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 third annual Indy Shorts International Film Fest (Indy Shorts) to exclusively showcase short films (under 40 minutes in length) from July 21-26, 2020, 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 9 years, 19 films have been nominated with 7 going on to win Oscars (including four consecutive years in the Live Action category). Heartland Film has officially signed on to the 5050x2020 Parity Pledge and at least 50% of the 2020 Indy Shorts official selection lineup will be directed by women.

*7 NEW CASH PRIZE CATEGORIES FOR 2020, INCLUDING HORROR AND COMEDY**

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WAIVER POLICY: As a nonprofit organization, our operations and the process of viewing the volume of submissions we receive are very costly. Thus, waivers are only reserved for Indy Shorts and Heartland International Film Festival alumni. We strive to keep our fees as reasonable as possible, and encourage all applicants to take advantage of our early and official deadlines to save on submission fees. Please do not contact us requesting waivers or reduced submission fees.

If you have directed a project in the past that has screened at Heartland, please email submissions@heartlandfilm.org with your film’s title and the year it screened.

The third annual Indy Shorts event will bestow more than $31,000 in cash prizes across multiple categories, including:

• Narrative Short ($5,000 Cash Prize)
Academy Award®-qualified category. Five finalists in competition

• Documentary Short ($5,000 Cash Prize)
Academy Award®-qualified category. Five finalists in competition

• Animated Short ($5,000 Cash Prize)
Five finalists in competition

• High School Film Competition (HSFC) ($2,000 Summer White Lynch Memorial Grand Prize, Underwritten by Gary D. and Marlene Cohen)
Four category winners awarded $500 each - Narrative, Documentary, Animated, Indiana

• Indiana Spotlight Competition ($1,500 Cash Prize)

• Jenni Berebitsky Legacy Award ($1,800 Cash Prize)

• Heartland Horror Award ($1,000 Cash Prize)

• Best Comedy Short ($1,000 Cash Prize)

• Best Directorial Debut ($1,000 Cash Prize)

• Best Student Film Awards ($1,000 Cash Prize each)
Categories of Narrative, Documentary, Animated, Indiana

• Audience Choice Awards in the Narrative, Documentary, Animated, Indiana Spotlight, Comedy, Heartland Horror categories ($250 each)

Submit to the third annual, Academy Award-qualifying Indy Shorts International Film Festival, Presented by Heartland Film, featuring short films 40 minutes or less in length!

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 in competition

• Documentary Short ($5,000 Cash Prize)*
Academy Award®-qualified category. Five finalists in competition

• Animated Short ($5,000 Cash Prize)
Five finalists in competition

• High School Film Competition (HSFC) ($2,000 Summer White Lynch Memorial Grand Prize, Underwritten by Gary D. and Marlene Cohen)
Four category winners awarded $500 each - Narrative, Documentary, Animated, Indiana

• Indiana Spotlight Competition ($1,500 Cash Prize)

• Jenni Berebitsky Legacy Award ($1,800 Cash Prize)

• Heartland Horror Award ($1,000 Cash Prize)

• Best Comedy Short ($1,000 Cash Prize)

• Best Directorial Debut ($1,000 Cash Prize)

• Best Student Film Awards ($1,000 Cash Prize)
Categories of Narrative, Documentary, Animated, Indiana

• Audience Choice Awards in the Narrative, Documentary, Animated, Indiana Spotlight, Comedy, Heartland Horror categories ($250 each)

*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.

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 $1,500 must either include principal production (director or producer) or cast (leading actor/actress) from or currently living in Indiana and/or the film was shot in Indiana. Total number of category films to be determined to compete for one Grand Prize.

SELECTION PROCESS
Films submitted to Heartland International Film Festival are judged on their overall artistic and technical quality. 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.

RULES & TERMS
Please visit http://heartlandfilm.org/IndyShorts/submit/ for a full list of binding 2020 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, 2019.
• The film must be available for up to 5 screenings during Indy Shorts, July 21-26, 2020.
• 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
• Payment of the non-refundable entry fee must accompany the submission.
• A functional streaming video file (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) in high definition 720p or 1080p included with your submission, either embedded or linked with working password.
• Multiple submissions must be provided as individual submissions.
• If submitting a film that is not yet complete, place "WORK IN PROGRESS" in the submission.

NOTIFICATION
All filmmakers will be notified by email after that date or before late May, 2020. Heartland Film reserves the right to release basic information about selected films before that time.

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 Audience Choice Awards):
• 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 2020, 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 25, 2020. 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.

Overall Rating
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  • Rick Gomez

    Indy Shorts is a great festival. Missed it this time but talked to folks who had a blast!

    September 2019
  • Alyssa Andrews

    It was an honor to have my film screen at Indy Shorts among so many talented artists! It was an overall great experience and I recommend this fest for any filmmaker!

    August 2019
  • Thank you so much Indy Shorts for including our film! Communication was excellent, marketing strong. We really felt a part of the community from the first email. A very invested team, a top-notch festival. They care about what they are doing. Keep it up! Thanks!

    August 2019
  • Ethan Wellin

    Phenomenal festival with diverse, high-level programming. Filmmakers treated like royalty. Huge prizes and a track record for finding future Oscar Winners. What else could you want?

    August 2019
  • Andrew Moir

    I've been making short films for quite a while, and Indy Shorts has been the most hospitable experience I've ever had with a short film. Their enthusiasm is amazing and the festival itself is very charming. Thank you for programming my film!

    August 2019