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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 entertaining films that do more than just entertain.



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This year, we’re kicking off our 30th Anniversary celebrations with a new website, digital archives, brand refresh and Letterboxd HQ account! We can’t wait for you to see everything that we have in store for this historic year!


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

30th Anniversary


Heartland Film is celebrating its 30th Anniversary! We've grown from a four day event to an 11-day International film festival that brings in filmmakers and recognition from all of the world. 


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 eight Oscar®-winning titles.


This year, we’re celebrating 30th Anniversary with a new website, digital archives, brand refresh and our Letterboxd HQ account that compiles lists of past films from every year of the festival and tells you where you can watch them today! Thirty never looked so good!

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Michael Ault


Kelly Alexiou

Chief Administrative Officer

Adam Howell

Director of Production & Events

Heather Ross

Development Officer

Greg Sorvig

Artistic Director

Julia Ricci

Senior Programmer

Jessica Chapman

Director of Marketing & Communications

Angelo Auriemma

Digital & Marketing Coordinator

Courtney Essett

Community Engagement &

Educational Outreach Coordinator

Julie Landrum

Volunteer Coordinator

Julie Sommers Neuman

Grant Writer

Board of Directors

Betty Stilwell

Board Chair


Kim Dollin

Vice Chair

David Wong


John Dewey


Frank Basile

Jennifer Closshey

Gary Cohen

Daniel Cook

Arlene Grande

Christina Hale

Carolyn Hunt

David Klapper

Robert Massie

Seth Maxwell

Charlie Morgan

Gregory M. Paul

Patricia Payne

Stan Soderstrom

Robert Spoonmore

Bill Stinson

TJ Woodard


Advisory Council

Mary Azar Callahan

Brooke Barnett

Alpha Blackburn

Vicki Bohlsen

Lisa Breall

Mika Brown

Andrea Brummett

Ellen Butz

Sandra Daly

Jennifer Darby

Leslie Donchetz

LeeAnn Edmonston

Susan Frenzel

Jenny Godby

Lynda Goeke

Nikki Gray

Ted Green

Amy Howell

Larry Landis

Lisa LeCrone

Katie Lory

Liza Najem

Alexis Odle

Sam Odle

Ken Pack

Ben Shine

Todd Shock

Brian Southard

David Spencer

Roberta Walton

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Rewinding three decades of Heartland Film history.