Established in 2018, the Detroit Shetown Film Festival screens short films in the following genres: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Documentary, LGBTIQA+, 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.

We look forward to bringing sold-out audiences a second season September 12-15th 2019 in Detroit, Michigan!


Best Director
Best Michigan Short Film
Best Festival Short Film
Best Female Lead
Best Writing / Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Makeup / FX
Best Breakout Filmmaker
Best Animation
Audience Choice Award

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

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

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

Running Lengths must be a Minimum of 2 Minutes ~ Maximum 25 Minutes, and have been completed after January 1st, 2017.

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

PLEASE NOTE Entry fees are non-refundable on FilmFreeway!

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
  • Awesome festival! Mike kept me posted with everything and is so friendly! I really felt like I was apart of a family. Will definitely submit again.

    September 2019
  • Sara Alize Cross

    If I could give Detroit Shetown Film Festival 6 stars, I would! I have screened at and attended numerous film festivals (large and small) around the country over the years and Detroit Shetown was one of my favorite experiences.

    The communication from the organizers was clear, concise, timely, and helpful from the first contact. The programming was top notch - high quality films screening in blocks that were well curated and the right length to entertain audiences.

    I had the good fortune to attend and had a fabulous experience from start to finish. The festival was extremely well run. I have run events myself and I know what an accomplishment it is to execute an event at that level successfully. This was the definition of a smooth and enjoyable festival.

    The theatre - Cinema Detroit - is a gem - an historic theatre with a great independent vibe. The sold out audiences were smart, engaged, appreciative, and asked great questions at the Q&As. The organizers are filmmakers and really know how to treat their filmmaker guests - first class all the way. I loved getting to know the other filmmakers in the lovely filmmaker lounge and made new friends who I have connected with multiple times in LA since getting home.

    I had such a great time that I hope to return whether or not I have a film screening in the festival. If you are fortunate to have a film accepted, I highly recommend attending Detroit Shetown Film Festival.

    February 2019
  • Ana de Lara

    I sad could not attend but the communications were outstanding and based on the planned events, the filmmakers were well taken care of. I'm thrilled and honoured to have had our film Good Girls Don't screen here. Thank you Detroit Shetown Women's Film Festival!

    November 2018
  • Devi Snively

    I was heartbroken to miss this one -- such a great mission they have and from the beginning communication and organization were fantastic. I could tell it was going to be a winner. They did great publicity and really took care of the filmmakers -- and Detroit is such a fantastic city. But even though I couldn't attend in person they made me feel included and I feel I've made lasting friends of the coordinators -- and to top it all, what a gorgeous trophy I received in the mail shortly thereafter. I highly recommend this one and only hope I have the opportunity to attend in person in the future.

    November 2018
  • clotilde Rullaud

    Unfortunately I couldn't attend, though it seemed to be an amazing event. All the screenings were sold-out!
    Mandy and Mike have been so easy to communicate with. Promotion around the event was great. This festival is definitely a great support for the women film makers!
    It was an honor having our film nominated for the Best Cinematography award, and being part of this fantastic community. Thank YOU!

    October 2018