festival-posterThe East Lansing Film Festival (ELFF), the largest and second oldest film festival in Michigan, screens independent and foreign feature, documentary, short and students films from around the world.

An important aspect of the film festival is the Lake Michigan Film Competition that awards films made in the states that surround Lake Michigan – Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.The ELFF was created in 1997 in cooperation with the City of East Lansing and Michigan State University. Since then, ELFF has been dedicated to bringing quality foreign and independent films to the state of Michigan in order to expose our audience to diverse cultures, ideas, and creative works.

2013 Winners

2013 Best Feature Film


Wingmen Incorporated

Jason Schaver

2013 Most Promising Student Film Makers



Jackson Ezinga

2013 Best Short Film


When The Waves Call

Alex Agnant and Joseph Ward

2013 Best Student Film


The Slaughter


Jason Kohl

2013 Best Documentary FIlm


A Space for Music, A Seat for Everyone: 100 Years of UMS Performances in Hill Auditorium

Sophia Kruz


are Closed for the 2013 Festival

Get ready to submit your film next year! Submissions will be accepted in April, 2014.