Students from Michigan State University, Oakland University, University of Michigan, University of Windsor and Wayne State University are eligible for the Real Fresh documentary showcase and competition.

 

Talk to your film professor about the chance to participate in Freep Film Festival, Detroit’s documentary film fest, scheduled for Sept. 22-26, 2021.

 

The top films will be included at a showcase at this year’s event – and be eligible for several awards!

If you have general questions, contact Freep Film Festival at freepfilmfestival@freepress.com.

 

Oakland University students seeking more information can contact faculty members Annie Sullivan at anniesullivan@oakland[DOT]edu or Justin Reifert at reifert@oakland[DOT]edu.

 

University of Michigan students seeking more information can contact faculty member David Marek at dkmarek@umich[DOT]edu.

 

Wayne State University students seeking more information can contact Area Head of Media Arts and Studies Juanita Anderson at jbanderson@wayne[DOT]edu.

 

University of Windsor students seeking more information can contact faculty members Kim Nelson at kimnel@uwindsor[DOT]ca or Nick Hector at Nick.Hector@uwindsor[DOT]ca.

 

Michigan State University students seeking more information can contact Professor John Valadez at valadez3@msu[DOT]edu.

HOW IT WILL WORK

  • The participating schools will be Michigan State University, Oakland University, University of Michigan, University of Windsor and Wayne State University.

  • The first step of the screening process will be handled by the individual schools. By June 15, faculty from each school will nominate between three and five student-produced documentary films from their own schools for inclusion in the competition.

  • If you’re a student at one of the participating schools, please reach out to your university’s faculty representative (above) for information on being considered for that process.

  • From that group of 15 to 25 films, Freep Film Festival will curate the finalists to be included in the showcase and competition. That will happen over the summer.

  • In early September, students at each of the five schools will help Freep Film Festival decide the competition’s award winners by screening select films.

  • The finalists will be screened during the festival (Sept. 22-26) – likely in theaters, and definitely virtually. The festival will provide free access to the event/screenings to faculty and students who participated. The date and venue are TBA.

 

RULES AND FURTHER DETAILS

  • The primary filmmakers (director, producer, editor, writer) must have been enrolled students when the film was made.

  • Graduate school students are eligible.

  • When nominating, faculty will get confirmation from the student filmmaker(s) in advance that they want to participate in the competition.

  • To be eligible, films must have been completed between Jan. 1, 2020 and June 15, 2021.

  • There will be no submission fees.

  • Maximum length is 35 minutes.

  • Freep Film Festival staff will make the final decision on films to be included in the competition and showcase.

  • Students from the five respective schools will help choose award winners during a fall screening/voting process. They will not judge the films from their own schools.

  • Participating students will receive free passes to watch the student program, along with discount codes for festival tickets and passes.

 

TIMELINE: KEY DATES AND DEADLINES

  • June 15: University staff or faculty nominate three to five student documentaries from their respective schools.

  • June 22: Deadline for those nominated films to be uploaded into the Freep Film Festival submission portal. (Only films nominated by university faculty will be eligible.)

  • Summer: From those nominated films, Freep Film Festival staff will curate the student program that will play as part of the festival and be eligible for awards.

  • Sept. 1-15: Students watch the program and rank the films.

  • Sept. 22-26: Freep Film Festival week. The showcase will be held physically/virtually at a date and venue TBA.