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1st Annual Detroit Independent Film Festival

1st Annual Detroit Independent Film Festival is a film festival started by Independent filmmakers for Independent Filmmakers.

The DIFF Will be a two night film festival dedicated to screening the very best short films from Michigan and across the world. Held at the large art-house/independent going area of Detroit, MI at the new Burton Film Theatre. The festival will honor awards, screen engaging shorts, and draw in a movie going audience.

As filmmakers ourselves, we believe in no entry fee’s either, please submit today.


Our mission is to promote Independent filmmaking by providing a venue that connects an audience with emerging independent filmmakers across the great state of Michigan and around the country.

The Detroit Independent Film Festival ultimate goal is to showcase and acknowledge talented visionaries in the State of Michigan and to build up the film community.

Detroit Independent Film Festival is not just another festival, it will be a festival that isn’t about sponsors, making money, or stars. It’s truly for the independent filmmaker to showcase their work to an audience. To draw support and give credence filmmaker’s deserve.

The 2010 Michigan Film Awards

This category will honor and recognize the very best Michigan short films that came out in 2009. Such categories as Best Michigan Short, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, and Best Cinematography.

To qualify all shorts must have been completed after 2009 and offically selected by a film festival in 2009.

Join us on March 3 and 4th, at 7 p.m. at the Burton Theatre in Detroit, MI where we will screen outstanding features and shorts to honor indie filmmaking at it’s finest.

Robert Butler (Festival Director) Nathan Faustyn (Programming and Judging) ; Aaron Karns (Marketing)


The films will be judged by members of DIFF with film backgrounds both in film theory and filmmaking. The judges of the Michigan Film Awards will be film professors and industry professionals with film backgrounds.

Open to all filmmakers .

Submission Regulations


1) All film submissions must be shipped no later than the respective deadline of December 30th, 2009.

2) There is no entry fee to this festival, however we take donations of any kind to help the festival grow.

3) All films must be submitted on DVD, either NTSC or PAL. All films must also be labeled with Title, Running Time, Tracking # and Region.

4) The following materials must be included with the DVD, Entry materials will not be returned. Incomplete or works in progress will not be considered.

5) Send e-mail to

6) All Films must be completed no later then January 2009

7) If Selected we encourage each filmmaker to bring postcards, posters, and dvd copies of their work.

8) To Qualify for The 2010 Michigan Film Awards, each short and feature must have been completed no later then 2009 and also played in the film festival circuit.

9) Please e-mail for shipping instructions, don’t pass up a festival with free entries.

Receipt Acknowledgment:

We will notify each filmmaker once we receive the films.


Selected films will be announced and e-mailed to all entries no later then Feb 1st 2010.


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