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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, November 22. 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.

Mission and Objective

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.

About The Film Festival

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.


Joshua Courtade (Festival Registrar): Joshua is a local filmmaker who has written, produced, and directed dozens of short films and internet serials, including the Hank Danger series and the award-winning ‘Playing House.’  He has worked in Los Angeles, but is proud to call West Michigan his home.  He teaches at Compass College of Cinematic Arts in Grand Rapids, and he recently completed his first feature film.  His films have played at festivals all over the world. Joshua can be reached at


1. The Grand Rapids Comic-Con takes place November 21st – 23rd, 2014. The Film Festival will take place on Saturday, November 22nd, 2014. Filmmakers whose films are accepted into the festival will receive two complementary passes for the day of the festival screening.

2. 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.

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 profanity, violence, or 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.

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. All selection and prize decisions are final.


Early Deadline: June 1, 2014 ($15)

Regular Deadline: July 1, 2014 ($20)

Late Deadline: August 1, 2014 ($25)

WAB Extended Deadline: August 15, 2014 ($40)


All filmmakers will be notified around October 1, 2014, on whether or not their film has been accepted for inclusion in the Grand Rapids Comic-Con film festival.


First Prize of $300 for the film selected by the judges as the best in show.

Second Prize of $200 for the film selected by judges as the runner-up.

Audience Choice Award of $100 for the film selected by the audience as their favorite.

Checks will be mailed to filmmakers around December 1, 2014.

All films screened at the Grand Rapids Comic-Con film festival will receive a certificate acknowledging their film as an “Official Selection” of the festival to be mailed out around December 1, 2014.


All submissions must be submitted through Withoutabox. You can find more information on submissions here or by clicking on the Withoutabox logo.

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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


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