Heartland International Film Festival
Indianapolis, Indiana / October 11-21, 2018 / heartlandfilm.org / A
Regardless of acceptance, Heartland International Film Festival makes sure that “a minimum of one to three human beings” will give feedback on the entirety of your submitted film; some moviemakers have managed to get in after making changes based on the notes. HIFF gave new meaning to the term “consolation prize” in 2017, introducing a $1,000 prize for each narrative feature and documentary feature finalist not chosen for the $25,000 Grand Prize in their respective categories, plus $500 for each non-winning finalist in the narrative, documentary, and animated short categories. As if that deal isn’t sweet enough, alumni are in the clear to submit free for life, and even making a referral will land you a discounted waiver.