The Capital City Film Festival (CCFF) is a multimedia showcase of independent films, live touring bands and multimedia experiences that engage audiences in Michigan’s capital city. We celebrate artists from around the world who share their craft while promoting and building on the cultural assets of our diverse locale.

See our 2018 Capital City Film Festival Recap video to see what you missed:

The Fortnight Film Contest gives teams 2 weeks to create an original short, 10 minutes or less. We play the top 10 films during a screening at the fest and give away cash prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams plus Audience Choice.

The Fortnight Game Contest challenges teams to create a wonderful original game incentivized with a gracious prize packages. The top five team get to do a live demo presentation on the Prime Screen.

We also offer prizes for the top selection in three categories :

Best Narrative Feature

Best Documentary Feature

Best Short

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.

-If submitting a DVD with a check, the check must be made out to Capital City Film Festival. **Please include your submission's FilmFreeway tracking number on the check.**
-Submissions will not be accepted if postmarked after January 12th, 2019, the final submission deadline.
-Works in progress are not accepted.
-Submissions must have been produced since January 2017 and be a local 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.

-Festival entrants are responsible for all shipping charges for their films. Submissions sent COD won't be accepted. International submitters are responsible for any customs paperwork, duty charges or taxes incurred during the international submission process.

Return of Entries:
-Festival submission DVDs will not be returned.
-CCFF will incur the cost of shipping back film prints screened at the festival. Every reasonable effort will be made to protect films and tapes from damage or loss, but CCFF and its affiliated parties do not assume liability for damage or loss during shipment.

Other Details:
-Screening copies of selected films (DVDs, Blu-Ray, or digital files) need to be received at least 4 weeks prior to the festival, which begins April 12th, 2019.

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 12th, 2019.

Overall Rating
  • This was the best year by far for my experiences at the CCFF. They really have it down by this point. Communication was terrific and staff was nice and knew where everything was. (Usually at some fests this is not the case)

    Every single feature I saw was incredible. And the Fortnight Film Contest was a blast to be a part of again. This time I made a film for it and it won the Audience Award!

    I look forward to it next year. For me, this is one of the best festivals in the state, easy.

    April 2018
  • Bears Fonte

    Love this festival! I've had three films screen there and I will always submit here. Great communication and the films I saw were just phenomenal. It was a good program to have my film in and had a good Q&A.

    April 2018
  • Capital City Film Festival goes out of it's way to stand out from other festivals and provide a unique experience for the filmmakers it hosts. I had the best time meeting the staff, who are so clearly enthusiastic about creating not only a festival, but an experience to help foster and encourage creative minds. The venues are all intriguing locations that have been built into professional screening spaces and it gives the festival so much character. Could not recommend this place or group enough.
    Definitely send here. Definitely attend here.

    April 2018
  • Alexandra Hidalgo

    It is a wonderfully put together film festival. Fantastic events and a lot of warmth from the audience and the staff. I definitely recommend this festival to filmmakers and attendees. It's a fabulous experience all around.

    April 2017
  • Elizabeth Davis

    Unfortunately, I didn't get to attend the festival, but the staff via email was very direct with what they needed from filmmakers and responded to emails promptly, confirming everything I submitted was fine for them. I will also say that their design and social media outreach is a lot better than a lot of festivals I have seen!

    April 2017