The Royal Starr Film Festival (RSFF) is an international film festival centered in downtown Royal Oak Michigan at the state of the art Emagine Theatre.

Royal Starr Film Festival (RSFF) will take place October 11th-14th, 2018.

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

The Call for Entries
Royal Starr Film Festival (RSFF) 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.

All accepted film makers will be eligible for Juried Awards and Prizes.

Jury - Best Narrative Feature
Jury - Best Narrative Short
Jury - Best Documentary Feature
Jury - Best Documentary Short
Jury - Best Foreign Feature
Jury - Best Foreign Short
Jury - Best Director - Feature
Jury - Best Director - Short
Jury - Best Screenplay - Feature
Jury - Best Screenplay - Short
Jury - Best Cinematographer - Feature
Jury - Best Cinematographer - Short
Jury - Best Actor - Feature
Jury - Best Actor - Short
Jury - Best Actress - Feature
Jury - Best Actress - Short
Audience - Best Feature
Audience - Best Short

All submissions must have been completed in 2016, 2017 or 2018. Production dates don’t matter, completion dates do.

Film cannot be public on any of the video sharing sites or VOD for free or pay or may be disqualified.

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. The only exception would be if there is a negotiated agreement preceding the submission of the film to RSFF.

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
  • Edina Kishonthy

    A very good, up-and-coming festival to watch! Excellent venues -- they screen DCPs so you know your film will be shown in good quality. Very good organization, all my questions were answered, clear instructions on what to do to. I wasn't able to attend but I can only say good things about it.

    December 2017
  • Hetty van Oordt

    Very enthousiastic clear quick and to-the-point way of communication. Was not able to attend alas. Cannot give 5 stars for that I have not experienced, but communication suggests all the rest will be of the same quality. Wish you many more beautiful festivals to come.

    November 2017
  • Bruce Temuchin Brown

    Great festival, we are very please to have our film selected and shown. Thanks again

    November 2017
  • Brad Robinson

    As a young festival, I think Royal Starr is still finding it's footing. I'm sure if you're from Michigan, it's a great festival. There are some really good things about it but also some things that were very unfortunate (at least in my experience).

    The GOOD:
    *First off, hands down, the BEST theater I've screened in. Amazing picture and sound. The digital projection is top notch. State of the art. We've been in over a dozen festivals and this is still the best presentation we've been able to have.
    *The venue - it's part of an entertainment complex where they screen in 3 or 4 of the 10+ screens that are there. A bar/restaurant is in the complex and you're close to many places outside the venue.
    *For shorts - they screen your film (in a short film block) twice during the festival (which CAN be good, depending...see below)

    The BAD:
    *The screenings are not a personal affair. No one from the festival is on hand to introduce the screenings. Instead, they have a video introduction that is played in front of all screenings. In that vein, filmmakers are not introduced or even acknowledged. When my screening ended, the lights just came up and people started to make their way to the exit. It was odd, as I thought there was to be a Q&A afterwards. As I waited a minute or so, there then came on the screen "Filmmaker's Q&A." By that time much of the audience had already left. I even heard someone say "maybe the filmmakers will be at the later screening." This is a bit disheartening, especially if you're from out of town (like I was) and went to all the effort to fly in, rent a car, and book hotel.
    **Scheduling - our second screening was scheduled for 10pm on Saturday night. It sounded like a great spot, until we realized that after the 7pm screenings of the top festival films, the festival after party started. So, they booked our film block to screen during the after party. You can guess how that turned out.

    So, as I started the review out by saying...I think they are trying to find their footing. They mean well and are looking to pull off a great festival. They just need to fine-tune a few things.

    November 2017
  • Jeremy Heddle

    Unfortunately I couldn't come over to the States to attend, but communication with the organisers was great, and from what I gather the festival itself was too. Definitely worth the price of submission. Thanks!

    October 2017