Grizzdance Film Festival is excited to announce its call for submissions for Grizzdance 2021!

It is Grizzdance’s goal to help celebrate young filmmakers throughout southeastern Michigan and the surrounding area. Whether you’re in high school or college, we want to see your films! We know this past year put a damper on a lot, especially in the way of production. But we also know that you all have been hard at work being creative in new ways and we are excited to open up our call to whatever kind of film you’ve been making (Youtube, TikTok -- be inventive!)

We pride ourselves on being as accessible as possible by making our submission price absolutely free!


Grizzdance Film Festival is programmed by a team of Oakland University students with festival expertise, working alongside the faculty of the university's film program. The festival experience is designed to facilitate networking and professional development opportunities for emergent filmmakers in the metro Detroit area.

Our goals are to:

- Provide a showcase for young filmmakers to screen their work in a thoughtfully curated environment with maximum opportunity for feedback from audiences
- Offer professional development opportunities for emergent filmmakers to expand their artistic networks, interact with fellow filmmakers, and discuss their work with OU Film faculty
- Recognize outstanding work at the high school and university level through the awarding of juried prizes


# Eligibility

There is no charge for submission to Grizzdance, but in order to be eligible for selection, filmmakers should be current high school students or recent graduates. Films will be considered eligible for submission so long as one of the creative leads on the project meets this criterion. Please specify which of the filmmakers is a student in your submission, and indicate their school affiliation.

One of the priorities of the Grizzdance Film Festival is to provide professional development and networking opportunities for emergent filmmakers, and to that end, we strongly encourage filmmakers whose films are programmed to attend the festival. Relatedly, filmmakers who reside within the Great Lakes area will be given priority consideration.

# Submission

Only online screeners will be accepted for consideration.

With the submission of this film I agree to the following:
--I am authorized to submit this film to Grizzdance Film Festival for consideration.
--I (or a member of my creative team) meet the conditions for eligibility outlined above.
--I have obtained all necessary rights and clearances.
--I have read, understand and agree to all the requirements as stated in the above "General Festival Rules."

Overall Rating
  • Victor Rosalino

    Great festival, organized and carefull.

    February 2021
  • kyo roku

    I'm so thrilled to be part of Grizzdance Film Festival! So lucky to watch a lot of wonderful films! It's just a pity that I accidentally missed the Q&A.
    In general, the online filmmaker exchange community established by the Film Festival Organizing Committee is very nice. The organizers, professors, and volunteers are also very friendly !
    It is worth participating in!!

    February 2021
  • malo riou

    A great film festival made by people who are pationated by film making. Even though the film festival wasn't that big, they were actually many film school teachers, producers, and film makers. It was a great experience!

    March 2020
  • Great festival! My crew and I had been looking forward to this festival for awhile and it didn't disappoint. Good venue, very open and friendly, good people running the event and an all around positive atmosphere for young filmmakers to chit-chat and lay ground work for the future.

    February 2020