ArtPrize and Waterfront Film Festival team up for new event

Posted at 8:21 AM, Mar 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-13 01:41:09-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Two of West Michigan's largest events are teaming up in 2015, and that means some big changes to the Waterfront Film Festival.

Waterfront organizers announced on Thursday morning that they have partnered with ArtPrize.  The two organizations have created a competitive film event called "ArtPrize On-screen: Presented by Waterfront Film Festival" that will be held during ArtPrize in Grand Rapids.

Details are still being worked out, but Waterfront co-founder Hopwood DePree says this deal has been in the works for quite some time.

Questions about the future of the film festival surfaced earlier this month when a rumor circulated that it had been cancelled.  The original plan was to hold two separate events:  one in South Haven in June, and then the ArtPrize event in the fall.  But DePree says the rumor persisted, and organizers decided it was best to move forward and focus on the new co-creation.

A new summer event is already being planned for 2016.