2020 Festival

CCFF 9.5 Drive-in/Walk-up Weekend

CCFF 9.5
Drive-in/Walk-up Weekend 
December 18-19, 2020
Downtown Lansing

Two hundred and sixty-five *short* days ago, we made the painful decision to postpone the much-anticipated 10th edition of the Capital City Film Festival. Back then, we thought we might be able to gather somewhat as normal in the summer. SEVERAL DRAMATIC PLOT TWISTS LATER: oh hai December!

We’ve spent much of the interceding time hatching a plan to share at least the highlights of those painstakingly curated 100+ films with you before 2020 ends. So here’s the deal: We’re bringing a selection of films to downtown Lansing for all to enjoy, drive-in movie style.

Get cozy in your car and join us for two nights of short and feature films! On Friday at sunset, we’ll kick things off with a sneak preview of the massive scale projection mapping installation—planned to officially debut next spring—on the entire 14-story facade of the downtown Comerica Bank Building, followed by drive-in festival films in the area between the Knapp’s Building and the Cooley Temple Building. We’ll pick right back up on Saturday evening with several more blocks of riveting films.

Mark your calendars and stay tuned for precise location details and film announcements coming soon!

CCFF Update: COVID-19

After extensive consideration, it is with a heavy heart that we share our decision to postpone the 2020 Capital City Film Festival planned for April 9-18 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While we are sad you won’t get to experience the outstanding full lineup we had nearly ready to announce, the safety of our extended community is at the forefront of our values. 

Don’t despair too hard, though: Our team is already working on CCFF 9.5 — a summertime retooling of our 2020 festival content.

We have been in contact with our Fortnight Film Contest competitors, as well as our Patron Pass and  All-Access Pass holders to work out the details on entry and pass fees. If we missed you, please message us on your social media network of choice or shoot us an email at  info@capitalcityflimfest.com.

REAL TALK: These are weird times. Our thought earlier this week was to scale back some of our larger events, implement precautionary measures at venues and place seats farther apart. The more we processed it, though, we realized that not only would this scenario severely impact the festival-going experience, but we couldn’t in good conscience expect our guests from around the world to make travel plans in these uncertain times. It simply didn’t feel right to continue.

We hope to see you at CCFF 9.5 this summer, and we look forward to celebrating the (real) 10th annual CCFF with you in April 2021. We’ll share more details on both as soon as they are confirmed. In the meantime, we hope you stay safe, cozy up at home, and find some good movies to watch. We are grateful for your understanding as we navigate this situation.

With love and virtual high fives, 

The CCFF team

2020 Concerts at The Avenue

Get ready for two full weekends of live music at The Avenue! We’re stoked to bring you five nights of shows at one of our favorite Lansing spots during the tenth annual festival. Scroll through the lineup below, and remember: you can grab a $50 all-access pass for entry to ALL concerts, film screenings, and parties during the 2020 Capital City Film Festival, April 9-18. 

DETAILS: $5 at the door / 9pm doors / 21+






2020 Concerts at The Loft + Mac’s Bar

We’re partnering with the good people of The Loft & Mac’s Bar to bring you another stacked lineup of shows during the 10th annual Capital City Film Festival. Check out the lineup and ticket links below. As always, you can grab a $50 all-access pass [buy passes here] for entry to ALL concerts, film screenings, and parties during the festival – April 9-18, 2020.





CCFF Celebrates 10 Years, Announces 2020 Opening, Closing Night Films

LANSING, Mich. — Today, the Capital City Film Festival announced its 10th annual event and the first Michigan screening of the highly anticipated film FLINT: Who Do You Trust? Named one of the 25 coolest film festivals in the world by MovieMaker, CCFF celebrates artists from around the world by showcasing independent films, live music, interactive media and more. The festival also announced its opening night film, Once Upon a River, another selection with strong Michigan roots.

CCFF 2020 takes place April 9-18 at venues throughout Lansing. Select events are open to the public, free of charge. General admission to film screenings is $5, and concerts range from $5-$15. The $50 all-access pass grants admission to all film screenings, concerts and parties. Passes can be purchased here

“We are thrilled to see the 10th year of this eclectic festival that brings families from all over Michigan together to celebrate art, culture and community right here in Lansing,” said Andy Schor, mayor of Lansing. “It’s a great opportunity to enjoy award-winning films, live music and activities with family and friends of all ages.” 

CCFF’s 2020 closing night film, FLINT: Who Do You Trust?, chronicles one of America’s most infamous pollution disasters, shedding light on the devastating variety of stories of people affected by the Flint water crisis. Directed by Scottish filmmaker Anthony Baxter and narrated by Emmy-winning actor Alec Baldwin, the film calls attention to the crisis itself and the enduring issues of partisan politics and environmental resources. Cameras began rolling at the height of the crisis in 2015, with the documentary spanning the entirety of the story. CCFF will be the film’s Michigan premiere, serving as the festival’s closing film with the director and producer in attendance.

“We are honored to debut FLINT: Who Do You Trust?, a film that tells a necessary and impactful story with a strong Michigan connection,” said Dominic Cochran, co-founder of CCFF and co-director of the festival. “As we celebrate 10 years of the festival, we continue to strive to bring internationally acclaimed films that will resonate with those throughout our state, and beyond.” 

