50th Festival Winners!
- A free Canon DSLR camera kit for Detroit Catholic Central High School--drawn from all school memberships (link to Membership levels)
- All entries were 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 to Drew Hartley, Chase Arnett, Chlor Holderbaum, Taylor Minto and Cameron Hartley for "Interlinked" from the Genesee Career Institute
- $500 cash prize best documentary--the 3rd annual John Prusak Visionary Award to William Higbie of University Liggett for "Painting the Town"
- Partial scholarship to College for Creative Studies to Becca Messner of Royal Oak High School
- Partial scholarship to Lawrence Technological University to Hunter Valtema of Careerline Tech Center (Holland)
- Full one-year scholarship to Specs Howard School of Media Arts to Brianna Bossler of Careerline Tech Center (Holland)
- Full one-year scholarship to the Motion Picture Institute to Conner McBain of L'Anse Creuse North High School
Celebrating Young Filmmakers since 1969
The Michigan Student Film Festival is unique in the nation for providing a public venue for the work of students in grades K-12, as well as giving recognition and significant awards to young media artists. DAFT is proud to present The Michigan Student Film Festival, now in its 50th year.
Important note on copyright. To be considered for Best of Show award-level, entries that have material whose rights are not owned by the producers should include clear permission from the owners of the music, images, video. DAFT offers many links to royalty-free music on our tab or at this link. While educational-use of material can provide useful training for students, DAFT fully supports the ethical use of all creative material and encourages its students and teachers to adhere to these principles. Any questions, please contact us at email@example.com.
Animation - $250 ProCam Gift Card first prize
Documentary - $500 cash prize
Music Video/Montage - $250 ProCam Gift Card first prize
Narrative Film - $500 cash prize
News/Sports Magazine Program - $250 ProCam Gift Card first prize
Experimental- $250 ProCam Gift Card first prize
Public Service Announcement - $250 ProCam Gift Card first prize
Festival entries can also be submitted by clicking "Shop" on the top of the page.
- A full scholarship to Specs Howard School of Media Arts
- A full scholarship to the Motion Picture Institute
- Partial scholarship to the University of Detroit Mercy, Lawrence Technological University and the Center for Creative Studies
- Gift Cards for category winners
- $500 cash prizes for best narrative film and documentary
- Canon DSLR Kit drawing for a school, drawn from Institutional Level Members
- Winners must have a representative present at the Festival to accept a prize
Find out about the rules,
specifications and prizes of the festival.
Please review our guidelines concerning
copyrighted and violent content.
Sponsor the Festival
Festival sponsorship not only provides individual, corporations and grant organizations an opportunity to support young media makers, each sponsor is acknowledged in a number of very special ways.
Festival Prizes & Awards
Encouragement & Support
The main goal of the Michigan Student Film Festival is to provide encouragement and support to young people who are already creating media by acknowledging their efforts, rewarding their finest accomplishments and offering opportunities for study and advancement.
Each entry is reviewed by educational and media professionals and their feedback is sent to student filmmakers to prompt growth and reflection on their filmmaking skills and approach.
Michigan-focused, National Reach
In recognition of its work, DAFT was awarded the 2006 Governor’s Award for Arts & Culture. DAFT’s mission is to promote media literacy through the creative use of film and video.
The American Film Institute says that DAFT’s Michigan Student Film & Video Festival is the oldest festival in the nation providing public recognition for the work of students in grades K-12. In fact, many young people who got their first public exposure through this Festival have gone on to professional careers. And a few of them have even gotten awards at that really huge film festival known as the Oscars.
Poster & Program Design Contest
Poster & Program Design Contest
Deadline Friday, February 1, 2019
A Showcase for Young Michigan Artists
DAFT once again opened up the design of its official festival poster and program cover to students awarding the winner a $200 gift-card and two runners-up $50 gift cards.