2022 Indy Shorts International Film Festival Guidebook

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WELCOME TO INDY SHORTS Introductory Letters How to Fest About Heartland Film Special Events Revisiting Indy Shorts 2021 High School Film Competition Awards & Prizes Pioneering Spirit Award Awards Juries

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BEHIND-THE-SCENES Get Involved Sponsors Partners Board of Directors Staff

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“THE GREATEST SHORTS ON EARTH!” Welcome to the 5th Annual Indy Shorts International Film Festival! You can witness more than 150 marvelous short films from Tuesday, July 19 through Sunday, July 24! Indy Shorts is one of MovieMaker Magazineʼs Top 20 Best Short Festivals in the World for 2022 and an Academy Award®-qualifying festival in all three short film categories! That means our three grand prize winners can be considered for an Oscar® in the categories of animated, documentary and narrative! With eight winners and 32 nominees in the past decade, there's an excellent chance youʼre about to watch some of the next Academy Award®-winning shorts before anyone else - right here in Indianapolis! In-person screenings will be hosted at Living Room Theaters (July 20-21), Newfields (July 22-24) and the Indianapolis Art Center (July 24)! All of the shorts programs will also be available to view virtually from July 19 to 24. Go to IndyShorts.org to learn more about all the films, carnival-themed events and ticket options! Now step right up for The Greatest Shorts on Earth!


WELCOME TO INDY SHORTS



WELCOME TO INDY SHORTS MICHAEL AULT

President

Thank you for joining us for the 2022 Indy Shorts International Film Festival! We are incredibly grateful to our fans for remaining loyal to us these past two years as we've walked a tightrope of pandemic challenges. It's only because of your support that we are still here and celebrating films that do more than entertain. In my first year as president of Heartland Film, we are working on some unique film-centric events I know you will not want to miss. We hope you will sign up for our newsletter or follow us on social media so you'll be the first to know about the launch of a holiday film series in December and our signature fundraising event in 2023. In the meantime, I hope you have a wonderful time enjoying The Greatest Shorts on Earth!

KIM DOLLIN

Board Chair

Welcome to the 5th Annual Indy Shorts! It is an honor to serve as the Board Chair for Heartland Film and I could not be more optimistic about its future. It takes a community to come together for a festival to be successful and I want to encourage you to think of ways you can get involved with Heartland Film all year long. From connecting us to a local school or non-profit to becoming a sponsor or member, there are various ways to support our mission to curate, promote and celebrate thoughtful and engaging films from diverse perspectives. Thank you to our creative staff, dedicated board members, loyal fans, talented filmmakers, generous sponsors, donors, members, volunteers and YOU for making Indy Shorts an internationally recognized festival. Now, let's get this show on the road! Happy Festing!

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HOW TO FEST FEST PASSES Is anything better than unlimited? Get full film freedom with a Fest Pass! This is the best deal in town and will also get you invites to extra events. Check out the in-person, hybrid and virtual options below: MEMBERS: 20% OFF

In-Person Fest Pass ($79): One ticket for every in-person screening Virtual Fest Pass ($79): One ticket to every virtual screening Hybrid Fest Pass ($95): One ticket to every in-person screening and one ticket to every virtual program Duo Hybrid Fest Pass ($139): Two tickets to every in-person screening and one ticket to every virtual program Hybrid 5-Pack ($59): Five tickets to in-person or virtual screenings

VIRTUAL FESTIVAL (USA Only) Grab your lemon shake-up and get cozy because our featured shorts programs are available to view at home! This is the easiest way to squeeze in all the marvelous short films your heart desires! For help connecting our streaming site to your TV, visit watch.eventive.org/help.

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HOW TO FEST

TICKETS: $13 // MEMBERS: 20% OFF NEWFIELDS

4000 N Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN

Newfields is home to the world-renowned Indianapolis Museum of Art, beautiful blooming gardens and host to the 5th Annual Indy Shorts! Join us for screenings all weekend, including two Summer Nights screenings in The Amphitheater. Come Friday and Saturday night for free HotBox Pizza and carnival activities before our outdoor Oscar® Nominees program and Indy Shorts Award Winners screening under the stars!

LIVING ROOM THEATERS

745 E 9th St, Suite 810, Indianapolis, IN

Living Room Theaters is located in the new and vibrant Bottleworks District, right off Mass Ave! Between Pins Mechanical Co and the Garage Food Hall, there are plenty of places to hang out in between film screenings! Don't forget to ask concessions for a parking voucher before you go! They'll validate up to three hours of free parking in the Bottleworks Districtʼs gated lots!

