Flickering lights and full theater sound come alive again in the famous Soo Theatre August 1 and 2 as Sault Ste. Marie gets its first ever film festival.
Soo Film Festival welcomes Great Lakes films and filmmakers in a two-day event, bringing movies back to downtown Sault Ste. Marie.
The festival has issued an open call for entries. All genres and non-fiction are accepted in feature and shorts categories. Filmmakers will find details and the entry form on the Submit a Film page of the festival website, soofilmfestival.org. The festival committee has set a June 5 deadline, and no entry fee is required. The films chosen will be announced the first week of July.
Soo Film Festival will take place in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, in the historic Soo Theatre. Shuttered for several years, the theatre is in a revival, hosting opera, plays, and concerts, as well as music and dance education. It now returns to its film roots.
The festival is the result of work done by Taylor and Liz Brugman, Mark Dobias, Pat Egan, Jason Markstrom, and the festival’s advisory board.
The advisory committee is charged with helping the festival grow in the next several years. The Soo Film Festival Advisory Board includes Helen Cho Anthos, Nick Childs, Steve Hamilton, Jason Markstrom, John Regan, and Steven Wiig. The board was brought together for their connections to film, story, music, and The Great Lakes. More information about the board members is located on festival website.
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 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!
Festival President Taylor Brugman: “The arts are a calling, and a business too. For the independents and up-and-coming, it is the art that comes first. Artists take risks and are willing to fail, and from this, show us all the way. Artists, venue, community—it is the Soo Film Festival’s hope to bring them all together.”