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Get ready for an amazing 2016-17 year with DAFT. Schools can save over $300 on an annual membership if they join by November 22nd.

Important DAFT Dates

Schools, look for our upcoming color classroom poster of the following included in a mailing from our friends at the Motion Picture Institute!
  • Friday, December 2, 2016
    4th Annual Media Teacher Symposium with Keynote Speaker WXYZ Hall of Fame Anchor Cheryl Chodun
  • Friday, December 9, 2016
    3rd Annual Media Student Symposium
  • Friday, January 27, 2017
    Entry Deadline:  Poster/Program Design Contest for Michigan Student Film Festival
    *$200 grand prize winner, two $50 runner-up prizes.
  • Friday, February 24, 2017
    Entry Deadline:  49th Michigan Student Film Festival
    * New this year, entries only accepted from DAFT member schools or paid individual memberships
  • Saturday, April 29, 2017
    Michigan Student Film Festival at the Detroit Institute of Arts
    *Free admission to the public.  Best of Show honorees only screened; all entries honored in free program.
  • May 18-20, 2017
    Film/Video at the 55th Michigan Youth Arts Festival at Western Michigan University
    *DAFT clinicians work directly with teacher-approved candidates for 2-3 day intense production and exhibition.
  • Summer 2017*
    Focal Point – Weeklong Video Camp at Royal Oak High School
    *More info soon!  Intense 5-day hands-on scripting, production of film.  Open to adults and students.

Thanks to these key sponsors of the 2016 Michigan Student Film Festival...


DAFT is pleased to once again host back-to-back Friday full-day workshops at the Motion Picture Institute in Troy--December 2nd and 9th.


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.

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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