INDIANAPOLIS ART CENTER

820 E 67th St, Indianapolis, IN

This outdoor picnic-style venue will host the Indy Shorts Family Fun Day on Sunday, July 24! Come out with your lawn chair and blankets for family friendly short film programming, HotBox pizza, games, sweets and more! Sponsored by Midwest Presort.

ACCESSIBILITY OPTIONS All Indy Shorts International Film Festival venues are ADA-accessible, and we have various options for Open Captions, Audio Descriptions and more. For the full list of our festivalʼs accessibility features, as well as a breakdown of each of our venuesʼ options, scan the QR code or visit bit.ly/is22accessibility.

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ABOUT HEARTLAND FILM

OUR MISSION Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, Heartland Film was founded in 1991 with the mission to curate, promote and celebrate thoughtful and engaging films from diverse perspectives. Whether they inspire conversation, ignite imagination, or shift perspectives, the films we select and exhibit all have one thing in common: they do more than just entertain. Heartland Film

@HeartlandFilm

COMMUNITY OUTREACH Weʼre on a mission to connect inspiring films with local community partners who have information and resources to help our audience take action! If you know a local non-profit organization that would like to be a community partner for the 2022 Heartland International Film Festival (October 6-16), email boxoffice@heartlandfilm.org!

MEET IGGY Igmar von Hitchcoppola - better known as "Iggy" is the official spokesgnome for the Indy Shorts International Film Festival, and has been immortalized as the Indy Shorts award statuette. Iggy loves three things in life more than just about anything else: flowers, beer and most of all—film. 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!

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ABOUT HEARTLAND FILM HEARTLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Thank you for helping us celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Heartland International Film Festival last October! We loved wearing fanny packs, looking through old photos and celebrating all things ‘90s and Heartland Film! #HIFF30 Fun Facts • Showed six Academy Award®nominated films with three Oscar® wins • 100+ filmmakers attended for Q&As

• Presented more than $60,000 in cash awards to filmmakers • Hosted 246 film screenings

We canʼt wait for you to be amazed by all the films and events weʼre preparing for the 31st Heartland International Film Festival, October 6-16, 2022!

INDUSTRY RECOGNITION MovieMaker Magazine has honored both Indy Shorts and the Heartland International Film Festival on their 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee list for 2022! This year, Indy Shorts was also featured on their list of Top 20 Best Short Film Festivals in the World! “Mother” director Hong Ejun called Indy Shorts “the best festival in the world,” praising its organization, communication and warmth: “They gave me, a young filmmaker, a lesson that if I can dream it and work hard for it with my passion, I can actually achieve it.” -MovieMaker Magazine

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SPECIAL EVENTS KICK-OFF PARTY High Alpha (Behind Living Room Theaters) 830 Massachusetts Ave, Suite 1500, Floor 4 Thursday, July 21: 5:30 - 7:30 PM Price: Included with purchase of any Thursday night Living Room Theater program Itʼs time to celebrate because The Greatest Shorts on Earth have finally arrived in Indy! Come out for appetizers, a magician, complimentary drinks and, of course, to meet the filmmakers who have traveled far and wide to meet you! Anyone with a ticket to an Indy Shorts screening on the evening of Thursday, July 21 is welcome.

OSCAR® SHORTS Newfields Amphitheater 4000 N Michigan Rd Friday, July 22: 7 PM doors, Film at sunset (approximately 9:30 PM) Price: $12 Donʼt miss one of our main attractions, the Oscar® Shorts Program! Bring a blanket and arrive early to enjoy free HotBox Pizza, cotton candy and carnival games.

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AWARD WINNERS Newfields Amphitheater 4000 N Michigan Rd Saturday, July 23: 7 PM doors, Film at sunset (Approximately 9:30 PM) Price: $12 Come out for a night under the stars as we watch this yearʼs Indy Shorts award winners! Bring a blanket and arrive early to enjoy free HotBox Pizza, cotton candy and carnival games!

FAMILY FUN DAY Indianapolis Art Center 820 E 67th St Sunday, July 24: 2 PM doors, 4 PM Film Price: $13 Come out for an afternoon of free HotBox pizza, carnival activities and sweet surprises before the Family Fun shorts program outside! Make sure to bring your own seating! Sponsored by Midwest Presort.

