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Returning for its 32nd year from October 5-15, 2023

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HIFF: Information

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.

HIFF: Submit
HIFF: Highlights


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32 Years

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$3.5 Million Awarded to Filmmakers since 1992

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Top 50 Film Festivals

HIFF: Awards

#HIFF31 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: Archives