The Made-in-Michigan Film Festival (MiMFF) celebrates and promotes independent films which are MADE IN THE STATE OF MICHIGAN through an annual Film Festival.

Every year we promise to do our very best to showcase as many films as possible, promote our festival, and bring out an audience to watch Michigan films that are born with passion, creativity, and enthusiasm. Michigan Filmmakers and Michigan films have SO much to offer, and the MiMFF wants to make sure these films get the recognition they deserve.

The 2017 MiMFF will be marking it’s 8th annual festival on February 3rd to 5th in Frankenmuth, Michigan. The #1 tourist destination in Michigan, Frankenmuth provides a state-of-the-art, 500-seat theater within the Bronner Performing Arts Center to showcase our event and present your film in a high-quality manner.

By giving Michigan Filmmakers exposure and a venue to display their films, the MiMFF strives towards enhancing the quality of cultural and economic life in the State of Michigan. MiMFF provides a unique opportunity to network and discover other fellow artists for your next creative endeavor. MiMFF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Best of Festival - The winner of this jury selected award will receive a $500 cash prize and a trophy.

Audience Choice Award - The audience will be asked to rate each film on a scale of 1 to 5. The film with the highest average rating will win a $200 cash prize and a trophy.

The following winners will be selected by jury and will receive a trophy. The MiMFF reserves the right to add/remove an award.

Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best Narrative Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Academic Film
Best Animated Film
Best Soundtrack
Best Lead Actor
Best Lead Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Cinematography

The 8th Made-in-Michigan Film Festival is open to all genres and categories (full length features, animation, shorts, documentaries, etc).

All entries must have a significant connection to the state of Michigan. We suggest that a majority of the scenes are filmed within the State. Films using Michigan residents as cast and crew will have an advantage. Special exemptions to the above rules can be granted if your submission helps promote film making in the State of Michigan. If you are unsure if your film qualifies please contact the program director, Paul Weiss. Final decisions will be made by the MiMFF Board.

All festival deadlines are detailed on the main page under "Dates & Deadline". NO FILMS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER NOVEMBER 15TH 2016.

Fees will be charged based on when your film is submitted. All fees are listed on the main page under "Categories & Fees"


Our film notification date is December 1st, 2017. We reserve the right to inform some filmmakers of their film acceptance before the official notification date. These filmmakers agree to not make any posting on social media concerning their acceptance until December 1st.

If your film is accepted, MiMFF will need the capability of screening your film at the Bronner Performing Arts Center. All feature length submissions will be required to mail in a regular or Blu-Ray DVD by January 5th, 2017. All other submissions less the 1 hour will be asked to provide a download link.

Acceptable Codecs:
Apple ProRes 422

Acceptable Containers
.mov (QuickTime Movie)
.mp4 (MPEG4)
HD 1080p

Preferred Resolutions

To promote your film and our festival, It is suggested that those filmmaker accepted into our festival submit electronic press kits. We would like each press kit to at a minimum include a film poster. These kits could also include a short synopsis, a filmmakers bio, a list of the principal cast and credits, a black/white productions still and any other media information available. Any photo submitted may be used for festival promotion.

Non-English language films must have subtitles.

The number, date and time of screenings are at the discretion of the festival.

The Made-in-Michigan Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless the Made-in-Michigan Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

If a film is accepted, the programmers request the right to screen the film for educational and promotional purpose, for the period of one year. And will do so, unless directed otherwise.

Overall Rating
  • Italia Millán

    This was my first film festival as a selected participant and it was great! The organizers are professional and kind, communicate efficiently and are very supportive of filmmakers. I was truly honored to have had my short doc chosen among such high quality documentaries and enjoyed interacting with the audience during the Q&A session after the film screening. It was an overall wonderful experience!

    May 2017
  • Very nice! I was pleasantly surprised to see the level of professionalism and quality

    February 2017
  • Nicholas Gascho

    This a great festival. A lot of history and story behind it, the people are great, and there are many awards.

    February 2017
  • This is a quality festival with excellent hospitality and communication with the participants. An all-around wonderful experience.

    February 2017
  • This festival is an Excellent opportunity for Michigan filmmakers and productions from Michigan. Communication, hospitality and screening venue was amazing. Programmers will aim to screen the film in the highest format available.

    February 2017