Waterfront Film Festival


Hopwood DePree, Co-Founder

Dana DePree, Co-Founder

Dori DePree, Co-Founder

Kori Eldean, Co-Founder

Judy Smith, Co-Founder

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Submission Policy:

Festival Season: Summer (usually June)

Deadline: February (check website for exact dates)

Entry: $50 for features. $30 for shorts.


Features, Shorts, Documentaries

Festival Season:



The Waterfront Film Festival, June 11 - 14, 2015, is a non-competitive Festival CELEBRATING and ENTERTAINING the Independent Filmmaker. Rated in the "Top Fifty Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" by Movie Maker Magazine, "Top Five Film Festivals" by SAG INDIE, "Top Ten Vacation Festivals" by Chris Gore, author of The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide, and called "The Sundance of the Midwest" by the Chicago Sun Times, the Waterfront Film Festival offers a unique and festive artists' retreat for fostering an exchange of ideas, discovering films, and having a FANTASTIC time on the shores of Lake Michigan. The Waterfront Film Festival is, according to one Festival Filmmaker guest, "quite possibly the most hospitable festival in the United States."