Frankfort Film Festival

October 17-20, 2019

Thanks to everyone who attended the 10th Annual Frankfort Film Festival, presented by Northway Orthodontics, October 18-21, 2018 at the historic Garden Theater in downtown Frankfort, Michigan.

The 2018 Frankfort Film Festival screened 17 award-winning films from around the globe. Plus, short films produced by students of Interlochen Arts Academy's Motion Picture Arts program and the winning films in our 2nd Annual Frankfort48 Film Festival were shown preceding the festival's daily feature films.

Save the date for the 11th Annual Frankfort Film Festival, happening October 17-20, 2019.

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Thank you to our sponsors for their continued support of The Frankfort Film Festival and The Garden Theater!

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

thursday, 12:30 pm

Documentary/biography | 94 minutes | PG-13

Best known today as a soft-spoken, cardigan-wearing children’s television host, in reality, Fred Rogers’ career represents a sustained attempt to present a coherent, beneficent view about how we should best speak to children about important matters and how television could be used as a positive force in our society. While the nation changed around him, Fred Rogers stood firm in his beliefs about the importance of protecting childhood.


BOULDER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018 Winner - Peoples Choice Award, Feature Length Film 

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018 winner - Golden Space Needle Award, Best Documentary

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In The Fade

thursday, 2:30 PM

crime/Drama/thriller | 106 MINUTES | R | german W/ SUBTITLES

After the death of her family in a terrorist attack, Katja’s life falls apart. But the mind-numbing search for the perpetrators and reasons behind the senseless killing complicate Katja’s painful mourning, opening wounds and doubts. Katja struggles as she endures the trial against the two suspects: a young couple from the neo-Nazi scene. The trial pushes Katja to the edge, and there’s simply no alternative for her: she wants justice. 


Golden Globes 2018 Winner - Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language

Cannes Film Festival 2017  winner - Best Actress, Diane Kruger

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Three Identical Strangers

thursday, 4:30 PM

documentary | 96 MINUTES | PG-13

Three Identical Strangers tells the astonishing true story of three men who make the chance discovery, at the age of 19, that they are identical triplets, separated at birth and adopted to different parents. The trio’s joyous reunion in 1980 catapults them to fame but it also sets in motion a chain of events that unearths an extraordinary and disturbing secret that goes far beyond their own lives – a secret that goes to very heart of all human behavior.


SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2018 winner - Special Jury Prize, Documentary, Storytelling

BERKSHIRE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018 winner - Audience Award, Documentary Feature

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The Party

thursday, 7:45 PM


Comedy/Drama | 71 MINUTES | r

Janet hosts an intimate gathering of friends in her London home to celebrate her political ascension. After her acerbic best friend and others arrive, some with dramatic news to share, an announcement by Janet’s husband provokes a series of revelations. As the sophisticated soiree starts to unravel, a night that began with champagne soon ends up with arguments, shouting and a pointed gun.

DIRECTOR: sally Potter

BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 Winner - Guild Film Prize, Sally Potter Nominee - Golden Berlin Bear, Best Film

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The Fencer

friday, 12:30 PM

Biography/Drama/History | 99 MINUTES | NR | estonian w/ Subtitles

Fleeing from the Russian secret police because of his controversial past, a young Estonian fencer named Endel is forced to return to his homeland, where he begins to train a group of young children in the art of fencing. The past however catches up with him and Endel has to choose between letting his students down or putting his life in danger. The movie is partially based on the real life story of Estonian fencer Endel Nelis.

DIRECTOR: Klaus Härö

GOLDEN GLOBES 2016 Nominee - Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language

PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016 Nominee - Audience Award, Best Narrative Feature

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The Midwife

friday, 2:30 PM


A bittersweet drama about the unlikely friendship that develops between Claire, a talented but tightly wound midwife, and Béatrice, the estranged, free-spirited mistress of Claire’s late father. Though polar opposites in almost every way, the two come to rely on each other as they cope with the unusual circumstance that brought them together in this sharp character study.


GLOBES DE CRISTAL AWARDS, FRANCE 2018 Nominee - Best Actress, Catherine Deneuve

MONTE-CARLO COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL 2017 Winner - Jury Prize, Best Actress, Catherine Deneuve

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The Sentence

friday, 4:45 PM

Documentary/Crime | 85 MINUTES | NR

Cindy Shank, mother of three, is serving a 15-year sentence in federal prison for her tangential involvement with a Michigan drug ring years earlier. This intimate portrait of mandatory minimum drug sentencing’s devastating consequences, captured by Cindy’s brother, follows her and her family over the course of ten years.


SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2018 Winner - Audience Award, Documentary

TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL 2018 Winner - Roger Ebert Prize, Documentary

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The Death of Stalin

friday, 7:45 PM

Frankfort48 Winning Shorts PRIOR TO FILM

Comedy/Drama/History | 107 MINUTES | R

Moscow, 1953. When tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader. But as they bumble, brawl, and backstab their way to the top, just who is running the government? Combining palace intrigue with rapid-fire farce, this audacious comedy is a bitingly funny takedown of bureaucratic dysfunction performed to the hilt by a sparkling ensemble cast.


Nominated - Outstanding British Film of the Year

TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 Nominated - Platform Prize, Armando Iannucci

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Saturday, 11:00 AM

Family/History/War | 97 MINUTES | PG

In 1941, marksmen from the Royal Ulster Constabulary, following a Directive from The Ministry of Public Security, shot dead 23 animals at Belfast Zoo. During these turbulent times, a woman secretly walked a young elephant from the zoo each evening to the backyard of her terraced home. Based on a true story, 12-year-old Tom and his misfit friends fight to save Buster the baby elephant during the air raids on Belfast in 1941.


