The Sunrise 45 Film Festival is looking for cover art for our 2018 Film Festival Program, and we want you to submit your original work! The Film Festival program will be printed and distributed throughout Northeast Michigan, and be available for download on this website. Please read the text below before submitting your artwork.


  • June 1st: Contest Opens

  • July 1st: Submission Deadline

  • July 10th: Winner Announced!


Check back here after July 10th to see the winning art work!

Contest RULES

  1. Submission Guidelines

  • Submit digital files via email to with the subject "Sunrise 45 Art Contest". Digital files should be no smaller than 8.5 x 11 inches (landscape) and 300dpi in order to reproduce a good quality printed image. If the file is too large to attach to the email, please send a download link via dropbox or google drive.

  • If you wish to submit physical artwork, please drop it off at Art in the Loft, on the 3rd floor of the Center Building, in downtown, Alpena, MI. Make sure to mention it is for the Sunrise 45 Film Festival Cover Art Contest.

  • Please include (either in the email or along with your physical submission) the artist's name, phone number, email address, and the title of the piece (if applicable).

  • The artwork submitted must be ORIGINAL art created by the artist who's name is included with submission. Thunder Bay Film Society and the Sunrise 45 Film Festival will not be held liable if the artwork is found to be copied or created by anyone else.

  • By submitting your artwork, you agree that the Sunrise 45 Film Festival and Thunder Bay Film Society may use the artwork in current and future promotional materials for the Film Festival. The artist, however, retains all rights to their artwork.

  1. Artwork Guidelines

  • Artwork must be 11 inches x 8.5 inches. Our festival programs are basically a regular sheet of paper (in landscape mode) folded in half.

  • You may decide to incorporate the text yourself, or we can do it on top of your art work. Either way, there will need to be some text. Please see our guide/template HERE for complete details.

  • We respect all genres/subjects of art, but please keep the subject matter respectful, non-violent, and non-pornographic. These programs will be printed and distributed, and easily visible to the public, including small children. If you have questions about content, feel free to shoot us an email.

  1. Winners

  • The winning artwork will be printed on the 2018 Sunrise 45 Film Festival program, which is distributed throughout Northern Michigan, given to all visiting filmmakers and festival attendees, and available to download from our website. (Click HERE for last year's program)​.

  • The winning artist will be given credit; their name will be printed on the first page of the program, along with the date and title (if applicable) of the artwork.

  • The winning artist will receive four (4) All-Access Passes to the 2018 Sunrise 45 Film Festival, which takes place on August 17-19, 2018 (a $120+ value). Passholders will be able to get into any screening at any time for the duration of the festival, as well as the Filmmaker meet & greet on Thursday, August 16th, and the wrap party on Sunday, August 19th. Passholders also receive special discounts at participating local restaurants & bars during the festival.

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