On October 21 & 22, 2011 film industry professionals and festival-goers from across the state will converge on Downtown Lapeer at the historic, recently renovated PIX Theater for the 4th Annual Made-In-Michigan Film Festival (MiMFF). Presented by the Made-In-Michigan Film Society and The Lapeer County Film Office, this year’s event promises to be the biggest and most exciting yet. This 2-day film festival starting at 6pm on Friday will present 46 short and feature-length independent films covering all genres – all having a material connection to the State of Michigan. The MiMFF is the only film festival in the world that is exclusive to Michigan-made films, making this a unique and proud event right here in our backyard.
The MiMFF started off in 2008 with just a few film submissions and even fewer ticket sales. Thanks to growing support from the Michigan Film Industry, the local community and the hard work of a small group of dedicated volunteers, the MiMFF has grown into one of the most respected small-town film festivals in the state. In fact, a second screening room has been added to the schedule this year to accommodate the large number of quality film submissions, essentially doubling the amount films to be shown. “We are very excited about each and every film that was chosen for this years festival”, says Made-In-Michigan Film Society President, Juliane Bagley. “We understand the hard work and level of commitment that goes into making these films and it is an honor for us to be able to present them to our community.”
The film festival’s growth is perfectly aligned with the Made-In-Michigan Film Society’s goal to showcase and promote the State of Michigan and as many Michigan- made films as possible while providing a low-cost cultural, experience for the local community. With ticket prices at just $6 for a full a day of films or $10 for a weekend pass, the MiMFF is one of the best entertainment values around. “It is extremely important to us to keep ticket prices low. We understand that Michigan and the Lapeer County area especially have been hit hard with economic woes because we live and raise our families here.” says Bagley. “We do the best we can with what we have. You may not see the eye-popping glitz, sparkle and shine of Cannes or Sundance here, but you will feel the small-town hospitality and sincerity. We are fortunate to have a few generous sponsors who recognize the value in what we do not only as the MiMFF but as the Lapeer County Film Office, bringing jobs and revenue into the area. We would not be able to do this without these sponsors and we are very grateful for their support.”
In addition to the film screenings, the MiMFF has several other events planned for the weekend including an educational free film workshop geared toward local middle and high school students, a Michigan Filmmaker Panel Discussion and the Festival Afterglow Party. Festival times and a full program schedule including film and activity descriptions is available at madeinmichiganfilmfestival.org. If you are interested in volunteering at the festival or would like to register for the MPI Student Film Workshop please call 810-882-1022 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have the trailer for one of this year’s films, the Bicyclist, which tells the story of Lester Cribs who has just lost his restaurant and his wife. He leaves behind Grosse Pointe, MI on a 300 mile bicycle trip to the Mackinac Bridge.