GIFFONI FILM FESTIVAL 2018 Winner - Gryphon Award, Best Film Elements + 10 Section Documentary. 

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018 Winner - Films4Families Youth Jury Award, Best Film

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Inventing Tomorrow

Saturday, 12:45 PM

Documentary | 105 MINUTES | PG

Meet passionate teenage innovators from around the globe who are creating cutting-edge solutions to confront the world’s environmental threats - found right in their own backyards - while navigating the doubts and insecurities that mark adolescence. Take a journey with these inspiring teens as they prepare their projects for the largest convening of high school scientists in the world, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), a program of the Society for Science and the Public.


SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018 Winner - Documentary Competition Award, Laura Nix

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2018 Nominee - Grand Jury Prize, Documentary

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Saturday, 2:30 PM

Drama | 113 MINUTES | r | Hebrew w/ subtitles

Michael and Dafna are devastated when army officials show up at their home to announce the death of their son Jonathan. While his sedated wife rests, Michael spirals into a whirlwind of anger only to experience one of life’s unfathomable twists, which rival the surreal military experiences of his son.

DIRECTOR: Samuel Maoz

PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018 Winner - Directors to Watch, Samuel Maoz

MUNICH FILM FESTIVAL 2018 Nominee - ARRI/OSRAM Award, Best International Film

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All Saints

Saturday, 4:30 PM

drama | 108 MINUTES | PG

Michael Spurlock decides to trade in his corporate sales career to become a pastor. His first assignment is to close a country church and sell the prime piece of land. He soon has a change of heart when the church starts to welcome Burmese refugees. Spurlock now finds himself working with the refugees to turn the land into a working farm to pay the church’s bills.


Movieguide AWARDS 2018  Winner - Grace award Nominated - best film

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Eighth Grade


Frankfort48 Winning Short PRIOR TO FILM

comedy/DRAMA | 93 MINUTES | R

Thirteen-year-old Kayla Day is an eighth-grader in her final week of middle school. She posts motivational videos on YouTube about confidence and self-image that get almost no views, while struggling at school to make friends, and winning the “Most Quiet” award from her classmates. Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school–the end of her thus far disastrous eighth grade year before she begins high school.

DIRECTOR: bo burnham

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2018 Nominee - Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018 Winner - Golden Space Needle Award, Best Film

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The Guilty

Sunday, 12:00 PM

crime/Drama/thriller | 87 MINUTES | NR | danish w/ subtitles

Alarm dispatcher and former police officer Asger Holm answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman, when the call is suddenly disconnected. Confined to the police station, Asger is forced to use others as his eyes and ears as the severity of the crime slowly becomes more clear. The search to find the missing woman will take every bit of his intuition and skill, as a ticking clock and his own personal demons conspire against him.


SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2018 Winner - Audience Award, World Cinema - Dramatic

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018 Winner - Golden Space Needle Award, Best Director

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comedy/sport | 98 MINUTES | nR | swiss/german w/ subtitles

German teacher and single father Balz Näf lives with his daughter Elisa in Baden. After gambling away the money for a new school sports field, he plummets into financial disarray. Together with his hairdresser, Balz crafts a plan to quickly regenerate the funds. Balz and Kushtrim create a team of professional racers, infiltrating various sporting events and rigging bets by foretelling the indubitable presence of streakers.

DIRECTOR: peter luisi

TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL 2018 winner - audience award - narrative

Winner - Copper Wing Award, Best Picture

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Clark Park

Sunday, 3:45 PM

documentary short | 34 MINUTES | NR

Detroit is known as Hockeytown. When the city had to close many of its recreation centers in the early 1990’s, the once abundant outdoor ice rinks disappeared with them. Except for one. Clark Park is the story of the Southwest Detroit community that saved a rink, helped stabilize a neighborhood, and gives inner city youth the opportunity to play the game of hockey. This short documentary with a runtime of 34 minutes is told through the perspectives of seven southwest Detroiters ranging from 12 to 87 years of age.

DIRECTOR: troy anderson (FILMMAKER Q&A)

FREEP FILM FESTIVAL 2018 Official Selection  

GLASS CITY FILM FESTIVAL 2018 Official Selection


The Divine Order


comedy/drama | 96 MINUTES | nR | german/italian/swiss w/ subtitles

Nora is a young housewife and mother who lives with her husband, their two sons and her father-in-law in a little village. In the Swiss countryside, little is felt of the huge social upheavals of May 1968. Nora’s life, too, has been unaffected; she is a retiring, quiet person, well liked by everyone - until she begins to campaign publicly and pugnaciously for women’s right to vote, an issue that will be put before the male voters on February 7, 1971.

DIRECTOR: petra volpe

TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL 2017 Winner - Best Fiction Film

TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL 2017 Winner - Audience Award, Narrative

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Thank you to all festival goers who voted for the 2018 John P. Vinkemulder Audience Award. The winner of the award at the 10th Annual Frankfort Film Festival is The Fencer.

The Fencer can add the Frankfort Film Festival to its trophy case, which also includes awards from the Golden Globes, Palm Springs International Film Festival, St. Louis International Film Festival, and more.

Second place for the 2018 Frankfort Film Festival went to The Divine Order and third place to Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Voting for the 2019 John P. Vinkemulder Audience Award will take place during the 11th Annual Frankfort Film Festival.

Listening Devices underwritten by Hearing Solutions of Northwest Michigan.