The Royal Starr Film Festival (RSFF) is an international film festival centered in downtown Royal Oak Michigan at the state of the art Emagine Theater and planned by the non-profit, Royal Starr Arts Institute.

Royal Starr Film Festival will take place September 8th - 18th, 2022

The Films Royal Starr Film Festival will screen short, feature, and documentary films at the Royal Oak Emagine theater.

The Call for Entries
Royal Starr Film Festival is now accepting entries from Michigan, national, and international filmmakers.

The Event
Royal Starr Film Festival (RSFF) will curate experience packages of unique film watching opportunities with the best of Royal Oak dining and entertainment.

Jury awards are given for the following categories:

Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best Animated Feature
Best International Feature
Family Friendly Feature
Best Michigan Feature*

Best Narrative Short
Best Documentary Short
Best International Short
Best Animated Short
Best Music Video
Best Michigan Short*
Best VR Short film

Audience Choice Awards are given for the following categories:
Audience - Best Feature
Audience - Best Short

Best Michigan Lead Male
Best Michigan Lead Female
Best Michigan Supporting Male
Best Michigan Supporting Female
Best Michigan Direction (must be shot in Michigan)
Best Michigan cinematography (must be shot in Michigan)
Best Michigan Editing (must to be produced in Michigan)

Rules & Terms
We strongly encourage you to review the following carefully. By submitting your project, you
acknowledge that you have read and agreed to all of the following rules and terms. All projects
that have been submitted by our final deadline and that adhere to the following terms will be
considered for inclusion in the 2022 Royal Starr Film Festival.

Each submission must be accompanied by a submission fee paid in full and a working screener
in order to be considered. Once we have all necessary materials, the submission will be marked
“In Consideration”. It is the submitter’s responsibility to make sure that all requirements are met.
If your film has not been listed “In Consideration” within 7 business days of submission, please
contact us to find out what is needed to move your film into consideration.
Press kits and cover letters are not required but are appreciated.
If you wish to submit either, please attach it to your submission. Or email it to
Hard copies sent to our office and will NOT be returned.
Films that are publicly available on any of the video sharing sites, VOD for free or pay or may be
disqualified from competition but still screened at the discretion of the RSAI staff.
By submitting a film, promotional material or images, the submitter acknowledges that consent
has been obtained from any and all owners, creators, writers, producers and/or other authorized
representatives and that permission of any copyrighted or trademarked materials or content has
been granted.
When submitting to the festival you are agreeing that, if selected and the invitation accepted, to
screen the submitted film during the dates of the festival. RSFF will not pay any screening
fees for presentation of the film during the festival.

All projects must be submitted via secure online screener - either as a password protected
Vimeo link attached to your submission, or uploaded directly to FilmFreeway. The submitter is
responsible for ensuring that their screener link and password is active through at least
September 19, 2022. In the event of a password or URL change after submitting, email us
immediately. If we discover an error with the screener, we will attempt to email the submitter for
an update. Failure to respond by the final submission deadline will result in disqualification
without refund of submission fees. Online screeners must be available to stream, we do not
accept any films that must be downloaded.
We DO NOT accept DVD or Blu-Ray screeners. In addition, we cannot accept screener links
via email.


