Night School directed by Andrew Cohn
Night School directed by Andrew Cohn

The 25th Heartland Film Festival which ran October 20 to 30, 2016, announced its full slate of winners;  Night School directed by Andrew Cohn won the Grand Prize for Best Documentary Feature, and the Audience Choice Award Winner, Documentary Feature, and Home Care, directed by Slávek Horák won the Grand Prize for Best Narrative Feature

“We are thrilled to celebrate our silver anniversary with this fantastic selection of award-winning films from our own backyard and around the world,” said Heartland Film Director of Programming & Marketing Greg Sorvig. “Documentary feature and audience choice winner ‘Night School’ was shot in Indianapolis, while narrative feature winner ‘Home Care’ was the Czech Republic’s foreign-language entry for the 2016 Academy Awards®. These powerful films do much more than entertain, and our hope is that these honors and cash prizes will inspire our filmmakers to continue making impactful and inspiring stories for years to come.”

The Heartland Film Festival has earned 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 (“The Ravens,” directed by Jennifer Perrot) will qualify for consideration in the Live Action Short Subject category of the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules. Created by Disney-Pixar animators, “Borrowed Time” took top honors in the Festival’s inaugural Animated Short Film category.

The 2016 Heartland Film Festival winners include:

$45,000 Grand Prize for Best Narrative Feature
Home Care,” directed by Slávek Horák (Czech Republic, Slovak Republic)

$45,000 Grand Prize for Best Documentary Feature
Night School,” directed by Andrew Cohn (USA), sponsored by Innovative

$5,000 Grand Prize for Best Narrative Short
Underwritten by Heartland Film Endowment’s Sparks Vision Award
“The Ravens,” directed by Jennifer Perrot (Australia)

$5,000 Grand Prize for Best Documentary Short
Underwritten by Heartland Film Endowment’s Sparks Vision Award
Mining Poems or Odes,” directed by Callum Rice (United Kingdom)

$5,000 Grand Prize for Best Animated Short
“Borrowed Time,” directed by Andrew Coats & Lou Hamou-Lhadj (USA)

$5,000 Best Premiere for Narrative Feature
Winter Thaw,” directed by Adam Thomas Anderegg (USA, Lithuania)

$5,000 Best Premiere for Documentary Feature
Facing Darkness,” directed by Arthur Rasco (USA, Liberia)

$5,000 Indiana Spotlight Winner
“Go Get Your Horn,” directed by Tim Taylor (USA)

$2,000 Summer White Lynch Memorial Award – High School Film Competition Grand Prize
Underwritten by Gary D. & Marlene Cohen
“The Optimist,” directed by John Mervin (USA)

$5,000 Jimmy Stewart Legacy Award Winner
Wild Prairie Rose,” directed by Deborah LaVine (USA)

The inaugural Jimmy Stewart Legacy Award honors a single film, selected from the Festival’s feature-length narrative and documentary titles. This film embodies the ongoing legacy of actor and national hero Jimmy Stewart and demonstrates the triumph of the human spirit through determination and the defiance of odds, humble vulnerability, and courage in the face of adversity. Made possible by a partnership with The Stewart Family.

Audience Choice Award Winner, Narrative Feature
Te Ata,” directed by Nathan Frankowski (USA)

Audience Choice Award Winner, Documentary Feature
Night School,” directed by Andrew Cohn (USA)

Audience Choice Award Winner, Narrative Short
“La Femme et le TGV,” directed by Timo von Gunten (Switzerland)

Audience Choice Award Winner, Documentary Short
“Good Business,” directed by Robert Schermbrucker (South Africa)

Audience Choice Award Winner, Animated Short
“Violet,” directed by Maurice Joyce (Ireland)

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