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Heartland Film Festival Announces Film Institute
The Heartland Film Festival proudly announces the launching of the Heartland Truly Moving Pictures Institute on Friday, March 7, 2008.
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For this inaugural event, Emmy award-winning writer-director-producer Rik Swartzwelder shares his tricks of the trade in this candid and interactive filmmaking seminar. There will be two programs: the first is for high school students/educators/groups and will be held from 9:30 a.m.-noon, cost is $5; the second program is for college students/general public and will be held from 1:30p.m.-5:00 p.m., cost is $10 general/$8 students. Both events will take place at the Kite Building, 8th floor, 30 South Meridian Street, Indianapolis.

Group rates are available (groups of 12 or more). Scholarships are available as well. For more information or to reserve your tickets today, please contact the Heartland offices at 317-464-9405 ( The first 100 to register will receive a FREE DVD copy of Swartzwelder’s award-winning film The Least of These.

By offering lessons learned from his multiple film projects that have screened at over 145 film festivals worldwide and garnered over 50 major awards, the goal of the seminar is to equip and inspire the beginning and veteran filmmaker alike toward future cinematic achievements. Along with personal stories from the trenches, Swartzwelder will offer detailed instruction on the process of directing as well as lead attendees through a series of hands-on exercises in various aspects on the craft of filmmaking*. In addition, he will be screening several short films that have not only found success on the festival circuit and online, but have opened new doors for their directors.

With a strong emphasis on the challenges of low-budget filmmaking—making the most of ALL you have—the seminar will cover tips from pre- to post-production… and beyond, to the sometimes much bigger issue: How do I get my film seen? Good question. Once it’s done, how do you get your film “out there?” And, even if you are fortunate enough to find an audience for your film… how do you parlay that into funding for your next project? Here, Swartzwelder will provide invaluable insights from his own extraordinary film festival experiences, viral marketing campaigns, press coverage, distribution deals, and fund-raising successes (and failures). This seminar is an excellent opportunity to learn fro m someone who has not only “been there” but is also currently developing new film projects. It’s also a great chance to connect with other local filmmakers and share resources and ideas for your next—or possibly even your first—film. on Facebook
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