The Blue Water Film Festival vision is to bring the art of filmmaking to the Blue Water Area.
The Blue Water Film Festival mission is to provide filmmakers with an opportunity to showcase their productions and present the Blue Water Area as a marketable, appealing setting for cinematic projects. Further, the Festival offers the local community fun, innovative and cultural entertainment through film presentations. Tourism benefits of the Festival generate annual populace and economic support to the Blue Water Area. Also, the Blue Water Film Festival will promote and maintain an integrity similar to film festivals throughout Michigan. The Blue Water Film Festival is committed to generating revenue for the Blue Water Area and throughout Michigan through responsible management and quality entertainment. All Blue Water Film Festival funds are used for the operation of the Festival. The Blue Water Film Festival will incorporate the highest standards of integrity, set and achieve challenging goals, provide quality entertainment and utilize a team approach.
Blue Water Film Festival Attendee Testimonials 2012
I am encouraged by the BWFF’s efforts to inspire independent filmmakers and promote Michigan talent. I was impressed by the production quality of the films and overall I had a great time. I’m hoping that even more people come out next year to experience the festival and make a weekend event out of it. I anticipate this festival to get HUGE!
Animator, 2012 BWFF Judge
My weekend at the Blue Water Film Festival was a delight from start to finish. Great accommodations, friendly and helpful staff and organization and, of course, a fascinating selection of films, which impressed me enormously. Also, it was great to spend a little time in Port Huron, a lovely town with which, even as a native Michigander, I was unfamiliar. I appreciate everyone’s hard work and efforts, loved meeting everyone, and look back upon the whole event as a great experience.
“Revenge of the Nerds”/”King of the Nerds”
It meant a lot to have hometown validation of our film, “BARE.” I’m proud to tell fellow filmmakers that Port Huron has a top-notch film festival complete with supportive staff, enthusiastic audience, celebrities and lots of press. We had a wonderful experience, and would like to thank BWFF for letting us take part this year!
2012 Blue Water Film Festival Gold winner
What an awesome weekend of films, networking and catching the Michigan spirit.
So many of the films have stuck with me, generating discussions amongst my family (who attended with me) and other audience members that make you realize the profundity of even the quietest ideas.
2012 Film Selection Award Winner
This festival was organized very well; especially continuous updates about the festival … I believe some years from now BWFF will be a coveted festival in Michigan.
This was my second year screening at BWFF and honestly, it felt like coming home. High caliber films, friendly filmmakers and an audience that got all the jokes in our little comedy. Who could ask for more?
The Blue Water Film Festival is an incredible event that we look forward to every year. We love to get up to Port Huron and experience the beautiful town as well as the best films from Michigan and Ontario. It really is one of the best and most well run festivals I’ve ever been to, and the staff and volunteers never come off like staff and volunteers, they are your friends the moment you meet them. After the entire year of meet and greets and screenings and travelling to different places to promote these films that we are so passionate about, BWFF feels like coming home.
“White Wine” Director
I had a great time at BWFF and felt welcomed during my time spent in Port Huron. It is great to know there is such support for Michigan filmmakers.
It’s truly an honor to be a part of the BWFF again! I’m looking forward to sending our latest short, “Small Town Fireworks,” for next year’s!
Michigan Independent Filmmaker Of the Year 2012
Uptown Film Festival
We had a great time at the BWFF. We had three generations of the family attending and everyone had a great time. It was really nice … great communication the whole way through. I really feel like the festival respects the filmmaker, thanks for that.
We look forward to Blue Water [Film Festival]. It’s not just a film festival, it’s an event.
“The Tank II”
Seth Stark, Filmmaker, “The Dancer” 2011 BWFF Platinum Award Winner – “I just wanted to say how honored I am to have won the Platinum Award at the festival. … Obviously you are making an impact in the community with your vision and passion. I love seeing [the BWFF team’s] passion to create a strong filmmaking community. I would like to be a part of many future festivals in Port Huron. Thanks again!”
Jeremy Olstyn, Filmmaker, “Strong From Detroit” 2011 BWFF Best Direction Winner – “I just wanted to offer high praise and a Pure Michigan thank you for the amazing festival that you all put together this past weekend. It was fun, informative, and inspirational to spend a few days amongst such talented, locally grown filmmakers. It was especially meaningful to receive the award for best director from a Michigan fest since my hope with ‘Strong from Detroit’ was to impact a Michigan audience; and it was pretty awesome to see folks asking for autographs from Marcellous after our screening. Thanks again for continuing to promote the Michigan story on film.”
2011 FACEBOOK TESTIMONIALS
Douglas Schulze, Director, “Mimesis” – “On behalf of the cast and crew of ‘Mimesis’ I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone involved with the Michigan area premiere last weekend in Port Huron. When some folks heard our plans to unveil Mimesis in Port Huron the first question was, why there? By the end of the night those same people agreed that there was no better place on earth to host the event. With the Blue Water Bridge as a scenic backdrop the town of Port Huron welcomed us with open arms. … The team at the BWFF treated the cast and crew like royalty. Wonderful accommodations, limousines, a red carpet, gift baskets, autograph sessions, paparazzi, national media coverage, an army of zombies and best of all an audience most A-List filmmakers only dream of… This was better than any Hollywood premiere. As wonderful as all those things were, it was something else that made this event so special. It was the people. It was the staff at the BWFF and the residents of Port Huron that made this all so special. Simply put, take your movie some place special and you will feel special.
I liken Port Huron and the BWFF to our friends in Estepona, Spain and the Horror and Fantasy Film Festival they have hosted for 13 years! We’ve had the opportunity to screen at higher profile festivals in Spain but we prefer the hospitality and people of Estepona and Port Huron. In the end it’s all about the people. Once again, thank you everyone at Blue Water and the people of Port Huron for an amazing night we will always remember!”
2011 BLOG TESTIMONIALS
Mike White, Film Critic, Author and BWFF Special Guest – “I’ve had a wonderful time this weekend and feel that I should be presenting the festival organizers and volunteers with an award for the great job they’ve done in putting together such a fine, fun festival.”
2011 VOICEMAIL TESTIMONIALS
Scott G. Galeski, Filmmaker, “Protangeline” 2011 BWFF Official Selection – “…It’s just no holds barred …a great time by all. Thank you so much for your hospitality, kindness and support.”
2011 PRINT MEDIA TESTIMONIALS
Devin Polaski, Filmmaker, “Melody” – “I got serious with filmmaking in high school and it’s great that the BWFF gives people like me the opportunity to showcase our work. It is nice to see the festival revive some of the cultural activity the city has been known for and I think it attracts a lot of attention to the area. There is always a nice variation of work and I don’t think people realize how wonderful an opportunity it is to see some great entertainment.”
Joseph Parcell, Filmmaker, “Being From Another Planet” – “This is the third year I have been a part of this event and it’s been a tremendous experience every year. I want to thank the organizers of the festival because without them we wouldn’t have the opportunity to experience all the great work people in our own state can do.”
Denver Rochon, Filmmaker “Freezer Geezers”
Board of Directors
- Jeremy Stemen – Executive Director
- Kelly Kennedy – Vice President/Film Selection Chairperson
- Ryan Charron – Judge Concierge
- Scott Hall – Filmmaker Recruiter