The Lake Michigan Film Festival (LMFF) previously know as The Lake Michigan Film Competition (LMFC) that was a section of the East Lansing Film Festival is now a film festival on its own. The LMFF bring independent films to mid-Michigan and to foster film making in the region. LMFF holds a world-class film festival each February that showcases dramas, comedies, documentaries and short films, that awards cash prizes to films made in the four states that surround Lake Michigan – Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin.
The 2022 Lake Michigan Film Festival will be February 24th-26th
Rules & Terms
Awards & Prizes
Submissions will only be accepted via FilmFreeway by the final final submission deadline.
-submission deadline.-Works in progress are not accepted.
-Submissions must have been produced since January 2019.
-Submissions received without the proper entry fee will not be considered.
-Entries must be in English or subtitled in English.
-ENTRIES MUST HAVE A PICTURE AND OR TRAILER LOADED ON FILMFREEWAY.COM THAT CAN BE USED IN PROMOTION MATERIALS.
-See submission category guidelines for details on genre and length requirements for submission.
-Entrant are responsible for all submission information being correct.
-Entrant will allow usage of clips from the entry and all related publicity material submitted for promotional use on television, radio, in print, web and at live Festival events.
- All decisions by judges, programmers and organizers will be final and no refund of entry fee will be permitted.
- LMFF Staff is not eligible for prizes but their work may be eligible to be screened at the festival.
-I have read all of the Lake Michigan Film Festival (LMFF) rules. I understand and have complied with these rules.
-I warrant the submission of my original work and there are no disputes regarding the ownership of the submission. I also warrant the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead and I fully indemnify LMFF against any claim made for such violations of law.
-To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements herein are true and correct.
-I understand that failure to adhere to LMFF's rules will result in disqualification and no refunds of any kind will be made.
-I agree to hold LMFF harmless from and defend them against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses (including attorney’s fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not groundless, based on any film submitted to LMFF.
$300 for Best Feature Film
$300 for Best Documentary
$300 for Best Short Film
$300 for Best Student Film
$1200.00 In Prizes, amounts may change per category based on the films accepted. (Example: If the LMFF does not accept any films for the student category, the prize money for that category will be split up evenly between the other categories.