CLOSING NIGHT AFTER HOURS Pins Mechanical Company 856 Carrollton Ave Sunday, July 24: 9:30 PM Price: Free (Must be 21+) Help us close out the magic of Indy Shorts with free bowling and HotBox pizza at Pins Mechanical Company! Filmmakers, volunteers and attendees are invited for one last hoorah! Sponsored by MTV Documentary Films.

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REVISITING INDY SHORTS 2021

HIGHLIGHTS Last July, we came together for a Short Escape into the wonderful world of short films! We experienced a record breaking year with the most submissions (3,300), the most films showcased (201) and the highest number of attendees in Indy Shorts history! The 4th Annual Academy Award®-qualifying Indy Shorts International Film Festival presented more than $30,000 in cash prizes, new Iggy statuettes and three Oscar®-qualifications to three female filmmakers! We have the best memories of lounging on our Indy Shorts picnic blankets in the gardens of the Indianapolis Art Center, reclining in the gorgeous Living Room Theaters and eating HotBox Pizza together at Indy Fringe. Whether you joined us for an outdoor, indoor or virtual screening, we hope you enjoyed your short getaway!

ACADEMY AWARD®-QUALIFIED 2021

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INDY SHORTS 2021 AWARD WINNERS Grand Prize for Narrative Short* “Like the Ones I Used to Know” by Annie St-Pierre Grand Prize for Documentary Short* “Your Street” by Güzin Kar Grand Prize for Animated Short* “Homebird” by Ewa Smyk Indiana Spotlight Award “Cutters” by Matt Dillman Comedy Award “Close Ties to Home Country” by Akanksha Cruczynski Heartland Horror Award “The Thing That Ate the Birds” by Sophie Mair, Dan Gitsham Jenni Berebitsky Legacy Award “A Concerto is a Conversation” by Kris Bowers, Ben Proudfoot Summer White Lynch Memorial Award “Sophie and Jacob” by Max Shoham Directorial Debut Award “Bruiser” by Miles Warren Narrative Student Short Award “Plaisir” by Molly Gillis Documentary Student Short Award “Seahorse” by Nele Dehnenkamp Animated Student Short Award “Love is Just a Death Away” by Bára Anna Stejskalová Indiana Spotlight Student Short Award “MTXE: Mental Toughness Xtra Effort” by Emmanuel Terrell *Academy Award® qualifier


HIGH SCHOOL FILM COMPETITION INFORMATION Indy Shorts runs the High School Film Competition, presented by founding sponsors Bob & Alison Spoonmore. Launched in 2010, the High School Film Competition encourages tomorrowʼs 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 will compete for category prizes in the categories of Narrative, Documentary and Animated ($500 cash prize each). These category winners will then compete for the $2,000 Summer White Lynch Memorial Award. Tickets for this program are FREE!

HOW CAN I HELP? Connect us to a teacher or school that might like to get involved! Email boxoffice@heartlandfilm.org for more information! Show your support for the next generation of filmmakers by attending the FREE High School Film Competition Program screening on Saturday, July 23, at Newfields!

THE HIGH SCHOOL FILM COMPETITION

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SPECIAL AWARDS SUMMER WHITE LYNCH MEMORIAL AWARD High School Film Competition shorts compete for the $2,000 Summer White Lynch Memorial Award, underwritten by Gary D. & Marlene Cohen.

When she received the news that there was nothing left to do but wait to die, it inspired a Random Act of Kindness that became a movement over social media which spanned over local communities, states and overseas.

Summer White Lynch lost her battle to triple negative breast cancer in June 2014.

A RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS

Gary D. and Marlene Cohen wanted to give back by bringing her spirit to the Heartland Film award, both to honor her and to encourage others to be inspired to do something kind for a random stranger.

THE JENNI BEREBITSKY LEGACY AWARD The Jenni Berebitsky Legacy Award honors longtime Heartland Film friend, Jenni Berebitsky, who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrigʼs disease in March 2009 and passed away in August 2019. The documentary short film “Grateful: The Jenni Berebitsky Story,” which centers around her life, won, among other tributes, the Audience Choice Award at the inaugural Indy Shorts International Film Festival. Regarding the award, Jenni remarked, “It is no easy task to create a piece of art that is both meaningful and entertaining. I am honored to play a role, alongside Heartland Film, in this award that encourages filmmakers to follow a dream and inspire audiences around the world.”

