Heartland Film Festival Announces Winners

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One grand prize went to "The Judgment," directed by Stephan Komandarev. One grand prize went to "The Judgment," directed by Stephan Komandarev.

The 24th annual Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis has awarded more than $120,000 in cash prizes for winning entries in this year's event. Organizers say the festival has awarded more than $3 million to independent filmmakers since 1992.

Submissions for the 25th annual Heartland Film Festival, which runs October 21-30, 2016, will open in February.

This year's winners are:

$45,000 Grand Prize for Best Narrative Feature
"The Judgment," directed by Stephan Komandarev (Bulgaria)

$45,000 Grand Prize for Best Documentary Feature
"Romeo is Bleeding," directed by Jason Zeldes (USA)

$5,000 Grand Prize for Best Narrative Short
Underwritten by Heartland Film Endowment’s Sparks Vision Award
"The Way of Tea," directed by Marc Fouchard (France)

$5,000 Grand Prize for Best Documentary Short
Underwritten by Heartland Film Endowment’s Sparks Vision Award
"The 100 Years Show," directed by Alison Klayman (USA)

$5,000 Best Premiere for Narrative Feature
"Borderless," directed by Amir Hossein Asgari (Iran)

$5,000 Best Premiere for Documentary Feature
"Big Voice," directed by Varda Bar-Kar (USA)

$5,000 Indiana Spotlight Winner
"Citizen Teklit," directed by Tim Taylor (USA)

$3,000 Summer White Lynch Memorial Award Winner - High School Film Competition Grand Prize
Underwritten by Gary D. & Marlene Cohen
"This Home Is Not Empty," directed by Carol Nguyen (Canada)

$2,000 prizes for the Jimmy Stewart Memorial Crystal Heart Awards
"The Heart Thief," directed by Ella Rubeli (Australia)
"Leidi," directed by Simon Mesa Soto (Columbia, UK)

Audience Choice Award Winner, Narrative Feature
"Marie's Story," directed by Jean-Pierre Améris (France)

Audience Choice Award Winner, Documentary Feature
"dream/killer," directed by Andrew Jenks (USA)

Audience Choice Award Winner, Narrative Short
"Moving On," directed by Marcia Fields and Mike Spear (USA)

Audience Choice Award Winner, Documentary Short
"Teen Press," directed by T.C. Johnstone (USA)

Submissions for the 25th annual Heartland Film Festival (Oct. 21-30, 2016) will open in February.

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