2017 Festival

2017 Symphonic Cinema

The Capital City Film Festival and Lansing Symphonic Orchestra bring you the 2017 Symphonic Cinema featuring Disney in Concert: Around the World

ONE NIGHT ONLY! The Lansing Symphony Orchestra performs live with the big screen at the seventh annual Capital City Film Festival. From the cobblestone streets of France in Beauty and the Beast to under the sea with The Little Mermaid, journey to far off places around the globe where the stories, tales, and myths of many cultures originated. It’s a small world, after all.

Wednesday, April 5 | 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 Concerts © All rights reserved.

This collaboration 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 Area Partnership, Arts Council of Greater Lansing, and Lansing Economic Development Corporation.

2017 Red Carpet Premiere Party

Come one, come all – it’s time to get fancy and kick off the seventh annual Capital City Film Festival with the Red Carpet Premiere Party! Mingle with filmmakers, musicians, and artists as part of the five-day festival lineup. Plenty of craft beer, wine, and spirits on tap, appetizers to go around, and live music at this year’s party hosted by Lansing Brewing Company.

WHEN: Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 5-7pm
WHERE: Lansing Brewing Company
TICKETS: There are THREE ways to attend the Red Carpet Premiere Party – read on:

1) Purchase a $10 ticket HERE (includes admission to the Red Carpet Premiere Party and the Opening Night Film immediately following; exact film + details TBA).

2) Buy a $50 all-access pass HERE (includes admission to all film screenings, concerts, and parties during CCFF 2017).

3) Volunteer for CCFF! Sign up HERE. Once confirmed for a volunteer shift, you’ll receive more info about how to retrieve your volunteer pass (includes admission to all film screenings, Avenue concerts, and parties during CCFF 2017). Questions? Email CCFF Coordinator Jill Rinckey at jill@capitalcityfilmfest.com.

Keep the celebration going all night with CCFF’s opening night film (TBA) showing at Potter’s Mill in REO Town, followed by live performances from NOTHING at the Loft and ZOOS OF BERLIN at The Avenue. More details on the entire festival lineup coming soon.

P.S. Wondering about that ticket cost? For the first time in seven years, we are charging admission to the Red Carpet Premiere Party. Proceeds from the party will directly advance CCFF’s mission and programming — so it’s all for a good cause!

2017 Concerts @ The Avenue

Hey there! In addition to two shows at the The Loft, CCFF presents three concerts at The Avenue on Lansing’s Eastside during the 2017 Capital City Film Festival. We’re excited to be using this gem of a venue for the first time. Check out the shows we’ve got lined up (and click on each to invite friends on Facebook).

LOCATION: The Avenue (2021 E Michigan Ave, Lansing)
DETAILS: Doors at 9pm // 18+ // $5 at the door only

‘1984’ National Screening – United State of Cinema

Join the Capital City Film Festival alongside 100+ 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). Spread the word on Facebook (here).

Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase.

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

Co-hosted by Renegade Theatre Festival, Williamston Theatre, Arts Council of Greater Lansing, and Creative Many

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 take place at the Lansing Public Media Center (2500 S. Washington Ave in Lansing). Beer, wine, and snacks available for purchase. January and February events begin at 7pm, but the March event begins at 7:30pm.

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.