Coming up: It's Heartland on the Prairie!

Conner Prairie and Heartland Film -- two of Indy’s fall traditions -- are partnering for the 29th Heartland International Film Festival this October. Conner Prairie will host three evenings of the festival at a pop-up drive-in on its grounds on Oct. 12, 13 and 14. The festival runs Oct. 8-18.

“Indy’s favorite fall traditions are finally uniting!” said Heartland Film President Craig Prater. “I can’t think a more fitting location to safely experience independent film’s best in the ‘heartland’ than being surrounded by the changing leaves at the historic Conner Prairie.”

Each evening will showcase a different theme. The Conner Prairie Pop-Up will make the festival more easily accessible to audiences on the north side of Indy.

“Conner Prairie understands the challenges our community has faced over the last few months and we are thrilled to be able to partner with Heartland Films for this unique experience!” said Norman Burns, President and CEO of Conner Prairie. “We look forward to being able to offer our guests an opportunity to gather together safely, outside of their homes while enjoying some of the best feature films selected for Heartland Film Festival this year.”

The full film line-up will be released on Sept. 17, but Fest Passes and Conner Prairie ticket packs can be pre-purchased at

Heartland Film is a nonprofit arts organization founded in 1991 with the mission to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film.

Spanning more than 1,000 wooded acres in Central Indiana, Conner Prairie welcomes more than 400,000 visitors of all ages annually. As Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute affiliate, Conner Prairie offers various outdoor, historically-themed encounters and indoor experiential learning spaces that combine history and art with science, technology, engineering and math to offer an authentic look into history that shapes society today.

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