Future of Cinema Film Festival

  • An overview of the Future of Cinema Film Festival, and highlights from the 2010 event.
  • FOCFF is held on the campus of Interlochen Center for the Arts. Interlochen is located in northern Michigan, four hours northwest of Detroit.
  • Past special guests of the festival include Michael Moore, Dennis Muren, Benh Zeitlin, Jeff Wozniak and Ken Burns.

The Future of Cinema Film Festival at Interlochen Center for the Arts provides a setting for high school filmmakers to meet professionals and peers, screen work, discuss trends and new developments in cinema, while creating a greater understanding of a quickly evolving art form.

The Future of Cinema Film Festival is open to current high school students, ages 13-18. The categories are narrative, documentary, animation and screenplay.

2013 Winners Announced

Congratulations to the 2013 Future of Cinema Film Festival winners, and thanks to all who submitted their work and attended!

Best of Fest — Hadley Hillel for The Talk (Narrative) and Muffins (Screenplay)

Runner UpIron Boy by Amanda Morrison

AnimationThe First Monday of Summer by John Chigas

DocumentaryDay by Day by Troi Hall

NarrativeThe Cycle by Elizabeth Regan

ScreenplayShadow Puppets by Abigail Magsarili

Travel and Lodging

The Future of Cinema Film Festival is held on our campus in northern lower Michigan, about four hours northwest of Detroit. View map. Below you’ll find information to help you plan your trip to Interlochen. Guests under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.


Delta, American and United Airlines service the Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Michigan (TVC) which is only 30 minutes away from the Interlochen campus.

Some travelers might also want to compare other flight options. Sometimes it is more cost-effective to fly into other Michigan airports and drive to Interlochen. Below are the approximate drive times from the four closest major airports to Interlochen:

Grand Rapids (GRR) - 2.5 hours
Detroit Metro (DTW) - 4.5 hours
Chicago Midway (MDW) - 5 hours (depending on traffic and time of day)
Chicago O’Hare (ORD) - 6 hours (depending on traffic and time of day)


A variety of lodging accommodations are available for FOCFF:

Interlochen Housing:
Interlochen Center for the Arts offers a variety of on-campus overnight accommodations. You may choose the Stone Center Hotel, which is centrally located on campus and is newly renovated. Interlochen also offers cabin-style lodges. These range from rustic to luxurious, and from one-bedroom to three-bedroom units, nestled in the comfortable ambiance of the north woods. To help with your travel plans, we would also like to extend you a 30% discount on housing here on Interlochen's campus. Just call 231.276.7570 and mention that you are a guest of the Future of Cinema Film Festival.

For guests staying on Interlochen's campus, a shuttle is available from Cherry Capitol Airport in Traverse City. Please call the Stone Center Hotel at 231.276.7570 to make reservations.

Off-Campus Hotels:

Crystal Mountain Resort (20 minute drive time, located in scenic Benzie County)
12500 Crystal Mountain
Thompsonville, MI 49683

Park Place Hotel (30 minute drive time, located in downtown Traverse City)
(231) 946-5000
300 East State Street
Traverse City, MI 49684

Baymont Inn & Suites (15 minute drive time, located near the Grand Traverse Mall)
(231) 933-4454
2326 US 31 South
Traverse City, MI 49684

Fairfield Inn & Suites (15 minute drive time, located near the Grand Traverse Mall)
(231) 922-7900
3701 North Country Drive
Traverse City, MI 49684

Econo Lodge (12 minute drive time, located between Traverse City and Interlochen)
(231) 943-3040
1065 M 37 Highway
Traverse City, MI 49684

You may also find these local resources helpful as you make your arrangements:
Traverse City Chamber of Commerce


2013 Featured Guests

Beauty is Embarrassing live Q/A with Wayne White

The festival will begin with a gallery opening for Wayne White, visual artist, performer, and production designer (Pee Wee's Playhouse, Beakman's World, music videos).  White is the subject of the documentary Beauty is Embarrassing. Part biography, part live performance, Beauty Is Embarrassing, tells the irreverent and inspiring story of this one-of-a-kind visual artist and raconteur. The film traces White’s career from an underground cartoonist in New York’s East Village to his big break as a designer, puppeteer and voice-over actor on Pee-wee’s Playhouse for which he won three Emmy Awards. It follows Wayne’s success designing and animating for other children’s shows like Beakman’s World and music videos for The Smashing Pumpkins (“Tonight, Tonight”) and Peter Gabriel (“Big Time”) through a dark period of struggle and self-reflection before emerging in his present-day incarnation as a respected painter and performer. The film, like White, embraces the ragged edges and messy contradictions of life, art, and family with rabid humor and honesty.

Dan and Stacy Chariton - Screenwriters of The English Teacherstarring Julianne Moore - will host a screening and reading of some of their work with a live Q/A to follow.

Dan and Stacy Chariton met as undergraduate screenwriting students at USC Film School. They began their creative partnership after they graduated, writing a two year run of "The Silver Surfer" for Marvel Comics. They have written professionally as screenwriters for Universal, Warner Brothers, and Paramount Studios, and worked with producers Mike White ("Enlightened"), Ben Stiller ("Tropic Thunder"), and David Benioff ("Game of Thrones"). The English Teacher is their first produced film. They are married, and live in Los Angeles.

Awards and Prizes

The Best of Festival winner will receive a

The Best of Festival Runner-Up will receive a:

Each category winner (narrative, documentary, screenplay, animation) will receive a:

All exhibiting student filmmakers will receive a:

*Applicants must meet admission requirements to be eligible for Camp or Academy scholarships.