Here's pretty much all you need to know about Heartland's key events and ticketing. You can, of course, look elsewhere on our site for reviews, interviews and on the ground coverage, but call this your cheat sheet to fest, which runs Oct. 16-25.
Opening night screening:
Men, Women & Children
Oct. 16, 7 p.m. Jason Reitman's (Young Adult, Up in the Air, Juno) latest film, starring Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner and The Fault in Our Stars star Ansel Elgort, will open the fest, followed by a panel discussion on topics raised by the film (body image, addiction to online gaming and pornography).
The Toby, Indianapolis Museum of Art; tickets $40 (includes after-party)
First day of screenings
Oct. 17. Only Festival Award-winning films — the only ones eligible for the fest's Grand Prizes — will screen Friday, with filmmakers in attendance for Q&A goodness.
AMC Castleton Square 14
- Men, Women & Children
Oct. 18-25. Heartland is once again screening at three venues: two Northside megaplexes and one Fountain Square arts center.
AMC Castleton Square 14 and AMC Traders Point Showplace 12; Oct. 20-25 at Wheeler Arts Community
Oct. 18, 8 p.m. Heartland announces its award winners, both features and shorts, during opening weekend, leaving plenty of time to see them during the balance of the festival.
Old National Centre; tickets $65 (includes after-party)
Oct. 19, 11 p.m. A chance to get up close and/or personal with filmmakers attending the festival.
Omni Severin Hotel; tickets $25
- The Imitation Game
Special presentation: St. Vincent
Oct. 19, 7 p.m. Melissa McCarthy is forced to leave her 12-year-old son with the disreputable Bill Murray in this comedy with Oscar potential. The first of two advance screenings of Weinstein Co. films.
AMC Traders Point
Special presentation: The Imitation Game
Oct. 22, 8:45 p.m. Benedict Cumberbatch plays cryptographer and computer pioneer Alan Turing, who cracked the Nazi's supposedly unbreakable codes during the war before he was convicted for homosexuality in early '50s Britain.
Closing Night Screening: Belle and Sebastian
Oct. 25, 7 p.m. An adaptation of the '60s TV series about a young boy (Sebastian) and a mischievous sheepdog (Belle) will close the fest, followed by a party at The Jazz Kitchen.
The Toby, Indianapolis Museum of Art; tickets $25 screening, $20 party, $40 both
- Belle and Sebastian
Single screening: $9 online (heartlandfilmfestival.org) or by phone (1-866-HFF-1010); $11 at the box office; 10-pack voucher is $90 at the box office and Marsh supermarkets
Passes: $105 Matinee Pass (all screenings before 5 p.m.); $210 Unlimited Screenings (self-explanatory); $380 All-Access (all events, including opening and closing night and awards ceremony)