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AWARDS & PRIZES AWARDS PROGRAM Come one, come all and join us on Saturday, July 23, to watch the 2022 Award-Winning Shorts, including all three of our Academy Award®-Qualifying short films! This program will take place outside at the Newfields Amphitheater! Come out early for a fun night of free HotBox pizza, cotton candy, carnival games and more!

ACADEMY AWARD® QUALIFICATION 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® in all three Short Film categories: Live Action, Documentary and Animation. The three winners of the Indy Shorts Grand Prize for Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short and Best Animated Short will qualify for consideration in the Short Film category of the annual Academy Awards®. Over the years, 32 short films featured at Indy Shorts/HIFF have been nominated with eight going on to win Oscars®!

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AWARDS Narrative Short ($5,000 Cash Prize)* Documentary Short ($5,000 Cash Prize)* Animated Short ($5,000 Cash Prize)* Summer White Lynch Memorial Award ($2,000 Cash Prize each) Underwritten by Gary D. and Marlene Cohen High School Film Competition Winners ($500 Cash Prize Each) Categories of Narrative, Documentary, Animated Indiana Spotlight Competition ($1,500 Cash Prize) Jenni Berebitsky Legacy Award ($1,800 Cash Prize) Best Horror Award ($1,000 Cash Prize) Best Comedy Short ($1,000 Cash Prize) Best Directorial Debut ($1,000 Cash Prize) Best Student Film Awards ($1,000 Cash Prize each) Categories of Narrative, Documentary, Animated, Indiana Spotlight Audience Choice Awards ($250 Cash Price each) Categories of Narrative, Documentary, Animated, Indiana Spotlight *Academy Award®-Qualified

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PIONEERING SPIRIT AWARD HONOREE: COLMAN DOMINGO Weʼre excited to welcome actor Colman Domingo to the 2022 Indy Shorts International Film Festival! Colman will receive our Pioneering Spirit Award, which honors individuals who have embodied Heartland Film's mission; those whose work has inspired conversation, ignited imagination and shifted perspectives. He directed, wrote, produced and stars in New Moon, as well as executive produced and stars in NORTH STAR. He will attend the post-screening Q&As for both the Coming of Age and Devotion programs as listed below and will receive the Pioneering Spirit Award in-person at the Awards Party.

BIOGRAPHY Colman Domingo has starred in some of the most profound films and TV series in recent years, such as If Beale Street Could Talk, Lincoln, The Butler, Selma, Birth of a Nation, Candyman, Zola, seven seasons of AMC's Fear the Walking Dead, and HBO's Euphoria. Domingo is a Tony, Sir Lawrence Olivier, Drama Desk, Drama League and NAACP Theatre Award nominated, OBIE and Lucille Lortel Award winning actor, playwright, director and producer, and a two time Film Independent Spirit, Gotham, SAG, Critics Choice and NAACP award nominee. He will be seen in the upcoming Netflix & Higher Ground film Rustin, slated for 2022, and the Warner Brothers, Oprah Winfrey & Steven Spielberg produced musical motion picture The Color Purple. @colmandomingo

Coming of Age (New Moon) Sat. July 23 | 4:15 PM The Toby at Newfields

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@kingofbingo

Devotion (NORTH STAR) Sat. July 23 | 7:45 PM DeBoest Lecture Hall at Newfields



AWARDS JURIES NARRATIVE SHORT

K.D. Dávila

Paul Sloop

Raquel Stecher

Miles Warren

DOCUMENTARY SHORT

James Choi

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Güzin Kar

Greg Rhem

Poh Si Teng


AWARDS JURIES

ANIMATED SHORT

Kristian Mercado

Don Hahn

Juan J. Medina

Ewa Smyk

HIGH SCHOOL FILM COMPETITION

James Choi

Carol Nguyen

Max Shoham

INDIANA SPOTLIGHT

Torrie Hudson

Anne Laker

Dave Windisch

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FILM LINEUP & SCHEDULE


Visit the online film guide at indyshorts.org for content advisories. Programs suitable for all ages are noted.


OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

A LITTLE ROMANCE 87 min.

Swipe right on these endearing stories of awkward dates, unexpected connections and declarations of feelings.

Wed. July 20 | 7:10 PM | Living Room Theaters Tues. July 19 - Sun. July 24 | Virtual Included films: HEART LAND ; ALL I EVER WANTED ; Thursday, Friday, Saturday ; THE RIGHT WORDS ; ADMIT ONE ; Not the ‘80s

Sun. July 24 | 3:15 PM | Newfields (DeBoest) Tues. July 19 - Sun. July 24 | Virtual

ANIMALS 54 min.

