Fascinating classic documentary, El Desencanto, with author Aaron Shulman to discuss the film and his book on the subject. Sunday, June 23.

A cult classic in Spain on a par with Grey Gardens but rarely screened in the US, director Jaime Chávarri’s El Desencanto (The Disenchantment) tells the story of the Paneros, a brilliant and tormented literary family whose eccentricities and taboo-smashing exhibitionism turned them into a phenomenon in Spain the year after dictator Francisco Franco died. The newly subtitled film is a national classic, valued and remembered for both the role it played in Spain’s transition to democracy and for the Paneros’ singular strangeness.
 “One of the great docs.” — Critic Mark Cousins
This special screening hosted by the East Lansing Public Library and the East Lansing Film Festival will welcome Lansing area native Aaron Shulman, author of a new book about the Paneros, The Age of Disenchantments: The Epic Story of Spain’s Most Notorious Literary Family and the Long Shadow of the Spanish Civil War (Ecco/HarperCollins). Shulman will discuss the film and in the lobby will sign his book for sale.

Sunday, June 23
5:30pm – 8:30m
East Lansing Hannah Community Center
819 Abbot Road, EL
$5 tickets 

Aaron Shulman, author of

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 filmfreeway.com


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.


The East Lansing Film Festival