2018 Soo Film Festival Calls for Entries

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Soo Film Festival marks year five in 2018. The festival is once again headquartered in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, with films screening September 12-16 at the historic Soo Theatre and Bayliss Public Library, a Superior District Library.

The festival has issued an open call for entries beginning April 3. Documentary and all genres of fiction, feature and shorts, will be accepted online exclusively through FilmFreeway. The festival committee has set a no-fee early bird deadline of May 11. The regular deadline is June 22 and requires a $10 entry fee. Late entries must be submitted by July 9 with an entry fee of $15. The selected films will be announced the first week of August. Filmmakers will find complete details on the Submit a Film section of the festival’s website, soofilmfestival.org.

Festival President Jason Markstrom: “This is our fifth year and it feels like we’re just getting started. We are looking forward to seeing more of the fantastic talent from the Great Lakes and around the world and will enjoy in showing it off in September.”

Soo Film Festival 2018 is open to filmmakers worldwide but will continue to emphasize and showcase work from the Great Lakes region.

The 2018 Soo Film Festival organizing committee is Jason Markstrom, Allison Youngs, Mark Dobias, Pat Egan, and Susan James.

Soo Film Festival, Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and host film and allied arts festivals in the City of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Soo Film Festival, Inc. seeks to showcase the work of independent and emerging filmmakers, especially from the Great Lakes of North America. Our Mission: Great Lakes, Great Movies!

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Soo Film Festival proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway.com, the world’s best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more.

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Audience Choice Awards for the 2017 Soo Film Festival

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September 22, 2017—They came, they saw, they voted!

We are pleased to announce the Audience Choice Awards for the 2017 Soo Film Festival.

By audience acclaim, the winning films are:

Best Narrative Feature
As You Like It, directed by Carlyle Stewart

Best Narrative Short (tie)
Anna, directed by Natalie Dale,
and
Safety Net, directed by Andrew E. Rudd

Best Documentary Feature
INAATE/SE/ [it shines a certain way. to a certain place/it flies.  falls./], directed by Adam Khalil and Zack Khalil

Best Documentary Short
The Stories We Share, directed by Kaitlin Lenhard

Best Animation
Horse Dad, directed by Anna Hudzik

Best Music Video
Sarah Lenore – If We Try, directed by Patrick Moug

Best Student Narrative
Eat Me, directed by Thomas Butcher (Oakland University)

Best Student Documentary
Planet Campus, directed by Trevor Tarantowski (Spring Arbor University)

Best Student Animation
Horse Dad, directed by Anna Hudzik (Ringling College of Art and Design)

Best Student Music Video
Blood and Wine – Monster’s Ball, directed by Claire Davis and Eleri Watkins (Troy Athens High School)

Best Foreign Narrative (tie)
40th Anniversary, directed by J. Enrique Sánchez (Spain),
and
Georgia & the Time Machine, directed by Daniel Utrilla Cerezo (Spain)

Best Foreign Music Video
Jon Kenzie – Can You Decide, directed by Lu Pulici (Italy)

Congratulations to all the winners!

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Soo Film Festival Coming September 12-17; Adds Venue

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We’ve added a new venue and more days to the Festival!

The fourth Soo Film Festival takes place September 12-17, 2017 in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, at the Soo Theatre and, for the first time, Bayliss Public Library. Six days of features and shorts from the Great Lakes and the rest of the globe make up this year’s festival schedule.

Narrative features come from as near as Iron Mountain, Michigan, and as far as Australia. Robert Vornkahl returned to where he grew up to make Nowhere, Michigan, a tale of a man on the run for his life. A thriller in the grindhouse tradition, Shotgun comes from Down Under to headline the Friday Night Fright section.

Documentary subjects cover varied aspects of Michigan. There is poetry and performance in Stone Circle; outdoor adventure in The Michigan Ice Film; and a controversial police unit in Detroit Under STRESS. Human trafficking is brought to light in Stuck in Traffic, Modern-Day Slavery In Michigan. A discussion panel will follow that screening.

Sunday features a segment of Native American films, some featuring members of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, and a Q&A panel afterward. Short film segments span a wide variety of genres. Animation, music video, narrative, and documentary are all on display. Featured segments include student work on Saturday, as well as a showcase of short films from around the world on Sunday.

All films in every category are eligible for an Audience Award. Judging takes place during the festival.

A full list of the movies and the schedule are available on the festival website, soofilmfestival.org. Other events, guests, and discussion panels will be announced soon.

Tickets will be on sale September 1 online at soofilmfestival.org. Ticket prices are $7 General Admission (per block), $5 Seniors and Students (per block); $20 Daily Pass (admission to all blocks on a single day); $50 Festival Pass (admission to all films and shorts programs, all days). Bayliss Public Library screenings are free. Beginning September 15 tickets will only be available at the door.

The most up-to-date festival news is online. Find the festival on Facebook at facebook.com/SooFilmFestival and Twitter at twitter.com/SooFilmFest.

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Soo Film Festival – September 12-17, 2017
The Historic Soo Theatre and Bayliss Public Library
Downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
P.O. Box 1596, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 – (906) 248-5947 or (906) 632-1930
SooFilmFest@gmail.com – SooFilmFestival.org – facebook.com/SooFilmFestival


Soo Film Festival Announces 2017 Line-Up, Expands

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We’ve added a new venue and more days to the Festival!

The 2017 Soo Film Festival announces its line-up of narrative and documentary features and shorts, music videos, and animation. The festival places an emphasis on Great Lakes films and filmmakers, but entry was open worldwide. Festival programming will feature international submissions from more than 15 countries. Soo Film Festival is September 15-17 in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan at the historic Soo Theatre and, for the first time, Bayliss Public Library, a Superior District Library. Featured selections will screen at the library September 12-14 as part of the festival.

Festival president Taylor Brugman: “We are very excited to expand to another downtown venue this year. This gives the festival an opportunity to show more films and reach more people.”

A full list of the movies and a tentative schedule are available on the festival website, soofilmfestival.org. Other events and guests will be announced soon.

Tickets will be on sale Friday, September 1, online at soofilmfestival.org. Ticket prices are $7 General Admission (per block), $5 Seniors and Students (per block); $20 Daily Pass (admission to all blocks on a single day); $50 Festival Pass (admission to all films and shorts programs, all days).

The most up-to-date festival news is online. Find the festival on Facebook at facebook.com/SooFilmFestival and on Twitter at twitter.com/SooFilmFest.


Soo Film Festival – September 12-17, 2017
The Historic Soo Theatre and Bayliss Public Library
Downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
P.O. Box 1596, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 – (906) 248-5947 or (906) 632-1930
SooFilmFest@gmail.com – SooFilmFestival.org – facebook.com/SooFilmFestival