Heartland Film Festival
Heartland Film Festival, a non-profit organization, was established in 1991 to recognize and honor filmmakers whose work explores the human journey by artistically expressing hope and respect for the positive values of life. Since its beginning, Heartland Film Festival has developed many ways to pursue its mission.
Each October, Heartland screens Truly Moving Pictures from around the world, ranging from dramas to documentaries to animation, all of which take entertainment to a higher level. Heartland awards $100,000 in cash prizes and Crystal Heart Awards to the Festival's top entries, including a $50,000 Grand Prize for Best Dramatic Feature. The Jimmy Stewart Memorial Crystal Heart Award winners for the best student films and the Crystal Heart Award winners share the remaining money. The Crystal Heart Award cash prizes are given in honor of Max Simon by his parents, Melvin and Bren Simon, through the Max Simon Charitable Foundation. In 14 years, Heartland has awarded more than $1.4 million to support filmmakers in their quest to create Truly Moving Pictures. The rewards of this Festival are many. The audience of a Heartland film is lifted up and inspired. The recognition filmmakers receive at the Heartland Film Festival encourages them to continue to make films that move and inspire.