An outdoor screening at the Indy Shorts International Film Festival.

Indy Shorts International

Film Festival

July 20-25, 2021

Information

 
 

The Academy Award®-Qualifying Indy Shorts International Film Festival presented by Heartland Film is the largest shorts festival in the Midwest running in Indianapolis, Indiana, since 2018! Originally an expansion to the Heartland International Film Festival, Indy Shorts has become its own six day summer festival that celebrates the unique, creative and captivating art of short films in a wide range of categories including horror, comedy, documentary, narrative, animated, and more! 

 

Indy Shorts is one of only 34 festivals in the world to have earned the special designation of being a qualifying festival for the Annual Academy Awards® for all three Short Film categories: Live Action, Documentary, and Animated. This means the winner of the Indy Shorts Grand Prize for Best Narrative Short, Grand Prize for Best Documentary Short, and Grand Prize for Best Animated Short will qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules. Over the years, 29 films featured at Indy Shorts/HIFF have been nominated with seven going on to win Oscars®!

The pandemic has changed the look of the festival, but our mission to curate, promote and celebrate thoughtful and engaging films from diverse perspectives remains at the forefront of everything we do. This past year, we were still able to award more than $30,000 in cash prizes, present 128 films on a secure virtual platform, host five drive-in screenings, showcase 182 filmmakers from all over the world for live virtual Q&A sessions, and achieve the 5050X2020 Parity Pledge with 50% of the Festival’s lineup directed and co-directed by women. 

 

2021 marks the 30th Anniversary of Heartland Film and the Fourth Annual Indy Shorts International Film Festival, and we are so excited to celebrate virtually and safely in-person with you! Stay tuned on our social media @HeartlandFilm for the latest updates on our upcoming Indy Shorts running July 21-25! #IndyShorts2021

The largest

     Shorts Festival

in the Midwest

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Submissions for #IndyShorts2021 are now closed.

Check back this Fall for our 2022 call for entries!

Submit Your Film

Iggy

 

Igmar von Hitchcoppola - better known as "Iggy" - is the official short spokesgnome for the Indy Shorts International Film Festival. 

Iggy loves three things in life more than just about anything else - flowers, beer, and most of all: film.

Originally created by the Bohlsen Group, Iggy can be seen all around our summer shorts Festival, and is more than happy to have a photo taken with every film fan he comes across! 

 

Highlights

MovieMaker's Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee

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Over $90,000 Awarded to Filmmakers since 2018

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Academy Award®- Qualifying Festival

High School Film Competition

 

Indy Shorts also runs the High School Film Competition. Launched in 2010, the High School Film Competition encourages tomorrow’s filmmakers to follow their passion and create short films that push their talents, creativity and art to the next level. Shorts made by talented high school students from around the world, compete for the $2,000 Summer White Lynch Memorial Award, underwritten by Gary D. & Marlene Cohen, and the Best Student Film Awards in categories of Narrative, Documentary, Animated, Indiana Spotlight ($250 Cash Prize each). 

Submission Deadlines: High School Film Competition

  • Early Bird Deadline, December 20, 2020 – FREE

  • Regular Deadline, March 7, 2021 – $10

  • Late Deadline, March 28, 2021 – $15

  • Extended Deadline, April 18, 2021 – $30

 

#IndyShorts2020 Awards

Grand Prize for Narrative Short

$5,000 Grand Prize

Academy Award®-Qualifying

 

​Grand Prize for Documentary Short

$5,000 Grand Prize

Academy Award®-Qualifying

Grand Prize for Animated Short

$5,000 cash prize

Academy Award®-Qualifying

Summer White Lynch Memorial Award

(High School Short)

$2,000 cash prize

Underwritten by Gary D. & Marlene Cohen

Jenni Berebitsky Legacy Award

$1,800 cash prize

Indiana Spotlight Award

$1,500 cash prize

Heartland Horror Award

$1,000 cash prize

Best Comedy Short

$1,000 cash prize

Best Directorial Debut

$1,000 cash prize

Student Film Awards

(Narrative, Documentary, Animated, Indiana Spotlight)

$1,000 cash prizes

High School Film Competition Category Winners

(Narrative, Documentary, Animated, Indiana Spotlight)

$250 cash prizes

Audience Choice Awards

$250 cash prizes

 
People gather around tables

Rewinding three decades of Heartland Film history.

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