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Thanks for all the great entries for the 50th Michigan Student Film Festival! 

Some important dates!

  • March 10th - Round 1 Judging  in Southfield (University of Phoenix) and Holland
  • March 23rd  - Round 2 Judging at Specs Howard To Determine "Best of Show" awards for the DIA's 4/28/18 screening
  • April 1st (or earlier) - Students notified of judging results
  • April 28th, 10 AM - 50th Michigan Student Film Festival at the DIA's Detroit Film Theatre - Free Admission!
    • All student entries eligible for drawings at the festival
    • Only Best of Show awards are screened at the festival
    • Programs and Certificates will include all student projects and student production teams

Contact us at  or PO Box 1443 Royal Oak, MI  48068  or Kevin Walsh at (248) 408-6715

1st Place Poster/Program Contest - Madison Ristic (William D. Ford Career Tech Center - Wayne Westland)
1st Place Poster/Program Contest - Madison Ristic (William D. Ford Career Tech Center - Wayne Westland)

Check Out our 2017 Festival Program (downloadable PDF)

DAFT Thanks 2017 Festival Sponsors!

This year's festival once again includes...

    • A free Canon DSLR camera kit for a high school--drawn from all school memberships (link to Membership levels)
    • Every entry is eligible for festival drawings of free professional gear
    • $250 ProCam gift cards for category winners (PSA, music video, etc.)
    • $500 cash prize from the Maple Theatre for best narrative film
    • $500 cash prize best documentary--the 2nd annual John Prusak Visionary Award
    • Scholarships to film camp at Michigan Youth Arts Festival (May 18-20 at Western Michigan University)
    • Partial scholarship  to the University of Detroit Mercy
    • Partial scholarship to College for Creative Studies
    • Partial scholarship to Lawrence Technological University
    • Full one-year scholarship to Specs Howard School of Media Arts
    • Full one-year scholarship to the Motion Picture Institute

DAFT was pleased to once again host back-to-back Friday full-day workshops at the Motion Picture Institute in Troy--December 1st and 8th, 2017!  DAFT can also bring workshops to you!  Contact us at

Each April at the DIA, join us for the Michigan Student Film Festival for a free screening of the Best of Show winners for K-8 and 9-12 grades.  Over 400 entries are screened by professionals and educators with each student getting personalized feedback.

Join award-winning video production educators Michael Conrad and Joe Elliott for a full-week intense summer video camp at Royal Oak High School.

More info coming soon!

Join DAFT Today!

$35 students, $50 adults, $150 schools/businesses

Your membership includes a free entry in this year's festival (3 entries for Institutional Level) and offers discounts and special offers such as screenings, workshops and guest-speakers.

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