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
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, 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 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.

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
  • 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
  • Shana Gagnon

    I had a great time at this festival. Mandy and Mike were such gracious hosts, and as filmmakers themselves - you can tell they LOVE filmmakers! The vibe was very welcoming from the second we walked in. I loved the location and cinema Detroit. Shout out to Morgan for also doing an excellent job running front of house. Their team was entirely cool, calm, collected, and professional. What also really stood out to me about this festival was their excellence in marketing. Their swag was amazing, their awards were so personalized - spirit of Detroit with the ponytail?! Ah- mazing! Their advertising was on point. They packed the theatre and built enthusiasm for the arts in Detroit. You could feel this was a festival aimed to truly empower women. I highly recommend my filmmaker colleagues submit! Sincerely, Shana Gagnon - SECRET - The Short Film 🖤

    October 2018

    Didn't manage to attend but fantastic communication from the team and very privileged to have been selected. Thanks!

    October 2018