2017 Festival

‘1984’ National Screening – United State of Cinema

Join the Capital City Film Festival alongside 90+ art house movie theaters across the country in the United State of Cinema – a special screening of the film 1984 (trailer) based on the 1949 novel by George Orwell.

The protagonist Winston Smith (played by John Hurt who passed away in January 2017), begins keeping a forbidden diary on April 4th, thus the chosen date for the National Screening Day. Participating theaters and organizations believe that the proposed elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts is an attack on creative expression and free speech.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 7pm, the evening before the seventh annual Capital City Film Festival begins

WHERE: Lansing Public Media Center, 2500 S. Washington Ave, Lansing MI

TICKETS: $10 (buy here), or included in the 2017 CCFF all-access pass (buy here).

Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase.

Proceeds from this special screening will benefit Creative Many and the Refugee Development Center.

2017 Concerts @ The Loft

We’re thrilled to announce two incredible shows as part of the seventh annual Capital City Film Festival!

Buy tickets here and join the Facebook event here.

Buy tickets here and join the Facebook event here.

As always, you can get a $50 all-access pass (instead of concert tickets) for entry to ALL concerts, film screenings, and parties during the 2017 Capital City Film Festival, April 5-9. Here ya go!

Destroy All Cinema ft. Comedy Coven

The Capital City Film Festival is proud to bring you DESTROY ALL CINEMA! This event was such a blast last year that we decided to bring it back. Join the Comedy Coven as they riff on the goth-chic horror classic THE CRAFT.

When: 10pm on Saturday, April 8 during the 2017 Capital City Film Festival
Where: Lansing Public Media Center (2500 S Washington Ave in Lansing)

Grab your $5 ticket here and invite your buddies on Facebook here.

Want in on the *whole* festival? Grab an all-access pass here.

Comedy Coven is a group of three dynamic sketch performers (Tricia Chamberlain, Stephanie Onderchanin, and Emily Syrja) who produce and perform in a monthly variety show in their hometown of Lansing, Michigan. Combining nihilism and absurdity with their love of pop culture, current events, and the occult, Comedy Coven seeks to provide a truly original comedy experience.

Photo: Marites Grace Woodbury

2017 Brew & View Series

Join CCFF for some throwbacks and good times this winter! We’re showing a few of our favorite flicks on the fourth Thursday of each month leading up to the festival.

FREE! Movies begin at 7pm at the Lansing Public Media Center (2500 S. Washington Ave in Lansing). Beer, wine, and snacks available for purchase.

Thursday, January 26 :: Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Preceded by the short films Behind You by Strike to Burn Productions and Disorder by Cinemen, 3rd place and Audience Choice winners (respectively) in the 2016 Fortnight Film Contest

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Thursday, February 23 :: Moonstruck
Preceded by Lonely Frank by Mitten State Productions, 2nd place winner in the 2016 Fortnight Film Contest

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Thursday, March 23 :: Wild at Heart
Preceded by A Shred of Evidence by Biddle City Project, 1st place winner in the 2016 Fortnight Film Contest

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2016 Turner Street Outdoor Theater

It’s time for 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 movies at 10:00pm. Full lineup:

Friday, July 15 (Facebook event)
Music: Jason Alarm
Movie: The Mighty Ducks

Friday, July 22 (Facebook event)
Music: Monte Pride
Movie: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Friday, July 29 (Facebook event)
Music: DJ Cutt Nice
Movie: Space Jam

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


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!