Celebrate short films with Open Projector Night! A recurring event that presents the work of local, regional, and national filmmakers with a connection to Michigan, in either content, location, or crew. Enjoy a diverse range of screenings from animated narratives and commercial work to experimental pieces. After the event, participate in a question and answer panel with the filmmakers and vote for your favorite short film.

Open Projector Night is an ongoing film series; its intent is to showcase the diversity of films connected to Michigan and establish a venue to highlight local film in Grand Rapids, MI. Films are selected and curated into a seventy-minute program by a panel of Wealthy Theatre staff and volunteers.

*Disclaimer: If you're accepted into Open Projector Night please understand your film may screen on GRTV in part of Community Media Centers GRTV programming. If selected, you will be notified.

Submissions Open: November 10th, 2022
Submission Deadline: January 18th, 2023
Screening Date: February 15th, 2023

Open Projector Night, with Grand Rapids Film Society, are programs of Wealthy Theatre and the Grand Rapids Community Media Center - a Non Profit Organization dedicated to building community through media.

Audience Vote!

At the end of the night, all audience members can cast a vote for their favorite film. Ballots are tallied up overnight and announced the next day.

First place: $100 cash prize, a social media spotlight that includes a written interview with the filmmaker(s), an all-access CMC membership, free film passes, and a screening of your film before a Tuesday Night Movie screening.

Second place: Two film and concession passes

Third place: Two film and concession passes.

While there is no limitation on film category or subject matter, submissions must conform to these guidelines:

• Less than 20 minutes in duration.
• Must be related to the state of Michigan (e.g., by content, location, the film creators/crew, etc.)

All submissions will be reviewed and curated by the Open Projector Night Selection Panel. If accepted, you must supply a presentation copy of your film.

Overall Rating
  • Michael Simpson Jr.

    I was an official selection of this festival a few years back and I loved it! They're really great people! I intend on entering again this year :)

    January 2020
  • Stephen Crompton

    I had a wonderful evening at the UICA, a venue with a terrific cinema that houses a state of the art projection system. The organizers are passionate about screening films from the region and connecting people from the filmmaking community in Michigan. Everyone was very welcoming and the sizable audience was eager to discuss. I look forward to entering future works for consideration!

    August 2018
  • OPN at the UICA provides a curated presentation of diverse work from around the state. Good projection and sound supported by an enthusiastic and avid local film community make this an awesome venue to screen.

    May 2018
  • August Busch

    I hadn't heard of UICA's Open Projector Night until I was looking to submit. This quarterly event is a fun showcase of Michigan filmmakers and films with a Michigan connection. It was small, but well-organized. The UICA is a great venue, and I would definitely be interested in submitting again.

    November 2017
  • Anna Zorn

    Although I wasn't able to attend the festival, I received an email the next day letting me know my film placed 3rd in the best of the fest and offered to mail the prize. Thanks so much for supporting our film! The kids (and parents of those kids) involved with the project were ecstatic to be featured in your festival. Thank you!

    November 2017