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Returning for its 33rd year from October 10-20, 2024


#HIFF32: Thank You


Thank you for spending 11 days with us in the realm of the 32nd Heartland International Film Festival!


At #HIFF32, we connected with 160 filmmakers, attended 238 film screenings, watched 6,500+ virtual streams, hosted 1,600+ students and celebrated at 18 special events! 


On Saturday, October 14, we also presented more than $60,000 in cash prizes to the award-winning filmmakers! 


We're so appreciative for all of our sponsors, members, donors, filmmakers, and audience members who joined us to celebrate these mesmerizing movies. We hope to see you again next year! 

HIFF: Highlights


HIFF: Awards

#HIFF32 Award Winners

Narrative Feature Grand Prize

$20,000 Grand Prize


Documentary Feature Grand Prize

$20,000 Grand Prize

Indiana Spotlight Award

$2,000 cash prize

Horror Award

$2,000 cash prize

Richard D. Propes Social Impact Awards

(Narrative, Documentary)

$2,000 cash prizes

Jimmy Stewart Legacy Award

$5,000 cash prize

Humor & Humanity Award

$2,000 cash prize

Best Premiere Awards

(Narrative, Documentary)

$2,500 cash prizes

Indiana Film Journalists Association Best US Directorial Debut for USA Narrative Feature

Indiana Film Journalists Association Best Directorial Debut for an International Narrative Feature

Audience Choice Winners

(Overall, Narrative Special Presentation, Documentary Special Presentation, Narrative Official Selection, Documentary Official Selection, Indiana Spotlight, Horror)

HIFF: Information
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Heartland Film has hosted the annual Heartland International Film Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana, since 1992. We strive to be the preeminent destination for connecting audiences and filmmakers to experience the transformative power of film. This festival has grown from a four-day event with fewer than 20 films to what is now an 11-day celebration that typically showcases 300+ feature film screenings and 100+ filmmakers.

Experience the transformative power of film.

MovieMaker Magazine named the Heartland International Film Festival as one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World for 2023 and is consistently on the 50 Best Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee, including 2023!


“The Midwestern hospitality never stops, and it's complemented by sublime taste. Infectiously enthusiastic artistic director Greg Sorvig is very

in-demand as a film festival juror and programmer (he's also a programmer at the Tribeca Festival) and Heartland Film president Michal Ault makes his very complex job look effortless, consistently keeping guests inspired and delighted.” – MovieMaker Magazine

Read MovieMaker Magazine's full article on the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World here.

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