A drive-in screening at Heartland International Film Festival

Heartland International

Film Festival

October 7-17, 2021



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 200+ filmmakers.

Experience the transformative power of film.

This past year, we were still able to award over $60,000 in cash prizes, present films on a secure virtual platform, host 29 drive-in screenings, showcase 111 filmmakers from all over the world for 18 live virtual Q&A sessions, and achieve the 5050X2020 Parity Pledge with 50% of the Festival’s lineup directed or co-directed by women. We even rolled out a drive-thru red “car”pet!


2021 is our 30th Anniversary, and we cannot wait to take a moment to look back on the past and come together around films that do more than just entertain. Stay tuned on our social media @HeartlandFilm for the latest updates on our upcoming Festival running October 7-17, 2021! #HIFF30

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International Film Festival!

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Celebrating our

30th Anniversary

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$3.5 Million Awarded to Filmmakers since 1992

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Achieved 5050x2020 Pledge


#HIFF29 Awards

Grand Prize for Narrative Feature

$20,000 Grand Prize


​Grand Prize for Documentary Feature

$20,000 Grand Prize

Indiana Spotlight Award

$2,000 cash prize

Heartland 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)

$2,000 cash prizes

FIPRESCI Best US Directorial Debut for USA Narrative Feature

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

Audience Choice Winners

$1,000 cash prizes

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Rewinding three decades of Heartland Film history.