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The following is a list of all entries from the Michigan Film Showcases and Festivals category.

The 2/2 Mitten Movie Project is getting some serious press

The 2/2 Mitten Movie Project is getting some serious press, which includes coverage in the Time Magazine, Detroit Free Press, WDET, and Fox 2. And there’s been a host of online blog/newsletter coverage as well!

A quick list is of the coverage is below. And come and support local independent filmmaking on 2/2! If you’ve never been to a Mitten Movie Project screening in the past, this is a good time to start.

Thank you, and enjoy the program on 2/2! I had a lot of fun putting it together.

Connie Mangilin

Curator, Mitten Movie Project




Two eye-worthy films about Detroit — “Blueprint America: Beyond the Motor City” and “The Farmer and the Philosopher.” Here are ways to check them out. For the first time online, The Farmer and the Philosopher, by Philip Lauri. Watch it here. When you’re finished, vote for it to air nationally on Current TV. Also, it will screen as part of Mitten Movie Project’s Feb. 2 at Main Art in Royal Oak.

DETROIT FREE PRESS – The 2/2 MMP will be in John Monaghan’s movie column the week before the 2/2 screening.

FOX 2 MORNING SHOW – Connie Mangilin and Mike Zawacki, director of “The Message,” will be appearing on the Fox 2 Morning Show with Lee Thomas for a live in studio interview. It will occur around 9 a.m. on Monday, February 1st.

WDET RADIO INTERVIEW – Connie Mangilin and Mike Zawacki will be appearing on the Craig Fahle Show (formerly Detroit Today) sometime during the week before the 2/2 MMP. Day and time TBA, but the Craig Fahle Show airs weekdays 10a-12p and again at 7-9p. More info to be posted soon.








Bilal’s Stand (Sundance Festival Prescreen)

Bilal’s Stand, a feature film written and directed by local filmmaker Sultan Sharrief, has been accepted to the Sundance Film Festival’s NEXT category. It tells the story of Bilal, a Detroit high school student, and his struggle to pursue his dream of higher education.

The film was made as part of the Student EFEX Project (“Encouraging the Filmmaking Experience”), a partnership between local artists, students from the University of Michigan, and metro Detroit high school students. The EFEX project and Bilal’s Stand grew from a class entitled, “Community Filmmaking,” created by Sharrief and Terri Sarris, a lecturer in U-M’s Department of Screen Arts and Cultures.

Bilal’s Stand, shot in and around Detroit on a shoestring budget, embodies the spirit of turning less into more. With the help of hundreds of community volunteers and talented young students, and the support of local businesses and the University, the film was made in the spirit of “The Little Engine That Could.” Five years in the making, the film’s selection to NEXT is the culmination of an amazing journey.

And it’s not too late to be a part of it. There will be a pre-screening available at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor.


WINNERS of Best Screenplay Award in United Talent Agency Collegiate Competition

Previous film produced by Sharrief, The Spiral Project, a nominated for the 2006 MTV MOVIE AWARDS. (Finalist)

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Date: Sunday, January 31, 2010
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Michigan Theater
Street: 603 East Liberty Street

Emergency call for entrees for the Royal Oak Film Festival! (Royal Oak)

Can you write, cast, shoot and edit a short holiday film? Or do you have a holiday film already made?
The 5th Annual Royal Oak Holiday Film Festival is challenging local filmmakers to create a short 4-10 minute holiday themed short film. The catch is we need it by December 15th! We just had the opening film slot free up and we want to see what you can do.
The Festival is the night of December 19th. And depending on the total running time of the winning films, the top 3 films will open up the festival.

Feel free to email with any questions.

No entry fee.

Holiday films you have already made are okay too!

Must have a DVD, Data disc or link to download the final entry by Tuesday December 15th.

Can’t wait to see what you can do Detroit!

Rock’n Roll,
Royal Oak Holiday Film Festival

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.

DWIFF Encore Series

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Come see some of the best of Detroit Windsor International Film Festival 2008 and 2009 season.. Free Drink Tickets and Free Hors d’ouerves… Come find out more about the festival…. also networking sponsored by Greenlight Productions.. “Giving you the Green Light”

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Host: Detroit Windsor International Film Festival (DWIFF)
Type: Party – Cocktail Party
Network: Global
Date: Thursday, December 3, 2009
Time: 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Location: Alvins
Street: 5756 Cass Avenue
City/Town: Detroit, MI

Here is Inbound Productions entry into the 2009 DWIFF

Mitten Movie Project Dec 1, 7:30pm

Maybe your last chance to catch “First Day” on the big screen here in Michigan in 2009!

Catch all the 2009 Mitten Movie Project Audience Choice Award winners, including the Five Clover Films/ Tri Omega Productions / Bad Aunt Films “FIRST DAY” and the Five Clover Films / Tri Omega Productions / Gulley Brothers Productions “NIKKI & ELI” at the December 1 Mitten Movie Project, and cast your vote for Best of 2009!

Tuesday December 1st, 2009 starting at 7:30PM. Tickets $10 at the door.

Thank you for your support of Michigan-made films!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Time: 7:30pm – 10:00pm
Location: Royal Oak Main Art Theater
Street: 118 N Main St
City/Town: Royal Oak, MI