SEEKING SHORT FILMS (running time of 40 minutes or less) FOR CONSIDERATION:
ACADEMY AWARD QUALIFIER FOR LIVE ACTION & DOCUMENTARY SHORT CATEGORIES

FEATURE FILMS SUBMIT TO HIFF: Submit to Heartland International Film Festival (41 minutes or longer) at https://filmfreeway.com/HeartlandFilmFestival

Nonprofit arts organization Heartland Film, Inc. will host the second annual Indy Shorts International Film Fest (Indy Shorts) to exclusively showcase short films (under 40 minutes in length) from July 25-28, 2019, at Newfields in Indianapolis. All winners will play encore screenings at the Heartland International Film Festival in the following October. An Academy Award®-qualifying film festival in both the Live Action and Documentary short film categories, the winner of the Narrative and Documentary Grand Prizes will qualify for Academy Awards without the standard theatrical run, granted it meets all the other requirements needed to qualify. Short films featured at HIFF over the years have gone on to be short-listed, nominated, and winners of Academy Awards®. In the past 8 years, 17 films have been nominated with 6 going on to win Oscars (including four consecutive years in the Live Action category).

The second annual Indy Shorts event will bestow $30,000 in cash prizes across multiple categories, including:

• Narrative Short ($5,000 Cash Prize)*
Academy Award®-qualified category. Five finalists with four non-winning finalists awarded $500 each.

• Documentary Short ($5,000 Cash Prize)
Academy Award®-qualified category. Five finalists with four non-winning finalists awarded $500 each

• Animated Short ($5,000 Cash Prize)
Five finalists with four non-winning finalists awarded $500 each

• High School Film Competition (HSFC) ($2,000 Cash Prize)
Four category winners awarded $500 each

• Indiana Spotlight Competition ($2,000 Cash Prize)

• Best Student Film Award ($1,000 Cash Prize)

• Audience Choice Awards in the Narrative, Documentary, Animated, and Indiana Spotlight categories ($500 each)

Submit to the second annual, Academy Award-qualifying Indy Shorts International Film Festival, Presented by Heartland Film!

Due to popular demand, Indy Shorts (July 25-28, 2019) is an expansion of the Heartland International Film Festival (Oct. 10-20, 2019) and will exclusively showcase the best in international short films (with a runtime of 40 minutes or less).

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. Indy Shorts will select and honors films in several categories, with all major cash prize category winners to play encore screenings at the Heartland International Film Festival in October:

• Narrative Short ($5,000 Cash Prize)*
Academy Award®-qualified category. Five finalists with four non-winning finalists awarded $500 each.

• Documentary Short ($5,000 Cash Prize)
Academy Award®-qualified category. Five finalists with four non-winning finalists awarded $500 each

• Animated Short ($5,000 Cash Prize)
Five finalists with four non-winning finalists awarded $500 each

• High School Film Competition (HSFC) ($2,500 Total Cash Prize)
Four category winners awarded $500 each

• Indiana Spotlight Competition ($2,000 Cash Prize)

• Best Student Film Award ($1,000 Cash Prize)

• Audience Choice Awards in the Narrative, Documentary, Animated, and Indiana Spotlight categories ($500 cash prizes)

Awards & Prizes
Indy Shorts will award $30,000 in cash prizes for 2019.
*Indy Shorts has earned the special designation of being a qualifying festival for the Annual Academy Awards® within the Short Films category. This means that the winner of the Grand Prize for Best Narrative Short Film and Grand Prize for Best Documentary 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.

• Narrative Short ($5,000 Cash Prize)*
Academy Award®-qualified category. Five finalists with four non-winning finalists awarded $500 each.

• Documentary Short ($5,000 Cash Prize)
Five finalists with four non-winning finalists awarded $500 each

• Animated Short ($5,000 Cash Prize)
Five finalists with four non-winning finalists awarded $500 each

• High School Film Competition (HSFC) ($2,500 Total Cash Prize)
Four category winners awarded $500 each

• Indiana Spotlight Competition ($2,000 Cash Prize)

• Best Student Film Award ($1,000 Cash Prize)

• Audience Choice Awards in the Narrative, Documentary, Animated, and Indiana Spotlight categories ($500 Cash Prizes)

INDIANA SPOTLIGHT
We are excited to exhibit short films with ties to the Hoosier state in our Indiana Spotlight Competition. Films in competition for the Indiana Spotlight Award and $2000 cash prize are films that meet at least one of the following requirements:
1. Director is a current Indiana, USA resident or native.
2. Producer/executive producer/writer is a current Indiana, USA resident or Indiana native.
3. At least 65% of the film was shot in Indiana, USA.

