In the Footsteps of Beethoven's Final Symphony

FOLLOWING THE NINTH is an inspirational film about Beethoven’s Choral Symphony, its majestic power to liberate us, to shield us against suffering, to provide hope and resilience during dark times. Filmed on five continents and in 12 countries, FOLLOWING THE NINTH is the story of four lives that have been transformed and repaired by the music, expressed most vividly in the prophecy of the Ode to Joy: “Alle Menschen werden Brüder”(All Men Will Be Brothers). (c)
“The film is beautiful and powerful…If millions could experience its affirming and incandescent message, we might turn around the destructive dynamics that are overwhelming the earth.” – Bill Moyers
“A majestic documentary … Each anecdote builds upon the next to create that rarest of films: a documentary as ineffable and transformative as it sets out to be.” – The Village Voice
Thursday, August 15
7:00pm (door opens at 6:30pm)
East Lansing Hannah Community Center
819 Abbot Road, EL
Tickets – $10
Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer:  93%

Call for Entries

Submissions for the 22nd East Lansing Film Festival are now open!

The Early-Bird deadline is March 31st.  Submit before then for discounted submission fees.

Please submit your film through


Please read and follow the Entry Regulations carefully.

Entry Regulations:

  1. Works in progress will NOT be accepted.
  2. Submission will not be considered unless accompanied by appropriate fee, completed FilmFreeway online entry form, and a 25-35 word summary. Press and publicity materials are appreciated but only required after being accepted into festival.
  3. All entries must be in English or contain English subtitles.
  4. If your film is selected for festival screening, you must supply 300dpi resolution color stills (not of the production but from the film itself). We also require as much publicity material that is available.
  5. If your film is selected for festival screening, you must supply a Digital copy and a Blu-Ray copy of your film.
  6. The festival director must authorize exceptions to the festival regulations.


The entrant must pay the cost of shipping an entry print to the festival. Collect or COD shipments will not be accepted. All international entries must be sent “free domicile” to the Festival Office with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper. Any brokerage fees charged to the East Lansing Film Festival will be billed back to the shipper. Be sure to include all the proper customs documentation required by your shipping service.


Entries must not have been previously submitted to the East Lansing Film Festival. Entries must be in English or subtitled in English.

Films or videos of any length (feature, short), style or genre (narrative, documentary, animation, etc.) are accepted (see appropriate category). If selected for screening, the filmmaker will be contacted by email by September 15, 2017.

Exhibition 35mm prints, Blu-Rays, DVDs and digital files must be received at least 14 days prior to the festival start date or a screening copy will be used.

Submissions received without the proper entry fee WILL NOT be considered for entry in the ELFF and will not be returned.


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