The Amber Amulet, directed by Matthew Moore, has won another major international film prize – Best Short Narrative at the Heartland Film Festival in the US.

The Award, which attracts a cash prize of $US5000, means that The Amber Amulet is in contention for the Oscars. Heartland is one of less than 80 Film Festivals accredited to qualify films for the Academy Awards.

Earlier this year The Amber Amulet also won the Crystal Bear Award for Best Short Film at the Berlin International Film Festival’s Generation Kplus program.

The Amber Amulet was adapted by Matthew Moore and Genevieve Hegney from the novella by Craig Silvey, and produced by Lauren Edwards for Goalpost Pictures Australia and Genevieve Hegney and Matthew Moore for Year of the Rabbit Films.

“I've had an incredible week at the Heartland Festival in Indianapolis USA mixing with filmmakers from all over the world. Not only did we pick up the Grand Prize for Best Short Film and a cheque for US $5000 but we are now eligible to enter the Oscars in 2015. Best of all, however, I got to experience that famous Hoosier hospitality! Thank you Heartland,” Matthew said.

The Amber Amulet was funded through AbaF donations (Australia Business Arts Foundation) and tells the story of a 10-year-old superhero, a beagle, an amulet made of amber, and the potential that is locked inside all of us.

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