Heartland High School Film Competition

 2016 Call for Entries are Now Open

Launched in 2010, the High School Film Competition encourages tomorrow’s filmmakers to create films that inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of the artform.

So fire up your DSLRs and editing software, and get ready to make a short film! Or submit a film you’ve already made, provided that it meets the eligibility requirements.  All submissions must meet the following criteria, in addition to aligning with Heartland’s mission.

  • Short films under 12 minutes in length
  • Documentary or narrative; live-action or animated
  • The director must have been in high school when the film was completed
  • The director must not have graduated from high school any earlier than Summer 2016

Download the 2016 Rules and Regulations

Awards
  • One film will be selected as the Summer White Lynch Memorial Award Grand Prize winner of the High School Film Competition
    • The winner and a guardian will receive expenses-paid trips to Indianapolis
    • The winner will receive two All-Access Fest Passes for the Festival
    • The winner will receive a cash award of $2,000
  • Four High School Film Competition submissions will be chosen as finalists. At the Awards Ceremony one of the four
    Finalists will be named as the Summer White Lynch Memorial Award Grand Prize winner, and will receive an additional
    $2,000 for a total prize of $2,500

    • One narrative short will be chosen as the High School Film Competition Narrative Finalist, and will receive a $500
      cash award in addition to travel expenses for the director and one guardian to attend the Festival
    • One documentary short will be chosen as the High School Film Competition Documentary Finalist, and will
      receive a $500 cash award in addition to travel expenses for the director and one guardian to attend the Festival
    • One narrative short meeting Indiana Spotlight requirements will be chosen as the High School Film Competition
      Indiana Spotlight Narrative Finalist, and will receive a $500 cash award in addition to travel expenses for the director
      and one guardian to attend the Festival
    • One documentary short meeting Indiana Spotlight requirements will be chosen as the High School Film
      Competition Indiana Spotlight Documentary Finalist, and will receive a $500 cash award in addition to travel
      expenses for the director and one guardian to attend the Festival
Deadlines & Fees
  • Early Bird Deadline, April 1 – FREE
  • Regular Deadline, May 13 – $10
  • Late Deadline, May 23 – $15
  • Extended Deadline, June 3- $30

About the Summer White Lynch Memorial Award

Summer White Lynch

The Summer White Lynch Memorial Award, Grand Prize for Best High School Film, is Underwritten by Gary D. & Marlene Cohen

Summer White Lynch – loving wife, mother of two young boys, daughter, sister, friend to many. Indianapolis native, Carmel Graduate living in Bloomingdale, Illinois, lost her battle to triple negative breast cancer in June 2014. She was diagnosed in the fall of 2011 and during her fight to live inspired all who followed her story with humor and strength. Summer as a person was selfless, personable, courageous and always took the time to make someone feel good about themselves especially children. A friend eulogized her by saying “There are only two kinds of people – those who are friends of Summer and those she has not met yet.”

When she was sent home from Mayo Clinic with the news that there was nothing left to do but wait to die, it inspired a movement that became ignited a Random Act of Kindness movement over social media that spanned over local communities, states and overseas. She knew a lot of these stories that inspired her spirit of giving before she passed. The Mayor gave her the key to Bloomingdale and declared June 6 would be dedicated to RAOK in her honor. The High school film award is one of the pay it forward’s that came from the Summer On RAOK movement. Gary D. and Marlene Cohen wanted to give back by bringing her spirit to the Heartland Film award both to honor her and to encourage others to be inspired to do something kind to a random stranger and feel the personal reward of giving selflessly.

Fighting Cancer “The Princess Crazy Way” is her extended community on Facebook, which posts stories throughout the entire year.