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
  • Farhad Mohammadi

    Capital City Film Festival has everything you would want from a festival: Great programming team, amazing volunteers & a very engaged audience. We are happy to have been included the fantastic line up!

    May 2019
  • I came across Capital City Film Festival on Moviemaker’s 25 Coolest Film Festivals list, then saw that their reviews on FilmFreeway were good, and then their photos looked … well, cool! That and a low submission fee made it worth giving submission a shot; and I’m so glad I did. I had a great time! The screenings were well attended by welcoming locals who were excited to have films and filmmakers visiting their community. The programming director and staff are some of the most warm and friendly people I’ve ever met. The venues were unique with attention paid to achieving technical quality. The festival has a certain casual but professional vibe to it that just makes it fun to be there. The other thing that made the festival standout is how incredibly inclusive it is. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a festival that wasn’t a specifically LGBTQ and/or women-focused festival that was so intentionally inclusive in its programming. I definitely plan to submit future work.

    May 2019
  • Katharine Mahalic

    If you want to enter a festival that that throws an awesome Opening Gala, curates the independent films your dying to see, and meet good people who love film as much as you do, then Capital City Film Fest is so worth the submission. I’ve been screening with Capital City Film Festival for awhile now and they have never let me down showing me a good time. I am so grateful to them for all their hard work and the opportunity they give myself and other filmmakers in getting their work out there in front of enthusiastic audiences! Thank you Capital City Film Festival!

    May 2019
  • Very well organized and welcoming festival.

    April 2019
  • Trevor Byrne

    So glad I was able to attend CCFF this year and screen my short! It's an exceptionally well-run festival, especially considering that the staff is mostly volunteers and in addition to film screenings there were multiple evenings of live music, a gallery with video installations and even a VR component. The festival venues are really fun. When Lansing gets its performing arts center/independent cinema, I can only imagine that will take it to the next level.

    April 2019