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The Second Young Michigan Filmmakers Festival (YMFF) will take place on Saturday night, July 5, at the Old Art Building in Leland, Michigan from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. Last year was the inaugural year for YMFF with over 40 films submitted and 19 films shown. The festival was such a success that the film committee decided to hold it on the 4th of July weekend this year to present it to a wider audience and encourage even more participation.
The entry criteria are; 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 can be submitted via YouTube, Vimeo, or on a DVD. There are no entry fees.
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. A panel of six jurors will screen the films submitted. The jury, made up of industry professionals and film aficionados, will trim down the presentation to approximately 3 1/2 hours for Saturday night’s screening.
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.
Admission is free but contributions are greatly appreciated. Seating in the Old Art Building is limited to 200. There will be a meet and greet at 5:30 pm with live music and an intermission. The awards reception will immediately follow the film screenings.
The film festival is sponsored, in part, by the Leelanau Community Cultural Center, Michigan Arts & Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.