25th Annual

Heartland Film Festival

October 20, 2016 to October 30, 2016

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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.
• 50 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 filmmaker from each film will receive a trip to Indianapolis for the Festival and a Heartland Film Festival Finalist statuette.
• One of the five Narrative Feature Finalists will receive the $45,000 Grand Prize for Best Narrative Feature, which will be announced at the Awards Ceremony during the Festival.
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 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 Feature Finalists will receive the $45,000 Grand Prize for Best Documentary Feature, which will be announced at the Awards Ceremony during the Festival.
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 filmmaker from each film will receive a trip to Indianapolis for the Festival and a Heartland Film Festival Finalist statuette.
• 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 Ceremony during the Festival.
• 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 Festival inspires filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film.

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 enables them to impact audiences by shifting perspectives, educating, inspiring or challenging them.

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 across 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

The Heartland Film Festival serves to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film. The 25th annual Heartland Film Festival will take place in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, October 20-30, 2016. 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

Films submitted in the Feature and Short categories are considered "in competition" to be selected a Heartland Film Festival Finalist, provided they meet all eligibility requirements. Films submitted to the HSFC are eligible for separate awards.

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 enables them to impact audiences by shifting perspectives, educating, inspiring or challenging them.

Heartland is a qualifying festival for the Academy Awards. The recipient 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.

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).

29 filmmakers will be selected as Finalists in the following categories:

Five Narrative Features.
Five Documentary Features.
Five Narrative Short Films.
Five Documentary Short Films.
Five Animated Short Films.
Four HSFC Films.

Films labeled Finalists will be announced prior to the Festival. One filmmaker (director or producer) from each film selected as Finalist must be present at the Festival to receive his/her award.

The Jimmy Stewart Legacy Award will include a $5,000 cash prize for a single winner, selected from the Festival’s feature-length narrative and documentary titles. The winning film will best embody the ongoing legacy of actor and national hero Jimmy Stewart and will demonstrate the triumph of the human spirit through determination and the defiance of odds, humble vulnerability, and courage in the face of adversity.

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.

During the Heartland Film Festival, one Grand Prize winner in each category will be announced. These prizes are as follows:

- Best Narrative Feature ($45,000 total award )
- Best Documentary Feature ($45,000 total award)
- Best Narrative Short ($5,000 total award)
- Best Documentary Short ($5,000 total award)
- Best Animated Short ($5,000 total award)
- HSFC Grand Prize Winner ($2,500 total award)

Please note: a producer or director from each film labeled Finalist MUST be in attendance at the Heartland Film Festival to win the award. An expenses-paid trip is included in the prize.

Narrative feature and documentary feature films holding their U.S. or World Premiere at Heartland will be eligible for the above awards, in addition to the "Best Premiere" prizes, as follow:

Best Narrative Feature Premiere ($5,000 total award)
Best Documentary Feature Premiere ($5,000 total award)

One film from any category that qualifies as an “Indiana film” will be selected winner of the Indiana Spotlight Competition, and will receive a $5,000 cash award. Films in this category must have their U.S. or World Premiere at the Festival and meet two of the following three criteria for eligibility:
- Director is a current Indiana resident or Indiana native.
- Producer/Executive Producer/Screenwriter is a current Indiana resident or Indiana native.
- At least 65% of the film was shot in Indiana.

ORGANIZERS

Tim Irwin (Artistic Director)

GENERAL RULES

SELECTION
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 6-15 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, 2016, 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 Ceremony on Saturday, October 29, 2016. 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.

Heartland Film generally selects approximately 25 Narrative Features, 25 Documentary Features, 65 short films (narrative, documentary, and animated combined) and 10-15 High School Film Competition submissions. In 2015, 149 films were selected from 1,756 submissions.


NOTIFICATION
Filmmakers (producer or director) for films selected as Finalists in their respective category will be notified by phone around mid-August, 2016. All other filmmakers will be notified by email after that date or before mid-September, 2016. Official Selections and Finalists will be publicly announced on September 22, 2016, at the Heartland Film Announcement Party. Heartland reserves the right to release basic information about selected films as early as August.


AWARDS
Heartland Film Festival presents a variety of awards to selected filmmakers. The 25 films selected as Heartland Film Festival Finalists are announced on September 22, 2016. A director or producer from each Finalist must be present at the Festival from October 26-30 (as described below) in order to receive their statuette and/or cash prize. Finalists will be eligible for the Grand Prize awards in each category; Grand Prize winners will be announced at the Heartland Film Festival Awards Ceremony on Saturday, October 29, 2016. The awards are adjudicated by juries comprised of individuals from the scholarly film community and previous Heartland Film Festival filmmakers. The awards are given as follows:

Five Narrative Features are selected as Heartland Film Festival Finalists, announced prior to the Festival
• Each Finalist receives an expenses-paid trip (as outlined below) to Indianapolis for the Festival and a Heartland Film Festival Finalist statuette
• One of the five Finalists receives the $45,000 Grand Prize for Best Narrative Feature, and is announced at the Awards Ceremony during the Festival


