About the Sunrise 45 Film Festival

Sunrise 45 Film, Music, and Art Festival is like no other. Nestled in the small town of Alpena in Northeast Michigan (what we call the Sunrise Side of the state), Sunrise 45 features different screening venues, all within walking distance from each other. It takes place in late Summer, the best and most beautiful time to be in Northeast Michigan, and is split in two by the Thunder Bay River. Our town is an eclectic mix of post-industrial blue collar and northern charm, with a good dose of youthful spirit and vibrancy. Come discover this gem off the beaten path. We mix film, music, and art installations that take over the entire downtown which, when combined with our natural landscapes, is more than enough eye-candy for this three-day festival. You won't experience anything quite like Sunrise 45.


Thunder Bay River under moonlight in Alpena, Michigan

2017 is Sunrise 45 Film Festival's first year. We are very excited to host some great films from all across the U.S. and hopefully from around the world as well! We plan on growing every year, and plan on being Northeast Michigan's premiere film festival!


If you'd like to discover a little bit more about Alpena, Michigan and what it has to offer, check out http://www.visitalpena.com.




December 1, 2018 - Open for Entries

January 21, 2019 - Earlybird Deadline

February 18, 2019 - Regular Deadline

March 20, 2019 - Late/Final Deadline

April 22, 2019 - Film Lineup Announced to Filmmakers

July 1, 2019 - Tickets Go On Sale!

August 16, 17, 18, 2019 - 3rd Annual SR45 Film Festival!

Our Venues

Art in the Loft

Art in the Loft is Northeast Michigan’s premier fine arts center and gallery. Our mission is to enrich the quality of life in Northeast Michigan through an arts center that offers learning opportunities and increases public participation in the arts. The gallery has over 7,000 square feet of open loft space devoted to the exhibit of fine art by local, regional and national artists. We also offer visual and culinary art workshops, educational activities, and arts-centered community events. The gallery is open to the public and can be used by members for private functions.


Alpena Civic Theatre

Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

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