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Without your support, none of this is possible



While the film industry is usually associated with unlimited budgets, the reality is that as a non-profit arts organization devoted to independent film, Heartland Film depends on donations to carry out our mission to curate, promote and celebrate thoughtful and engaging films from diverse perspectives. Your support is vital to the future of our organization and independent film in Indianapolis.

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Your donation may be tax deductible to the extent allowed by law; please consult your tax adviser. Heartland Film, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization (Federal Tax ID #35-1832797).

Donate by Mail
Heartland Film

P.O. Box 2972

Indianapolis, IN 46206

Plan a Gift

Email our Vice President, Michael Ault

or call 317-464-9405

If you represent a business or organization and are interested in becoming a Festival Sponsor, click here to learn more!



Did you know that Heartland International Film Festival ticket sales account for less than 20 percent of Heartland Film’s annual operating costs? Your support through a membership allows us to continue exhibiting entertaining films that do more than just entertain.


As a Heartland Film member, you’ll be the first to get Festival updates, invites to exclusive events, as well as discounts on tickets, Festival passes, merchandise, and more! 

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Your membership may be tax deductible to the extent allowed by law; please consult your tax adviser. Heartland Film, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization (Federal Tax ID #35-1832797).



WE LOVE OUR VOLUNTEERS! Volunteers truly are the heart, face, hands and feet of Heartland Film. It takes hundreds of volunteers to help put on the Heartland International Film Festival, Indy Shorts International Film Festival and year-round programs in all aspects including the planning of events, working at the theaters and providing our signature Hoosier hospitality for filmmakers and guests.


Become a volunteer today by creating a Volunteer Account and selecting your interests. 

If you have any questions, email our Volunteer Coordinator, Julie Landrum, at

New Volunteers
Returning Volunteers


Heartland Film reviews thousands of film submissions for HIFF and Indy Shorts every year! Our volunteer pre-screening committees’ primary task of a committee member is to thoughtfully view and identify films of interest to the Heartland Film programming staff. The Heartland Film programming staff carefully selects applicants based on their knowledge and interest in film and their strength in writing and film evaluation. All pre-screeners are required to go through an application process. Please note, this committee is not for the casual movie watcher. Pre-screeners are required to view a minimum of six feature films biweekly (3 per week) or 28 shorts biweekly (14 per week). 


We have filled all of our pre-screener slots for the 2021 Festivals, but this fall you can apply for the 2022 committee. For general inquiries regarding pre-screeners, you can contact our Senior Programmer, Julia Ricci, at


Jobs & Internships

Heartland Film is the perfect place to work for creative, passionate and community focused individuals who want to share their love of film with the world! Check this page regularly for available full-time, part-time, and seasonal job opportunities or internships! 

Our internship positions are ideal for undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at an accredited college/university who are looking to obtain school credit, or recent graduates within one year. Some positions are also available as unpaid internships. Interns are expected to work a schedule of 12-20 hours per week with the potential to work more hours during the Film Festivals.


In 2021, we will be offering a mix of virtual and on-site internships. Interns who have on-site positions will ideally live in the Indianapolis area and must have reliable transportation.

Internship positions that will be offered in 2021 (subject to change):

Spring/Summer (January-August)
Film Programming (2021 positions filled)

Summer/Fall (June-October)
Graphics/Marketing (2021 Position Filled))

Videography (2021 Position Filled))

Fall (September-October)
Event Production (Virtual/On-Site)