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Free Admission! The 48th Michigan Student Film Fest at the DIA – April 23rd – 9:30 AM & 11:45 AM Screenings


What:  DAFT's 48th Michigan Student Film Festival - Free Admission!

When:  Saturday, April 23rd:  9:30 AM (K-8 grade Best of Show reel), 11:45 AM (9-12 grade Best of Show reel)

Where:  The DIA's Detroit Film Theatre (John R. side), 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202 (John R. side entrance)

First-Place cover art by Brandon Eeles, student at the William D. Ford Career Technical Center (Wayne-Westland)

First-Place cover art by Brandon Eeles, student, William D. Ford Career Technical Center (Wayne-Westland)

We hope you can join us the morning of Saturday April 23rd at the DIA for a free screening of the Best of Show honorees for the 48th Michigan Student Film Festival--the longest running K-12 festival of its kind in the nation, as recognized by the American Film Institute.

From across the state, DAFT received over nearly 400 student entries from Bay City to Wyandotte.  60 judges at three different sites as well as online provided valuable hand-written feedback for every entry.  Students were awarded at four levels:  Merit, Honor, Excellence along with Best of Show, selected films that will be shown at the festival.


Actor and comedian Dave Davies once again returns as emcee for the Best of Show screenings and presentation of awards.  All students who entered the festival are recognized in the program and can pick up their judging feedback on-site.


The Festival is made possible once again through a significant grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the kind generosity of host, the DIA's historic Detroit Film Theatre.  Generous DAFT supporters also include Buddy's Pizza, MGM Grand Detroit, the Motion Picture Institute, ProCam of Livonia, the Actor's Workshop Detroit, Visual Ronin Media and Mango Languages.

Two students will be awarded full scholarships to Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts and the Motion Picture Institute of Michigan and four students will receive $10,000 scholarships to the University of Detroit-Mercy.  Six students will also receive six scholarships to attend the three-day Michigan Youth Arts Festival in Kalamazoo in May.

Film Festival 2014 - Senior BOS 002

Another exciting partnership this year has been announced with the Cinetopia International Film Festival giving each Best of Show honoree a free all-access student pass for its June 3-12 calendar of screenings in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor.  Cinetopia will also honor one student film to be included in its Detroit Voices screening and the April 23rd 9-12 Best of Show reel will be screened once again on Sunday, June 5th (location and exact time to be announced).

DAFT will honor Brian Stackpoole of Grosse Pointe North High School as its 2016 Michigan Film/Video Teacher of the Year, nominated online by former students and peers.  Brian will be recognized at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival in May as well.

Film Festival - Crystal Gallery

Past students who have been recognized include Oscar-winner Doug Chiang and Pixar director Dan Scanlon.  DAFT (Digital Arts Film and Television) is a non-profit dedicated to media education and interaction between students, teachers and professionals.  Its longtime running summer camp, Focal Point, also has produced excellent professionals including editor Doug Blush (The Hunting Ground & Oscar-Winning Twenty Feet from Stardom).



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