Five Documentary Features are selected as Heartland Film Festival Finalist, announced prior to the Festival
• Each Finalist receives an expenses-paid trip (as outlined below) to Indianapolis for the Festival and a Heartland Film Festival Finalist statuette
• One of the five Finalists receives the $45,000 Grand Prize for Best Documentary Feature, and is announced at the Awards Ceremony during the Festival

Five Narrative Shorts are selected as Heartland Film Festival Finalists, announced prior to the Festival
• Each Finalist receives an expenses-paid trip (as outlined below) to Indianapolis for the Festival and a Heartland Film Festival Finalist statuette
• One of the five Finalists receives the $5,000 Grand Prize for Best Narrative Short, and is announced at the Awards Ceremony during the Festival
• 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 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

Five Documentary Shorts are selected as Heartland Film Festival Finalists, announced prior to the Festival
• Each Finalist receives an expenses-paid trip (as outlined below) to Indianapolis for the Festival and a Heartland Film Festival Finalist statuette
• One of the five Finalists receives the $5,000 Grand Prize for Best Documentary Short, and is announced at the Awards Ceremony during the Festival
• Each 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

Five Animated Shorts are selected as Heartland Film Festival Finalist, announced prior to the Festival
• Each Finalist receives an expenses-paid trip (as outlined below) to Indianapolis for the Festival and a Heartland Film Festival Finalist statuette
• One of the five Finalists receives the $5,000 Grand Prize for Best Animated Short, and is announced at the Awards Ceremony during the Festival
• Each 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

The Jimmy Stewart Legacy Award will include a $5,000 cash prize for a single winner, selected from the Festival’s feature-length narrative and documentary titles. The winning film will best embody the ongoing legacy of actor and national hero Jimmy Stewart and will demonstrate the triumph of the human spirit through determination and the defiance of odds, humble vulnerability, and courage in the face of adversity.

Feature length films holding their U.S. or World premiere at Heartland are eligible for to be selected as Finalists as described above. Additionally, two awards will be given as described below:
• Best Narrative Feature Premiere and a cash award of $5,000
• Best Documentary Feature Premiere and a cash award of $5,000

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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.

One film from any category that qualifies as an “Indiana film” will be selected winner of the Indiana Spotlight competition.
• The winner will receive a $5,000 cash award.
• Films must meet two of the following three criteria to be eligible in the Indiana Spotlight category (proof is required):
- Director is a current Indiana resident or Indiana native.
- Producer/Executive Producer/Screenwriter is a current Indiana resident or Indiana native.
- At least 65% of the film was shot in Indiana.
• Films must be U.S. or World Premieres to qualify for the Indiana Spotlight competition.

One filmmaker (director or producer) from each film selected as Finalist must be present at the Festival to receive his/her award. The attending filmmaker will receive a Heartland Film Festival Finalist statuette. The 25 Finalists will be revealed prior to the Festival at the Heartland Film Festival Announcement Party on September 22, 2016. The Grand Prize award winners will be revealed during the Festival’s Awards Ceremony on Saturday, October 29, 2016. A completed tax form W-9 (W-8 BEN for non-US residents) is required for any filmmaker collecting a cash prize.

There will also be five Audience Choice Awards (one each for the Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Short, and Animated Short categories) announced at the Festival’s Awards Ceremony on Saturday, October 29. Audience Choice Award voting will occur on all full days of screenings through Friday, October 28. No voting will occur on Saturday, October 29.

Winners of the Best Premiere and Indiana Spotlight prizes will also be announced at the Awards Ceremony.

*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. The filmmaker will be solely responsible for filing with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service if they are eligible to retrieve those funds.


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, 2015.
• The film must be available for 4-8 screenings during the Festival, October 20-30, 2016.
• 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.


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 and www.filmfreeway.com
• A completed official entry on either Withoutabox.com or Filmfreeway.com must be digitally signed by the filmmaker.
• Payment of the non-refundable entry fee must accompany the submission.
o 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.
• Feature films must be submitted via Region 1 or Region 0 DVD. (Note: Heartland does not accept prints or arrange screenings as a form of submission.)
• Short films (including HSFC submissions) must be submitted via Region 1 or Region 0 DVD or a link to a functional streaming video file on VIMEO. All streaming submissions must be HD (720p or 1080p). If the quality of the link is not high enough, you will be required to send us a DVD of your film. Links may be included in your cover letter or emailed to submissions@heartlandfilm.org.
• Multiple submissions must be provided as individual submissions. A compilation DVD is not acceptable.
• All DVD entries must be shipped to:

Heartland Film Festival
1043 Virginia Ave. Ste. 2
Indianapolis, IN 46203 U S A

Heartland recommends shipping DVDs in either a box or bubble-packed envelope to ensure safe delivery. Please check all DVDs before shipping to ensure that they will work on an average American DVD or Blu-ray player.