Cows, salamanders, dogs and bears - oh, my! Suitable for all ages.

ARTS & CULTURE 88 min.

Music, dance and art collide.

Included films: Dress A Cow; Hellbender in the Blue; Nuisance Bear ; Breaking Trail

Sun. July 24 | 7:45 PM | Newfields (DeBoest) Tues. July 19 - Sun. July 24 | Virtual Included films: Weckuwapok (The Approaching Dawn) ; Nicholas Brothers: Stormy Weather ; Tender ; Shut Up And Paint ; Unspoken

COMEDY

Thurs. July 21 | 7:30 PM | Living Room Theaters Tues. July 19 - Sun. July 24 | Virtual

Get ready to laugh at this eclectic mix of comedic tales.

Included films: Tank Fairy ; The Diamond Meantal Health Girls ; Night of the Living Dread ; An Irish Goodbye ; Melons

78 min.

World Premiere

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US Premiere

Midwest Premiere

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Indiana Premiere


OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

COMING OF AGE 96 min.

Rites of passage, teachable moments and nostalgia in these stories of growing up.

Sat. July 23 | 4:15 PM | Newfields (The Toby) Tues. July 19 - Sun. July 24 | Virtual Included films: Brownsville Bred ; Black Slide ; Americanized ; AYSHA ; Long Line of Ladies ; New Moon

COMMUNITY

Fri. July 22 | 4 PM | Newfields (The Toby) Tues. July 19 - Sun. July 24 | Virtual

Stories of finding camaraderie, support and each other.

Included films: The Originals ; Maʼs House Hot Rod ; My Disability Roadmap ; The Benevolents ; Ousmane

CONNECTIONS

Sun. July 24 | 5:30 PM | Newfields (DeBoest) Tues. July 19 - Sun. July 24 | Virtual

Tales of embracing others and oneself.

Included films: El Carrito ; Dress Up ; Reflection ; Frank & Emmet ; The Outing TROY ; Act of God

DEVOTION

Sat. July 23 | 7:45 PM | Newfields (DeBoest) Tues. July 19 - Sun. July 24 | Virtual

101 min.

98 min.

87 min.

Caregivers and their devotion to loved ones and strangers alike.

World Premiere

US Premiere

Included films: Blue Smoke ; Daniel & Nate Dot ; THE PASSENGERS ; NORTH STAR

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Indiana Premiere

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OFFICIAL SELECTIONS Sun. July 24 | 4 PM | Indianapolis Art Center Tues. July 19 - Sun. July 24 | Virtual

FAMILY FUN 52 min.

Animated shorts from around the world, for the whole family. Suitable for all ages.

GENERATIONS 77 min.

The cycles and seasons of childhood and adulthood.

HIGH SCHOOL FILM COMPETITION (FREE) 78 min.

Shorts made by talented teens from around the world. Suitable for most audiences.

97 min.

Prepare to be scared by this block of Horror shorts ranging from psychological to slasher.

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Fri. July 22 | 5:15 PM | Newfields (DeBoest) Tues. July 19 - Sun. July 24 | Virtual Included films: Love, Dad ; Dear Mama... ; Invisible Eyes ; A Work of Art ; MAMA HAS A MUSTACHE ; Night Ride ; SHE DREAMS AT SUNRISE

Sat. July 23 | 3 PM | Newfields (DeBoest) Tues. July 19 - Sun. July 24 | Virtual Included films: A Prayer for My Mother: The Eva Brettler Story ; Belated Wishes ; GONE ; The Summer Field ; Grizz ; Lemonade ; A Ship Called Lili: The Lillian Trilling Story ; Bubba ; The Cleansing Spirit ; Green ; Think Like A Filmmaker ; Pho Thurs. July 21 | 7 PM | Living Room Theaters Tues. July 19 - Sun. July 24 | Virtual

HORROR

World Premiere

Included films: Cat and Moth ; Duet ; Autumn Leaves ; The Park Bench ; Laika & Nemo ; Troll Girl; Nounours ; Blue Curry

US Premiere

Included films: One Minute ; My Soul To Take ; The Tenant ; The Night Watch ; Lucienne in a world without solitude ; Toast ; Skin & Bone

Midwest Premiere

Indiana Premiere


OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

IMAGE

Thurs. July 21 | 5:10 PM | Living Room Theaters Tues. July 19 - Sun. July 24 | Virtual

Stories of persona, reciprocity and reputation.

