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Entry criteria: Filmmakers must be under 25 years of age, currently live in Michigan and films cannot exceed 30 minutes in length. Films are due at the Old Art Building by June 1, 2014; and may be submitted via YouTube, Vimeo or on a DVD. There are no entry fees.
A panel of 6 jurors screen the films submitted. The jury, made up of industry professionals and film aficionados, trim down the presentation to approximately 3-1/2 hours for Saturday night’s screening.
Awards are 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.
Admission is free but contributions are greatly appreciated. Seating in the Old Art Building is limited to 200. There is a meet and greet at 5:30pm with live music and an intermission. The awards reception immediately follows the film screenings.
The Old Art Building’s W.T. Best Theater has HD digital projection and surround-sound that provides a state-of-the-art, big screen experience for young filmmakers. Film students from around the entire state were represented last year, including 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.
The film festival is sponsored, in part, by the Leelanau Community Cultural Center, Michigan Arts & Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Leland is beautifully situated on M-22 between Lake Michigan and Lake Leelanau.