2016 Festival

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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Photo credit Ariniko Artistry

2015 Brew & View Series

We’ve got some special throwbacks planned for you once again this year with the Brew & View series! Join CCFF for some good drinks, snacks and movies on the last Thursday of each month leading up to the festival.

Thursday, January 29 :: Back to the Future Part II
Preceded by the short films Omerta and Carry That Weight – Audience Choice winner and 3rd place winner (respectively) in the 2014 Fortnight Film Contest

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Thursday, February 26 :: Clueless
Preceded by the short film A Day with Dan – 2nd place winner in the 2014 Fortnight Film Contest


Thursday, March 26 :: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Preceded by the short film Everyone’s A Comedian – 1st place winner in the 2014 Fortnight Film Contest

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FREE! Movies begin at 7:00pm
Lansing Public Media Center (2500 S. Washington Ave. in REO Town)
Beer, wine and snacks available for purchase

See you soon!
-CCFF team

First 2015 Show Announced!

We’re stoked to share our first concert announcement as part of the 2015 festival lineup: On Sunday, April 12 we’ll be welcoming mewithoutYou to the Loft in downtown Lansing!

CCFF all-access passes are on sale now and include entry to ALL films, concerts and parties during the 2015 festival. Get yours here.
Tickets for the mewithoutYou show only are available here.

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CCFF Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced yesterday that the Capital City Film Festival (CCFF) is one of only 163 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Challenge America grant. CCFF is awarded a $10,000 grant to support the fifth annual festival, taking place April 9-12, 2015 throughout Michigan’s Capital City.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “I’m pleased to be able to share the news of our support through Challenge America including the award to the Capital City Film Festival in Michigan. The arts foster value, connection, creativity and innovation for the American people and these recommended grants demonstrate those attributes and affirm that the arts are part of our everyday lives.”

The NEA Challenge America category supports projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. The NEA received 347 eligible Challenge America applications and awarded 163 grants for a total of $1.63 million. CCFF is the sole organization in Lansing to receive funding from the NEA for the 2015 fiscal year. For a complete listing of projects, please visit the NEA website at www.arts.gov.

Call for Entries – Open NOW!

It’s time! Submit your film to the 5th annual Capital City Film Festival, taking place April 9-12, 2015 throughout Lansing, Michigan.

We now offer two convenient ways to get your work to us:

Film Freeway

Submission fees and deadlines are the same for both options. We look forward to viewing your films!

Questions? Please contact programdirector@capitalcityfilmfest.com or call 517.483.4058

Turner Street Outdoor Theater

We’re teaming up with the Old Town Commercial Association 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.

Live music at 9:00pm and cult classic (rated PG) movie at 10:00pm. Full lineup:

Friday, July 18
Music: Ozay Moore
Movie: Hook

Friday, July 25
Music: Wisaal
Movie: The Karate Kid

Friday, August 8
Music: DJ Ruckus
Movie: Gremlins

Friday, August 15
Music: Gifts or Creatures
Movie: Flight of the Navigator

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

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Koan of Spring

Koan of Spring

When I turned 18 back in the spring of 1971, I became eligible for the military draft and a trip to the Vietnam War. Vietnam then was served up each night on the news. It was a place of death and struggle. A cratered and stripped landscape filled with innocents, insurgents, soldiers and destruction. A nation divided and torn to bits by the ravages of war. Its people were caught in the death grip of world politics and something called, “The Domino Theory,” a thousand miles plus from my relatively carefree life in Flint, Michigan. Each image appeared as nothing but a dark cloud on life’s horizon.

I was indeed a fortunate son, as my draft number was never called in the final years of the war. The unwinnable war and waste of life ended in January of 1975, with the fall of Saigon. Vietnam and its people were finally left to heal and rebuild their country.

Fast forward to February 2014. I have been asked to be a part of the committee to choose films for the Capital City Film Festival (CCFF). And I am about to watch the first of many films; some great and some not so great. One of the films worth seeing is a Vietnamese film called Koan of Spring. Don’t let the name fool you into thinking it has anything to do with zombies and English pubs. In fact, it is far from it.

The film is set in Vietnam in the days and times of emperors and martial arts masters. It is a tale of relationships to others and more importantly, to one’s self. It also is a compelling story of movement and vision. The first thing I noticed about this film is how beautifully captured it is. Each shot a portrait of stunning beauty and serenity. The simple and complex are woven like a tapestry into and across the landscapes that the master must traverse, while on his ultimate quest to find his replacement as the emperor’s defender. The sound design, like the cinematography, is full of texture and harmonizes well with the visual richness of this fine film.

Once our master has reached his destination the relationships between a father, his two sons and a daughter intertwine with that of our master. This is where the testing for the next master begins. To tell you anything more would be a spoiler, and therefore I will not say anything more about Koan of Spring, other than it has transformed my thinking about the country and people of Vietnam. It is a film worth seeing.

David Such
Partner, Such Video, Inc.