“You can never slow the Heartland Film team down particularly when it comes to INDY SHORTS. They accepted the bumps in the road this year and kept on moving. We always salute and acknowledge our sponsors and audiences so this year I’m adding the innovative staff to that list,” said Heartland Film President Craig Prater.
Since 2009, shorts programmed by Heartland Film have gone on to earn 19 Academy Award® nominations and seven Academy Award® wins, including wins in the past five Oscar ceremonies. This year’s films are competing for more than $30,000 in cash prizes. The Grand Prize for Best Narrative and Best Documentary Short Film will each qualify for consideration in the Short Films categories of the Academy Awards®.