2017 Soo Film Festival Deadlines Near

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There is still time to submit a film to the 2017 Soo Film Festival. The regular deadline is June 23 and requires a $10 entry fee. Late entries must be submitted by July 7 with an entry fee of $15. The selected films will be announced the first week of August.

The festival has issued a call for all genres and nonfiction in feature and shorts categories. Entry is online exclusively through FilmFreeway. Filmmakers will find complete details on the Submit a Film section of the festival’s website at soofilmfestival.org.

Festival Vice-President Jason Markstrom: “We’ve seen some great stuff so far and want filmmakers to know there is still an opportunity to be seen.”

Soo Film Festival 2017 is open to filmmakers worldwide but will continue to emphasize and showcase work from the Great Lakes region.

The fourth installment of the Soo Film Festival is set for September 15-17, 2017. The festival is once again headquartered in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, at the historic Soo Theatre.

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, while bringing movies back to downtown Sault Ste. Marie and the historic Soo Theatre. 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

2017 Soo Film Festival Calls for Entries

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The fourth installment of the Soo Film Festival is set for September 15-17, 2017. The festival is once again headquartered in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, at the historic Soo Theatre.

The festival has issued an open call for entries. Beginning April 4 all genres and nonfiction in feature and shorts categories will be accepted online exclusively through Film Freeway. The festival committee has set a fee-free early bird deadline of May 12. The regular deadline is June 23 and requires a $10 entry fee. Late entries must be submitted by July 7 with an entry fee of $15. The selected films will be announced the first week of August. Filmmakers will find complete details April 4 on the Submit a Film section of the festival’s website, soofilmfestival.org.

Festival President Taylor Brugman: “Four years later and we’re just as excited as the first. We anticipate this may be the biggest one yet. The opportunity to show off more incredible talent is one we intend to take every advantage of.”

Soo Film Festival 2017 is open to filmmakers worldwide but will continue to emphasize and showcase work from the Great Lakes region.

The 2017 Soo Film Festival organizing committee is Taylor and Liz Brugman, Allison Youngs, Mark Dobias, Pat Egan, Susan James, and Jason Markstrom.

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, while bringing movies back to downtown Sault Ste. Marie and the historic Soo Theatre. 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.

Fall Movies Are Back at The Soo Theatre!

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October 17, 2016—Soo Film Festival, Inc., in association with Soo Theatre Project, Inc., is bringing movies downtown on Fridays and Saturdays from October 21 to November 19. We’ve already been using the big screen and sound equipment donated last year by Carmike Cinemas. This year we’re installing side speakers for an improved movie-going experience.

Here’s the schedule of this fall’s movies at the Soo Theatre:

October 21-22
Soo Restaurant Week
The Breakfast Club and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
October 28
Downtown Trick or Treat
Zoombies at the Haunted Soo Theatre, with the Zombie Walk for Autism, a Downtown Trick or Treat event
October 29
NEA Big Read Event
The Raven (1935) and Tales of Terror, sponsored in part by the Superior District Library as part of the NEA Big Read Event
November 4-5 The Martian and WALL-E
November 11-12 Captain America: Civil War and The Jungle Book (2016)
November 18-19 Mary Poppins and Thelma and Louise

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This week (October 17-23­) is Restaurant Week in Sault Ste Marie, so why not do dinner and a movie Friday and Saturday (Oct 21 and 22) with The Breakfast Club and dessert with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Take advantage of the eleven participating restaurants. Check out the menus and details at the Sault Restaurant Week web page. You’re sure to find something scrumdidilyumptious!

Show times for The Breakfast Club are Friday night, October 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday night, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (starring the late, great Gene Wilder) will be shown one time only as matinée Saturday afternoon, October 22 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person and may be purchased at the door. The Soo Theatre is located at 534 Ashmun St.

Yes, we do have concession! Popcorn and a selection of candy and soft drinks are available. And yes, we do take credit and debit cards.

The most up-to-date news about Fall Movies at the Soo Theatre is online. Find it on Facebook at facebook.com/SooFilmFestival and on Twitter at twitter.com/SooFilmFest. What films do you want to see? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!

See you at the movies!


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Soo Film Festival, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) 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, while bringing movies back to downtown Sault Ste. Marie and the historic Soo Theatre. Our Mission: Great Lakes, Great Movies!

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Audience Choice Awards for the 2016 Soo Film Festival

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September 20, 2016—They came, they saw, they voted!

We are pleased to announce the Audience Choice Awards for the 2016 Soo Film Festival.

By audience acclaim, the winning films are:

Best Narrative Feature
Scratch, directed by Maninder Chana
Runner-up: Bear with Us, directed by William J. Stribling

Best Narrative Short (under 15 minutes)
Breaking Circles, directed by Thomas Butcher
Runner-up: My Friend, directed by Sean Murphy

Best Narrative Short (15 minutes and over)
Waiting for Wiig, directed by Steven Wiig
Runner-up: Zero, directed by David Victori

Best Documentary Feature
Graveyard of the Great Lakes: A Shipwreck Hunter’s Quest to Discover the Past, directed by Eric Seals
Runner-up: UP a River, directed by Kristin L. Ojaniemi

Best Documentary Short
Predator / Prey: The Fight for Isle Royale Wolves, directed by Brian Kaufman
Runner-up: Striking a Chord: Instruments of Healing, directed by Susan Rockefeller

Best Animation
Shades of Gray, directed by Alexandra Averyanova
Runner-up: Lila, directed by Carlos Lascano

Best Music Video
The Life We Had (Chad Fontaine), directed by Zoran Maslic
Runner-Up: Singing through the Storm, directed by Johanna Mateo

Best Student Narrative
In Search Of, directed by Paul Dombrovskis
Runner-up: Nestor Talbot, directed by Craig Erpelding

Best Student Documentary
The 1%: Crisis in the Great Lakes, directed by Griffin Olis
Runner-up: Together Is Home, directed by Adam Gualtieri

Best Student Animation
Touché, directed by Jennifer D. Hudson

Congratulations to all the winners!

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