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 fantastic. 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 10-20, 2024 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:
*2023 CCFF Recap:
*2022 CCFF Sizzle:

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

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!

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 2022 and be a Lansing, Michigan 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 10, 2024.

Submitting this project means 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 10, 2024.

Overall Rating
  • Such an amazing experience! Incredible venues and lots of fun. The coolest film festival I’ve been to for sure!

    June 2023
  • Joyce Kline

    Although I couldn't attend, the festival looked amazing and their communication was great. Especially nice to see a snippet of my favourite scene from Cancelled Stamp in the trailer!

    April 2023
  • Brian Regal

    Excellent festival. Staff was communicative and thorough. Highly recommend this festival. Looking forward to submitting future projects.

    April 2023
  • David Rosenberg

    Couldn’t go, it seemed like a super cool festival! Wish I could’ve been there.

    April 2023
  • Michael Stasko

    Many thanks for hosting "Depraved Mind". Nice set up in the Sears building this year.

    April 2023