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UICA members receive half-priced movie tickets, free gallery admission and discounts at local retailers and restaurants.

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2 Fulton West
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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Open Projector Night

The Open Projector Night series is a venue for local filmmakers to present their work in Grand Rapids.

It's not Open Mic Night,
it's Open Projector Night.

Celebrate short films with the Open Projector Night series, a recurring event that presents the work of local, regional, and national filmmakers with a connection to Michigan, in either content, location, or crew. Enjoy a diverse range of screenings from animated narratives and commercial work to experimental pieces. After the event, participate in a question and answer panel with the filmmakers and vote for your favorite short film. Winners receive a number of awards, including special screenings of their work before UICA's feature films. 

Submit your shorts

Submission Deadline: April 9th, 2017
Selections Announced: April 28th, 2017

Upcoming OPN dates:

May 17, 2017
August 16, 2017
November 15, 2017

Interested in submitting your own short film for consideration? Anyone is welcome to submit. Applying is free, and we welcome any genre, or rating, under 20 minutes in duration. Films are selected and curated into a seventy-minute program by a panel of UICA staff and volunteers.

Please consider that Open Projector Night is an ongoing film series; its intent is to showcase a diverse selection of films connected to Michigan and to establish a venue to highlight local filmmakers in Grand Rapids.

Open Projector Night is supported in part by the Michigan Film & Digital Media Office.




Meet the panel

  • Nicholas Hartman
  • Jackson Ezinga
  • Lajanae Smith
  • Spencer Everhart
  • Dale Jackson
PICTURED: Nick Hartman, Spencer Everhart, Dale Jackson, Jackson Ezinga

PICTURED: Nick Hartman, Spencer Everhart, Dale Jackson, Jackson Ezinga