will be notified by email after that date or before mid-September, 2017. Official Selections and Finalists will be publicly announced on September 14, 2017, at the Heartland Film Announcement Party. Heartland reserves the right to release basic information about selected films as early as August.

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).
- 29 filmmakers will be selected as Finalists in the following categories:
- 5 Narrative Features
- 5 Documentary Features
- 5 Narrative Short Films
- 5 Documentary Short Films
- 5 Animated Short Films
- 4 HSFC Films

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.


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 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 18 through October 22, 2017, including the Heartland Film Festival Awards Party on Saturday, October 21, 2017 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 Film Festival in the film’s future advertising and promotional materials. I hold Heartland 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 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 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 the Heartland Film Roadshow, for at least one screening in 2017 or 2018 (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 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 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.