LAPEER — On Oct. 21-22, 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 6 p.m. on Friday will present 46 short and feature-length independent films covering all genres and 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 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.
“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.” said 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 for- tunate 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 exciting events planned for the weekend throughout Downtown Lapeer. On Friday, October 21, Motion Picture Institute (MPI), an accredited film school in Troy, is bringing an educational free film workshop to Today & Forever Photographic & Video Production Studio that is geared toward local middle and high school students. As part of a small group, students will experience the entire filmmaking process by creating their own film that will then be shown on the big screen at the PIX Theater on Saturday afternoon in front of family and friends.
In addition to Audience Q&A Sessions between blocks of film, a Michigan Filmmaker Panel Discussion will be held Saturday at 3:15 p.m. so the public can interact with the filmmakers on a more personal level.
On Saturday night, the Official Made-In- Michigan Film Festival Afterglow Party will be held at Pueblo Viejo, voted Lapeer’s favorite Mexican Restaurant in the LA View’s Best of Lapeer Survey. The Afterglow Party will offer an opportunity for professional and aspiring film industry members to network and socialize while giving festival volunteers a chance to relax and relish in a job well done. Admission to the Afterglow Party is free and open to the public however festival ticket holders will receive a special discount on their food purchases, drink specials and access to the Pueblo Viejo appetizer & catered dessert table.
LA Taxi will be providing free and/or discounted transportation for ticket holders both Friday and Saturday. Throughout the festival, the Film Society will be hosting a Hospitality Room at Gallery 194 featuring a catered buffet courtesy of Countryside Banquet Center for filmmakers, press, sponsors and volunteers.
General public ticket holders can upgrade to a VIP Pass for just $25, receiving access to the Hospitality Room, additional discounts and privileges at the Afterglow Party and a free movie pass compliments of NCG Cinemas.
Festival times and a full program schedule including film and activity descriptions is available at www.madeinmichiganfilmfestival.org and will be featured as an insert in this week’s edition of the LA View.
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. — G.G.