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By: Austin H. Goodman

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LANSING, MICH. – The Capital City Film Festival started off their 2015 competition with 400 submissions from over 20 countries. The festival was held on April 9 through April 12. lHalf a decade ago in April 2010, the festival hosted their first four-day film festival.

According to the Co-founder of the Capital City Film Festival Dominic Cochran, Capital City Film Festival judges watch hundreds of films including short and feature length films. After the judges select the winners, they are featured at the festival.

In 2015, 80 films were selected and shown at venues around the area. The festival directors worked to put together concerts for each evening post festival, after the festival events are over for the day. Cochran listed a few venues, which included The Loft, Mac’s Bar and Knapp’s Theatre Centre.

Chase Frarey, bartender at Mac’s Bar, said that the concerts “drew a local crowd that had good participation through all of the performances.”

The festival was the largest yet because of new attractions and competitions, according to Cochran.

“This year we decided to try a video game design contest where we had teams from all over the state enter to compete. The competition gives the competitors a five-month production timeline, where they have to brainstorm, create and finish a new video game,” Cochran said.

Traction, a creative studio for multimedia communication, is a featured sponsor of the Capital City Film Festival. Camron Gnass is the owner & creative director at Traction. Gnass explained one of the large goals of the festival from year to year.

“The fifth year of the festival just concluded, and it was another successful festival. Our goal each year is to make sure that we are helping Lansing become a more desired place for friends and family of our employees to come visit and work at,” Gnass said.

This year, directors started to include pre-festival events for community members to become more involved. Cochran explained the recently established Brew & View.

“Just recently, we started the ‘Brew and View’, where in the last Thursday of the months leading up to the festival, the festival has started to put up cultural classic movies, movies that are more on the fun side. We had it this year at the Lansing Public Media Center,” Cochran said.

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