Producer-director Robert Wise became the first recipient of the Crystal Heart Career Achievement Award at the closing of the first Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis.
Wise was saluted for his body of work at a black-tie ceremony that wrapped the five-day fest.
At the opening ceremonies, Crystal Hearts were presented to six indie films.
Honored for feature films were David Anderson, Mark Balsam and Sterling VanWagenen, “Alan and Naomi”; Kevin Sullivan and Trudy Grant, “Lantern Hill”; David Brandes, “The Quarrel,” and Ross Spears, “To Render a Life.”
Saluted for their short films were David M. Massey, “Last Breeze of Summer,” and Steve W. Olphin, “The Potter’s Meal.”
The awards honor films that “artistically express hope and respect for the positive value of life.” Winners in the feature category receive $ 20,000 each, while those for shorts get $ 10,000 apiece. There were 240 entries.