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Calling all film makers! GIA's Rise Up FILM COMPETITION allows students to compete with others in GIA schools worldwide. Students can create short films in the categories of Narrative, Documentary, and Animated. Films can be entered free of charge into the Indy Shorts International Film Festival presented by Heartland Film: High School Film Competition with a chance to win up to $2000.

Students can also receive Fine Arts high school credit for their film creations if created as part of a Fine Arts course.


The Academy Award®-Qualifying Indy Shorts International Film Festival presented by Heartland Film is the largest shorts festival in the Midwest running in Indianapolis, Indiana, since 2018! Originally an expansion to the Heartland International Film Festival, Indy Shorts has become its own six-day summer festival that celebrates the unique, creative and captivating art of short films in a wide range of categories including horror, comedy, documentary, narrative, animated, and more!

MovieMaker Magazine has named Indy Shorts International Film Festival one of the top 20 Best Short Film Festivals in the World for 2022.

Indy Shorts runs the High School Film Competition, presented by founding sponsors Robert & Alison Spoonmore. Launched in 2010, the High School Film Competition encourages tomorrow’s filmmakers to follow their passion and create short films that push their talents, creativity and art to the next level.

Shorts made by talented high school students from around the world will compete for the Best Student Film Awards in the categories of Narrative, Documentary, and Animated ($500 cash prize each). These category winners will then compete for the $2,000 Summer White Lynch Memorial Award, underwritten by Gary D. & Marlene Cohen.



Students can create short films in the following categories:

  • NARRATIVE: fictional storytelling in a certain time and place.
  • DOCUMENTARY: non-fictional storytelling about a certain topic.
  • ANIMATED: fictional or non-fictional storytelling using an animation technique such as 2D animation, 3D animation, stop-motion, motion capture, or claymation.

There is no minimum film length however films must be no more than 15 minutes and 59 seconds in length.

All films will be entered into the GIA Rise Up Film Competition. Submission of films will be done via the cloud.

ALL entries will be entered into the GIA competition AND the IndyShorts High School Film Competition. BUT three films will be selected by GIA Judges as 'Critics' Choice' films and showcased throughout the GIA network!





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