Film Fest

The Grand Rapids Comic-Con will be hosting a shorts film festival sponsored by the Compass College Of Cinematic Arts

applauseThe Grand Rapids Comic-Con is pleased to be hosting a showcase of student and independent film shorts at the event on Saturday, October 21. This festival will be part of the show and no additional tickets or expenses will be expected of fans to attend the event. This film festival will be operated by the Compass College Of Cinematic Arts, a local film school and one of the sponsors of the Grand Rapids Comic-Con.

Saturday, October 21

The DeVos Place inside the Grand Rapids Comic-Con

You may find the rules and other details of the Grand Rapids Comic-Con Film Festival along with how to make a submission here.

The Grand Rapids Comic-Con Film Festival exists to support independent filmmakers, particularly those who have made short films for audiences who love science fiction, fantasy, action, comedy, animation, superheroes, and other nerd-oriented genres.

The Film Festival is one of many events at the Grand Rapids Comic-Con, which takes place annually in beautiful Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Con is a family-friendly event, which emphasizes the culture of nerds, geeks, and comic book enthusiasts. Our film festival is open to all independent filmmakers, but we give preference to films that play to our specific audience.

Prizes

Each award-winning film will receive a plaque and a monetary prize.
First Place: $300 (US)
Second Place: $200 (US)
Audience Choice Award: $100 (US)

Deadlines

Earlybird Deadline: May 1

Regular Deadline: June 1

Late Deadline: July 1

Extended Deadline: July 15

Notification Date: September 1

General Rules
1. The fifth annual Grand Rapids Comic-Con takes place October 20-22, 2017. The Film Festival will take place on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Filmmakers whose films are accepted into the festival will receive two complementary passes for the day of the festival screening.
2. Online screeners are preferred, but we will accept films on region-free DVDs or Blu-rays. Films submitted on a video DVD or Blu-ray should contain no material except for the film itself. DVDs and Blu-rays will not be returned. DVDs and Blu-rays that are not playable are automatically disqualified. Films that are selected for screening will need to submit a high definition digital exhibition copy in either MP4 or MOV format.
3. Content must be appropriate for a family audience. We will accept submissions meriting the equivalent of a G, PG, or PG-13 rating. Films with excessive or strong profanity (including any use of the f-word), graphic violence, or graphic sexual content will not be considered.
4. The filmmaker(s) must own the rights to the submitted film and all content contained therein. Submitted films must not contain copyrighted music or any other trademarked or previously copyrighted material without prior written permission from the copyright owner. This includes using preexisting superhero characters or logos.
5. Submitted films may be in any genre, but preference will be given to films that appeal to the comic con audience, such as science fiction, fantasy, action, comedy, and animation.
6. Films must not exceed 25 minutes in length, including all titles and credits.
7. Films’ dialogue must be in English or must contain English subtitles.
8. Films finished before January, 2013, are not eligible.
9. All selection and prize decisions are final.

Terms & Conditions
By submitting your film to the Grand Rapids Comic-Con Film Festival:
1. The submitter attests that all information all information submitted is true and accurate to the best of the submitter’s knowledge.
2. The submitter licenses the submitted film for public exhibition at the Grand Rapids Comic-Con and in related promotional materials.
3. The submitter owns the rights to the submitted film and all content contained therein. Submitted films must not contain copyrighted music or any other trademarked or previously copyrighted material without prior written permission from the copyright owner. This includes using preexisting superhero characters or logos.
4. The film submitted adheres to the general rules of the Grand Rapids Comic-Con Film Festival, which is a family-oriented event.

You may submit your film project by clicking on the button below

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compass collegeCompass College of Cinematic Arts is a premier, faith-based film college. Its accelerated program is set in a unique, conservatory-like environment. Through high-end training and a special mentoring process, young artists–future writers, designers, producers, directors, and executives–bring forth a distinctly creative and technical skill set, a strong work ethic, and a Christ-centered focus that fosters entrepreneurial success and serves as an asset on film and television shoots, and in executive studio and corporate settings. The school’s goals are to prepare, enable and connect students with the diversity of the entertainment industry and for them to view their daily work, lives and commitments with purpose, value, and clarity, and with ethical, multicultural and social responsibility. For more information about the Compass College of Cinematic Arts visit their website at www.compass.edu.