2019 Festival

Arts and Cultural Organization of the Year

Wow, what a way to end 2018: receiving the Arts & Cultural Organization of the year award by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing! We take these accolades as a challenge to do even better, and are stoked to share what’s in store for the ninth edition of CCFF, April 11-21. More about the award here.

2019 Call for Entries Now Open

The 2019 Capital City Film Festival call for entries is now OPEN. Select the submission platform of your choice below for consideration in the ninth annual CCFF taking place April 11-21, 2019. Oh, and hey – good luck!

Questions about entries? Email Jason Gabriel at programdirector@capitalcityfilmfest.com or give us a ring at 517.483.4058

25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World

What an honor – CCFF was named one of the 25 coolest film festivals in the *world* by MovieMaker! The world is a big place, and it’s humbling to have Lansing recognized on such a stage in cohort with these other great global festivals. If you’ve enjoyed our annual hullabaloo for any amount of time, you know we work hard to shake things up and take risks. It’s gratifying when those occasionally “interesting” venue and programming choices pay off. Thank you so much MovieMaker Magazine, and as always thank you to all of our festival-goers and volunteers! Check it out right here.

2018 Red Carpet Premiere Party

Get fancy with us as we celebrate the eighth annual Capital City Film Festival at the Red Carpet Premiere Party! Mingle with filmmakers, musicians, and artists as part of the five-day festival lineup. Plenty of beer, wine, and spirits on tap, appetizers to go around, and live music at this year’s party hosted by Troppo.

WHEN: Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 5-7pm
WHERE: Troppo – 111 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing MI 48933

There are THREE ways to attend the Red Carpet Premiere Party:

1) Purchase a $10 ticket HERE (includes admission to the Red Carpet Premiere Party and the Opening Night Feature Film Never Goin’ Back)

2) Buy a $50 all-access pass HERE (includes admission to all film screenings, concerts, and parties during CCFF 2018).

3) Volunteer! Contact CCFF Coordinator Jill Rinckey at jill@capitalcityfilmfest.com to get signed up.

The Big Lebowski 20th Anniversary

CCFF presents The Big Lebowski Bowl & View!

Join us Tuesday, March 6th in the Capital Room at Spare Time Entertainment Center for bowling*, specials on White Russians and B. Nektar’s The Dude’s Rug on tap. Film will start at 7:30PM and will be shown on multiple screens, with full audio.

This event coincides with Spare Time Entertainment’s Ladies’ Night, so ladies bowl for FREE from 8:30PM to close and can enjoy 1/2 off appetizers all night! (Shoe rental not included.) Men bowl for $10 (includes shoe rental).

*Or just watching, as bowling is optional. Robes are optional too, but encouraged.

2018 Concerts @ The Avenue

So, we’re going ALL out with music this year. (If you haven’t seen what’s on tap at The Loft and Mac’s Bar yet, check it out here.) CCFF is thrilled to bring you three shows at The Avenue during the 2018 festival! Check out the lineup below with Facebook event links. As always, you can grab a $50 all-access pass [right here] for entry to ALL concerts, film screenings, and parties during the Capital City Film Festival – April 11-15, 2018.

DETAILS: Doors at 9pm // 18+ // $5 at the door only




2018 Concerts @ The Loft + Mac’s Bar

We’re teaming up once again with Fusion Shows to bring you FIVE stellar shows during the 2018 festival! Keep scrolling for ticket links and Facebook events. As always, you can grab a $50 all-access pass [right here] for entry to ALL concerts, film screenings, and parties during the Capital City Film Festival – April 11-15, 2018.






2018 Brew & View Series

Thaw out with us as we gear up for the 2018 festival with our annual Brew & View series! We’re doing a couple throwback flicks and some live music at one of our favorite watering holes, The Avenue.

FREE and open to all – movies start at 8pm and music will immediately follow. Drinks and grub available for purchase at The Avenue (2021 E Michigan Ave).

Friday, February 23 :: BEETLEJUICE followed by LIPSTICK JODI performing
Showing before the feature: Chapter Four, Kidnapped for Good, and Goldfish – 3rd place winners in the 2017 Fortnight Film Contest

Friday, March 23 :: SUPER TROOPERS followed by THE TRASH CATS performing
Showing before the feature: Nazi Punch, Tracker, and Peripheral – Best Original Score, 2nd place, and 1st place winners (respectively) in the 2017 Fortnight Film Contest

2017 Turner Street Outdoor Theater

Turner Street Outdoor Theater returns for its seventh season! Pull up a lawn chair, cooler, and some buddies and tune in for some sweet summer fun. All for FREE in Old Town Lansing’s Cesar Chavez Plaza (formerly Lot 56). Facebook event here

8pm: Live music by Luxury Flux
9pm: Live music by Beat Loaf
10pm: Movie on the big screen – SIXTEEN CANDLES

8pm: Live music by Dirt Room
9pm: Live music by The Arrangement
10pm: Movie on the big screen – WEIRD SCIENCE

NOTE: In case of inclement weather, rain dates are July 28-29.

Brought to you by the Lansing Public Media Center, Capital City Film Festival, and Such Video

Interview: Guilty Simpson


Detroit MC Guilty Simpson has been putting it down since the mid-90s for the city of Detroit and Michigan as a whole. Originating from the crew The Almighty Dreadnaughtz, Guilty has worked with some of most talented producers & MCs in the game, including J Dilla, Mr. Porter, Madlib, BlackMilk, Sean Price and Apollo Brown.

True to his underground roots, Guilty Simpson brings raw hip-hop to whatever stage he occupies. Read our Q&A with him and get ready for his live show at The Avenue on Saturday, April 8.

How would you describe your sound to someone unfamiliar with your music?

Non-commercial underground HipHop would be accurate. Raw lyrics over Raw beats. I try not to focus on the mainstream my music is more for the soul with a rough edge.

Who are some of your influences?

Kool G Rap, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Ice Cube Biggie, Tupac. Really any music that has the street commentary with it. I feel if an artist can put pros & cons to street life in their music is authentic. That’s my separates commentary from glorification in my opinion.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given as an artist?

“Know your worth”- J Dilla. That was the best piece of advice I could receive because we have to set boundaries in this field. Unlike a 9-5 we constantly negotiate our worth/value to each individual job, every day. Working 9-5 you basically know what you are getting every week. It made me understand that I should always handle my business 1st. Wear my business hats in these social environments because they can use me up if I let them.

What inspirations outside of music have an impact on your music?

Sports are a big thing for me. I love football, basketball, UFC, boxing, tennis, baseball and more. It’s inspiring to me because it taught me as a kid to be a team player. I was my mothers only child so it taught me to share and bond with my peers. Also, my family & travel provide inspiration.

What are you working on currently / what’s next for you?

I’m working on a solo album, and EP with MED from Oxnard Cali, and an international EP. All of those things are in production so I will be very active this year.

Event details: http://bit.ly/2nQbtps