Congratulations! to the RSFF Award nominations and winners

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From September 8th-18th, 2022,the Royal Starr Film Festival was held at Emagine Theater in Royal Oak, MI.   This year the Royal Starr Film Institure joined ranks with Darren Brown of the Detroit Filmmaker’s Awards to present 80 different films. It also presented the Trailer Park Mix and Mingle Script Summit, Speedcast 3, The Business of Entertainment Panel, and the Directing Panel.

After the two-week festival, award winners of this year’s festival were announced.  The winners were in categories from Best Feature Documentary to Best Narrative Film and others.  Here is the list of winners. Congratulations to all who were nominated and those who ultimately won in each category.

Said Luke Castle, President of the Royal Starr Film Institute, “Over my tenure at the Royal Starr, I’ve had the honor of watching our local film community grow and mature into this vibrant community of talented individuals. I am excited to celebrate with these filmmakers as they present the works that they have poured themselves into. I invite the larger Metro Detroit Community to join me in supporting our filmmaker community by attending the festival this year. ”

2022 RSFF Nominations
⭐ – Award Winner

Best Feature Documentary
⭐ The Trust Game – Aaron Dykes, Melissa Dykes
Catching Air – Jamie Hitchings
This is [Not] Who We Are – Beret E Strong, Katrina Miller

Best Narrative Film
Saturnalia – Jason Allen
The Paper Angel – Darren Hunt
Pursuit of Freedom – George A Johnson

Best International Narrative Feature
The Ugly Truth – Krishna Ashu Bhati
Sweet Disaster – Laura Lehmus
Hideout – Yen Kuang Chen

Best International Documentary Short
If you’re happy there, I’m happy here -David Peinado Romero
Digital Champions leading the fight against FGM in Tanzania – Steven Hervieu
More than a route – Peter Dippel

Best International Narrative Short
Heavy Petting – Brendan Prost
Anima Possession – Wai Mo Chan
Identibyte – Sajjad Shahhatami

Narrative Short
From Under The Bridge: When Bullies Become Trolls – Paul James Houghton
Waffle Home – Matt Everitt
:60 Seconds – John ‘Quig’ Quigley

Music Video
Lemonade – Ben Graham, Lynnzee Fraye
Dear Luna – Spencer Fraye, Lynnzee Fraye, Will Raver
Icarian Official Music Video – Ryan Hudson

Best Michigan Narrative Feature
Dangerous Creation – Andrew Alden
Mentality – Garret Morgan
Amber Waves – Jim T-Shirt
Cain and Abel – Kamal Smith
Carrie and Jess Save the Universe! – Joshua Courtade

Best Michigan Narrative Short
Kallisti – Pat Bird
Iridium – Jim T-Shirt
Sidekicks Anonymous – Jonah Sobczak, Sarah Root
Old Man’s Peak – Santiago Bukovsky

About the Royal Starr Film Festival

An international movie gala based in downtown Royal Oak, Michigan, the annual festival attracts filmmakers and cinema enthusiasts from all over Michigan, the United States, and the world, featuring Michigan-made films and abroad.

The Royal Starr Arts Institute, a non-profit arts organization, hosts the Royal Starr Film Festival,

The Royal Starr Film Festival website is

Upon wrapping its run, the Royal Starr Film Festival announced it was opening for submissions for next year’s 2023 film festival.  If you are interested in submitting your films to the festival, submit your films to

The Detroit Filmmaker Awards’ website is

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