This year’s Soo Film Festival is set for September 15-17, 2017. The festival, now in its fourth year, is once again headquartered in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, at the historic Soo Theatre.

The festival has issued an open call for entries. All genres and nonfiction in feature and shorts categories will be accepted online exclusively through FilmFreeway, starting April 4. The festival committee has set a fee-free early bird deadline of May 12. The regular deadline is June 23 and requires a $10 entry fee. Late entries must be submitted by July 7 with an entry fee of $15. The selected films will be announced the first week of August.

Soo Film Festival 2017 is open to anyone but will continue to emphasize and showcase work from the Great Lakes region.

Four years later and we're just as excited as the first. We anticipate this may be the biggest festival yet. We look forward to showing off more of your incredible talent.

Send us your film!

Thank you
Taylor Brugman
Festival President

P.S. Send us your film before May 12 and your entry is FREE!!!

Awards & Prizes

Audience Awards: Best in Category (depending on submissions)

Rules & Terms

May 12: Early bird deadline - *** FREE ENTRY ***
June 23: Regular deadline - $10 entry fee
July 7: Late deadline - $15 entry fee
August 11: Filmmaker notification of acceptance
August 25: Exhibition copies must be in the office
September 15, 16, and 17: Festival Dates


Completion Date: No restriction.

Prior Screenings: No restriction.

Exhibition Formats: If your film is accepted, your final exhibition copy must be in Blu-Ray, DVD, or MP4 format. Digital delivery via cloud service (for example, Vimeo, Dropbox, etc.) is preferred. If we have not received your exhibition copy by the August 25 deadline, a screening copy will be used.

Language: Foreign language films must include English subtitles.

Copyrighted Material: It is the responsibility of the filmmaker to secure prior authorization for any copyrighted material that may be used in the film.

Screenings: All accepted films may be screened more than once, and are scheduled at the discretion of the Soo Film Festival staff.


Deadline: You must submit your film online through Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.

Notification: Films selected for screening will be notified by email around August 4, 2017.


You may enter your film in one category only.

If the Festival determines that work has been entered in the wrong category, it will be reassigned and the entrant notified.

In all categories, preference will be given to films that are connected to the Great Lakes in some way. Examples: film personnel (director, actors, writers, musicians, etc.) are from the Great Lakes area, or the film is shot on location in the Great Lakes area, or the film is about the Great Lakes area. The Great Lakes area includes the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin; and the province of Ontario.

The categories are:
-- Narrative Feature - Narrative works of fiction that are 40 minutes or longer.
-- Narrative Short - Fiction films that are shorter than 40 minutes.
-- Documentary Feature - Non-fiction films that are between 40 and 90 minutes long. If your documentary is longer than 90 minutes, please consider submit a shortened version in the appropriate category.
-- Documentary Short - Non-fiction films that are shorter than 40 minutes.
-- Animation - Films shorter than 40 minutes, animated by any means
-- Music video – Music videos shorter than 15 minutes.


1. Completed submission through FilmFreeway.
2. A short summary of your film (25-35 words). Additional press and publicity materials are appreciated but not required.
3. A description of the connection for your film to the Great Lakes, if any.

Please note: Because we give preference to films that are connected to the Great Lakes in some way, it is very important that your entry describe the connection. In FilmFreeway this is accomplished by your entry in a custom field.


Audience Awards: Best in Category (depending on submissions).


By signing and submitting this form or by submitting your film through, you are stating that you have read, understood, and agree to the following:

1) Soo Film Festival, Inc. (SFF) reserves the right to include selected films in any category deemed appropriate. Not all films will be selected for screenings during the 2017 Soo Film Festival (the Festival), but all submitted films will be considered. All Submitters will be notified on or about August 11, 2017 of the status of their submission/s. SFF reserves the right to program selected films as many times during the Festival as it sees fit, at whatever venue it sees fit.

2) If a film is selected for screening, the Film Director (Submitter) guarantees that he/she/they are the sole and rightful owner/s of the submission and that it does not violate or infringe on any trademark, trade name, copyright, literary, dramatic, musical, artistic or other intellectual property or personal right. If a film is selected, the filmmaker agrees that he/she will be solely responsible for the delivery of his/her film to the SFF Festival Office no later than August 25, 2017. All DVDs must be marked with the name of the film and filmmaker.

3) All participants acknowledge that the Festival is a public event that is open to the media. As such, all participants are subject to media coverage and scrutiny and may have their likenesses published in print, electronically, or via digital broadcast. SFF is not now, nor will it be in the future, responsible or liable for such media coverage or actions of the press or other publicity agents during any events or functions associated with the Festival.

4) Once a submission has been made, and the entry fee, if applicable, has been paid, there are no refunds. ALL submission materials become the property of SFF and will not be returned.


If you are not delivering your materials digitally, send them by US Postal Service or by UPS or FEDEX with NO SIGNATURE REQUIREMENT to:

Soo Film Festival
10170 W Lake St Loop,
Brimley, MI 49715

13 Reviews

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    Paddy Jessop

    To Soo Film Festival, thanks heaps for accepting my film and helping me share it with others.

    Thanks 'Soo' much.

    October 2017
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    Carlyle Stewart

    Taylor and Liz run and their staff and volunteers run an excellent film festival. They could not have been nicer to deal with or communicate with, both before and during the festival. An all around topnotch group of people and the festival an amazing experience to be a part of.

    September 2017
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    David Van Wie

    We were honored and thrilled to be selected at Soo Film Festival. Good communication preparing for the festival. Thank you Soo Film Festival for selected Detroit Under STRESS!

    September 2017
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    Natalie Dale

    Taylor and the Soo Film Festival team were wonderful to work with! The communication and the festival was such a wonderful experience. I'm really glad my film Anna was apart of the festival! Thank you!

    September 2017
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    Patrick Pfister

    From start to finish Communication was top notch with Taylor and his team. Several of our cast members and their families attended our film's premiere and had nothing but good things to say. Many thanks!

    September 2017