The CAPITAL CITY FILM FESTIVAL's (CCFF) mission is to celebrate artists from around the world by curating outstanding multimedia experiences for our community. Our festival is a 10-day party with opportunities to connect with artists from around the world *and* Michigan filmmaking legends at mixers and Q&As throughout. We showcase an eclectic mix of traditional and experimental films, telling stories ranging from the dramatic to the fantastical. Live musical performances, interactive media, and many other art forms are painted throughout our program. Every year, the Capital City Film Festival creates memorable and enriching experiences for our audiences, artists, and volunteers.

The 13th annual CCFF takes place April 5-15, 2023 in several venues across Lansing, MI and kicks off with a dynamic Red Carpet Premiere Party. Come be part of the Midwest's best!

*Oh yea - we're on that hotlist: "25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World":
*Our website:
*2022 CCFF Sizzle:
*2019 CCFF Recap:

The Fortnight Film Contest gives Michigan-based teams two weeks to create an original short film, 10 minutes or less. We play the top films during a screening at the festival and give away $5,000+ in cash prizes. A "don't miss" event at the Capital City Film Festival!

We offer juried prizes for the top selection in three categories:
*Best Narrative Feature
*Best Documentary Feature
*Best Short Film

Please DO NOT submit your film in the Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature or Non-student Short categories if it is a student-produced work. Please see the Student submission category for full guidelines.

-Works in progress are not accepted.
-Submissions must have been produced since January 2021 and be a Lansing area premiere.
-Submissions received without the proper entry fee will not be considered.
-Entries must be in English or subtitled in English.
-See submission category guidelines for details on genre and length requirements for submission.

Other Details:
-Screening copies of selected films (digital files, Blu-Rays or DVDs) MUST be received at least 4 weeks prior to the festival, which begins April 5, 2023.

I have read all of the Capital City Film Festival (CCFF) rules. I understand and have complied with these rules.

I warrant the submission of my original work and there are no disputes regarding the ownership of the submission. I also warrant the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead and I fully indemnify CCFF against any claim made for such violations of law.

To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements herein are true and correct.

I understand that failure to adhere to CCFF's rules will result in disqualification and no refunds of any kind will be made.

I agree to hold CCFF harmless from and defend them against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses (including attorney’s fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not groundless, based on any film submitted to CCFF. I understand that a high quality festival screening copy of my film must be provided no later than 4 weeks prior to April 5, 2023.

Overall Rating
  • Patrick LONGSTRETH

    We were not able to attend unfortunately, but the organizers were very professional and warm. They hosted a live zoom Q&A for us that was a lot of fun. We heard good things from people who did attend and we'd like to go in person one day.

    June 2022
  • Capital City was a pleasure. Great people expanding for film makers.

    June 2022
  • Marcus Kreuz

    We were very happy and honored that our film “IM STURM” Was part of the Capital City Film Festival and was screened there.
    Great communcitaion und hospitality.
    Unfortunately we couldn’t make it to come to our screening but the night time we will be definitiv be there

    May 2022
  • Obadiah Baker

    Thank you for sharing our film, The Shadow Between Us (2022)!

    May 2022
  • Simon Kluth

    Great festival. Great communcitaion und hospitality. Thank you very much for screening my film in the 2022 Edition.

    April 2022