Central Michigan International Film Festival

The Central Michigan International Film Festival (CMIFF) is an annual showcase for a diverse slate of films from around the world. This five-day event takes place over multiple venues both on and off campus every February. Organized and staffed by students, CMIFF shines a spotlight on independent, international, and Michigan-made films, including films produced by our students.

Central Michigan International Film Festival (CMIFF) Logo. Central Michigan International is black text, Film is maroon text and Festival is gold text.

CMIFF prides itself on bringing films to mid-Michigan that wouldn’t be available otherwise. Students who are a part of the Central Michigan International Film Festival team learn valuable skills, including event management, promotion, marketing, and fundraising. Students, faculty and community members have been working together to bring the festival to life since 2003.

Independent filmmakers are encouraged to submit their work to CMIFF via Film Freeway.

Every February, we organize and run the Central Michigan International Film Festival, but putting on a film festival is a year-long process. First, students review potential film submissions and put together the film schedule in the Fall. Then in January, students need to find and train all the volunteers to make the CMIFF a success. Then in March and April, we get things prepared to do it all over again.
If film is your passion, the International Film Festival gives you insight into how the film exhibition industry operates and what it takes to show a film to the masses.