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2014 Heartland Film Festival Announces Winners

Indy's 2014 Heartland Film Festival has announced its Grand Prize Winners:

  • $45,000 Prize for Best Narrative Feature - "Siddharth," directed by Richie Mehta
  • $45,000 Prize for Best Documentary Feature - "Happiness," directed by Thomas Balmes
  • $5,000 Grand Prize for Best Narrative Short - "Record," directed by David Lyons
  • $5,000 Grand Prize for Best Documentary Short - "Showfolk," directed by Ned McNeilage
  • $2,000 Prizes for the Jimmy Stewart Memorial Crystal Heart Awards -
    "Grand Canal," directed by Johnny Ma
    "Our Curse," directed by Tomasz Sliwinski
  • $2,500 Grand Prize for High School Film Competition - "Chris," directed by Zachary Oschin

2014 Heartland Film Festival Closing Night Film

A beloved story since the 1960s television series introduced resourceful young Sebastian and the giant mountain sheepdog he tames and calls Belle, this heartwarming film is set during WWII in the snowy Alps of occupied France, on the border of Switzerland. Sebastian, lonely and dreaming of the day his mother will return from America for him, befriends “the beast” the local farmers are convinced is killing their sheep – an enormous yet gentle sheepdog who quickly becomes the boy’s best friend and protector. With Nazis in the village rooting out the resistance fighters helping Jewish refugees cross the border, Belle and Sebastian’s loyalty – to each other and the village that’s embraced them both – will be put to the test.

The Independent Critic, with the Indianapolis Colts, is Proud to Sponsor the Heartland Screening of "Private Violence"

The most dangerous place for a woman in America is her own home; every day in the US, at least four women are murdered by abusive partners. This film addresses the common remark: “why doesn’t she just leave?” Through the eyes of two survivors – Deanna Walters, a mother who seeks justice for the crimes committed against her at the hands of her estranged husband, and Kit Gruelle, an advocate who seeks justice for all women – we bear witness to the complicated and complex realities of intimate partner violence. Their experiences challenge entrenched and misleading assumptions, providing a lens into a world that is largely invisible – a world we have locked behind closed doors with our silence, our laws and our lack of understanding. Kit’s work immerses us in the lives of several other women as they attempt to leave their abusers, setting them on a collision course with institutions that continuously and systematically fail them, often blaming victims for the violence they hope to flee.

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