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“Bella” and “Hear and Now” Take Top Heartland Fest Prizes

"Bella" and "Hear and Now" Take Top Heartland Fest Prizes

Alejandro Monteverde‘s “Bella” won the best dramatic feature award at the Heartland Film Festival, and Irene Taylor took the Indianapolis-based fest’s best doc feature award for “Hear and Now.” The prizes include $100,000 and $25,000 cash awards respectively. Also taking home cash was Kurt Kuenne‘s “Validation” ($10,000) for best short. During the program, Heartland honored 16 dramatic and documentary short and feature-length films. Four student films received Jimmy Stewart Memorial Crystal Heart awards and 12 films were honored with Crystal Heart awards. For more information, visit the festival’s website. [Brian Brooks]

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