Established in 2018, the Detroit Shetown Film Festival screens short films in the following genres: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Documentary, LGBTQ, Music Video, Short Episodic, and Thriller/Horror.

Our emphasis is female-driven independent cinema in performances, stories and key filmmaking production positions. We showcase important creative works of female filmmakers from Michigan and around the world, using state-of-the-art digital projection provided by our host venue, Cinema Detroit in midtown Detroit, Michigan.


Best Director
Best Michigan Short Film
Best Festival Short Film
Best Female Lead
Best Writing / Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Makeup / Special Effects

ALL ENTRIES Must meet AT LEAST ONE of the following criterias for consideration:

Genres Accepted: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Documentary, LGBTQ, Music Video, Short Episodic, and Thriller/Horror.

- A Female Lead Actress / Role
- A Female-centric Story / Documentary issue
- Female Director, Director of Photography
- Female Screenwriter, Editor
- Female Producer or Co-Producer

Running Lengths must be a Minimum of 3 Minutes ~ Maximum 30 Minutes, and have been completed after January 1st, 2016.

All non-English language films must have legible English subtitles.

PLEASE NOTE Entry fees are non-refundable.

Filmmakers must be authorized to submit their films to the Detroit Shetown Film Festival (DSFF) and are responsible for the accuracy of all information provided on the application.

Overall Rating
  • lynda reiss

    Detroit Shetown Women's film festival was one of the most enjoyable festivals I have attended. Mandy and Mike were fantastic hosts, and really took such great care of us filmmakers. The communication with us and also on social media was excellent and they filled the screenings , which is what you want. Audiences made up of not just other film makers. The networking was fantastic, and I know I have made life long friends and work contacts from this festival. If i had a film ready I would submit again next year, but I would try to attend anyway as it was such fun.

    September 2018
  • Laena Bradley

    Attending Shetown Film Fest was an uplifting and inspiring experience. I ended up being late to work, because I couldn’t pry myself from the screen. The films shown were some of the best I’ve ever seen, and their directors equally brilliant. For a first time festival I can’t imagine things running more smoothly. I can’t wait to see what they do next year.

    September 2018
  • Tammy Tiehel-Stedman

    We were accepted into the Detroit Shetown Fest and from the get go the communication from Mike and Mandy was fantastic. We were disappointed we couldn't attend, because we could tell from their emails/social media they were organized and it was going to be a great fest. We learned after the fest that screenings were sold out and our film was well received. Really wish we could have attended! We love seeing these two create a female centric showcase for women's films/voices and that they brought these films to Detroit. Highly recommend! Amy Tiehel, Writer/Director & Tammy Tiehel-Stedman, Producer, "Redcoats"

    September 2018
  • Rosa Beiroa

    Great communication with the festival and regular updates. They also did a fantastic advertising and promotion job. Would definitely love to have my work screened with them again.

    September 2018
  • Roisin Kearney

    Fantastic communication and great people to deal with right the way through. I sadly couldn't make it to the festival but lots of information sent and audience feedback relayed. Hope to be part of this great festival again.

    September 2018