Heartland Film Announces New President
Most recently, Mr. Prater served as Executive Vice President, Strategic Partnerships for the San Diego International Film Festival and Director of the San Diego Jewish Film Festival. He began his international film festival career as Executive Director of the Palm Springs International Film Festival where he cofounded the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films and the Film Noir Festival. He was later recruited by the Royal Thai government to lead their new Bangkok International Film Festival as Executive Director. Mr. Prater also founded the Festival of Festivals and served as the Director/Producer of the Latino Film Festivals for the National Hispanic American Educational Foundation in Indio, California and Tampa, Florida.
In making the announcement, Heartland Film Board Chair Gary D. Cohen said, “The board of directors is thrilled to have someone of Craig Prater’s caliber take Heartland Film through this milestone year and beyond. The search committee has worked diligently to find the perfect candidate and it was clear that Craig possessed the experience, drive, and track record to take us to the next level. Craig understands every facet of the film festival experience and will ensure that everyone — from patrons, donors, sponsors, and filmmakers — will get the red carpet treatment as VIPs at the 25th annual Heartland Film Festival this October.”
“I have spent the last couple decades working with domestic nonprofit boards and ministries of commerce, economic development, and tourism in foreign countries to produce, direct, and manage international film festivals to great results,” said Mr. Prater. “Between the organization’s fantastic community support, strong reputation across the industry, and Indianapolis’ ever-growing arts landscape, Heartland Film is primed and ready to take that next big step.”
“ACG had a wonderful experience working with Heartland Film on the search for its new President and we are excited to place Craig Prater in this critical leadership role,” said ACG Vice President Bill Melamed. “We are confident that the skills and experience gained during Craig’s illustrious career overseeing international film festivals will help build upon the organization’s first 25 years of service and will position Heartland Film for future success.”