50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2018

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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.

Chaz Ebert on the red carpet at Heartland International Film Festival 2017. Photograph courtesy of Heartland International Film Festival

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  1. Indie Film Share

    March 7, 2019 at 10:38 am

    Agree, remember to have your gold professionally graded and you should ensure that you organise the correct level of insurance to cover your investment.

  2. Max Weinstein

    November 28, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Fixed, thanks for your feedback.

  3. Jon Deo

    April 16, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    Really? No gay film festivals. Try again.

    • Filmmaker

      April 18, 2018 at 9:35 am

      “Iris Prize Film Festival’s namesake is indeed its calling card—IPFF continues to dole out the largest LGBT short film prize (£30,000) on the planet”

    • Caleb, Asst Editor

      June 8, 2018 at 4:21 pm

      Hi Jon,

      Thanks so much for your feedback. Keep an eye out for our upcoming “25 Coolest Film Fests” in our Summer issue (newsstands 7/24). Lots of LGBT Fest representation!

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