For 19 years, the Heartland Film Festival has recognized and honored filmmakers whose work explores the human journey by artistically expressing hope and respect for the positive values of life.
While last year’s festival had a record-breaking 87 films, this year will showcase a whopping 102 American and International films. Over $100,000 in prizes will be rewarded to the very best films.
The five dramatic feature Award-winning films that will vie for the $50,000 Grand Prize are Bilal’s Stand, Café, The Space Between, Ways to Live Forever and The Yankles.
Five documentary feature Award winners will compete for the Festival’s $25,000 prize for Best Documentary Feature. These films are: Freedom Riders, Lt. Dan Band: For the Common Good, Mister Rogers & Me, Thunder Soul and Waste Land.
In addition to dramatic and documentary feature competitions, Heartland will present the $10,000 Vision Award for Best Short to one of the seven Award-winning short films. The films in this category include: The Butterfly Circus, Frog in the Well, God of Love, Jamaa, The Road Home, Sun Come Up and Waiting for a Train: The Toshio Hirano Story.
Official Selection films included under the dramatic features category are: The 5th Quarter; Alabama Moon; Among Us; Ashley’s Ashes; Beyond the Pole; Black, White and Blues; Cast Me if You Can; First Dog; Fort McCoy; Harvest; I Am Kalam; Main Street; Mars; Obselidia; Paradise Recovered; Raspberry Magic; The River Why; The Rock ’n’ Roll Dreams of Duncan Christopher; Rust; Starring Maja; Summer Eleven; and Waiting For Forever.
Official Selection films under the documentary features category are: 10 Mountains 10 Years; 140; Bag It; Bouncing Cats; Come Together; The Desert of Forbidden Art; Don’t Quit Your Daydream; Dumbstruck; For Once in My Life; Hand Held; HIS & HERS; Learning From Light: The Vision of I. M. Pei; Little Town of Bethlehem; Looking for Lurch; Mozel; My Vietnam Your Iraq; The Parking Lot Movie; Pelada; Rabbit Fever; Sequestro; This Way of Life and Walk of Redemption.
Finally, Official Selection films within the shorts category are: 11 Weeks; Ana’s Playground; Appointment in Vancouver; Billy Baxter and The Mystery of Dr. Amazo; Boom Squad: A Beat in the Street; Displaced; El Salon Mexico; Goldstar, Ohio; Heartless: The Story of the Tin Man; Jacked; Jeremy; Last Stop; The Love Song of Iskra Prufrock; More Than Walking; The Nature of Fall; North & South; Piano Story; Poppy; Save the Farm; Touch; Twice as Bright; Two Hours in the Dark; When the Ground Stopped Shaking; Wounded Healers and Zero Currency.
The Festival will start Oct. 14 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (4000 Michigan Rd.) with a screening of Snowmen, starring Ray Liotta, Bobby Coleman and Christopher Lloyd. Visit www.heartlandfilmfestival.org for ticket and show information.