We recognize that communities thrive and experience economic spurs when they welcome the film industry, often bringing new opportunities, new jobs and redevelopment.
The Emberlight International Film Festival is on a mission to give back to the community that makes our programming possible. Our goal is to sow the seeds to put the western Upper Peninsula on the filmmaking map, so both our community and filmmakers will reap the benefits. The Festival is a beacon in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan, celebrating and supporting independent filmmakers from around the world.
We have received over 770 films since last October from 78 countries. Our 2022 season features 43 films in screenings from August 20 – 26. The schedule is packed with captivating animations, romantic short films, and powerful documentaries — including a film that was shot this March in Ukraine detailing the impact of the ongoing war.