The 48th Michigan Student Film Festival
What: The 48th Michigan Student Film Festival
When: 10am – 3pm, Saturday April 23, 2016
Where: The Detroit Film Theatre @ The Detroit Institute of Arts
Eligible: Students Grades K-12
Entry Deadline: March 4, 2016
Enter the Festival
Beat the deadline.
Submit your entry online today.
Judges & Ushers Needed!
Judges needed for Saturday March 19th Judging.
Ushers needed for Saturday, April 23rd Festival
Poster & Program Design Contest - ENDED 2/5/16
A Showcase for Young Michigan Artists
DAFT once again opened up the design of its official festival poster and program cover to students awarding the winner a $200 gift-card and two runners-up $50 gift cards.
- A full scholarship to Specs Howard
- A full scholarship to the Motion Picture Institute
- Free 3-days room and board at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival at Western Michigan University in May
- Gift Cards
- Cool gear (more to be updated soon)
Find out about the rules,
specifications and prizes of the festival.
NEWLY UPDATED FOR 2016
Please review our guidelines concerning
copyrighted and violent content.
Celebrating Young Filmmakers
The Michigan Student Film Festival is unique in the nation for providing a public venue for the work of students in grades K-12, as well as giving recognition and significant awards to young media artists. DAFT is proud to present The Michigan Student Film Festival, now in its 48th year.
Sponsor the Festival
Festival sponsorship not only provides individual, corporations and grant organizations an opportunity to support young media makers, each sponsor is acknowledged in a number of very special ways.
2016 Gold Sponsors
Festival Prizes & Awards
2016 Festival Prizes include...
- Full Scholarship to Specs Howard School of Media Arts
- Full Scholarship to MPI: Motion Picture Institute
- Paid 3-day attendance at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival in Kalamazoo--May 2016
- Gift cards
- More to be announced soon!
Encouragement & Support
The main goal of the Michigan Student Film Festival is to provide encouragement and support to young people who are already creating media by acknowledging their efforts, rewarding their finest accomplishments and offering opportunities for study and advancement.
Each entry is reviewed by educational and media professionals and their feedback is sent to student filmmakers to prompt growth and reflection on their filmmaking skills and approach.
Michigan-focused, National Reach
In recognition of its work, DAFT was awarded the 2006 Governor’s Award for Arts & Culture. DAFT’s mission is to promote media literacy through the creative use of film and video.
The American Film Institute says that DAFT’s Michigan Student Film & Video Festival is the oldest festival in the nation providing public recognition for the work of students in grades K-12. In fact, many young people who got their first public exposure through this Festival have gone on to professional careers. And a few of them have even gotten awards at that really huge film festival known as the Oscars.
Poster & Program Design Contest
2016 Special Entry Category
Students are encouraged to create a new film for the festival inspired by our Special Entry Category. The 2016 Special Entry Category is TBD.
DAFT accepts entries in the following categories:
- General Entertainment
- News/Magazine Programs
- Motion Graphics
- Public Service Announcements
- Music Videos