2018 Soo Film Festival Logo
  • Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
  • Sept 12-16, 2018

Soo Film Festival Starts Today

The 2018 Soo Film Festival kicks off its fifth year at 6:30 at the Bayliss Public Library, a Superior District Library. Festival programming continues at the library on Thursday before moving to Soo Theatre for the weekend. Screenings at Bayliss are free. Tickets for Soo Theatre screenings are available online now and will be sold only at the door beginning Friday. The full list of films, schedule, festival guide, and ticket information are available at soofilmfestival.org. The web page for each block of films links to a trailer for each film except for the very shortest films, so feel free to take advantage of what's on the web to guide your choices.

Soo Film Festival is open to filmmakers worldwide but emphasizes and showcases work from the Great Lakes region. In all, 19 countries are represented this year. Features came from as far away as Romania and as close as Sault Ste. Marie itself. In Octav a man returns to his family home after decades of absence, triggering a rewind to the life-changing events of his youth. Local filmmaker Fran Blackwood brings an updated look and all new music to a familiar tale in Nosferatu Re-Animated. Friday Night Frights headliner Interlaced delivers its scares from the Pacific Northwest. Philadelphia is the backdrop for Hanh, Solo as one woman faces the pitfalls of dating. Future comes from Detroit and tells a tale of time travel and junk food.

Documentary subjects include Michigan youth and a famed musician. Me, the “Other” features Washtenaw County students with diverse backgrounds and issues overcoming adversity with inspiring hope, courage, and strength. Up to Snuff tells the story of W.G. Snuffy Walden who overcame the excesses of rock and roll to find success as one of the most beloved composers in television history.

Sunday features a segment of short films highlighting the natural resources of Michigan. Sponsored by Bird’s Eye Outfitters of Sault Ste. Marie and entitled If You Seek a Pleasant Peninsula, the program presents the beauty of the state’s waterways and forests and the importance of protecting them. It screens at 3:30 at Soo Theatre.

Short film segments span a wide variety of genres. Animation, music video, narrative, and documentary are all on display. Student work is especially highlighted and could be a first look at the filmmakers of tomorrow.

All films in every category are eligible for an Audience Award. Judging takes place during the festival. Festivities attendees are encouraged to vote for their favorites.

Soo Film Festival, Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and host film and allied arts festivals in the City of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Soo Film Festival, Inc. seeks to showcase the work of independent and emerging filmmakers, especially from the Great Lakes of North America. Our Mission: Great Lakes, Great Movies!

The most up-to-date festival news is online. Find the festival on Facebook at facebook.com/SooFilmFestival and Twitter at twitter.com/SooFilmFest.

Soo Film Festival Announces 2018 Line-Up

Soo Film Festival announces its line-up of narrative and documentary features and shorts, music videos, and animation for 2018. The festival places an emphasis on Great Lakes films and filmmakers, but entry was open worldwide. Festival programming will feature international submissions from nineteen countries. Soo Film Festival is September 12-16 in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan at the historic Soo Theatre and at Bayliss Public Library, a Superior District Library. Featured selections will screen at the library September 12 and 13.

Festival president Jason Markstrom: “We are very excited to be celebrating our fifth anniversary in downtown Sault Ste. Marie this year and looking forward to seeing everyone and showing them the talent the Great Lakes has to offer.”

A full list of the movies and a tentative schedule are available on the festival website, soofilmfestival.org. Other events and guests will be announced soon.

Tickets will be on sale Saturday, September 1. Complete ticket information will be online at soofilmfestival.org. Ticket prices are $7 General Admission (per block), $5 Seniors and Students (per block); $20 Daily Pass (admission to all blocks on a single day); $50 Festival Pass (admission to all films and shorts programs, all days). Films screened at Bayliss Library are free of charge.

The most up-to-date festival news is online. Find the festival on Facebook at facebook.com/SooFilmFestival and Twitter at twitter.com/SooFilmFest.

2018 Soo Film Festival Official Selections

Narrative Features

  • Future
  • Hanh, Solo
  • Interlaced
  • Nosferatu Re-Animated
  • Octav

Documentary Features

  • Me, the "Other"
  • Up to Snuff

Narrative Shorts

  • After Ashes
  • Bleak
  • Confidence of a Tall Man
  • A Cup of Happiness
  • Emergency Alert
  • A Fine Confusion
  • Glass Holiday
  • Indigos
  • The Last Wish
  • Lemon Eyes
  • The Lollipop Man
  • Mino Bimaadiziwin
  • Old Dog
  • Party People
  • Pinebox
  • Rag Dolls
  • Repercussion
  • Room Tone
  • Simple Simon
  • Stockholm Sweet Home
  • Tea Party
  • They Come in Light
  • To the Moon & Back
  • Unlawful
  • What Do You Think?
  • Wisp
  • With My Own Two Hands

Documentary Shorts

  • The Big Five Dive
  • Clark Park
  • Crossing Lake Huron
  • Experience the Porcupine Mountains
  • Hello, Banff
  • Iku Manieva
  • Intelligent Trees
  • North Branch
  • Remember the Alamo
  • The Season in the Mist
  • Standing Rock Take Me from The River


  • 30°
  • Bang Bang!
  • Bigman Businessman
  • Butterflies
  • Count Your Curses
  • The Encounter
  • Good Boy
  • GoodNight
  • Icons
  • Kitty City
  • The Last Cruise
  • Lion Nanny's Journey
  • Magic Play
  • Nouvelle Cuisine
  • The Old Woman and the Sea
  • Pencil Mark
  • Ready for a Baby
  • Reset
  • Resurge
  • The Spaghetti Police
  • Spark
  • Synapse
  • You Are Here

Music Videos

  • #Meatfactory by Betty Bauer
  • Come Up to the Dark by FacexHugger
  • Fall Apart by Nervus
  • Into the Town, Out of the Town by sondermueller
  • Ratsiti by Eden Ben Zaken
  • Scandal by Bashton & Megalopolis
  • See the Sun by Oblivion
  • Song for the Moon by Alex Mendenall
  • Step by Step by Le Corps du Délit
  • Youth Is Dead by Lava Fizz

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