Included films: Five Cents ; Love Me Happiness is £4 Million ; Pig ; The Family Statement ; Party Poster

98 min.

Sat. July 23 | 2 PM | Newfields (The Toby) Tues. July 19 - Sun. July 24 | Virtual

INDIANA SPOTLIGHT 1 97 min.

Hoosier stories filmed in the state we call home. Suitable for all ages.

Included films: In Bloom ; Hellbender in the Blue; Beyond the Line ; Lizzi: Deeper than Water; Freebird; Toboggan 'bout Town; Two Soles ; Mare Among Sons

Sun. July 24 | 3 PM | Newfields (The Toby) Tues. July 19 - Sun. July 24 | Virtual

INDIANA SPOTLIGHT 2 96 min.

Hoosier stories filmed in the state we call home.

Included films: The Supper Club; Second Chances; Art On a Different Canvas; Epiphany ; DAUGHTERS ; The Net Makers; Thin Place ; Safe Haven ; ADMIT ONE Sun. July 24 | 7:30 PM | Newfields (The Toby) Tues. July 19 - Sun. July 24 | Virtual

INDIANA SPOTLIGHT 3 109 min.

Hoosier stories filmed in the state we call home.

World Premiere

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US Premiere

Included films: Teacher of Patience ; TAPEHEAD ; Angela's Tale; Conversations Between Shifts ; Stranger at the Gate

Midwest Premiere

Indiana Premiere

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OFFICIAL SELECTIONS Thurs. July 21 | 5 PM | Living Room Theaters Tues. July 19 - Sun. July 24 | Virtual

LET’S EAT! 78 min.

Shorts that explore our relationship with food and the ways it brings us together.

Included films: Bus Girl ; Kasama ; Meal on the Plate ; Alice Waters: How to Start a Food Revolution ; Bacon 'N' Laces

Sat. July 23 | 5 PM | Newfields (DeBoest) Tues. July 19 - Sun. July 24 | Virtual

MAKING A DIFFERENCE 125 min.

Powerful documentary portraits of agents of change.

Included films: BOURN KIND ; John Leguizamo Live at Rikers ; Lalito 10 ; If You Have ; Founders ; The Sentence of Michael Thompson

OSCAR® SHORTS

Fri. July 22 | 9:30 PM | Newfields (Amphitheater) Doors open at 7 PM

74 min.

A celebration of five Indy Shorts 2020 & 2021 alumni that went on to be winners and nominees at the Oscars®.

Included films: Please Hold; The Present; If Anything Happens I Love You; Feeling Through; The Queen of Basketball

SMALL TOWNS

Fri. July 22 | 2 PM | Newfields (The Toby) Tues. July 19 - Sun. July 24 | Virtual

Rural America from four engaging perspectives.

Included films: Groundhog Town ; When It's Good, It's Good ; Last Days of August ; Monumental Divide

76 min.

World Premiere

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US Premiere

Midwest Premiere

Indiana Premiere


OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

SPOTLIGHT: EDFC 88 min.

Shorts that celebrate the Eastersealsʼ mission to tell stories that present disability in its many forms.

SPOTLIGHT: L.A. TIMES SHORT DOCS 125 min.

Fri. July 22 | 3 PM | Newfields (DeBoest) Tues. July 19 - Sun. July 24 | Virtual Included films: Mac & Cheese ; Seven ; Superhero, Inc. ; I.L.Y; Bacon 'N' Laces ; My Disability Roadmap ; Freebird; Act of God

Wed. July 20 | 7 PM | Living Room Theaters Tues. July 19 - Sun. July 24 | Virtual

Showcase of documentary shorts curated from L.A. Times Short Docs.

Included films: Sentinels ; NASIR ; innocence. ; Nice To Meet You All ; (What Theyʼve Been Taught) ; We Are Like Waves ; After Skid Row ; The Picture Taking Experiment

SPOTLIGHT: MTV

Sun. July 24 | 5:15 PM | Newfields (The Toby) Tues. July 19 - Sun. July 24 | Virtual

DOCUMENTARY FILMS 60 min.

Two new shorts, followed by Sheila Nevins in conversation (livestream, in-person only).

Included films: Angola Do You Hear Us? Voices From A Plantation Prison; THANK YOU, MS. MARAVEL from Rosie's Theater Kids

TOGETHER AGAIN

Fri. July 22 | 7:30 PM | Newfields (DeBoest) Tues. July 19 - Sun. July 24 | Virtual

Reunions, second chances and escapes.

