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Waterfront Film Festival


Saugatuck, MI 49453

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  1. Shaun
    May 24th, 2012 at 19:31 | #1


    Yes it does, thanks! I ended up buying a ticket so I’m going but good to know to have no industry expectations! (not that they were high anyway) but ya never know. The feature my short was attached to at Slamdance called Bindlestiffs, well the two kids 20 and 21 signed with WME from that and they got dist. from Kevin Smith, that stuff NEVER happens!!!! Until it does. Chasing the bliss….

    Thanks so much for the reply!

  2. Chris
    May 13th, 2012 at 02:55 | #2


    I also traveled from LA to Michigan with my feature back in 2008. It was a fun festival and they did offer passes for all the films (although mine was a feature so not 100% sure it was the same for shorts, but can’t see why not). When I was there, there were no panels so I can’t speak on them. If your interested to find out about industry presence, there isn’t any. The festival is a blast, there’s lots of drinking and parties involved but on a professional level, don’t expect too much.

    It’s a small town festival run by a family who love to party. The town comes out and watches all the films, the screenings are okay, as in the locations are not the greatest but serve the purpose. Our film screened in a hall with a bunch of chairs lined up for the audience.

    We did however meet another filmmaker there who has turned out to be a great friend! Not really relavent to you, just thought I’d mention it.

    So to sum up, it’s a lot of fun especially if you’re a big drinker. It’s not very useful on a professional level, in terms of industry presence, the organizers don’t really seem to care too much about the filmmakers… More about the parties and the heavy drinking. The screenings are okay… And you may make a friend.

    Good luck!

  3. Shaun
    May 10th, 2012 at 20:01 | #3


    Hi, my short got into this fest and I’m in LA. Trying to figure out if it’s worth the money to head to this? Do you happen to know if the film makers get a pass for screenings and panels?

  4. jdempsey1313
    July 17th, 2011 at 11:43 | #4

    BEST festival in America! Well run, great films, gorgeous location. They treat filmmakers like visiting family & the screenings are packed. GREAT films every year!

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  5. Frand Rizzo
    June 20th, 2011 at 10:15 | #5

    It might be a beautiful town with a beautiful lake but this festival sucks as they are disrespect to film makers who submit. They always gladly cash the entrance check but don’t take the time to even sent an e-mail rejection.

  6. June 20th, 2011 at 10:13 | #6

    I am a film maker who lives 40 minutes from the Waterfront film fest. I submitted my film and the entry fee. Thought getting into a fest is a crap shoot, this festival doesn’t even acknowledge films submitted that they don’t consider. They gladly cash the check but they don’t even have the courtesy to send a simple e-mail.

  7. Lael
    October 8th, 2009 at 00:36 | #7

    If you’re big on drinking this is the festival for you! There seemed to be more drinking activities on the schedule as there were films. The truth is I didn’t watch any films because there were so many other activities and overall I had a really fun time. The organizers seem to organize the fest as much for the town and films as they do for themselves to have a rocking good time… but they succeed in that! Party after party…after jetski…after boat trip… after shots… after… you get the point. It was a bit weird that not a single organizer asked me a thing other than “need a drink?” but kind of funny nevertheless.

    The little town of Saugatuck is charming and I had a really great time exploring it and going for hikes around Lake Michigan and jetskiing.

    This is perfect if you’re looking for a good vacation. My screening was also pretty good although the person in charge took off before the end and my Q & A never happened, but the filmmakers I met with bigger films than mine had packed houses and great experiences.

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