MATERIALS CHECKLIST
All entries must submit the following information to be considered for the Festival:
• Film on DVD (Region 0 or 1) labeled with title, filmmaker name, filmmaker email address, contact number, run time and submission tracking number.
• Narrative Features and Documentary Features must submit three (3) copies of the film; short films only need to submit one (1) copy.
• Link (for short films only) – if applicable, to a functional streaming video file (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) in high definition 720p or 1080p. If the link is password-protected, please provide the password.
• Completed and digitally signed submission on Withoutabox.com or FilmFreeway.com.
• Entry fee.
• Optional items that may be included:
o Self-addressed stamped postcard for Heartland to verify receipt of entry.
o Self-addressed stamped envelope for return of DVD(s). (Note: DVD(s) will be returned only if this is included.)

WHAT IF MY FILM IS ACCEPTED TO SCREEN AT HEARTLAND?
All selected films must provide all of the following items by Friday, August 12, 2016, for promotion of the film in Heartland's print materials, website and media kit:
• A trailer of the film (a short clip is acceptable for selected Short Films). It must be Apple ProRes 422 (or equivalent) and 1080p. Standard definition (480p resolution or lower) clips/trailers will not be accepted.
• Three (3) original DVD copies of the film for Heartland's library to be used for promotion of the Festival and historical archive purposes.
• One (1) head shot of each filmmaker or cast member who may be attending the Festival – 300 dpi and 4 in (h) x 6 in (w) or 1200 pixels (h) x 1800 pixels (w).
• Biography of 50 words or less for each filmmaker, principal cast member or featured individual expected to attend.
• Twitter handles, Facebook/website URL for director/crew and film for social media promotion.


EXHIBITION FORMAT FOR SELECTED FILMS
Selected films (shorts and features) must provide a digital file of the film for exhibition by Friday, August 12, 2016. Files must be at least Apple ProRes 422 (or equivalent) and 1080p. Files may be delivered on unencrypted hard drive or HDCAM (no HDCAM SR).

Two Blu-ray backups and two DVD backups must be provided for each film, in case of issues with the primary exhibition format. Otherwise, no Blu-rays, DCPs or 35mm prints will be screened at the Festival.

The Heartland Film Festival reserves the right to screen your film in the significantly lower quality DVD format if your film is not delivered in a timely manner. Heartland will return film prints and media in the two weeks following the Festival.


WHAT IF MY FILM WAS SELECTED AS A FINALIST?
IMPORTANT! One filmmaker (director or producer) from each of the 25 films selected as Finalists must be present in Indianapolis from Wednesday, October 26 through the evening of Sunday, October 30 in order to receive his/her award and/or cash prize. Heartland will cover expenses (as listed below) for one filmmaker from each film selected as a Finalist. Part of Heartland's unique tradition is the promise to Festival attendees that filmmakers from each Finalist will be present, and this is a standard we continue to uphold when giving awards.

Heartland will provide:

• Round-trip economy airfare for one filmmaker to attend the Festival.
• Ground transportation to and from the Indianapolis International Airport (transportation is not provided to the airport at your point of departure).
• Lodging at official host hotels (minus incidentals, for which the filmmaker must provide a credit card to the hotel).
• Transportation to and from Festival screenings and events.
• Filmmaker badge that allows access to all screenings and the Hospitality Suite.

Finalists will have prime time screenings starting Wednesday, October 26, and filmmakers should be in attendance for those screenings.

The Heartland Film Festival Awards Ceremony is on Saturday, October 29, and all filmmakers representing films selected as Finalists are required to be in attendance and participate in a Q&A onstage. Grand Prizes will be announced in each category, and Best Premiere, Indiana Spotlight and Audience Choice Awards will all be announced. There will be a rehearsal for the Awards Ceremony in the morning on the day of the event (attendance at the rehearsal is required for filmmakers selected as Finalists).

Finalist filmmakers are also required to attend the Filmmakers’ Brunch on Sunday morning, October 30. After the brunch, all Finalists will be shown at a single screening venue, and filmmakers are encouraged to attend.


WHAT IF MY FILM IS INVITED TO SCREEN AS AN OFFICIAL SELECTION?
Films invited to screen as Official Selections will be eligible for Audience Choice Awards in their respective categories, but will not be eligible for Grand Prizes. Feature films holding their U.S. or World Premiere may be eligible for Best Premiere prizes and Audience Choice Awards. Films competing in the Indiana Spotlight program are eligible for the cash award in that category.

Heartland is able to provide the following for every visiting filmmaker (director, producer only – other cast/crew must be approved by the Artistic Director):

• Filmmaker badge that allows access to all screenings and the Hospitality Suite.
• Discounted hotel rates at host hotel(s).
• Free transportation from the airport to a host hotel, and back to the airport upon departure.
• Free ground transportation between host hotel(s), screening venues and special event venues.
• Travel stipends may be available on a case-by-case basis dependent on Heartland’s travel budget.



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 26 through October 30, 2016, including the Heartland Film Festival Awards Ceremony on Saturday, October 29, 2016 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.

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 music rights.
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 videos entered.