There will be a screening of award-winning short films from the Young Michigan Filmmakers Festivals (from 2013/2014) on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 6:30 pm in Leland at the Old Art Building’s Walter T. Best Theater. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

At last summer’s festival, there were more than 90 films submitted from all over the State of Michigan. To enter filmmakers must be under 25 years of age, currently live in Michigan, and the films cannot exceed 30 minutes in length. Films were submitted via YouTube, Vimeo, or on DVD.

A panel of jurors made up of industry professionals and film aficionados screened the films submitted for the festivals. Awards were presented in the categories of Best Comedy, Best Drama, Best Documentary, Best Animated Film, Best Music Video, Best Experimental/Avant Garde film, Best Film, and the Audience’s Choice Award. The winning short films in these categories will be screened from 6:30-8:30.

The W.T Best Theater’s new HD digital projection and surround-sound capabilities bring a state-of-the-art big screen experience for young filmmakers from around the entire state. Schools represented last year were the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Alma College, The College for Creative Studies, Northern Michigan University, Grand Valley State, Mott Community College and Leland High School. This year there are many more post-graduate individual entries.

The YMFF 2014 took place July 5, 2014 and next year’s festival is planned for August 15, 2015. For more information please visit, The Young Michigan Filmmakers Website or call 231.256.2131.

Watch the 2014 winning YMFF animation movie


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