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Mission Statement

Heartland Film is a nonprofit arts organization founded in 1991 with the mission to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film. Heartland Film is a curator and supporter of purposeful filmmaking, honoring a wide variety of cinema and awarding storytellers from all over the world. The films we select and exhibit - whether they inspire and uplift, educate and inform, or have the ability to shift audiences’ perspectives on the world - all have one thing in common: they are entertaining films that do more than just entertain.


Every October, the Heartland International Film Festival gives its moviegoers access to more than 200 visiting independent filmmakers from all over the world, right in the heart of the Midwest. Celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2021, Heartland International Film Festival (October 7-17, 2021) showcases more than 200 independent films over 11 days of red carpet premieres and events, parties and hundreds of film screenings across Indianapolis.

In 2018, the Heartland International Film Festival expanded to an all-new shorts fest, Indy Shorts International Film Festival (July 20-25, 2021), which has earned the special designation of being a qualifying festival for the Annual Academy Awards(r) within the Live Action Short, Documentary Short, and Animated Short categories. Each year, HIFF and Indy Shorts awards a combined total of $100,000 in cash prizes. Since 1992, Heartland Film has awarded more than $3.1 million to support indie filmmakers.

Beyond the festivals, Heartland Film honors theatrically-released films that align with its mission via the Truly Moving Picture Award and exhibits films in the greater Indianapolis area throughout the year.


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