The Muskegon Film Festival was a film festival held every February in the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Muskegon, Michigan. Films were screened in both the Frauenthal Theater and the Beardsley Theater. It is now held at The Harbor Theater in Muskegon's Lakeside district, and the time has been moved to the end of May. (Starting May 30, 2009)

The first Muskegon Film Festival was held in May 2001 during Mother's Day weekend.

It returned in February 2004 with a new submission policy: they would only accept films which played at other film festivals, which was dropped in 2005.

Snowfest, sponsored by the Muskegon Jaycees, is held on West Western Ave. between the Frauenthal and Holiday Inn Muskegon Harbor. It takes place at the same time as the Muskegon Film Festival.

In 2009, the Muskegon Film Festival returned to May, primarily because of declining attendance during the past two Februarys. It also moved from the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts to the Harbor Theater, an art-and-independent movie house in the Lakeside business district of Muskegon, Michigan.


Muskegon Film Festival has high school and college film competitions. The high school competition is sponsored by Compass Academy in Grand Rapids, Michigan and the college competition was sponsored by Grand Valley State University in 2004 and 2005 and a local company in 2006. Compass Academy awards free tuition to winners of both competitions.


There were seminars about the history of animation and the visual effects in The Matrix films.


There was a seminar about filmmaking in Michigan and another about a film about asparagus.


There was a seminar on acting, a session featuring two Muskegon filmmakers, The Animation Show 2005, and a screening of a remake of An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge. Kodak became a sponsor for this year's festival.


In 2007, a new Buster Keaton Comedy Award was presented [1]. A documentary about xxxchurch was screened [2].

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