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 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
Best Michigan - Feature
Best Michigan - 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
  • George A. Johnson

    We were so honored to screen our film, "Thy Neighbor" at the Royal Starr Film Festival, and we were very excited to win Best Feature and Best Actor. We've been to many film festivals all over the country, and the Royal Starr Film Festival was one of our best experiences. From DCP projection in the beautiful Emagine Theater to the amazing team of film lovers and filmmakers who put this incredible event together, it was a 5-star experience all the way. And the networking is fantastic, too. We met so many new friends while we were there. If you are only able to enter your film into a select number of festivals, I highly recommend making sure that the Royal Starr Film Festival makes the list!

    October 2018
  • If you want to see your film in a start-of-the-art theater, then this is the festival for you. Extra large screens, digital projection, luxury seating, gourmet snacking and valet parking help audiences feel like royalty. The organizers (Luke, Nathan, Gene and Billy), answered questions and hosted nice parties. Although, you were on your own as far as flimmaker networking. A big plus were the panel discussions. A nice mix of topics for everyone.

    October 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you! We appreciate you attending and sharing your film with us.

  • Darryl Wharton-Rigby

    A fun festival on a little outside of Detroit. Great staff and fun events. I really had a blast meeting other filmmakers and hanging out at the after the screening parties. Winning an award was only the icing on the cake.

    October 2018
  • 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