What is Cinetopia?

The Cinetopia Film Festival (which we lovingly call Cinetopia), produced by the Michigan Theater Foundation, is Southeast Michigan’s regional film festival serving multicultural audiences from Detroit, Ann Arbor, Royal Oak, Bloomfield Township, and all points in between. Over the course of 10-days every May, Cinetopia brings over 120 film screenings of 60+ narrative and documentary films from the world’s leading industry and regional film festivals (Sundance, Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Berlin, SXSW, Tribeca, and many more!) to a steadily growing audience of 40,000+ . We play these “best of the best” films in more than a dozen venues across our Southeast Michigan communities and bring over 30 visiting filmmakers, film subjects, and film industry experts to the festival to participate in panels and post-film Q&A discussions.

Cinetopia is also proud to present the Detroit Voices Short Film Competition for aspiring Michigan filmmakers. As the only submission-based program of the festival, Detroit Voices provides local filmmaker the opportunity to showcase their short films to a Michigan audience, compete for cash awards, and participate in networking and educational opportunities leading up to and during the festival.

Our Venues

Each year, Cinetopia is made possible by a number of wonderful cultural sites in Southeastern Michigan. From Ann Arbor to Detroit to Royal Oak, from the Michigan Theater to the Maple Theater, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, and the Arab American National Museum, these venues are the heart of the festival.

"Cinetopia is clearly run by a staff that loves movies and knows their community. I had wonderful experience screening our film to curious and thoughtful audiences in a glorious old theater with modern amenities. I look forward to coming back!"

– Martha Stephens, Director

"I have to say that Cinetopia for two years in a row is No.1 in my books as a Film Festival for overall production, the best staff, volunteers and coverage. For any filmmaker that doesnt know, if you want First Class experience with your film, do what you can to get into Cinetopia. You will have a great experience."

– John Campbell, Producer

"You'll have plenty of chances to see some of the best independent features and documentaries out there - plus the work of local emerging talent."

– Detroit Free Press

"The festival's programming is wide-ranging and eclectic - a mix of big name festival breakout hits as well as the obscure."

– Detroit Metro Times

"A buffet for film fanatics."

– CBS Detroit

"Cinetopia...grace[s] theatres in the Ann Arbor and Detroit metropolitan areas with a variety of dark full-length feature dramas, sardonic comedies, documentaries, and shorts to satisfy any local cinephile."

– Michigan Daily

Special Programs

In an effort to better serve Southeast Michigan’s multicultural community, Cinetopia is fortunate to partner with a number of specialized local film festivals and organizations. These partnerships allow Cinetopia to program a diverse range of remarkable and enriching films and bring a special experience to each audience member and to the whole of the festival. Our partners have included the Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival, Dearborn’s Arab American National Museum’s Arab Film Festival, the Ann Arbor Film Festival (the oldest advant-garde film festival in North America), the University of Michigan’s Screen Arts Mavericks & Makers, and Detroit’s College of Creative Studies.

Detroit Voices

Detroit Voices is a local short film competition that champions Michigan filmmakers by showcasing the talent and creative spirit of our state. 2019 Winners and finalists announced!

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Jewish Film Festival

The Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival seeks to bring the global Jewish experience to the greater community through the medium of film.

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Arab Film Festival

Brought to you by the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, the Arab Film Festival brings you the best of the best films from the Arab World and Arab American community to the doorstep of metro Detroit.

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U-M Screen Arts Mavericks & Makers

University of Michigan’s Hatcher Library is home to extensive archives and materials documenting the careers of several American filmmakers known for coloring outside the lines: Robert Altman, Ira Deutchman, Alan Rudolph, Nancy SavocaJohn Sayles, and Orson Welles. Together they make the University a major destination for research on these American maverick filmmakers.

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