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East Lansing Film Festival

November 7-15, 2012
Michigan, USA

What’s It All About?

The East Lansing Film Festival (ELFF) is the largest and most diverse film festival in Michigan to screen independent and foreign feature, documentary, short and students’ films from around the world. The ELFF was created in 1997 in co-operation with the City of East Lansing and Michigan State University. Since then, the festival has been dedicated to bringing quality foreign and independent films to the state of Michigan to expose the audience to diverse cultures, ideas and creative work.

The Lake Michigan Film Competition (LMFC) will be held during the festival. This competition gives cash awards to filmmakers whose films were at least one quarter filmed, produced or financed in the states that border Lake Michigan – Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.

The categories for the awards are Feature, Documentary, Short Film and Student Film. The fest will offer the Message Makers Most Promising Student Award, a prize package worth $ 7,000 for this. This event was created to promote filmmaking in Michigan and its neighbouring states.

Watch Out For!

Opening Film

Searching For Sugar Man

Director Malik Bendjelloul’s film is based on a talented musician from Detroit, who goes simply by the name Rodriguez, and cuts a couple of records in the early ’70s. They flop in the US but become wild successes in, of all places, South Africa, utterly unbeknownst to the artist, who has disappeared without a trace and is presumed dead.

Special Screening

The Godfather

Francis Ford Coppola’s cult film celebrates its 40th birthday this year. Popularly viewed as one of the best American films ever made, the multi- generational crime saga, The Godfather is a touchstone of cinema, featuring the iconic Marlon Brando as Don Corleone and Al Pacino as his youngest son. The ageing patriarch of organised crime wants to transfer control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. Nominated for 11 Oscars, this film won the Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay.

48/5 Contest

The East Lansing Film Festival’s 48/5 contest draws an exciting array of talented teams, including amateurs, professionals, students and local film fanatics. Filmmakers come together to write, shoot, edit and premiere an original five-minute film in a mere 48 hours. At the start of the contest, teams are given the same three elements (a prop, a character and a line of dialogue) that they must incorporate into their finished film. To add to the challenge, each team draws a genre from a hat. Finished films that meet the deadline are judged on how well they incorporate the elements.

The 2012 Fall 48/5 contest was held earlier this year and following are the winners:

First Place: Product by Vimana

Second Place: Crystal Clear by Confused Stallion

Third Place: Go to Hell by W/K Films

Honorable Mention: Walk-Through by MSU Filmmakers

Other Screenings

Connected: An Autobiography of Love,
Death & Technology


Take This Waltz

Queen Of Versailles

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