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Who we are and what we do

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Who We Are

About: Who We Are

Heartland Film is a nonprofit arts organization that runs the 11-day Heartland International Film Festival in October, the Academy Award®-Qualifying Indy Shorts International Film Festival in July, the Truly Moving Picture Award and other year-round programs


Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, Heartland Film was founded in 1991 with the mission to curate, promote and celebrate thoughtful and engaging films from diverse perspectives. The films we select and exhibit – whether they inspire conversation, ignite imagination, or shift perspectives – all have one thing in common: they are films that do more than entertain.


     Films that do
more than

Over the years, we presented $3.5 million in cash prize – the largest total amount awarded by any film festival in North America – presented 200+ studio films with the Truly Moving Picture Award, and showcased more than 2,000 feature and short films, including 10 Oscar®-winning shorts. To view our past Festival guidebooks, pictures, films and more check out digital archives section here!

Vision: Heartland Film is the preeminent destination for connecting audiences and filmmakers to experience transformative film.

About: Programs


About: Staff


Michael Ault


Sarah Donaldson

Executive Assistant

Heather Ross

Director of Development

Emily Chu

Development Manager

Adam Howell

Senior Director of Strategic Planning

Bailey Britton

Director of Events

Abi Lindstedt

Community Outreach &

Education Manager 

Evan Vernon

Film Programming Coordinator

Kate Powers

Special Events Coordinator

Greg Sorvig

Artistic Director

Julie Landrum

Film Programmer


Jessica Chapman

Director of Marketing & Communications

Angelo Auriemma

Creative Manager

Madison Stacey

Social Media Coordinator

Please do not email staff members about film submissions. Please visit our Filmmaker FAQ and email if you have any questions.

About: Board

Board of Directors

John Dewey

Board Chair


David Wong

Vice Chair

Jennifer Darby


Gabe Connell


Kim Dollin

Immediate Past Chair

Frank Basile

Vicki Bohlsen

Charla Booth

Jennifer Closshey

Daniel Cook

Tim Cook

Carolyn Hunt

Michael Husain

Phil Kenney

Kristi Lee

Fred Lockett

Karen Mangia

Seth Maxwell

Yung Nguyen

Gregory M. Paul

Amy Pauszek

Patricia Payne

Ben Shine

Stan Soderstrom

Robert Spoonmore

Betty Stilwell

Bill Stinson

Susie Townsend

Vernon Williams

TJ Woodard

About: Advisory

Advisory Council

Kelly Alexiou

Mary Azar Callahan

Brooke Barnett

Alpha Blackburn

Lisa Breall

Mika Brown

Andrea Brummett

Ellen Butz

Katrina Canfield

Gary Cohen

Sandra Daly

Claudia Dille

Leslie Donchetz

Michael Durr

LeeAnn Edmonston

Jenny Godby

Lynda Goeke

Arlene Grande

Tom Grande

Nikki Gray

Ted Green

Dija Henry

Amy Howell

Lindsey Marie Kirkpatrick

David Klapper

Cori Korn

Larry Landis

Katie Lory

Luke Messer

Liza Najem

Alexis Odle

Sam Odle

Chris Phillips

Heather Richmund

Michelle Roberts

Suzanne Rothenberg

Susan Salsbery

Bob Schultz

Sarah Silcox

Neelu Sondhi

Brian Southard

David Spencer

Chantel Stone

Rocky Walls

Roberta Walton

Amy Wright

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