Heartland High School Film Competition

Presented by Bob & Alison Spoonmore, Sponsored by the Boren Foundation

2015 Submission Period Now Open

Launched in 2010, the High School Film Competition encourages tomorrow’s filmmakers to create films that inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of the artform.

So fire up your DSLRs and editing software, and get ready to make a short film! Or submit a film you’ve already made, provided that it meets the eligibility requirements.  All submissions must meet the following criteria, in addition to aligning with Heartland’s mission.

  • Short films under 10 minutes in length
  • Documentary or narrative; live-action or animated
  • The director must have been in high school when the film was completed
  • The director must not have graduated from high school any earlier than Summer 2015

Download the 2015 Rules & Regulations Document (PDF)

  • One film will be selected as the Grand Prize winner of the High School Film Competition
    • The winner and a guardian will receive expenses-paid trips to Indianapolis
    • The winner will receive two All-Access FEST Passes for the Festival
    • The winner will receive a cash award of $3,000
  • Four films will be selected as Finalists in the High School Film Competition
    • Each Finalist will receive two All-Access Fest Passes for the Festival
    • Each Finalist will receive a cash award of $500
Deadlines & Fees
  • Early Bird Deadline, April 3 – FREE
  • Regular Deadline, May 15 – $10
  • Late Deadline, May 22 – $15
  • WAB Extended Deadline, May 29 – $30