Celebrate short films with the Open Projector Night series, a recurring event that recognizes the work of local, regional, and national filmmakers, whose work is connected to Michigan. 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. Winners will receive a number of awards, including special screenings of their work before UICA's feature films and entry into a drawing for a free theater rental.

Please consider that 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. Films are selected and curated into a seventy-minute program by a panel of UICA staff and volunteers.

Prizes include a three month promotional package with UICA, a Reciprocal Membership, and 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 belated to the state of Michigan (e.g., by content, the film creators/crew, exhibition venue, 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
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    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
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    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
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    Forrest DePoy

    Fantastic little venue with a very personalized approach to both the audience and the filmmakers. I ended up leaving right after the event ended, but loved every second I was there. Thank you!

    August 2017
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    Geoffrey Haney

    OPN is a great event put on by a great organization. More people in Michigan should take advantage of this unique event, both in submitting films and going to watch the quarterly screenings!

    June 2017
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    Bret Miller

    Excellent film series. Always has great content, and right in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. Would screen here for the rest of my life, if I could.

    February 2017