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Media Contact: Jessica Chapman
(December 9, 2021) Non-profit arts organization Heartland Film, Inc. has announced Kim Dollin as its new Board Chair, as well as the addition of six new board members. These changes follow the successful conclusion of the 30th Heartland International Film Festival (October 7-17, 2021) and the announcement of the organization's new President, Michael Ault.
Kim Dollin, CPA, CGMA, MBA a Principal at Somerset CPAs and Advisors. She joined the Heartland Film Board of Directors in 2016 and has been the Vice Chair since 2019. Kim brings a passion for uplifting the arts community in Indianapolis.
"The 30th Anniversary of HIFF was electric," said Kim Dollin, Board Chair. "I know we have the right board and staff in place to channel that energy in carrying out our vision to be the preeminent destination for connecting audiences and filmmakers to experience transformative film," said Kim Dollin, Board Chair.
The Heartland Film Board Officers also include Turner John (TJ) Woodard as Vice Chair, David Wong as Secretary, and John Dewey as Treasurer.
Heartland Film welcomes first time Board Members:
"It's an honor to bring on such distinguished Indianapolis leaders who have shown continuous dedication to our community over the years," said Michael Ault. "As I settle into my new role as Heartland Film President, I am beyond confident in our board's ability to help Heartland Film further develop community partnerships, filmmaker connections and engaging events."
2022 Heartland Film Board Officers
Kim Dollin, Somerset CPAs and Advisors
Turner John (TJ) Woodard, Turner John Management
David Wong, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
John Dewey, Edward Jones
Betty Stilwell, Retired
2022 Heartland Film Board of Directors
Heartland Film was founded in 1991 with the mission to curate, promote and celebrate thoughtful and engaging films from diverse perspectives. Despite pandemic challenges, Heartland Film hosted the 4th Indy Shorts International Film Festival and the 30th Heartland International Film Festival, with the highest record number of attendees in the history of the Festivals. Both Festivals ran with indoor, outdoor and virtual screening options to meet everyone's comfort level. With the close of the festival season, MovieMaker Magazine has named Indy Shorts International Film Festival one of the top 20 Best Short Film Festivals in the World for 2022 - an honor only held by four short film festivals in the United States. Dates for the 2022 Festival have already been set:
5th Indy Shorts International Film Festival | July 19-24, 2022
31st Heartland International Film Festival | October 6-16, 2022
Heartland Film will also be co-hosting a special 75th Anniversary screening of "It's a Wonderful Life" with Downtown Indy at the Historic Atheneum on Friday, December 17. This classic holiday evening will include pictures with Santa on the red carpet, hot chocolate, and an ugly Christmas sweater contest. Tickets and information can be found www.HeartlandFilm.org.
About Heartland Film, Inc.
Heartland Film is a nonprofit arts organization that runs the 11-day Heartland International Film Festival in October, the Academy Award®-qualifying Indy Shorts International Film Festival in July, the Truly Moving Picture Award and other year-round programs. Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, Heartland Film was founded in 1991 with the mission to curate, promote and celebrate thoughtful and engaging films from diverse perspectives. Over the years, Heartland Film has presented $3.5 million in cash prize – the largest total amount awarded by any film festival in North America – presented 200+ studio films with the Truly Moving Picture Award, and showcased more than 2,000 feature and short films, including seven Oscar®-winning titles. The 30th Anniversary of the Heartland International Film Festival ran October 7-17, 2021. The 31st Heartland International Film Festival will take place October 6-16, 2022. For more information, visit HeartlandFilm.org.