From June 26th to the 29th, 2008, the inaugural Detroit Windsor International Film Festival takes place all around Detroit and Windsor. Screenings and events will be held at the Scarab Club, the Detroit Institute of Art, the Detroit Public Library and the campuses of Wayne State University, the College for Creative Studies and the University of Windsor.
The mission of the DWIFF is to engage the community in the growth of the film culture of the region and to promote storytelling through film, video, games, the web, music and other channels. To support that mission, there will be activities for students of film and media and also more industry professionals including panels such as director Josh Becker (Xena, Hercules, Evil Dead) and about Michigan as a location for making movies, workshops, demos, speakers and a job fair. The center of much of this activity will be the Cineflow TechFair at the College for Creative Studies which will include an opportunity to see the tools and workflow used in the production of modern cinema and new media.
There will also (of course) be a variety of film screenings and the Children’s Program at the Detroit Public Library will present specially selected films from the East Lansing Children’s Film Festival collection.
All in all, it looks like a pretty cool addition to Michigan’s growing list of film festivals!