“GIMME SHELTER” starring Vanessa Hudgens
“GIMME SHELTER” starring Vanessa Hudgens

The indie film “GIMME SHELTER” starring Vanessa Hudgens, will kick off the 22nd Heartland Film Festival which runs October 17 to October 26, 2013, in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Centering on 16-year-old Agnes "Apple" Bailey, "GIMME SHELTER" uncovers the struggle for survival and the hope of redemption through the harsh realities of life on the streets of New Jersey. As a pregnant teenager, Apple’s journey plummets to perilous struggles until finding salvation in a suburban shelter for homeless pregnant teens. Based on the lives of actual homeless, pregnant young women, writer and director Ronald Krauss lived in the primary shelter one year prior to production writing the “Gimme Shelter” screenplay.  In addition to the opening film, the Academy Award-qualifying festival within the Short Films category will feature a lineup including 134 independent films from 76 countries. 

The festival will wrap on Saturday, October 26, with the Special Premiere of “THE BOOK THIEF”starring Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush, who  will receive the Heartland Pioneering Spirit Award, and Sophie Nélisse who will receive the Heartland Pioneering Spirit: Rising Star Award and directed by Brian Percival, who will be honored with the Heartland Truly Moving Picture Award for the film.

Based on the beloved bestselling book, "The Book Thief" tells the inspirational story of a spirited and courageous young girl who transforms the lives of everyone around her when she is sent to live with a foster family in World War II Germany.

Narrative Feature ($50,000 Grand Prize)
"The Forgotten Kingdom"
"Hide Your Smiling Faces"
"Life Inside Out"
"This is Where We Live"
"When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep"

Documentary Features ($50,000 Grand Prize)
"Blood Brother"
"The Genius of Marian"
"Life According to Sam"
"The Network"

Narrative Short ($5,000 Grand Prize)
"The Amber Amulet"
"Rhino Full Throttle"
"The Sweatshop"

Documentary Short ($5,000 Grand Prize)
"Atomic Dream"
"The Circle"
"Herd in Iceland"
"How the Light Gets In"
"Wrinkles of the City – La Havana"

Special presentations include:
"The Crash Reel"
"Gideon’s Army"
"Valentine Road"

World premiere titles include, but are not limited to:
"The Christmas Candle"
"Life Inside Out"
"Little Hope Was Arson"
"No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie"