Published On: October 5, 2022

Free screening of Disability Film Challenge winners and finalists on October 11

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (October 4, 2022) – Easterseals Crossroads, a local nonprofit organization providing disability services, is excited to partner with the Heartland International Film Festival to highlight the 2022 winners and finalists of the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge.

Created in 2013 by actor, comedian and producer Nic Novicki and launched in 2014, the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge gives filmmakers — with and without disabilities — the opportunity to collaborate to tell unique stories that showcase disability in its many forms, inviting aspiring storytellers to creatively write, produce and complete short films. The week-long filmmaking contest, which is open to all, provides a platform for new voices in the entertainment industry.

Heartland International Film Festival is offering a free screening of the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge winners and finalists on Tuesday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. The screening takes place at Deboest Lecture Hall at Newfields, located at 4000 N. Michigan Road in Indianapolis. Nic Novicki will be at the screening to present this year’s lineup. Order your free screening tickets by visiting:

“I am so excited to come back to Indianapolis for the Heartland Film Festival. Every year it is such an honor to screen our finalist films at such a prestigious film festival alongside films that will end up being in the running for Oscars and Golden Globes consideration,” Novicki said. “This exposure helps provide opportunities for our film challenge participants, and that has always been the mission and the reason I created the film challenge.”

“Easterseals Crossroads is delighted to support the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge’s participation in the Heartland Film Festival,” said Easterseals Crossroads President and CEO David Dreith. “These amazing filmmakers and actors with disabilities are leading the way to 100 percent equity, inclusion and access for all people with disabilities and their families.”

The 31st Heartland International Film Festival takes place October 6-16. 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, Heartland Film was founded in 1991 with the mission to curate, promote and celebrate thoughtful and engaging films from diverse perspectives.