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2012 Earlybird Registration for Detroit 48 Hour Film Project

Monday, June 11th, 2012

June 25th Earlbird Registration Deadline

Detroit 48 Hour Film Project

Hello Friends, Fans and Filmmakers of the Detroit 48 Hour Film Project!

Early team registration is already underway in advance of our July 13-15th, 2012 weekend of filmmaking fun and adventures. In just 48 hours, teams will write, cast, produce, direct, edit and run to the finish line with finished films of all types and genres. And the following Tuesday and Wednesday all of the films will be screened at the new Emagine Theatres in Royal Oak. So if you’re thinking of putting a team together to be in this amazing event, now’s your chance and you don’t want to miss getting registered!

And if you haven’t heard, we’ll be having a fantastic array of filmmaker-related prizes to give away to the winning teams again this year, plus networking events to get your teams together or recruit some new members for the new year.

Earlybird Registration Extended

Our earlybird registration deadline has been extended! For every team that registers by the earlybird deadline, not only do you get the discounted fee, but every team registered by June 25th 2012 (including those already registered) will be entered into a drawing for either a Sony Bloggie Touch 4GB Camera, the Cam Caddie camera stabilization unit, or a Polaroid 300 instant camera (with 10-pak film). Any one of these prizes is a fun way to capture all of the behind the scenes of the weekend’s filmmaking for your team!

Earlybird registration for the Detroit 48HFP is available at this link below. But don’t wait until June 25th to get a team together! A team can be two people, twenty people, or even more! Your creativity and passion for filmmaking knows no limits.

How to Register:

To register your team and take advantage of the earlybird rate, go to:

Actorfest Detroit 2012 at Raleigh Michigan Studios – Backstage

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Workshops, Casting Calls & Networking Opportunities with Industry Pros

Actorfest Detroit 2012

Actorfest is a yearly trade show for aspiring and working actors. Actorfest offers informative workshops, casting calls, networking opportunities with industry pros, and much more.

What Actorfest Offers

  • Attend interactive workshops hosted by casting directors, talent agents, managers, acting teachers and working actors.
  • Participate in casting calls hosted by TV networks and big-name casting directors looking to hire;
    Visit our Exhibit Hall, which offers opportunities for you to get the skills, products and training you need.
  • Take part in “Meet and Drop” sessions with top-level casting directors in film, TV and theater.
  • Meet and share your experiences with fellow actors in our Networking Cafe.

Actorfest Detroit 2012

Saturday, May 19th from 9:00am to 6:00pm

Raleigh Michigan Studios
1999 Centerpoint Parkway
Pontiac, MI 48341

How to Register:

For more information about Actorfest and to register for the event visit:

2012 Uptown Film Festival – Birmingham, MI

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Your Invited to the Uptown Film Festival!

The 2012 Uptown Film Festival begins March 8th and is a 3 day event. Check out the poster for more details. They also have a little more room for volunteers if you are interested.

How to Apply:

If you are interested in working as a volunteer please call: (248) 233-6505

“A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas” Trailer

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Theatrical Trailer for “A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas”

“Sparkle” Feature Film Approved for Michigan Film Incentives

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

The Michigan Film Office Approves “Sparkle”

The Michigan Film Office announced today that the feature film “Sparkle” has been approved for a film incentive from the state. The film, set in Detroit during the height of the Motown era, follows the journey of a family of musically-driven sisters as they perform their way up from neighborhood jazz joints to the packed house of the Fox Theatre.

Sparkle is expected to shoot in the metro Detroit region and will be directed by Salim Akil who directed the feature film Jumping the Broom and the television series The Game. Debra Martin Chase, TD Jakes and Salim and Mara Akil will produce the film.

“The music and atmosphere that was the heart and soul of Motown in the 1960s is as much a character in this film as the individuals portrayed throughout the story,” said Carrie Jones, director of the Michigan Film Office. “This is an incredible opportunity to highlight one of Detroit’s most significant cultural exports of the last century. The project has also put a strong emphasis on hiring a Michigan-based crew to shoot the film, making it an overall great fit for the film incentives.”

Sparkle was awarded an incentive of $3,104,455 on $7,410,216 of projected in-state expenditures. The project is expected to hire 266 Michigan workers with a full time equivalent of 44 jobs.

