Five Films from the 2014 Heartland Film Festival Nominated for 2015 Academy Awards®

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“The Dam Keeper”, “Our Curse”, “The Phone Call” and “White Earth” nominated across three short film categories along with “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me” in the Music, Original Song category

Heartland Film, presenter of the Heartland Film Festival.

Heartland Film, presenter of the Heartland Film Festival.

Narrowing down over 1,000 short film submissions in 2014 was an exceedingly difficult task, and seeing several of our favorites now vie for the industry’s top awards is very gratifying. We wish the best of luck to all of our nominees.

Among the record 1,634 films submitted to the 2014 Heartland Film Festival, five of the 134 programmed titles have been nominated for Academy Awards by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences across four categories.

  • “The Dam Keeper”, directed by Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo - 2014 Heartland Film Festival Official Selection, Narrative Short

Nominated in the Animated Short Subject category

  • “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me”, directed by James Keach - 2014 Heartland Film Festival Official Selection, Documentary Feature

“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” nominated in the Music, Original Song category

  • “Our Curse” (“Nasza Klątwa”), directed by Tomasz Śliwiński - 2014 Heartland Film Festival Award Winner, Documentary Short

Nominated in the Documentary Short Subject category

  • “The Phone Call”, directed by Mat Kirkby - 2014 Heartland Film Festival Official Selection, Narrative Short

Nominated in the Live Action Short Subject category

  • “White Earth”, directed by J. Christian Jensen - 2014 Heartland Film Festival Award Winner, Documentary Short

Nominated in the Documentary Short Subject category

“It’s incredibly exciting to have several of our selected short films nominated by the Academy,” said Heartland Film’s Artistic Director Tim Irwin. “Narrowing down over 1,000 short film submissions in 2014 was an exceedingly difficult task, and seeing several of our favorites now vie for the industry’s top awards is very gratifying. We wish the best of luck to all of our nominees.”

The nominations mark a record number of Heartland Film Festival selections nominated for Academy Awards® within a single year. The previous record was in 2013 when three short films were nominated and “Inocente”, directed by Andrea Nix Fine and Sean Fine, took home the Oscar® for Documentary Short Subject.

Since 2011, the Heartland Film Festival has been granted the special designation of being a qualifying festival for the Annual Academy Awards® within the Short Films category. This means that the winner of the Grand Prize for Best Narrative Short Film will qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

The 2014 Heartland Film Festival took place Oct. 16-25, 2014 in Indianapolis. The 2015 Heartland Film Festival will open its Call for Entries period beginning Feb. 2, 2015 and will be held Oct. 16-25, 2015.

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About Heartland Film, Inc.
Heartland Film is a nonprofit arts organization founded in 1991 with the mission to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film. Heartland Film is a curator and supporter of purposeful filmmaking, honoring a wide variety of cinema and awarding storytellers from all over the world. The films Heartland Film selects and exhibits – whether they inspire and uplift, educate and inform, or have the ability to shift audiences’ perspectives on the world – all have one thing in common: they are entertaining films that do more than just entertain. Every October, the Heartland Film Festival gives its moviegoers access to more than 100 visiting independent filmmakers from all over the world, right in the heart of the Midwest. Heartland Film Festival showcases more than 130 entertaining movies that do much more than just entertain over 10 days of red carpet premieres and events, parties and hundreds of film screenings across Indianapolis. The Heartland Film Festival has earned the special designation of being a qualifying festival for the Annual Academy Awards® within the Short Films category. Each year, the Heartland Film Festival awards more than $118,000 in cash prizes and presents its Festival Awards to top-judged submissions. Heartland Film has awarded more than $2.9 million to support indie filmmakers over the last 23 years. Beyond the Heartland Film Festival, Heartland Film honors theatrically-released films that align with its mission via the Truly Moving Picture Award, inspires the next generation of filmmakers via the Heartland Film Institute, and exhibits films across Indiana all year long via the Heartland Film Roadshow. To learn more, visit heartlandfilm.org.

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