2016 Festival

The Moc Doc Workshop

The Capital City Film Festival is pleased to bring you a special filmmaking workshop just for kids! The workshop will be led by former CCFF featured filmmaker Katharine Mahalic.

Date: Saturday, April 9, 2016
Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm (4 hours)
Location: Impression 5 Science Center (Note: This will take place during Science of Cinema)
Ages: 7-12 years old
Cost: $5 fee

The Moc Doc Workshop provides kids with a basic platform of what documentary filmmaking is and how to conduct a professional interview. Bring a costume or come dressed up as your favorite movie or book character that you want to pretend to be for a day!

The workshop consists of four parts:
1. Screening of the short documentary The Vacuum Kid
2. Introduction to basic terminology and small documentary clips
3. Demonstration of how to set up and shoot a documentary interview
4. Hands-on workshop; working as a team to shoot your own personal interview

Space is very limited for this workshop; click here to reserve your child’s spot. Please note that more information and details will be emailed to participants after registration.

Questions? Please contact payal@capitalcityfilmfest.com.

2016 Science of Cinema

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The Capital City Film Festival (CCFF) is partnering with Impression 5 Science Center to present a FREE day full of FUN!

Dress up like your favorite movie character and join us as we explore the art and science of cinema. Ideal for family teamwork and independent explorers alike, films and activities are appropriate for all ages.

WHO: Open to the public with FREE admission
DATE: Saturday, April 9, 2016
TIME: 10am to 5pm
WHERE: Impression 5 Science Center, 200 Museum Drive, Lansing


  • CCFF pop-up theater showing independent, short films selected for kids and families
  • Hands-on activities inspired by the short films featured throughout the exhibit floors
  • Saturday Morning Cereal Bar (10am-noon only): Colors, shapes, textures and flavors combine, so come hungry!

ALL FREE, ALL DAY. No RSVP necessary, but be sure to invite your friends! Science of Cinema is generously supported by PNC and the National Endowment for the Arts.

2016 Red Carpet Premiere Party


Throw on your party dress and join us as we celebrate the sixth annual Capital City Film Festival with the FREE Red Carpet Premiere Party! Enjoy drink specials, delicious appetizers, and live music. You’ll walk the red carpet alongside featured filmmakers, musicians, and artists as part of the 5-day festival lineup. Lansing’s hottest new spot, Lansing Brewing Company, will host the event offering a selection of craft beers, wine, and spirits on tap. Check out the Facebook event and invite your friends here.

After the celebration, CCFF’s opening night film will take place around the corner at the Lansing Center, followed by Peanut Butter Wolf performing a live set at the Loft. Stay tuned for the full festival lineup coming soon!

2016 Symphonic Cinema

The Capital City Film Festival and Lansing Symphony Orchestra are proud to bring you the 2016 Symphonic Cinema featuring:


Disney in Concert: A Silly Symphony Celebration is a tuneful and colorful celebration of 75 groundbreaking cartoons produced at the Walt Disney Studios between 1929 and 1939. During the production of these Academy Award-winning shorts, Walt perfected the skills essential to the creation of his first feature film, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937), with developments in the use of color, special effects, character animation, music and storytelling that continue to influence the art of animation today. Now, 85+ years after their debut, Walt Disney’s Silly Symphonies return to the big screen to delight audiences of all ages, accompanied for the first time ever by their original musical scores performed live by a full orchestra.

ONE NIGHT ONLY! The Lansing Symphony Orchestra performs live at the sixth annual Capital City Film Festival:

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 | 7pm | Lansing Center | FREE ADMISSION

This event is FREE and open to the public. Reserved seating section is available to CCFF all-access festival pass holders ONLY. Grab your pass here!

Presentation licensed by Disney Music Publishing and Buena Vista Concerts, a division of ABC Inc. © All rights reserved.

This partnership between the Capital City Film Festival and Lansing Symphony Orchestra is made possible with support from Michigan State University Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) and the Sense of Place in the Arts grant program by the City of Lansing, Lansing Economic Development Corporation, Lansing Economic Area Partnership, and the Arts Council of Greater Lansing.

2016 Concerts Update

We’re thrilled to announce part of the music lineup for the 2016 festival; more to come in the next few weeks!


