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The Mitten Movie Project is a monthly film festival dedicated to screening independent films. Began in 2005, it has evolved into a great venue, outlet, and incubator for independent filmmaking. It regularly attracts around 100 moviegoers each month.


The Mitten Movie Project screens independent shorts, trailers, student films, documentaries, music videos, experimental shorts, and animations. While the majority of the shorts accepted are from Michigan, the MMP is not limited to Michigan-made shorts as it has screened work from other states and countries. The only requirement is that the short be independent – meaning, not studio backed or with studio distribution.


On screening nights, the night starts off with a pre-screening reception at 6:30 p.m. in the Main Art lobby where moviegoers can mingle with the directors, industry professionals, and film enthusiasts. After the screening, a Q&A session is conducted with the filmmakers in the theatre. An afterglow party is usually held at Mr. B's, which is within walking distance of the theatre.


An Audience Choice Award winner is selected by moviegoers each month. This Audience Choice Award winner is given the opportunity to include his/her short in the Mitten Movie Show, a public access TV show broadcast in Oakland County to over 140,000 households.


Occasionally, the Mitten Movie Project hosts themed screening nights:


November MMP – Zombie Night. This night features all things zombie. It annually attracts around 200 zombie enthusiasts. The 2010 Zombie Night will be the fourth annual screening. Zombie Night has featured zombie narrative shorts, zombie trailers, zombie animations, zombie claymations, zombie musicals, zombie music videos, a blaxploitation zombie short, grindhouse zombie short, and sock puppet zombies.


December MMP – Best of the Mitten Movie Project. This night pits all 11 Mitten Movie Project Audience Choice Award winners from the past year against each other for the Short of the Year award. All 11 shorts are screened this night for one very solid night of independent filmmaking.

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