Welcome to Soo Film Festival! This year's festivities take place September 12-15, 2019 in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, at the historic Soo Theatre and Bayliss Public Library, a Superior District Library.

Soo Film Festival 2019 is open to filmmakers worldwide but will continue to emphasize and showcase work from the Great Lakes region.

Entries begin March 25 and all genres of storytelling in feature and short categories will be accepted. Early-bird entry has no fee and a deadline of April 28. The regular deadline is June 9 with a $15 entry fee. Late entries must be submitted by July 1 with an entry fee of $20. The selected films will be announced at the end of July. Students are especially encouraged to submit.

Show us your movie!

Thank you,
Jason Markstrom
Festival President

Audience Awards: Best in Category (depending on submissions)

April 28: Early bird deadline - *** FREE ENTRY ***
June 9: Regular deadline - $15 entry fee
July 1: Late deadline - $20 entry fee
July 26: Filmmaker notification of acceptance
August 24: Exhibition copies must be in the office
September 12-15: 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 ONLY. Digital delivery via FilmFreeway or cloud service (for example: Vimeo, Dropbox, etc.) is preferred. If we have not received your exhibition copy by the August 24 deadline, a screening copy will be used.

Language: Foreign language films must include burned-in 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 FilmFreeway.com.

Notification: Films selected for screening will be notified by email around July 26, 2019.


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 submitting 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 FilmFreeway.com, 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 2019 Soo Film Festival (the Festival), but all submitted films will be considered. All Submitters will be notified on or about July 26, 2019 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 24, 2019. All physical media 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 broadcast of any kind. 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.

Overall Rating
  • Julia Dordel

    Unfortunately we could not attend the festival, but the communication with Jason and his team was quick and easy at any time. Thank you "Soo" much for screening our film and opening it up to a wider audience!

    September 2018
  • Chad Campbell

    Seeing your film on a big screen in a classic theater is a filmmakers dream. Beautiful town as well, with a lot to do in between the movies.

    September 2018
  • On behalf of Michigan filmmakers, we thank you for bringing this film festival to Michigan audiences!

    September 2018
  • I am so happy I submitted to Soo Film Festival. Jason Markstrom and staff are exceptional. Communication is first-rate, and I was provided several opportunities to promote my film in the week leading up to the festival. The staff are part of the great atmosphere and the entire festival is run smoothly. Seats are great, concessions and tickets are very reasonable, and all within the historical setting of the Soo Theatre. I will gladly be attending as a spectator next year.

    September 2018
  • Denny Rauen

    Great selection of films and wonderful people running the festival. The quality of the screening was top-notch. Proud to have my film screened in this festival.

    September 2018