Here are Heartland Filmfest's big winners!


Film critic Richard D. Propes (left) and Richard Watts, who directed "For Sama."

From The Heartland International Film Festival, here are this year’s filmmaker award winners announced for the festival’s 28th edition during an awards brunch Oct. 19:


The Grand Prize for Best Narrative Feature (and a cash prize of $15,000) went to Bora Kim’s “House of Hummingbird.” Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts’ “For Sama” took home two awards, including the $15,000 Grand Prize for Best Documentary Feature, as well as the Richard D. Propes Social Impact Documentary Award and the $2,000 that came with that award. Each of the finalists in the Narrative and Documentary competition categories received a $1,000 cash prize.


Among the other awards, Brett Fallentine’s documentary about the horse riding community in South Central LA, “Fire on the Hill,” received the film festival’s Jimmy Stewart Legacy Award and $5,000. Matt Ratner was the festival’s other two-time winner, as his film, “Standing Up, Falling Down,” received the festival’s Humor and Humanity Award and $1,000. He also received the FIPRESCI nod for Best Directorial Debut for USA Narrative Film.


“From South Central LA cowboys to South Korea, our award winners truly demonstrated the international scope of Heartland,” said Craig Prater, Heartland Film President.


“This was a banner year for us programming-wise, as we were able to screen so many of our top choices from the film festival circuit, films that are in major consideration for the Oscars® and top critics awards right now,” added Greg Sorvig, Heartland Film Artistic Director.


The 2019 Heartland International Film Festival award winners are:


Grand Prize for Best Narrative Feature - $15,000

HOUSE OF THE HUMMINGBIRD Director: Bora Kim

Grand Prize for Best Documentary Feature - $15,000 FOR SAMA Directors: Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts

Richard D. Propes Social Impact Award Narrative Feature - $2,000

THE GARDEN LEFT BEHIND Director: Flavio Alves

Richard D. Propes Social Impact Award Documentary Feature - $2,000

FOR SAMA Directors: Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts

The Jimmy Stewart Legacy Award Winner - $5,000 FIRE ON THE HILL Director: Brett Fallentine

Indiana Spotlight Award - $2,000

THE MISEDUCATION OF BINDU Director: Prarthana Mohan

Humor and Humanity Award - $1,000

STANDING UP, FALLING DOWN Director: Matt Ratner

Best Premiere Award Documentary - $2,000 BAREFOOT: THE MARK BAUMER STORY Director: Julie Sokolow

Best Premiere Award Narrative - $2,000 SYSTEMSPRENGER (SYSTEM CRASHER) Director: Nora Fingscheidt

Best International Feature Film Oscar® Contender – $2,000 PAIN AND GLORY (DOLOR Y GLORIA) Director: Pedro Almodóvar

FIPRESCI Best Directorial Debut for USA Narrative Film STANDING UP, FALLING DOWN Director: Matt Ratner

Overall Audience Choice Award JUST MERCY Director: Destin Daniel Cretton Warner Bros. Pictures

Audience Choice Award – Special Presentation JUST MERCY Director: Destin Daniel Cretton Warner Bros. Pictures

Audience Choice Award – Narrative Feature - $1,000 FEAST OF THE SEVEN FISHES Director: Robert Tinnell

Audience Choice Award – Documentary Feature - $1,000 JUMP SHOT Director: Jacob Hamilton

Audience Choice Award – Indiana Spotlight - $1,000

WE SHALL NOT DIE NOW

Director: Ashton Gleckman

Audience Choice Award – Awards Season Spotlight MAIDEN Director: Alex Holmes Sony Pictures Classics

Audience Choice Award – Best International Feature Film Oscar® Contender WHEN TOMATOES MET WAGNER, Official Greek Entry Director: Marianna Economou

Audience Choice Award – Cultural Journey: Germany BALLOON Director: Michael Herbig


Director Bora Kim won the grand prize for "House of Hummingbird."

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