This is the 12th project approved under the new policy and guidelines issued by the Michigan Film Office. In 2011, 14 projects have been approved with $22,748,375 in incentives being awarded on $54,644,552 of approved production expenditures for the year. These projects are expected to create 1,678 Michigan hires with a full time equivalent of 355 jobs.

Casting Call Details:

At this time no casting information is available.Casting details and directions on how to apply will be provided as soon as they are available.

“Detention of the Dead” Approved for Michigan Film Credits

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Zombie Feature Film Approved!

The Michigan Film Office announced today that the independent feature film Detention of the Dead has been approved for a film incentive from the state. The film follows a group of high school students trapped in detention with classmates who have turned into a hoard of zombies.

Michigan-based Michael Manasseri is a producer on the project, along with Brooke P. Anderson (Gala Films) and director/executive producer Alex Craig Mann. The project is shooting in Oakland County.

“This project is a local, Michigan production that is a great representation of the film talent we have here in the state,” said Carrie Jones, director of the Michigan Film Office. “In addition to hiring Michigan workers, the project has forged a training partnership with Oakland University’s Cinema Studies program, as well as Pontiac High School, to enable students to acquire on-the-job experience in all aspects of feature film production. These types of innovative partnerships are critical in helping to grow our state’s crew and talent base.”

Detention of the Dead was awarded an incentive of $139,118 and is expected to hire 82 Michigan workers with a full time equivalent of 3 jobs. It is the second film Manasseri has brought to Michigan. Last year the Rochester Hills resident produced and directed Sucker, a comic book, Sci Fi adventure produced by Big Screen Michigan that shot in Pontiac.

This is the ninth project approved under the new policy and guidelines issued by the Michigan Film Office. In 2011, 11 projects have been approved with $15,991,537 in incentives being awarded on $38,528,849 of approved production expenditures for the year. These projects are expected to create 1,203 Michigan hires with a full time equivalent of 259 jobs.

For more information visit:

Extras Casting:

For details on how to apply as an extra for this film visit: “DOTD” Extras Casting

“Salvation Boulevard” Official Movie Trailer

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Trailer for Michigan Filmed “Salvation Boulevard”

Check out the official trailer for the feature film, “Salvation Boulevard” starring Pierce Brosnan. “Salvation Boulevard” was shot in Ann Arbor, Brighton, Dearborn, Grosse Pointe, Livonia, Milford, Novi, Plymouth, Trenton and Wixom.

New Trailer for “Real Steel” (HD) – Filmed in Michigan

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Watch the New Full-length Trailer for “Real Steel”

“30 Minutes Or Less” – Official Trailer | Filmed in Grand Rapids, MI

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Trailer for “30 Minutes Or Less”

Official trailer for the feature film, “30 Minutes Or Less” starring Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride and Nick Swardson.


Two fledgling criminals kidnap a pizza delivery driver and force him to rob a bank within 30 minutes.

2011 West Branch Film Festival “Call for Entries”

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

WBFF Now Accepting Films for Summer Festival

West Branch Film Festival - WBFF

The West Branch Film Festival is now accepting film entries for the summer 2011 festival. Submissions must be original family friendly movies of any type, considered appropriate for ages 14 and under. Entries can be live action or animation. Short films under five minutes are encouraged. Awards will be given for many categories including “Youth Produced” and “Peoples Choice.”

Categories Include:

  • Feature Film
  • Short Film
  • Annimated Film
  • Documentary Film
  • Music Video
  • Experimental Film

About the Festival:

West Branch will be northern Michigan’s premiere family movie destination during summer 2011. The Film Festival begins on Friday July 8 and runs through Saturday evening July 9. Along with movie showings during the festival, workshops featuring professionals in the industry will be held on a variety of topics.

How to Submit a Film

All entries must be submitted to the West Branch Film Festival. Entries are requested prior to June 01, 2011, and must be received in our offices no later than June 17, 2011. The WBFF is not obligated to review any submissions that arrive after the June 17, 2011 deadline. There is a $25 submission fee per entry.

Entries should be submitted to:

PO Box 575
West Branch, MI 48661

To download the submission form or for more information, visit the WBFF website at: