Submissions for the 2021 Wolf Tree Film Festival are open October 1 – December 13th

The Franke Center invites filmmakers to submit to the Wolf Tree Film Festival which will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2020. Submissions will be accepted through December 13, 2020. In its third year, Wolf Tree Film Festival aims to showcase films set in the Great Lakes region or that include themes or topics related to the region, as well as the work of filmmakers who reside in or grew up in the Great Lakes region. The Great Lakes region is defined as any state or territory that touches one of the Great Lakes (including Ontario, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York). Submitted films should be no longer than 30 minutes, and all genres will be considered.

The festival will include screenings of each selected film, a Q&A with select filmmakers, an awards presentation, a networking mixer, and a toast to the filmmakers.

The Wolf Tree Film Festival takes place in historic Marshall, Michigan, a gorgeous small town with a vibrant artistic community. Hosted by the Franke Center for the Arts and Marshall’s Youngish Professionals Committee, the festival is held at Franke Center*, originally a church built in 1921, now an arts complex that is the proud home of world-class concerts, inspiring theater, and award-winning movies.

The lore of Marshall’s Wolf Tree is one of a lone, prominent tree, with a stately position in the middle of what is now Mansion Street. Perched high between its large oak branches was a platform, where it is said a sentry, seeking the faint glow of eyes – wolves’ eyes – would sit, eager to protect his village from the threats hidden in the darkness below. The legend continues that the first person to stay in Marshall sought refuge in the heights of this same tree, as wolves and bears would roam the dirt lanes and forests of what would soon become Downtown Marshall. It is a wild history, a bold story, and a great homage to the films that will be featured at this exciting new event.

*Wolf Tree Film Festival will adhere to guidelines dictated for health and public safety. It is likely this year’s festival will be a hybrid of in-person and live-streamed screenings and events.

Rules & Terms

Films are accepted only through electronic submission via FilmFreeway.

The entry fee is $5 per film.

More than one entry may be submitted, however each entry must be accompanied by a separate entry form and entry fee.

All rights must be held by the individual making the submission and/or legal documentation must be provided that permission has been given by the copyright holder of the film to be shown at the festival.

Film submission grants Wolf Tree the right to screen your film in front of a live audience at the festival.

Films selected for screening will be notified via email from The Youngish Professionals.

Awards will be determined by a juried panel (prior to the festival) and/or audience selection (at the festival). Awards will be presented the night of the festival and shared through various media channels following the festival.

Wolf Tree reserves the right to promote clips/stills from your film on social media, based on the press kit(s) provided upon film submission/selection.

Wolf Tree retains the right to change the date and venue of the festival under special circumstances. All filmmakers will be informed ASAP about any changes through our online platforms/email.

Wolf Tree places no restrictions on your work in terms of premiere status or whether your work has been made available online.

Any technical issues with the submitted films are 100% the responsibility of the filmmakers. If, at the time of judging, the video file doesn’t work or doesn’t have English subtitles (if in a language other than English), it will be automatically rejected without refund. Please contact the festival team ASAP if there are any issues with the submission process and a solution will be found.

Wolf Tree will not provide submission refunds.

By submitting to Wolf Tree filmmakers agree to the noted terms and conditions. Wolf Tree reserves the right to update our terms and conditions. Upon update, each submitting party will be notified.