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The Heartland Film Festival is a film festival held each October[1] in Indianapolis, Indiana[2]. First held in 1992[3], its goal is to "recognize and honor filmmakers whose work explores the human journey by artistically expressing hope and respect for the positive values of life."

In May 2007, the Heartland Truly Moving Pictures organization was created as a parent for the festival, highlighting their watermark award.[4]



Its awards include the Crystal Heart Award, for independent filmmakers, and the James Stewart Memorial Crystal Heart Award, for student filmmakers.[5] Films winning either award (several of each are awarded each year) are screened during the festival, in addition to other films. The festival began awarding a Grand Prize for Best Dramatic Feature in 1999.[3] In 2005, the festival instituted Audience Choice Awards: one each for dramatic feature, documentary feature, and short.[6] Heartland also introduced the Vision Award for best short film that year.[7] In 2006, the festival introduced "official selection" films in addition to the Crystal Heart Award winners. These films are not eligible for the judged prizes, but are eligible for the Audience Choice awards.[8] An award for Best Documentary Feature was also introduced in 2006.[9]

Heartland also recognizes theatrically released films throughout the year with a Truly Moving Picture Award.[10]

Award-winning films

Year Grand Prize for
Best Dramatic Feature
Best Documentary Feature Vision Award for
Best Short Film
Audience Choice Award
Dramatic Feature Documentary Feature Short Film
1999 [11] Wayward Son
2000 [12] The Rising Place
2001 [13] The War Bride
2002 [14] To End All Wars
2003 [15] Saints and Soldiers
2004 [16] Love's Brother
2005 [6] End of the Spear A Kiss on the Nose Innocent Voices Earthling The Man Who Walked Between the Towers
2006 [9][17] Shooting Dogs The Hip Hop Project Shade Shooting Dogs A Man Named Pearl I Want to Be a Pilot
2007 [18][19] Bella Hear and Now Validation Man in the Chair Hear and Now Validation


  1. ^ "About Heartland". 2005. Retrieved 2006-02-08.  
  2. ^ "Who We Are". 2005. Retrieved 2006-02-08.  
  3. ^ a b "Heartland Film Festival - History". 2003. Retrieved 2006-02-08.  
  4. ^ "Heartland Film Festival Changes Name and Expands Mandate". 2007-05-09. Retrieved 2007-06-06.  
  5. ^ "Awards". 2005. Retrieved 2006-02-08.  
  6. ^ a b "Heartland Film Festival Concludes Another Record Breaking Year". 2005. Retrieved 2006-02-08.  
  7. ^ "Heartland Film Festival Doubles Cash Prizes and Opens 2006 Call for Entries". 2006-03-15. Retrieved 2006-10-24.  
  8. ^ "Heartland Flim Festival Announces Complete Lineup". 2006-09-07. Retrieved 2006-10-24.  
  9. ^ a b "Heartland Film Festival Announces Top Winners". 2006-10-21. Retrieved 2006-10-24.  
  10. ^ "Truly Moving Picture Award". Retrieved 2006-02-08.  
  11. ^ "Screenings". 2006. Retrieved 2006-09-18.  
  12. ^ "'The Rising Place' Takes Heartland Fest". 2000. Retrieved 2006-02-08.  
  13. ^ "7 Canadian (Genie) Nominations for The War Bride". Retrieved 2006-02-08.  
  14. ^ "Heartland News". 2002. Retrieved 2006-02-08.  
  15. ^ (PDF) Heartland Film Festival 2003 Annual Report. 2003. p. 5. Retrieved 2006-02-08.  
  16. ^ "Love's Brother". 2004. Retrieved 2006-02-08.  
  17. ^ "Heartland Film Festival Concludes Another Record-Breaking Year". 2006-10-30. Retrieved 2007-01-23.  
  18. ^ "Heartland Film Festival Announces Top Winners". 2007-10-20. Retrieved 2007-10-23.  
  19. ^ "Heartland Concludes with 22,000 attendees". 2007-10-29. Retrieved 2007-10-29.  

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