25 Films, 25 Years

That's a wrap!

Grand Valley State University’s annual Summer Film Project has transformed the lives of hundreds of students over 25 years. The summer film brings together students, faculty and industry professionals who join forces to make a motion picture.

We raised enough to shoot our feature, which wrapped production on July 31, 2019! We hope to raise the final $5,000 for post-production, with a World Premiere in April, 2020.

SFP Testimonial

SFP Testimonial

SFP Testimonial

Donation Total: $20,045 of $25,000 goal.

Donation Rewards. $25 VIP Seat at World Premiere, $50 2 VIP Seats at Premiere + Signed Poster, $100 4 seats + limited access to an exclusive stream of "Driftless", $250 Special Thanks in Credits. Rewards Stack. Each reward comes with all previous awards.

$25,000 for 25 Years

The 25 for 25 Silver Anniversary fundraising campaign’s goal is to add to our normal budget in order to make a feature film (rather than a short film). We're almost there!  We raised $20,000, shot the film, and hope to raise the final $5,000 for post-production.

Driftless is a feature-length drama about Nova Abbey, a park ranger at work during a state government shutdown on a busy 4th of July weekend, protecting the park from the people and the people from each other.



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Starring Monique Candelaria

Summer Film 2014 Behind-the-Scenes

Photo Gallery of Past Summer Films Behind-the-Scenes

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The Law of Nature (Documentary)

Alumni Reflections

“The opportunity to work alongside your peers under the direction of professionals is something that is very unique and overall this was one of the most beneficial experiences of my life and college career.”

-- Patrick Priest


“I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it, even though the hours were long and the work at times was intense. I learned far more than I could have imagined possible, and feel like it would benefit any future filmmaker to be a part of this exciting program for a summer.”

-- Brandon Conley

Archive of Past Summer Film Projects

link to past summer film projects

Alumni Reflections

 “It was the culmination of my college film career. Everything that I had learned in all my classes was useful in making this film.”

-- Nate Abramowski


“It really made me understand that no one person makes a film, it’s totally a collective effort and every role is important no matter how glamorous or lackluster it may seem. Now that I have experienced what it really takes to make a good film, I will forever take that into my film-making life.”

-- Mike Victor