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 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.

Please note this festival is also in collaboration with another festival known as Artprize on Screen. By submitting your film to UICA’ Open Projector Night, UICA may share your contact information and film with Artprize on Screen for consideration. You will also receive weekly email communication from UICA through our eNews. If you wish to unsubscribe from our eNewsletter, you may do so at the bottom of the mailing. If your film is selected to screen in either festival you will be notified immediately.

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  • 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
  • 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