The Central Michigan International Film Festival is designed to broaden the range of films available for public screenings in mid-Michigan and on the Central Michigan University campus. Independent, foreign, and documentary films are the focus of the festival. Local filmmakers are also highlighted. Both shorts and feature length films are exhibited.

We are excited to announce that due to sponsorship from the Michigan Film and Digital Media Office, we are now offering cash prizes in the following categories:

Best of Festival:
CMIFF Audience Award for Favorite Independent Feature Film = $200
CMIFF Jury Award for Favorite Michigan Made Feature: $150
CMIFF Jury Award for Favorite Michigan Made Short: $100
CMIFF Jury Award for Favorite First Film/Student Film = $100
CMIFF Audience Award for Best Documentary = $100
CMIFF Audience Award for Best Short Film = $100

Additional Audience awards will be awarded based on popular vote (including best Foreign Feature and Short Films), but will not have cash prizes attached to them.

All rights must be held by the person making the submission and/or documentation must be provided that permission has been given by copyright holder for the film to be shown at the festival.

Overall Rating
  • Jake O'Brien

    CMIFF is a wonderful opportunity to showcase your student film, short film, or Michigan made Feature film. The festival itself is both professional and well attended.

    January 2020
  • Yolanda Kennedy

    We can not thank the CMIFF enough! Dr. Patti and the entire staff were accommodating and helpful throughout the entire process. We had a wonderful time and experience at CMIFF, such a great occasion in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan!

    February 2019
  • My short film, FOREIGN was invited to be a part of this festival. Unfortunately I couldn't attend the festival, but my experience with the organizers was great! The communication, follow-up and clarity from them was amazing!

    February 2019
  • I wasn't able to attend my screening in the shorts program but I heard its as well attended and all communication was great. Thank You

    February 2018
  • Mort Laitner

    I was sorry that I could not attend but my contacts with CMIFF were pleasant. I would recommend submitting your film to this festival. They are highly professional.

    March 2017