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“There isn’t anything like this around Detroit. We have the Traverse City festival here in Michigan, but that’s really it…”

~The News Herald

The Royal Starr Film Festival (RSFF) is an international film festival centered in downtown Royal Oak Michigan at the state of the art Emagine Theater and planned by the non-profit, Royal Starr Arts Institute.

Royal Starr Film Festival will take place September 6 -15, 2019

The Films Royal Starr Film Festival will screen short, feature, and documentary films at the Royal Oak Emagine theater.


 Emagine Royal Oak.

200 N Main St, Royal Oak,
MI 48067



to the 2019 Royal Film Festival Winners



Best Narrative Feature
Love Immortal

Best Documentary Feature
Return to Hardwick

Best International Narrative Feature

Family Friendly Feature

Best Michigan Feature
Joe Vs. Joe

Best International Documentary Feature
Take Your Dream

Feature Film Screenplay
First Place
Second Place


Best Narrative Short
Raiven Destiny

Best International Documentary Short
They Came in Crowded Boats and Trains

Best Documentary Short
The Guy: Brian Donahue Story

Best International Narrative Short

Best Animated Short
Hoan Alone: Personal Stories from the Bridge

Best Michigan Short
Ca$h Only

Short Film Screenplay
First Place
The Many Murders of Mike Malloy
Second Place
An Assault on the Senses

2019 Nominations

 MI Short: 

  • A day in the life of Kik Pool 

  • Mentation

  • Ca$h Only 

  • Oblivious Miss

  • Finding Happiness in a Six Pack

MI Feature: 

  • Ring Of Silence

  • Joe Vs Joe

Family Friendly: 

  • Turnover

Narrative Short: 

  • Raiven Destiny

  • Ca$h Only

  • Nasty Habbits

  • Knock Knock

  • Bumbry Encounter

Narrative Feature: 

  • Love Immortal

  • Lift

  • Turnover

  • Losing It

Documentary Short: 

  • The Guy: Brian Donahue Story

  • Vietnam Aftermath

  • Immigration Stories

  • Home Alone Personal Stories

  • A Change of Practice 

Documentary Feature: 

  • Shattered Dreams: Sex Trafficking 

  • Return to Hardwick 

  • Where there is Darkness

  • When All that’s left is love

  • My Secret is my Story

International Documentary Feature: 

  • Soldiers without Guns 

  • Take your Dream

  • The March of Hope

International Documentary Short: 

  • Flip the Switch

  • They Came in Crowded Boats and Trains

International Narrative Short: 

  • Burqa City 

  • Deep Dive

  • Carga 

  • Siege 

  • Lift Off

International Narrative Feature: 

  • Uncovered 

  • Book Week 

  • Foxy 


  • Mushroom Park 

  • Feline Paradox

  • Hoan Alone: The Personal Stories from the Bridge