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Saturday October 13 2018

Breaking Boundaries Panel

Sat, Oct 13 3:00 PM - Sat, Oct 13 4:30 PM (90 min)
Panelists Cady McClain and Nic Novicki are tireless advocates who strive for better representation across the entertainment industry; Cady is a champion for female filmmaking and Nic promotes awareness of the disability experience through film. Cady is a two-time Emmy Award-winning actor, filmmaker, musician and writer whose professional career spans more than 30 years. Easterseals Disability Film Challenge Founder and Director Nic Novicki is an actor, comedian, and producer who has performed on six continents and is the 2017 recipient of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists’ Harold Russell Award. Join us for an intimate conversation about their causes, their paths, and what’s next for the industry!
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Filmmaking in Indiana Panel

Sat, Oct 13 5:00 PM (90 min)
A Growing Industry Filming in Indiana is growing every year. Join Film Commissioner Teresa Sabatine and active Indiana storytellers to discuss the growing industry in our very own Hoosier state.
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Sunday October 14 2018

Distribution, Exhibition, & Film Festivals in North America

Sun, Oct 14 5:00 PM - Sun, Oct 14 6:30 PM (90 min)
This presentation provides an in-depth overview and analysis of the current state of distribution in North America, from film festivals to theatrical distribution, VOD, broadcast, educational and beyond. Most filmmakers hope to premiere their films at Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, Toronto, but many North American festivals get overlooked as viable alternatives for exposure and publicity. Participants receive an in-depth illustration of the landscape of North American film festivals and how to best navigate this crucial component in the life of their films.
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Thursday October 18 2018

Social Impact Panel

Thu, Oct 18 2:00 PM - Thu, Oct 18 3:30 PM (90 min)
Film can act as a catalyst for social change by shining a light on people, places, and causes otherwise unknown to audiences around the world. The Heartland International Film Festival continues to champion impactful independent filmmaking and will debut the all-new Richard D. Propes Social Impact Awards to recognize such titles. Activist, film critic, and namesake of the new award Richard D. Propes will be joined by Susan MacLaury, Shine Global Co-Founder and Executive Director, whose mission is to give voice to children and their families by telling stories of their resilience to raise awareness, promote action, and inspire change. Richard and Susan will discuss social impact through film with the filmmakers behind Shine Global’s latest release and 2018 Heartland Finalist “Tre Maison Dasan,” Director Denali Tiller and Producer Rebecca Stern.
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Saturday October 20 2018

A Conversation with Don Hahn

Sat, Oct 20 1:00 PM - Sat, Oct 20 2:30 PM (90 min)
A Conversation with Don Hahn: Filmmaker, author, artist, and Heartland Film’s Pioneering Spirit Award honoree Don Hahn will share insight on his career, the creative process, and how he secretly cloned himself to accomplish so much work over the years. Don Hahn is a writer/producer/director whose credits include the worldwide phenomenon “The Lion King,” and the classic “Beauty and the Beast,” the first animated film nominated for a Best Picture Oscar
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