Heartland Film, Inc. has selected film winners across seven categories for its Indy Shorts International Film Festival, Indianapolis’ only short film festival and an Academy Award-qualifying event.
Indy Shorts exclusively features films 40 minutes or less in length. With more than 150 films shown, the festival is the largest of its kind in the Midwest. The festival also is one of the largest cash-awarding short film festivals in North America, presenting $32,000 in cash prizes across multiple categories.
Below is a complete list of the award-winning films as announced at the July 27 Indy Shorts Awards Presentation
Best Narrative Short Film: “Brotherhood.” $5,000 grand prize/Academy Award-qualified. Director/writer: Meryam Joobeur.
Best Documentary Short Film: “St. Louis Superman.” $5,000 grand prize/Academy Award-qualified. Directors: Sami Khan and Smriti Mundhra
Best Animated Short Film: “Mind My Mind.” $5,000 grand prize. Director/writer: Floor Adams
Indiana Spotlight Competition: “The Secret Life of Muslims: Richard McKinney.” $2,000 Grand prize. Director/writer: Joshua Seftel
High School Film Competition: “The Burdens They Carry.” $2,000 grand prize. Director/writer/producer: Alyssa Andrews
Best Student Film: “Hors Piste (Off Road)” $1,000 grand prize. Directors/writers: Léo Brunel, Loris Cavalier, Camille Jalabert and Oscar Malet. The École des Nouvelles Images in France
Jenni Berebitsky Legacy Award: “St. Louis Superman.” $1,800 grand prize.