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“Indy Shorts” International Film Festival

Indianapolis’s only short film festival returns to Newfields July 25-28

Presented by Heartland Film Inc., an innovator in the filmmaking industry, Indy Shorts International Film Fest (Indy Shorts), will be returning for its second year July 25-28 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields. In support of the annual Heartland International Film Festival, Indy Shorts exclusively features short films 40 minutes or less in length, and it is the largest short film festival in the Midwest with over 100 films shown.

Here is the teaser from last year’s premiere Indy Shorts, providing a glimpse into what to expect again this year, in this soundbite with Heartland Film President, Craig Prater. Video Courtesy of B. Media House.

“We are pleased to continue our second year of Indy Shorts,” said Craig Prater, Heartland Film President. “Short film filmmakers bring an incredible art form that presents what can be done creatively in a few minutes. Heartland Film is proud to be on the cutting edge of filmmaking and inspiring filmmakers to continue their careers.”

Indy Shorts features films that will eventually qualify for the Academy Awards® with winners to show encore screenings at Heartland International Film Festival in October. Indy Shorts is an Academy Award ®-qualifying film festival in the short film categories Best Narrative Short Film and Best Documentary Short Film. Short films featured in past years have moved on to be short-listed, nominated and winners of Academy Awards®. In fact, “Period. End of Sentence,” a finalist in last year’s Indy Shorts Int’l Film Festival, went on to win the 2019 Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short.  

Indy Shorts is one of the largest cash awarding short film festivals in North America and will bestow $30,000 in cash prizes across multiple categories.

Indy Shorts Pride Stride – On the Eve of the Fest

In partnership with the Indianapolis LGBT Film FestivalHeartland Film presents Indy Shorts: Pride Stride! This night will be a one of a kind experience. See local celebrities, film stars from the evening’s featured films, and your favorite drag queens walk Indy’s first “Rainbow Carpet”! After the carpet, head inside the Athenaeum Theatre to enjoy the short films Old Dogs & New Tricks & TROY: The Original Lady Boy. 

A preview of the event’s programs are outlined below. Tickets for Indy Shorts events and screenings will go on sale Friday, June 28 and can be purchased online at For more information on Indy Shorts, visit

2019 Indy Shorts’ Featured Programs

Indy Shorts Finalists – Indy Shorts finalists will make up two programs during the festival, which will include the top five short films for each category, including documentary, narrative and animated.

Indy Shorts Official Selections – Enjoy additional programs of Indy Shorts Official Selections throughout the four-day event.

Indiana Spotlight – Showcases talented filmmakers from the Hoosier state. Must meet two of the following criteria for eligibility: 65 percent of the film was shot in Indiana, the director is a current Indiana resident or native, or the producer/executive producer/writer is a current Indiana resident or native.

High School Film Competition – Encourages tomorrow’s filmmakers to get involved with the Festival. Directors must have been in high school when the film was completed and must not have graduated from high school any earlier than Summer 2018.

Joyce Forum – Award-winning short films from The Joyce Forum at the San Diego Jewish Film Festival that portray the Jewish experience from contemporary and historical perspectives. Partnering with the Jewish Community Center, the Joyce Forum shorts will be shown at the JCC on Aug. 28 along with other shorts at 1 and 3:30 p.m.

9FilmFest – Award-winning short films from Bangkok’s 9FilmFest from around the world.

Easterseals Disability Film Challenge – Award-winning short films from Easterseals Disability Film Challenge helping change the way the world defines and views disability.

2019 Indy Shorts’ Schedule of Events:

Indy Shorts Kickoff and After Party

Thursday, July 25 Newfields. 4000 Michigan Rd.

Join Heartland Film in kicking off the grand opening of Indy Shorts International Film Festival at this red-carpet style event.  

Summer Nights at Newfields

Friday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m. Newfields. 4000 Michigan Rd.

Join us for an outdoor screening of a selection of Oscar-nominated short films and free pizza from HotBox Pizza.  

Awards Show & Screening

Saturday, July 27 at 7 p.m. Newfields. 4000 Michigan Road.

Join Heartland Film in a celebration of Indy Shorts’ filmmakers, honoring their outstanding work and moving stories. The event will feature cash prizes and filmmakers from around the world and a screening of the Grand Prize Award-winning short films. Awards After-Party taking place at the Alexander Hotel.

Music & Shorts

Sunday, July 28 at 6 p.m. The Jazz Kitchen 45377 N College Ave.

For the last night of Indy Shorts, enjoy some short films and dance the evening away at The Jazz Kitchen.   

About Heartland Film, Inc.

Heartland Film is a nonprofit arts organization founded in 1991 with the mission to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film. Heartland Film is a supporter of purposeful filmmaking, providing an outlet for filmmakers and storytellers from all over the world to be creative and honored for their work. The films selected for the Festivals do more than just entertain; they inspire and uplift, educate and inform, and shift audiences’ perspectives on the world. For more information, visit

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