Rules & Terms

SELECTION PROCESS
Each submitted film goes through an involved judging process, and is screened by at least one member of the selection committee. Selected films could eventually be seen more than six times by members of the screening committees, programming staff, and juries. Heartland Film reserves the right to stop watching your film after 5 minutes if the reviewer determines that the film’s technical quality is not at a baseline level for festival inclusion.

Films submitted to Heartland International 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 - ultimately Heartland International Film Festival programs story-driven films that do much more than entertain.

RULES & TERMS
Please visit http://heartlandfilm.org/IndyShorts/submit/ for a full list of 2019 Rules and Regulations

ELIGIBILITY
To be eligible for the Heartland Film Festival, films must comply with the following:
• The film must have been completed on or after January 1, 2018.
• The film must be available for up to 5 screenings during Indy Shorts, July 25-28, 2019.
• 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.
• 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 may not be eligible for competition, but may be considered for “Special Presentation” screenings.
• The film cannot require dual projection (interlock) or separate soundtracks.
Non-English films must be subtitled in English.

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 exclusively through www.FilmFreeway.com.
• A completed official entry on FilmFreeway.com must be digitally signed by the filmmaker.
• Payment of the non-refundable entry fee must accompany the submission.
• 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.
• Link to a functional streaming video file (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) in high definition 720p or 1080p. If the link is password-protected, the password is mandatory. Links may be included in the FilmFreeway cover letter or emailed to submissions@heartlandfilm.org.
• Multiple submissions must be provided as individual submissions.

MATERIALS CHECKLIST
All entries must submit the following information to be considered for Indy Shorts:
• Link to a functional streaming video file (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) in high definition 720p or 1080p. If the link is password-protected, a working password is mandatory.
• Completed and digitally signed submission on FilmFreeway.com.
• Entry fee.

NOTIFICATION
All filmmakers will be notified by email after that date or before late May, 2019. Heartland Film reserves the right to release basic information about selected films as early as May.

FINALISTS/OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
Based on the category of short film, official selections will be in competition for Grand Prizes across these categories (though they may remain eligible for Best Premiere or Indiana Spotlight prizes):
• Narrative Short Films
• Documentary Short Films
• Animated Short Films
• Indiana Spotlight Competition Short Films
• High School Film Competition

Finalists will all compete for Grand Prizes. 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 June 2019, Finalists are publicly announced. Only Finalists are eligible for the Grand Prize in each category. Grand Prize winners are announced at the Indy Shorts Awards Party on Saturday, July 27, 2019. Finalist filmmakers must be present to win.

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.

Full rules and regulations at http://heartlandfilm.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/2019-IndyShorts-RulesRegs.pdf

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  • Very nice and well-organized festival! It was such a great experience!

    August 2018
  • Great first year for this festival. Crowd size was excellent and the venue, screen and environment was better than most festivals this size. Thanks to Indy Shorts for having us!

    August 2018
  • Where on the Iggy do we start?! As its inaugural year Indy Shorts put on a fantastic show with delightful volunteers, strong programming, great parties, and all the warmth and friendliness you could want from a film festival. We had several clients screen this year and we're so extremely proud to be part of the first Indy Shorts, and to attend ourselves.

    Greg and the team know how to not only run a slick and professional festival, but also be openly available to chat to and relax with as well. We cannot recommend this festival enough - it's got the charm, the know-how and the open arms of everything a filmmaker needs from a festival. Keep up the stellar work!

    August 2018
  • A priceless experience. Great service, great people. An amazing venue.

    August 2018
  • INDY shorts strikes the perfect balance of feeling small while being big. The programming is strong and therefore you meet quality filmmakers when you attend with your film, and the lineup has not grown in size to the point where mediocre films can get in. It felt intimate and buzzworthy simultaneously. Great audience reaction and Q&A for both the films I attended with!

    August 2018