2016 Brew & View Series

It’s time for some special throwbacks with the 2016 Capital City Film Festival Brew & View series! Join us for some good drinks, snacks, and movies on the fourth Thursday of each month leading up to the festival.

Labyrinth | The Man Who Fell To Earth

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February 25 :: Spaceballs (NOTE: Due to inclement weather, the February Brew & View was cancelled. ‘Spaceballs’ will screen at the March 24 Brew & View after ‘Tombstone’)
Preceded by the short films All the Wonderful Things and Matinee; 3rd and 2nd place winners (respectively) in the 2015 Fortnight Film Contest


March 24 :: DOUBLE FEATURE: Tombstone & Spaceballs
Preceded by the short film Heist Guys; 1st place winner in the 2015 Fortnight Film Contest


FREE! Movies begin at 7:00pm
The Robin Theatre @ 1105 S Washington Ave, Lansing
Beer, wine, and snacks available for purchase

Job Posting

We’re hiring!

The Capital City Film Festival is seeking a Coordinator for the 2016 festival. The successful candidate will serve as an active member of the CCFF core planning team, completing day-to-day tasks and leading volunteer coordination.

The qualified candidate will join an eclectic team of organizers who created and have grown the festival for five years. CCFF went from a passion project to an institution, and we plan to keep it that way. If you’re looking for a challenge, if you’re hungry to make a difference, if you love pushing creative boundaries – this may be the right place for you.

Click here to view the position description and submission process. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning November 1, 2015.


Turner Street Outdoor Theater 2015

We’re teaming up with a few of our favorite community partners to bring you some sweet summer fun!

Turner Street Outdoor Theater brings your favorite flicks projected in Old Town Lansing’s Cesar Chavez Plaza/Lot 56. Pull up a lawn chair and cooler or keep it cozy in your car and tune in! FREE and open to the public.

Music at 9:00pm and movie at 10:00pm. Full lineup:

Friday, July 17 (Facebook event)
Music: John Beltran & Kevin Reynolds
Movie: Big Hero 6
*NOTE: Parking in the lot is very limited on July 17 due to ScrapFest. Please utilize street parking.

Friday, July 24 (Facebook event)
Music: Taylor Taylor
Movie: The Great Outdoors

Friday, July 31 (Facebook event)
Music: Red Pill
Movie: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Friday, August 14 (Facebook event)
Music: Heartland Klezmorim
Movie: Field of Dreams

Brought to you by the Old Town Commercial Association, Lansing Public Media Center, Capital City Film Festival, and Such Video.


Symphonic Cinema

The Capital City Film Festival in partnership with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra bring you:

Symphonic Cinema

presented by Liquid Web

Cinema was once considered the lowest form of entertainment. Then slowly, talented artisans crafted it into an empire. Today, we call them “The Movies,” but in the beginning, they were “The Flickers.”

Featuring highlights from the silent era’s most beloved films including Metropolis, Phantom of the Opera, The Tramp, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Faust, Hunchback of Notre Dame, and more. The horror. The tragedy. The comedy. The spectacle. Join us for a symphonic and cinematic experience that’s anything but ordinary.

ONE NIGHT ONLY, the full Lansing Symphony Orchestra performs at the fifth annual Capital City Film Festival
Saturday, April 11, 2015 | 8:00pm | Lansing Center | FREE ADMISSION

This event is free and open to the public. Reserved seating section is available to CCFF all-access festival pass holders ONLY. Grab your pass here!

*This partnership is made possible with support of Liquid Web, and the City of Lansing Sense of Place in the Arts Grant Program funded by the City of Lansing through the Lansing Economic Development Corporation, the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) and administration by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing.



Beer Grotto to Host Red Carpet Premiere Party

Join the fifth annual Capital City Film Festival for our FREE kick-off party in downtown Lansing! Enjoy drink specials, delicious appetizers and live music. You’ll walk the red carpet alongside featured filmmakers, musicians and artists as part of the four-day festival lineup.

Lansing’s newest bar opening in early April, The Beer Grotto, will host this year’s party, offering a selection of 48 craft beers on-tap. The CCFF opening night film will take place across the street at the Lansing Center, followed by a musical performance by Chicago-based acoustic artist Owen who will close out the night at the Loft. We’ll be releasing the full festival lineup in mid-March!

The Red Carpet Premiere Party will take place on the evening Thursday, April 9. Stay tuned for more details!

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