- The Historic Federal Building was the perfect backdrop for this year’s Production Workshop. We wrote the script Thursday, storyboarded Friday, shot Saturday, then, gave the footage to 3 editors: Paul Genzink, Joel Swieringa and Mike Newton. Shotgun Wedding Edit One – Paul Genzink from Grand Rapids Film Festival on Vimeo. Read more
- The 2013 Grand Rapids Film Festival is fast approaching, and this year’s festival is bringing amazing works of cinematography to several different locations across downtown. These venues will be used to screen films, hold panels, conduct workshops and bring together the West Michigan film industry through networking and celebration. The festivities begin May 15 with an ... Read more
- The Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition Partners with Grand Rapids Film Festival for Active Commute Week CelebrationMarch 10, 2013; Grand Rapids, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Film Festival is pleased to announce its partnership with the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition’s Active Commute Week Celebration. The Celebration will be held on Friday, May 17 at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids as a culmination of a weeklong challenge inviting those ... Read more
Past Festival Winners
The 5th Quarter
In the spirit of The Blind Side, an emotional true story about family, inspiration, football and the gift of life. When a tragic car crash claims the life of fifteen year old Luke Abbate his older brother Jon considers ending his own college football career but instead decides to honor his brother’s memory and continue playing. With approval from his coach Jon changes his jersey to Luke’s number 5 and dedicates the upcoming football season in remembrance of his younger brother. Driven by the memory of his brother, Jon leads his underdog Wake Forest Demon Deacons to the ACC Championship as they become the most improved team in America.
Set deep in the Amazon jungle, The Grandfathers explores a young man’s decision to live under the guidance of the Waodani Indians – the very tribe who killed his grandfather. In this journey of self-discovery, Jesse Saint searches to understand the power of family and, ultimately, forgiveness. This documentary completes a trilogy with End of the Spear and Beyond the Gates of Splendor.
100-degree heat. 2-man crew. 4-day shoot. 1-man cast. Shot on location in a remote village in India, The Dancer shows life through the eyes of an 11-year-old orphan boy, Satish Kumar, a non-actor portraying himself and giving us unrestricted access into his world.This true story is based entirely on an interview with Satish, who speaks only Telugu, and direction was given through a translator. With only 2 days of planning and 4 days of shooting – and despite the communication barrier – a connection was made during production that transcends language and inspired everyone involved in this whirlwind project.
Best Student Film
Harry Dengler must overcome his Agoraphobia (fear of going outside) in order to fall in love with the new girl who moves in across the street.