18th Annual

East Lansing Film Festival

November 06, 2015 to November 12, 2015


Lake Michigan: Student Film


Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar
...but you can display them in these other currencies:

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
April 21, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 15.00 *
Regular Deadline
May 15, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 20.00 15.00
Late Deadline
June 15, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 30.00 25.00
WAB Extended Deadline
June 30, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 50.00 35.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.

Category Details

Approximately September 15, 2015

A runtime of any length is permitted

No requirement for completed by date

Projects must originate from At least 1/4 produced in: IL, IN, MI, WI

No premiere requirement

Projects may have distribution


Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

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Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

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Media Files
  .MOV (Quicktime)
  .AVI (Audio-Video Interleaved)
Film Gauge

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is required, but only after acceptance.
> Production Still Photos - Digital
> Photo of the Director - Digital
> Biography/Filmography - Director
> One-Sheet Art - Postcards
> One-Sheet Art - Fliers
> One-Sheet Art - Posters
> Statement by the Director
> Press Clippings

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Message Makers Most Promising Student Filmmaker Award
3 days of shooting with a Panasonic AJ-HDC27FP High-Definition 720P Camera, including matte box, fluid head tripod, and high-definition monitor. 3 days in one of two Final Cut Pro HD editing suites. Assistance in delivery format for final output or further editing.

1st Place
To eligible for the competition, the film must have been at least 1/4 produced, filmed, or edited in the states bordering Lake Michigan, IL, IN, MI, or WI. The films cannot have theatrical distribution.

Category Rules

If your film was at least one-quarter produced, directed or financed in the states of Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin or Illinois.
Please apply to the LAKE MICHIGAN FILM COMPETITION categories, rather than the open Feature, Short Films or Documentary categories. Only applicants to LMFC category are eligible for cash prizes.

How to Enter:

Submit THREE (3) DVDs with a completed Withoutabox online entry form, 25-35 word summary of film and appropriate entry fee.

Submit entry fee by credit card paid online, check or money order and make check or money order payable to: EAST LANSING FILM FESTIVAL. Write the title of the film and its WAB Tracking ID on the check or money order.

No submissions accepted after August 1, 2014.

Please read and follow the Entry Regulations carefully.

Entry Regulations:

1.Entrants must submit 3 DVDs for judging. The DVDs must be clearly labeled with the WAB Tracking ID, Entrant's name, the title and running time.

2.No DVDs will be accepted if sent C.O.D.

3.Submission DVDs will not be returned unless a self-addressed, stamped envelope and letter requesting the film be returned is enclosed.

4.Works in progress will NOT be accepted.

5.Submission DVDs will not be considered unless accompanied by appropriate fee, completed Withoutabox online entry form including full contact info and school/program info, and a 25-35 word summary.

6.All entries must be in English or contain English subtitles.

7. If your film is selected for festival screening, you must supply 300dpi resolution color stills (not of the production but from the film itself), and a digital photo of the director. When sending production stills and directors' photographs, please upload and email only jpegs of 300dpi resolution or more. We also require as much publicity material that is available and a complete credit list.

8.All film 35 mm prints must be on projection reels, heads out. No cores, please. All can reels and film headers must be labeled.

9.The festival director must authorize exceptions to the festival regulations.


The entrant must pay the cost of shipping an entry print to the festival. Collect or COD shipments will not be accepted. All international entries must be sent "free domicile" to the Festival Office with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper. Any brokerage fees charged to the East Lansing Film Festival will be billed back to the shipper. Be sure to include all the proper customs documentation required by your shipping service.

ELFF is environmentally conscious --- Please do not send any plastic cases.

Return of Entries:

Submission DVDs WILL NOT be returned unless a separate written request is received at the time of submission along with a self-addressed, PRE-PAID envelope.

ELFF will incur the cost of shipping back film prints screened at the festival. Every reasonable effort will be made to protect films and discs from damage or loss, but ELFF, its management, or its juries cannot assume liability for damage or loss during shipment.


Entries must not have been previously submitted to the East Lansing Film Festival. Entries must be in English or subtitled in English.

Films or videos of any length (feature, short), style or genre (narrative, documentary, animation, etc.) are accepted. If selected, filmmaker contacted by September 15, 2014.

FESTIVAL SCREENING FORMATS: 35mm prints and BlueRays, must be received at least 14 days prior to the festival, updated DVDs and Digital Files must be received by October 15, 2014 or a submission copy will be used.

Submissions received without the proper entry fee WILL NOT be considered for entry in the ELFF and will not be returned.