All foreign-language films must be submitted with English subtitles. If we discover a submission
is missing subtitles, we will attempt to email the submitter for an update. Failure to provide
working subtitles by the final submission deadline (May 30th, 2022) will result in disqualification
without refund of submission fees.
Works-in-progress are accepted with the following stipulations:
Incomplete projects must be clearly listed as such. Films should be marked as either a “Rough
Cut” or “Work In Progress/WIP”. All incomplete materials or changes to be made should be
clearly indicated (ex: temporary score, missing VFX, no color-correction) both in your cover
letter and the film cut itself (ideally as a title card at the start of the film).
The entrant may update their screener up until the final deadline, as long as the link and
password for the submission remains the same. However, RSFF is only responsible for
considering the project as it exists at the time of review. We are under no obligation to revisit
updated cuts once a screener has been seen. Therefore, you should not submit your project if it
is not complete enough to adequately represent the final product.
Updated cuts must be accessible via your FilmFreeway account. We cannot accept updated
cuts via email.
No updated cuts will be accepted after the final submission deadline: May 31, 2022.
If selected, the final version of the film must be available by June 30, 2022.
Please review all submission categories carefully before submitting your project. Awards will be
determined based on which category the project is submitted for. All entrants are required to
pay the submission fee of their film’s appropriate category. If you believe you have submitted
your film to the wrong category, contact us immediately. While we can typically facilitate a
change in category, the entrant will be responsible for any changes in submission fees. We
cannot offer partial refunds for categories with a smaller fee. If the new category has a higher
fee, the entrant is responsible for paying the difference.
Submission to multiple categories is not encouraged. Please read category descriptions
carefully to determine where your submission belongs. If the entrant wishes to submit to multiple
categories, a separate submission fee must be paid for each category. RSFF reserves the right
to determine eligibility of a submission in each respective category. Refunds will not be offered
for submission to an inappropriate category.
The Michigan Film category is for any project that was at least partially filmed in Michigan
AND/OR made by a filmmaker (Director, Cinematographer, Producer) who resides in the state
of Michigan.
Films programmed from the Michigan Film category will be eligible for the Michigan Film Award
as well as any other juried categories that we may deem appropriate. If you submit to this
category without meeting the necessary criteria, you will be disqualified from consideration for
the festival and will not be issued a refund.
Please note, submitting in this category makes no difference to the chances of being accepted
into the festival, as all local films must stand alongside the other films in Royal Starr Film

Festival’s programming. The Michigan Film category is intended as a way to support our local
filmmaking community by offering a budget-friendly means of entry (this category also helps us
narrow down locally produced projects within the hundreds of submissions received each year).
All projects must have been completed on or after October 1, 2017 to be considered for the
2022 Royal Starr Film Festival.
We do not require a World Premiere in any category, but premiere status is taken into
consideration when making final selections.
Please keep track of deadlines closely if you plan on submitting within a certain submission
window. All deadlines are set for 11:59pm EST.
Any submissions with an unpaid balance after a deadline will be required to pay the following
deadline’s submission fee. Failure to pay the appropriate fee will result in disqualification without
a refund.
All works selected must be available by June 30, 2022 for inclusion in the festival.
Should your film be accepted in the 2022 Royal Starr Film Festival, you grant RSFF the right to
utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for
promotional purposes.
All accepted films will screen at least once during the festival, with the possibility of an encore
screening for select films/shorts blocks when appropriate. All scheduling is purely at the
discretion of the RSFF staff.
Physical hard drives are NOT recommended and will only be returned with an additional
handling fee. We highly recommended sending it online.

The Royal Starr Film Festival, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to waive, alter, add, delete
or make exceptions to the submissions requirements and eligibility.

Overall Rating
  • Sam Lucas Smith

    Big props to the team. Delighted to have had my film selected. Unparalleled communication throughout, and even took the time to reach out to provide individual positive feedback after my film's screening as I couldn't attend in person.

    October 2021
  • Robert Holland

    Event was a fun time! Enjoyed having an in theater experience for our film! The transfer looked amazing and the presentation was great!

    September 2021
  • William Huszti

    The Royal Starr Film Festival could not have been more fun. Very well organized and sincere contacts- the enthusiasm and energy of this FF is contagious! Thank you!

    September 2021
  • Tesha Kondrat

    Corey was great and super communicative. It was awesome to see our film in a movie theater, and we received a swag bag and got a photo op. Thanks Royal Starr for the royal treatment!

    September 2021
  • Tennille Taraszkiewicz

    Royal Starr provides an atmosphere for Michigan Filmmakers to thrive!

    May 2021