Included films: Fanmi ; Video Visit ; Au revoir Jérôme! ; This is He ; Finding Dad More Than I Remember ; The Out

115 min.

World Premiere

US Premiere

Midwest Premiere

Indiana Premiere

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FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY, JULY 20

7PM 8PM

LIVING ROOM THEATERS

LIVING ROOM THEATERS

Spotlight: L.A. Times Short Docs 7 PM | 125 min. Page 31

A Little Romance 7:10 PM | 87 min. Page 26

9PM

LIVING ROOM THEATERS Letʼs Eat! 5 PM | 78 min. Page 30

5PM 6PM 7PM

Horror 7 PM | 97 min. Page 28

8PM 9PM 32

THURSDAY, JULY 21 LIVING ROOM THEATERS Image 5:10 PM | 98 min. Page 29

Comedy 7:30 PM | 78 min. Page 26

HIGH ALPHA

Kick-Off Party 5:30 PM | 120 min. Page 12


FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

NEWFIELDS (THE TOBY) 2PM

5PM 6PM

NEWFIELDS (DEBOEST)

NEWFIELDS

(AMPHITHEATER)

Small Towns 2 PM | 76 min. Page 30 Spotlight: EDFC 3 PM | 88 min. Page 31

3PM 4PM

FRIDAY, JULY 22

Community 4 PM | 101 min. Page 27 Generations 5:15 PM | 77 min. Page 28

7PM 8PM 9PM

Together Again 7:30 PM | 115 min. Page 31

Oscar Shorts 7 PM Doors 9:30 PM | 74 min. Page 12 & 30

10PM 11PM 33


FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

NEWFIELDS (THE TOBY) 2PM 3PM 4PM 5PM

Indiana Spotlight 1 2 PM | 97 min. Page 29

Coming of Age 4:15 PM | 96 min. Page 27

6PM

SATURDAY, JULY 23 NEWFIELDS (DEBOEST)

NEWFIELDS

(AMPHITHEATER)

High School Film Competition 3 PM | 78 min. Page 28

Making a Difference 5 PM | 125 min. Page 30

7PM Devotion 7:45 PM | 87 min. Page 27

8PM 9PM 10PM 11PM 34

Award Winners 7 PM Doors 9:30 PM | 120 min. Page 13


FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

NEWFIELDS (THE TOBY)

SUNDAY, JULY 24 NEWFIELDS (DEBOEST)

2PM 3PM

Indiana Spotlight 2 3 PM | 96 min. Page 29

Animals 3:15 PM | 54 min. Page 26

Spotlight: MTV Documentary Films w/Convo 5:15 PM | 60 min. Page 31

Connections 5:30 PM | 98 min. Page 27

4PM 5PM 6PM

OTHER Family Fun 2 PM Doors 4 PM | 52 min. Page 13 & 28 Indianapolis Art Center

7PM 8PM 9PM 10PM 11PM

Indiana Spotlight 3 7:30 PM | 109 min. Page 29

Arts & Culture 7:45 PM | 88 min. Page 26

Closing Night After Hours 9:30 PM | 120 min. Page 13 Pins Mechanical Company

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BEHIND THE SCENES



GET INVOLVED BECOME A MEMBER The generosity of our Members allows Heartland Film to continue its mission to curate, promote and celebrate thoughtful and engaging films from diverse perspectives. As a Member, youʼll be the first to get Festival updates, invites to exclusive events, as well as discounts on tickets, Festival Passes, merchandise and more! Heartland Film Members get 20% off #IndyShorts2022 Fest Passes and tickets! For more information on becoming a Heartland Film Member, email our Development Coordinator, Emily Chu, at echu@heartlandfilm.org.

BECOME A SPONSOR We have fun sponsorship opportunities that will get your companyʼs name out in the arts community and give you an unforgettable experience with our festival benefits! For more information about becoming a sponsor for this yearʼs Heartland International Film Festival, email our Director of Development, Heather Ross, at hross@heartlandfilm.org.

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BECOME A VOLUNTEER Volunteers are involved in all aspects of Indy Shorts and the Heartland International Film Festival, including the planning of events, working at the theaters and providing hospitality for filmmakers and guests. Volunteers also provide valuable assistance in our year-round programming, educational, marketing and fundraising efforts.

