Heartland Film Festival

Oct. 16-25 – 10 days of entertaining films that do more than just entertain.

Every October, the Heartland Film Festival gives its moviegoers access to more than 100 visiting independent filmmakers from all over the world, right in the heart of the Midwest. Heartland showcases more than 130 entertaining movies that do much more than just entertain over 10 days of red carpet premieres and events, parties and hundreds of film screenings across Indianapolis. Heartland Film gives you the rare opportunity to see independent films that you can’t see anywhere else and to meet the filmmakers who crafted them.

The Heartland Film Festival 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 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.

Last year the 22nd Annual Heartland Film Festival broke records across all categories, including:

  • Screening Attendance: 24,000
  • Screening Attendance Growth: 13 percent
  • Total Film Submissions: 1,521
  • Submitting Countries: 76
  • Films Programmed: 134
  • U.S. and/or World Premiere Titles: 27

Don’t miss the 23rd Annual Heartland Film Festival, Oct. 16-25 across Indianapolis.

Screening Venues
  • AMC Castleton Square 14
    6020 East 82nd Street – Indianapolis, IN 46250
    (Friday, Oct. 17 – Saturday, Oct. 25)
  • AMC Showplace Traders Point 12
    5920 West 86th Street – Indianapolis, IN 46278
    (Saturday, Oct. 18 – Saturday, Oct. 25)
  • The Theatre at the Wheeler Arts Community
    1035 Sanders Street #111 – Indianapolis (Fountain Square), IN 46203
    (Monday, Oct. 20 – Saturday, Oct. 25)
Special Events
  • Announcement Party (Thursday, Sept. 18)
    (First opportunity to view Festival guide book and to purchase tickets/passes)
    The Athenaeum
    407 E. Michigan St. – Indianapolis, IN 46204
  • Opening Night Screening & After Party (Thursday, Oct. 16)
    Indianapolis Museum of Art
    4000 Michigan Road – Indianapolis, IN 46208
  • First Day of Screenings (Friday, Oct. 17)
    (All Festival Award-winning films and filmmakers in contention for Grand Prizes)
    AMC Castleton Square 14
    6020 East 82nd Street – Indianapolis, IN 46250
  • Awards Ceremony (Saturday, Oct. 18)
    Old National Centre
    502 N. New Jersey St. - Indianapolis, IN 46204
  • Filmmakers Brunch (Sunday, Oct. 19)
    The Omni Severin (The Exclusive Hotel of the Heartland Film Festival)
    40 W. Jackson Pl. – Indianapolis, IN 46225
  • Closing Night Screening (Saturday, Oct. 25)
    Indianapolis Museum of Art
    4000 Michigan Road – Indianapolis, IN 46208
  • Closing Night After Party (Saturday, Oct. 25)
    The Jazz Kitchen
    5377 N. College Ave. – Indianapolis, IN 46220

Film lineup, schedule and final details will be confirmed in September.