With a little more than a week until the 25th annual Heartland Film Festival kicks off, I am excited to share with you my top picks for narrative short films. Over the next week, I will continue to share my picks for top documentary shorts, top animated shorts, top narrative features , and finally documentary features.

This year, there are 129 independent films being screened across Indianapolis. There is literally something for everyone.

With this being the 25th anniversary of the festival, there will also be special screenings of past festival films, recipients of the Heartland Truly Moving Picture award, and even a special VR screening you won’t want to miss out on! Look forward to more on all of those great events in another post.

La femme et le TGV

Elise Lafontaine has a secret routine — every morning and evening for many years, she has been waving at the express train that passes her house. One day, she finds a letter from the train conductor in her garden and her lonely life is turned upside down.

Talent Scheduled to Attend:
TBD

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Love is a Sting

A struggling children’s book writer gains an unexpected houseguest in the form of an ageing, hyper-intelligent mosquito named Anabel.

Talent Scheduled to Attend:
Director, Vince Gallagher

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Set Adrift

When Patch’s beloved owner goes missing, he is forced to work out what is real and what is just his memory.

This short film is from returning filmmaker, Jennifer Sheridan who brought us Acoustic Kitty (2015).

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The Ravens

When young Ruby’s father returns unexpectedly from war, his volatile state makes it difficult for the family to reconnect.

Talent Scheduled to Attend:
Writer/Director/Producer, Jennifer Perrott

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Step 9

Two friends, one in recovery and one decidedly not, go on a road trip to begin making amends.

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For ticket information, visit heartlandfilm.org/festival.