The festival’s opening night film, Once Upon a River, is based on a best-selling novel by Michigan native Bonnie Jo Campbell. The story is set in rural Michigan and has familiar scenes of Michigan’s natural beauty, giving prominence to characters from tribal communities. Once Upon a River has been featured in more than 25 festivals around the country and has won multiple awards including best directing from the BendFilm Festival and Boston Film Festival in recognition of Director Haroula Rose, and best film from Tallgrass International Film Festival. CCFF will also serve as the opening film’s Michigan premiere, with the director and book author in attendance for opening night.

New this year, CCFF is launching the Capital City Film Festival Poetry Project, directed by CCFF’s poet-in-residence, Nancy DeJoy. The program will engage 20 local poets to reflect on and respond to the festival’s films and events, enriching the ways CCFF inspires the community. The call for poets is open through March 5.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Lansing’s writing community to come together and take a deep dive into the stories, art and culture the film festival presents,” said Nancy DeJoy, poet-in-residence.  

The Fortnight Film Contest, CCFF’s competition for teams of amateur, student and professional filmmakers, is currently accepting registrations. The contest officially begins March 19, with films due April 2. Entries are judged by a panel of professional filmmakers and film lovers, and the top films will be shown during the festival and win $5,000 in cash prizes.

Festival venues, live music artists and film schedules will be announced in the coming months. Stay tuned!

2020 Brew & View Series

Our beloved Brew & View series is back! We’re showing a couple of throwback flicks paired with live music at one of our favorites, The Avenue. FREE and open to all 21+. Movies start at 8pm and music will immediately follow. Eats and drinks will be available for purchase at The Avenue.

Friday, February 28 :: COMING TO AMERICA at 8pm, live music by JAMES GARDIN at 10pm

Showing before the feature: Pendulum and Hit – 2nd and 3rd place winners in the 2019 Fortnight Film Contest.

Friday, March 27 :: ROMY & MICHELE’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION at 8pm, live music by RODEO BOYS at 10pm

Showing before the feature: Last Right and Coinrun Park– 1st place and Audience Choice winners in the 2019 Fortnight Film Contest.

2020 CCFF Poetry Project

Capital City Film Festival is excited to announce this year’s Poetry Project, directed by CCFF’s Poet-in-Residence Nancy DeJoy. The program will include area poets who will respond to the festival’s films and events, enriching the ways in which CCFF inspires the community. This new initiative is generously underwritten by Redhead Design Studio.

The Poetry Project will call for 20 local poets who will be asked to respond to a CCFF feature film or collection of short films through poetry. Poets will be required to attend a training session on how to respond to film as a medium using a form of ekphrasis poetry that has been adapted for film. Ekphrastic poetry was originally developed to respond to a painting or sculpture in ways that amplify its meaning, and more recently was expanded to include interpretive responses to scenes. Following their selected film, each poet will have 24 hours to write a poem that responds to the work.

Poet-in-Residence Nancy DeJoy will then write a long-form piece using the individual poems. In addition, she will write and present an original poem that captures the spirit of CCFF, expanding on the elements of film, music, and more. The entire collection of poetry will later be published in a chapbook to celebrate the 10th annual Capital City Film Festival.   

Call For Poets

We’re seeking area poets to participate in the inaugural CCFF Poetry Project! Directed by Poet-in-Residence Nancy DeJoy, the project gives local poets the opportunity to respond to films included in this year’s festival. Chosen poets will receive a full festival pass and a $50 stipend, and will be required to attend a workshop in responding to films poetically on Saturday, March 14 from 1-4 pm at the Lansing Public Media Center. Refreshments will be provided.  The call for poets is open through March 5, 2020. Please submit the 2020 CCFF Poetry Project form to be considered.

Join our team!

We’re gearing up for the 10th annual Capital City Film Festival and we need your help! Well, you and/or someone you know who might be a good fit for us. We’re hiring for three positions; the two producers will work hand-in-hand on volunteer coordination among other things. The associate producer will support overall festival coordination.

PRODUCER description (2 positions available): Click here
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER description: Click here

Interested? Send your resume to info@capitalcityfilmfest.com and tell us why you think you’re a good fit! Include any previous experience you’ve had engaging with CCFF.

Photo by Eat Pomegranate Photography for CCFF

2019 Red Carpet Premiere Party

Come celebrate the ninth annual Capital City Film Festival with us at the Red Carpet Premiere Party! Hang out with filmmakers, musicians, and artists as part of the 11-day festival lineup. We’ll have plenty of beer, wine, and spirits for drinking, appetizers to go around, and live music at this year’s party hosted by Impression 5 Science Center.

WHEN: Thursday, April 11, 2019 from 5:15 – 7:15pm
WHERE: Impression 5 Science Center, 200 Museum Drive, Lansing MI 48933
TICKETS: There are THREE ways to attend the Red Carpet Premiere Party:

1) Purchase a $10 ticket to the Red Carpet Premiere Party here.

2) Buy a $50 all-access pass (includes admission to all film screenings, concerts, and parties during CCFF 2019): ccff.co/passes

3) Volunteer for a shift during the 2019 festival! Sign up for a shift here. Contact CCFF Coordinator Jill Rinckey at jill@capitalcityfilmfest.com if you have questions.

Make a night of it and head straight from the Red Carpet Premiere Party to the Opening Night Feature Film, Timothy Busfield’s GUEST ARTIST, starring Jeff Daniels, right next door at Riverwalk Theatre. Two back-to-back screenings at 7:15pm and 9:15pm. Capacity is limited, so buy your ticket to secure your seat! If you are an all-access passholder, please plan to arrive early.