BECOME A PRE-SCREENER Our volunteer pre-screening committees assist with the viewing of films submitted to Indy Shorts and HIFF. Pre-screeners are carefully selected based on their knowledge of film and their strength in writing and analysis. Screening committee volunteers will receive festival ticket/fest pass benefits based on the number of films they have reviewed at the end of the pre-screening period. Because the pre-screening process is entirely online, you need reliable access to the Internet, and a personal computer or tablet for streaming HD video.

PURCHASE MERCHANDISE Support Heartland Film all year long with our merchandise! Check out our sweatshirts, tee shirts and hats at our Box Office! Members receive a 10% discount!


SPONSORS FILMMAKERS CIRCLE SPONSORS

SILVER SCREEN SPONSORS

CINEMA SPONSORS

REEL SPONSORS

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PARTNERS MEDIA PARTNERS

INDUSTRY PARTNERS

FESTIVAL VENUES

FOUNDATION PARTNERS Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation Christel DeHaan Family Foundation Efroymson Family Fund Lacy Foundation Lilly Endowment, Inc. Margot L. Eccles & Robert S. Eccles Family Foundation National Endowment for the Arts The David & Betty Klapper Family Foundation The Stewart Foundation

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COMMUNITY PARTNERS

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BEHIND THE SCENES BOARD OFFICERS Kim Dollin, Chair TJ Woodard, Vice Chair David Wong, Secretary

John Dewey, Treasurer Betty Stilwell, Immediate Past Chair

BOARD MEMBERS Frank Basile Vicki Bohlsen Jennifer Closshey Gary Cohen Daniel Cook Jennifer Darby Arlene Grande Christina Hale

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Carolyn Hunt Michael Husain David Klapper Robert Massie Seth Maxwell Charlie Morgan Gregory M. Paul Yung Nguyen

Patricia Payne Ben Shine Stan Soderstrom Robert Spoonmore Bill Stinson Vernon Williams


BEHIND-THE-SCENES ADVISORY COUNCIL Mary Azar Callahan Brooke Barnett Alpha Blackburn Lisa Breall Mika Brown Andrea Brummett Ellen Butz Sandra Daly Leslie Donchetz LeeAnn Edmonston Susan Frenzel Jenny Godby Lynda Goeke Nikki Gray Ted Green Amy Howell Larry Landis Lisa LeCrone Katie Lory Liza Najem Alexis Odle Sam Odle Ken Pack Amy Pauszek Bob Schultz Todd Shock Brian Southard David Spencer Chantel Stone Roberta Walton Amy Wright

HORROR PROGRAMMERS

PRE-SCREENERS Christian Arciniega Victoria Britton David Brown René Czarina John Dalton Natae Daniels Kaitie Dilán Jessie Epstein Carol Filkins Jack Forrest Tom Gulley John Guy Leigh Harris Sarah Hoback John Hoover Christine Jackson Mike James Ryan Johnson Dave Kiener Jesse Lambertson Andra Liepa Leah McClain Steve Moll James Newlin Sean O'Connor Sydney Powell Nathan Richard Daniese Roberson Dane Rogers Trevor Sheffield Bob Spoonmore Mark Steenbarger Nick Woods

COMMUNITY FRIENDS Jan White Jeff Berebitsky Patty Spitler

SOCIAL MEDIA PARTNERS Timea Bond @timmychews Michael Durr @instadurr Nicole Hernandez @xnicolehernandez Damaris Iraheta @didieats Alesha McCarty @twainindy Shay McCoy @cityofshay Desmond Nicholson @wwdeatnext Emily Ann Poe @emilyannpoe Traci Snyder @treatyourselfindy

Evan Dossey Sam Watermeier

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HEARTLAND FILM STAFF Michael Ault, President Kelly Alexiou, Director of Office Management Heather Ross, Director of Development Emily Chu, Development Coordinator Adam Howell, Director of Production & Events Bailey Scales, Special Events & Production Manager Julie Landrum, Volunteer Coordinator Greg Sorvig, Artistic Director Julia Ricci, Senior Programmer Jessica Chapman, Director of Marketing & Communications Angelo Auriemma, Creative Manager Hannah Lindgren, Social Media Coordinator Evan Vernon, Hospitality Coordinator Josh Hicks, Print Traffic Coordinator

INTERNS Nick Denbow, Shorts Programming Intern Samori Etienne, Shorts Programming Intern Brittney Jean-Baptiste, Shorts Programming Intern Melody Mirin, Submissions Management Intern Kenneth Childers, Videography Intern Jonathan Glodon, Videography Intern


october 6-16, 2022