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BoxFest Detroit Film Festival

October 10-18, 2020

Detroit, MI

For 16 years and counting, BoxFest Detroit has served and continues to function as a springboard for many women and their directing careers. Traditionally, BoxFest Detroit has presented exclusively live theatre productions, and is hosted at Planet Ant Theatre. This year, the festival has expanded to include a film festival as well. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, BoxFest Detroit 2020 will run entirely online, powered by Seed&Spark.

Festival Program

Box 1 -- Theatre Performance Shorts
46 min

Box 1 features three theatrical performances. Love at First Slice and A Cup of T were produced and filmed specifically for BoxFest Detroit 2020. These directors used their creativity to experiment with theatrical storytelling in a post-Covid world. Selections from Cleopatra Boy presents excerpts from A Host of People’s devised production, Cleopatra Boy, featuring live music, projections, toy theater and more to examine justice and representation.

Box 2 -- Documentary Shorts
45 min

Box 2 features three compelling stories, all told through documentary film. Breaking the Cycle follows the private life of Indi Jackson, a record-breaking college athlete, revealing that life’s biggest challenges are often encountered off the field. The Way of Art shares the riveting and precarious journey of one theatre’s quest to bring a giant puppet to life, and The Impact examines MSU students’ responses to racially biased incidents.

Box 3 -- Narrative Shorts
65 min

Box 3 features five narrative films that are sure to entertain. Chatterboxing! delights as the festival’s only animated short. Personal trials take center stage in the substance-fueled dramedy, A Basement Film, and ASTRAY: The Justification of Grace, a story with faith-based themes. A Good Day is a surreal, existential trip, and Flame Out offers an apocalyptic tale of interpersonal strife. Day of Reckoning unsettles as the only horror short.

Box 4 -- Narrative Shorts
60 min

Box 4 rounds out the festival with five more narrative shorts. The coming-of-age story, golden, and The Idler, a gloomy rendition, explore university life and beyond in very different ways. Future Shock is a time traveling romp of pandemic proportions, and unexpected romance finds its way in of Masquerade and Rhymes. The dark comedy Taco Soup shows that a holiday family dinner can offer more than any of the guests bargain for.

Festival Kick Off
Saturday, Oct 10, 2020
6:00pm - 6:20pm

Join us to kick off the festival with the famous BoxFest Detroit curtain speech, an introduction to the festival platform, and a celebration of this year's directors!

Directors Q&A
Friday, Oct 16, 2020
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Annually, BoxFest Detroit hosts a Q&A with our cohort of festival directors. This Q&A will consider the process of producing in a pandemic, the experience of theatre directors producing film, and the choices made in a creative process.

Awards Ceremony
Saturday, Oct 17, 2020
6:00pm - 6:30pm

Join us for a live event! We will wrap up the festival, celebrate the success of the virtual festival, and share the winners of our juried awards!

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