The largest short film festival is back in Indianapolis. For six days, The Academy Award®-Qualifying Indy Shorts International Film Festival presented by Heartland Film is showing over 150 of the best shorts at locations around Indy. The festival has been located in Indy since 2018, ranging from a wide array of genres, including horror, comedy, documentary, narrative, animated, and more. Witness 150 of The Greatest Shorts on Earth with indoor, outdoor, and virtual screenings. 

In the past years, over 25 films featured in the festival have been nominated for the Oscars, eight of which have gone on to win in their respective categories. In addition, Heartland Film Festival awarded over $300,000 in cash prizes and shared more than 200 films on virtual and in-person platforms. The excitement doesn't stop there; this year, Movie Maker Magazine named Indy Shorts on their list of the top 20 Best Shorts Film Festivals in the World in 2022!

Schedule At a Glance

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Wednesday, July 20

  • Spotlight: LA Times Shorts Docs 
  • A Little Romance 

Thursday, July 21 

  • Let's Eat! 
  • Image
  • Indy Shorts Kick Off Party 
  • Horror 
  • Comedy (Sold Out)

Friday, July 22

  • Small Towns 
  • Spotlight: Easterseals Disability Film Challenge 
  • Community 
  • Generations 
  • Summer Nights: Oscar® Shorts 
  • Together Again 

Saturday, July 23 

  • Indiana Spotlight 1 Program & Mimosa Mixer 
  • High School Film Competition 
  • Coming of Age 
  • Making a Difference 
  • Indy Shorts Awards Ceremony 
  • Summer Nights: Indy Shorts Award Winners 
  • Devotion

Sunday, July 24

  • Family Fun Day 
  • Indiana Spotlight 2
  • Animals
  • Spotlight: MTV Documentary Film (+conversation with Sheila Nevins) 
  • Connections 
  • Indiana Spotlight 3 
  • Arts and Culture 
  • Closing Night After Hours

Order your tickets for the Fifth Annual Indy Shorts International Film Festival here. Use different search filters to find the right movie for you. Films ranging from Arts and Culture to Heartland Horror, there is truly an option for everyone. See an in-person screening at Living Room TheatersNewfieldsThe Indianapolis Art Center. Want to watch one of the films at the comfort of your own home? Heartland Film has got you covered with a streaming option.