Waterfront Film Festival

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This year’s Waterfront Film Festival in South Haven has been canceled. But movie fans can still see Waterfront films at Artprize in Grand Rapids this September during a new Artprize event called Artprize On Screen. This is Waterfront’s second move since it started in Saugatuck more than 16 years ago.


GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Waterfront Film Festival will be a part of ArtPrize 2015 and won't return to South Haven this summer. ArtPrize 2015 is launching "ArtPrize Tonight," a new, after-hours series of performance and film including "ArtPrize OnScreen" organized by Waterfront Film Festival as part of the seventh annual art exhibition in Grand Rapids. Due to the new partnership, Waterfront Film Festival will not hold its festival in South Haven, which had been slated for June 11-14, said Hopwood DePree, co-founder of Waterfront Film Festival. (MLive)

SOUTH HAVEN, MI -- After believing Tuesday that the 2015 Waterfront Film Festival had been canceled, the head of the South Haven/Van Buren County Convention & Visitors Bureau now says she is optimistic about the festival's future. The visitors bureau, which is headed by Lisa Shanley, on Wednesday issued a statement that the festival, slated for June 11-14, had been canceled. Festival co-founder Hopwood DePree said that was incorrect.

When it launched back in 1999, most people would not have guessed the Waterfront Film Festival would have survived more than a few years. Without a doubt, it was ambitious: Who starts a film festival in Saugatuck, a town without a single movie theater?

Festival was in Saugatuck until moving to South Haven for this year's festival

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