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Heartland Gives Big 'Welcome' Gift

Indianapolis film fest honors French flick with $100,000 grand prize

The Heartland Film Festival, now in full swing in Indianapolis, held its annual awards banquet on Saturday, Oct. 17, giving the French film Welcome, directed by Philippe Lioret, its $100,000 Grand Prize Award for Best Dramatic Feature.

P-Star Rising by Director Gabriel Noble was the winner of the $25,000 Award for Best Documentary Feature, and Bicycle (Jitensha) by Director Dean Yamada was the winner of the $10,000 Vision Award for Best Short Film.

Heartland also honored Dr. Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, with the Pioneering Spirit Award for his creative spirit in filmmaking and his contribution to Heartland's mission.

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