Detroit Independent Film Festival 2010 – DIFF

A Festival for Filmmakers by Filmmakers

2010 Michigan Film Awards

2010 Detroit Independent Film Festival
No Entry Fees

Detroit Independent Film Festival


While most film festivals are only out for a quick buck, the1st Annual Detroit Independent Film Festival is a film festival started by Independent filmmakers for Independent Filmmakers. The DIFF will be a two night film festival dedicated to screening the very best short films from Michigan and across the world. Held at the large art-house/independent going area of Detroit, MI at the new Burton Film Theatre. The festival will honor awards, screen engaging shorts, and draw in a movie going audience. As filmmakers ourselves, we believe in no entry fees either, please submit today.


The films will be judged by members of DIFF with film backgrounds both in film theory and filmmaking.

The Michigan Film Awards will be judged by film professors based in local universities and colleges. Other awards for acting, cinematography, and writing will be judged by industry professionals.

Submission Regulations

1) All film submissions must be shipped no later than the respective deadline December 30th, 2009.

2) There is no entry fee to this festival, however we take donations of any kind to help the festival grow.

3) All films must be submitted on DVD, either NTSC or PAL. All films must also be labeled with Title, Running Time, Tracking # and Region.

4) The following materials must be included with the DVD, Entry materials will not be returned. Incomplete or works in progress will not be considered.

5) Send all e-mails to

6) All Films must be completed no later then January 2009

7) To qualify for the 2010 Michigan Film Awards, each entry must be a short film. Each short must have been completed in 2009 and screened on the festival circuit in 2009. Nominations for each category include Best Michigan Short, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, and Best Academic Short.

8) If Selected we encourage each filmmaker to bring postcards, posters, and dvd copies of their work.

9) Please e-mail for shipping instructions, questions, or concerns. Don’t pass up a festival with free entries. Support indie filmmaking!

Receipt Acknowledgment:

We will notify each filmmaker once we receive the films.


Selected films will be announced and e-mailed to all entries no later then Feb 1st 2010. Nominations will be Announced the same day as the Oscar nominations on the burton theatre website.

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3 Responses to “Detroit Independent Film Festival 2010 – DIFF”

  1. Michael McCrann says:

    Would like to mail you a DVD of my short film ROB BANKS for submission in the 2010 Film Festival. Where do I send it? How do I get a tracking number from you? What entry materials do you need.
    thank you.
    Michael McCrann

  2. Stephen Mckellips says:

    I have to say, I love this site. Maybe you could let me know how I can go about subscribing with it? By the way I found your site through Yahoo.

  3. Fige Bornu says:

    Why does the 2010 Film Fest have such an early deadlline date, and are there any exceptions for submissions as of Sept. 12, 2010?

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