Film Fest Receives Boost From Foundation

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Heartland Truly Moving Pictures has announced a $75,000 grant from the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation. The funding will support the Heartland Roadshow and programming at the annual film festival. The event takes place in October. **Editor's Note - A previous version of this story included a spelling of Clowes for broadcast purposes. That has been revised.***

July 15, 2013

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Heartland Truly Moving Pictures is pleased to announce it has received a $75,000 grant from the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation (AWCCF). Heartland will use this general operating award to support its expanded year round programming through the Heartland Roadshow, as well as sustain the high quality programming at the annual Heartland Film Festival.

The Heartland Roadshow brings Festival films to partners through programs like The Great American Songbook Movie Series at The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, Indiana Black Expo Film Festival, Best of the Fest at The Historic Artcraft Theatre, Charley Creek Arts Fest, and the JCC for events like Indy Talks and the Ann Katz Festival of Books. In 2013 the Roadshow is on track to reach an audience of 10,000 outside of the annual Festival.

Strong community outreach through the Roadshow draws audiences to the annual Heartland Film Festival. This year the 22nd annual Festival takes place October 17 - 26 and will showcase independent international films and filmmakers from around the world. Thanks to being a qualifying festival for the Annual Academy Awards in the Short Films Category, filmmaker submissions from around the world continue to increase, promising the best of the best will be screened at Heartland.

"This grant continues a great history of support from AWCCF, and speaks to the passion and partnership they provide Heartland around our mission to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film,” says Heartland COO, Stuart Lowry. “We are pleased and proud of this generous gift, and look forward to elevating and showcasing the art of film in Indianapolis as we welcome filmmakers from around the world each year to the Heartland Film Festival."

This award from the AWCCF joins support from Arts Council of Indianapolis and the Indiana Arts Commission. Together these generous funders are strengthening arts and culture in Indianapolis by ensuring that Heartland continues to bring world class film programming to the city.

About Heartland Truly Moving Pictures

Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, a nonprofit arts organization, seeks to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film. Its flagship event, the Heartland Film Festival, launched in 1991 and runs each October in Indianapolis, screening independent films from around the world. The Heartland Film Festival is as an Academy Awards-qualifying festival within the Short Films category. Each year, the Festival awards more than $125,000 in cash prizes and presents its Festival Awards to the top-judged submissions. Heartland has awarded more than $2.5 million to support filmmakers during the last 20 years.

The organization's Truly Moving Picture Award was created to honor films released theatrically that align with Heartland’s mission. By bestowing this award seal to honored films, the award allows studios and distributors to inform audiences of a film's transformative power and appeal. Heartland is also dedicated to cultivating youth, and thus created the Heartland Institute to provide innovative educational and outreach programs that enrich the minds and lives of youth and aspiring filmmakers. Heartland shares inspiring films year round in the community through the Heartland Roadshow, bringing meaningful films across Indiana. For more information, visit TrulyMovingPictures.org.

Source: Heartland Truly Moving Pictures