International Youth Silent Film Festival

The Redford Theatre is participating in the 2019 International Youth Silent Film Festival.  Filmmakers who are 20 years old or younger on April 15, 2019 and who live in Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Wisconsin, or Arkansas can submit short silent movies to the Redford Theatre for judging in a regional competition.  The first, second and third place films from the Detroit regional will be screened at a national screening of films in Portland, Oregon.

For submission and other festival information, see the Redford Theatre call for entries and the IYSFF website.

Important Dates:

February 15, 2019
Submission deadline for the Detroit regional competition.
Submission form

April 5, 2019
Screenings of the following silent shorts:

  • Buster Keaton’s 1920 “One Week”, a parody inspired by a Ford Motor Company documentary “Home Made” about prefabricated housing.
  • Laurel & Hardy’s 1929 “Bacon Grabbers” with a short appearance by Jean Harlow.

Both films will have live accompaniment on the Redford’s Barton Theatre Organ by Nathan Avakian. Also included will be screenings of previous IYSFF competition silent short films.

April 6, 2019
Screening of the films in the Detroit regional competition at the Redford Theatre. Live accompaniment for the films will be provided on the Redford’s Barton Theatre Organ by Nathan Avakian.

June 9, 2019
Screening of the official selections for the International Award Show at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon (including the first, second and third place films from the Detroit regional competition).

Ticket information for April 5 and 6 (filmmakers get free admission but family members and others must buy tickets)