June 21-23, 2018

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the inaugural Frankfort48 Film Festival and Contest in June 2017.

Aspiring filmmakers were invited to create a 3-to-5 minute film celebrating the beauty of northern Michigan.

Participants had 48 hours to conceive their ideas, scout locations, film, edit, and present their masterpiece.

All films were presented and judged during a public screening at The Garden Theater.

The next Frankfort48 Film Festival and Contest is happening June 21-23, 2018.

Frankfort48 Winners

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the inaugural Frankfort48 Film Festival. For those who couldn't join us for the public screening on June 24, here are the top three films picked by our judges at this year's festival.


first place: When it rains


second place: my first time


third place: The Light Keeper's dream

Frankfort48 Prizes

Cash and prizes will be awarded to the top three Frankfort48 filmmakers:

  1. First place receives $500 and two VIP passes to the 2017 Frankfort Film Festival.
  2. Second place receives $250.
  3. Third place receives $100. 

Frankfort48 film screenings

The public is invited to attend a screening of the films and awards ceremony, happening Saturday, June 24 at 8pm. Tickets to attend are $10 each and can be purchased at the Garden's box office on the evening of the event. Tickets to the Pre-Screening Party at 6:30pm will also be available for purchase on June 24.

Frankfort48 film scoring

Does your film have a score? Local musicians are donating time to help compose and produce background scores for Frankfort48 films. Email for details.

Have additional questions about Frankfort48? Email us.

Frankfort48 Film Judges

A panel of celebrity judges will take part in the inaugural Frankfort48 Film Festival and Contest.

Stephen H. Foreman earned his BA in English with minors in philosophy and German from Morgan State, and an MFA in playwriting and dramatic literature from the Yale School of Drama. Stephen has had diverse and illustrious careers as a social worker, a professional stage manager, a teacher at various colleges, universities and writers conferences, a screenwriter, director and is currently developing his career as a novelist. His film and television credits include The Resolution of Mossie Wax, The Jazz Singer, The Unknown American, and Cougar. Forman has authored two novels, Toehold and Watching Gideon, and is currently working on his third project, The Education Of A White Boy, a memoir of his years at Morgan State. He now lives and writes in the Catskill Mountains.

Jamie Donnelly is most popularly known as “Pink Lady” Jan in the film Grease, with John Travolta and Olivia Newton- John, a role she played on Broadway, seven years before the film version. Jamie made her Broadway Debut at age seventeen as Lulu in Kander and Ebb’s first show, Flora the Red Menace. Jamie also originated the role of Ethel Levy Cohan in George M!  Her television credits go as far back as Six Million Dollar Man, up to her reoccurring role in the second season of Ray Donovan with Liev Schreiber and currently appears in the web series, All Down Hill From Here. She is utterly delighted to be performing again with her all time favorite, Tim Curry, with whom she first appeared as Magenta/Trixie in the original American production of The Rocky Horror Show.

Michael Bofshever is an accomplished actor, director, teacher, author and moderator in the entertainment field for over forty years. Amongst his many film credits: A Dogs Purpose, United 93, Housebroken, Dirty Deeds, Crime of the Century, and A Low Down Dirty Shame. A veteran of episodic television, Mr. Bofshever was a series regular on the hit Disney Channel show The Jersey. He also works as moderator for film and television discussion for the SAG Conversation Series. Mr. Bofshever is the author of Your Face Looks Familiar…How To Get Ahead as a Working Actor, (Heineman Drama Press) which is the basis of his seminar, "The Journey of the Working Actor." A highly regarded acting teacher and coach, Michael is recognized as “one of the finest acting teachers in Los Angeles,” (Smith & Krauss).  In 2017 Michael made his cinematic directorial debut with the short film Echo Park Blues, now playing in film festivals nationwide.

Frankfort48 Film Festival Sponsors

Our sincerest gratitude to our sponsors for their support of the inaugural Frankfort48 Film Festival. Thank you.