April 9 – 13, 2014

Grand Rapids Film Festival celebrates film and filmmaking April 9-13 in downtown Grand Rapids. This festival is for those that want to dive deeper than mainstream. If you’re looking to experience new cultures and the world of cutting edge creativity, then GRFF is an event built for you.

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GRFF is an international juried competition. We’re screening 46 films, and there’s something for everyone.

Families are invited the Grand Rapids Public Museum for family-friendly films, including a Saturday morning cartoons block.

Academics will feel at home in the KCAD Ferris Building (17 Pearl), our education hub. There you’ll find student films, documentaries, panels, lectures and the Production Workshop – a live pro-shoot.

If you’re looking for a brew-n-view, you’ll find it on Thursday (April 10) at the Pyramid Scheme. Here’s we’ll screen our edgiest block of films.


2014 Festival Winners

Best Feature

Sand Castles

Sand Castles

Around the cornfields of small-town Indiana, Noah and his poverty-stricken family wrestle with the mysterious return of his now mute sister, Lauren, who was kidnapped and held captive for over a decade.

Best Documentary

Longest Game

The Longest Game 1

Meet Hal, 87; Charlie, 87; and Maurie, 87. Three of a group of ‘elderly gentlemen’ who gather every day at one p.m. in the village of Dorset, Vermont to play a game called Paddle Tennis. They have been playing together for years. A lyrical visual poem, THE LONGEST GAME takes on the fleeting ‘game’ of life that is played by us all in the face of inevitable mortality.

Best Short

First Match


‘First Match’ is a coming of age tale that is centered on a boy, scared out of his mind, getting ready for a boxing match. With him in the locker room is his father who wraps the boys hands, ties his gloves, and fortifies his fragile heart. In the end, it’s more than just a simple fight. It’s about finding the meaning in risk and vulnerability.

Best Student Film

Into the Silent Sea

Into the Silent Sea

Under desperate circumstances, and across vast distances, an intense connection is made.