The Cinematic Griot Collective brings to you “The Idlewild International Film Festival” an outdoor film screening under the stars in the Historical African American Community of Idlewild, Michigan. The 2019 Idlewild International Film Festival will showcase WOMEN filmmakers from all walks of life telling vibrant and unique stories. The festival will take place outdoors on the Paradise Lake Festival Grounds. The entire weekend will be filled with short films, tours of the Island, art, music, food, and fun!
The Idlewild International Film Festival will feature carefully curated films, documentaries and music videos, presented to you from all over the world! This festival will also include an art and photography exhibit from the natives and neighboring communities entitled “Voices of Idlewild”.
Idlewild, once the so-called “Black Eden of Michigan”, is known for its beautiful beaches, glistening lakes, and native wildlife. During the height of its popularity, travelers from all over the country would come here to experience its exciting nightlife, regularly featuring entertainers such as the legendary Lena Horne, Motown's own The Four Tops and stage and screen star Della Reese.
After segregation ended, more entertainers of color were free to perform anywhere in the country and Idlewild became somewhat forgotten. Over the past two decades, there has been a renewed interest in Idlewild. Many new business and venues have sprung up in the Idlewild community and in 2019 we invite you to join us in making history (again) by attending the first Idlewild International Film Festival.
The Cinematic Griot Collective is a network of filmmakers, artists, and creatives who create and showcase, inspiring and unique culturally relevant works. We aim to reach beyond the surface with non-linear perspectives and creations. Traveling throughout forgotten communities, we bring to the forefront people and places that are often overlooked, misrepresented and forgotten.
Spirit of Idlewild International Film Fest Award
Best Short/Micro Short
Best Student Film
Best Music Video
Best Production Design
Best Short Documentary
Most Trend Setting, Daring, and Out The Box
Best Foreign/International Film
Audience Choice Award
General Rules and Regulations:
All submissions must include at least ONE of the following; Female Director, Producer, Writer or, Director of Photography.
Entries limited to Short Narratives and Documentaries, Micro Short Narratives and Documentaries, Talk Shows, Webisodes, Cooking Shows, Trailers and Music Videos.
Women over 30 making their directorial debut are encouraged to submit!
Student Films are accepted.
Filmmakers retain all rights to their film/intellectual property.
All non-English speaking films must include English subtitles.
Agreement of Participation
By submitting to the Idlewild International Film Festival, I confirm that I have read and accepted the terms and regulations of IIFF.
I will provide the festival with any additional information required pursuant to these rules and regulations.
I authorize the IIFF to exhibit my film, and if selected, I confirm that an exhibition copy will be available in a required format for screening during the 2019 festival (August 23 through August 25th).
I certify that I hold all necessary rights for the submission of this film/video to the IIFF and that all rights and clearances have been made.
This film is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation. I hold IIFF harmless from damage to, or loss of any or all materials en route to, from or otherwise at the festival. I assume all legal responsibilities therein.
By Agreeing to these terms, I transfer to IIFF the right to use excerpts of the submitted film, its stills, and trailers, for the purposes of publicity and marketing of the film at the 2019 festival, and for other non-commercial uses related to the promotion of the 2019 festival.
I hereby agree to indemnify IIFF, in the event that such rights have not been properly transferred.