Idlewild International Film Festival readies for its first year

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As we edge closer to the inaugural Idlewild International Film Festival, we would like to make sure that you are well prepared for your visit to this historic community. If you are planning to be at the festival, it is very important that you are aware of the following details:

Idlewild is a resort town in a rural part of West Michigan that is surrounded by breathtaking scenery and wildlife. Due to the lack of tourist-driven infrastructure, lodging can sometimes be challenging. Most people who visit Idlewild prepare their stay several months in advance.

With this in mind, we have reserved the celebrated Morton’s Motel which is in the heart of Idlewild and also, walking distance from the festival grounds where our night screenings will take place. Morton’s is one of the very few motels still standing, that was frequently featured in the Green Book.

We are a first-year film festival, and our budget is limited, however, we are able to offer room’s to our filmmakers at block room rates. Room prices range from $66.00 per night to $100.00 per night. Complimentary breakfast will be available for our featured filmmakers who stay at the motel.

All filmmakers (who will be included in the programming) will receive all-access passes to the screenings and workshops. It is important that you let us know immediately if you plan on attending. The rooms will be available on the first come basis. A 50% deposit is due upon reservation of your room. The balance is due by 07/01/2019.

By staying at Morton’s, you will be staying in a cozy, quaint space surrounded by other filmmakers and VIP guests.  The space will also be used for a couple of our workshops which offer additional convenience.

In addition, for those who have not received a letter yet stating that their film is included in the screenings, we thought it better to offer you this opportunity, in the event that you still would like to be a part of the movement. Please let us know if you have any questions and or concerns and we look forward to seeing you in Idlewild.


Idlewild International Film Festival.

The Cinematic Griot Collective brings to you “The Idlewild International Film Festival” an outdoor film screening under the stars in the Historical African American Community of Idlewild, Michigan. The 2019 Idlewild International Film Festival will showcase WOMEN filmmakers from all walks of life telling vibrant and unique stories. The festival will take place outdoors on the Paradise Lake Festival Grounds. The entire weekend will be filled with short films, tours of the Island, art, music, food, and fun!

The Idlewild International Film Festival will feature carefully curated films, documentaries and music videos, presented to you from all over the world! This festival will also include an art and photography exhibit from the natives and neighboring communities entitled “Voices of Idlewild”.



Idlewild, once the so-called “Black Eden of Michigan”, is known for its beautiful beaches, glistening lakes, and native wildlife. During the height of its popularity, travelers from all over the country would come here to experience its exciting nightlife, regularly featuring entertainers such as the legendary Lena Horne, Motown’s own The Four Tops and stage and screen star Della Reese.

After segregation ended, more entertainers of color were free to perform anywhere in the country and Idlewild became somewhat forgotten. Over the past two decades, there has been a renewed interest in Idlewild. Many new business and venues have sprung up in the Idlewild community and in 2019 we invite you to join us in making history (again) by attending the first Idlewild International Film Festival.

Our Mission:
The Cinematic Griot Collective is a network of filmmakers, artists, and creatives who create and showcase, inspiring and unique culturally relevant works. We aim to reach beyond the surface with non-linear perspectives and creations. Traveling throughout forgotten communities, we bring to the forefront people and places that are often overlooked, misrepresented and forgotten.

Short Narratives and Documentaries, Micro Short Narratives and Documentaries, Talk

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