MCFF Guest Registration CLOSED


FESTIVAL PASSES and SINGLE TICKETS can be purchased at the Capitol Theatre beginning at 5 pm on Wednesday, Nov 8.





MCFF registration is for out-of-town and international audiences only. Local (Windsor-Detroit) audiences may purchase tickets and passes at festival venues, subject to availability.


STEP  1.   Read Guest Registration Information on this page.

STEP  2.  Arrange your travel to Windsor-Detroit.

STEP  3.  Arrange your accommodations in Windsor (options below).

STEP  4.  Complete your registration form and purchase your pass.


Visit Tourism Windsor-Essex Pelee Island for more information about attractions and amenities for travellers to the Windsor region.


Media City Film Festival dates

Tuesday, November 7–Saturday, November 11, 2023  /  Windsor-Detroit


Registration to attend Media City Film Festival’s 26th Edition is now open! Please read the following information carefully before registering. 


Following MCFF’s highly-successful 25th anniversary virtual edition in 2022, and three previous editions of ThousandSuns Cinema showcasing 180+ films, the festival returns to in-person presentations in Windsor-Detroit, November 7–11, 2023. As we transition from virtual exhibitions reaching tens of thousands of audience members to an intimate in-person festival, we are centering intentionality and communication in how we gather together in the cinema. The following information is intended to assist those attending MCFF from outside of Windsor-Detroit. 


Media City Film Festival’s 26th Edition will showcase 70+ films and digital artworks with artists in attendance from around the world. This edition promises to be historic. MCFF’s programming will unfold across five nights with presentations in all gauges and formats.


Registration is very limited and will be allocated to international visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, you must book your travel and accommodations before completing the registration form to obtain a full festival pass. The form will not submit without this information. We suggest you plan early to take advantage of special hotel rates (below) and to ensure you secure your festival pass. 


MCFF’s screenings and events are offered on a “Pay What You Like” basis. A Full Festival Pass for Media City Film Festival’s 26th Edition is $30 Canadian dollars (to ensure maximum accessibility).  At the end of the registration form, a payment portal will allow you to purchase your festival pass, which will confirm your attendance.  The purchase of your pass is the only direct monetary contribution to MCFF. However, the festival does accept donations. Your contribution goes directly to artists.  

Where to stay during the festival

MCFF’s official hotels are within easy waking distance of the Capitol Theatre in downtown Windsor, starting at the festival’s preferred rate $139 per night (offer expires October 6), while supplies last. If you’re sharing a room other MCFF guests, make sure all guests complete a registration form to secure your festival passes and seats at the theatre. 

Direct Booking Links for MCFF Official Hotels:

Other Hotel options ($169–$200+ per night):



MCFF is the only cross-border film festival in the world. Events take place in both Windsor, Ontario, Canada and Detroit, Michigan, USA. The festival’s Opening Night takes place in Detroit (Nov. 7) with main screenings at the Capitol Theatre in Windsor (Nov. 8-11).


For detailed questions about accessibility needs, contact venues directly.

Crossing the Windsor-Detroit Border

For those traveling from the United States and Internationally, please be aware that you are required to have a valid passport to cross the border. MCFF is a cross-border film festival.

Helpful information about border crossing is available on the Tourism Windsor-Essex Pelee Island website

Car and shuttle service information to travel between Windsor and Detroit: 

Transportation within Windsor

For American and international guests arriving Tuesday, November 7, MCFF recommends spending the day in Detroit and crossing the border to Windsor following the evening’s events. This simplifies your visit and minimizes your cross-border travel. Some attractions to visit in Detroit:



MCFF Recommends (close to the cinema):

Festival Pass

A Full Festival Pass for Media City Film Festival’s 26th Edition is $30 Canadian dollars. Passholders are prioritized for ticket collection and receive entry to all events. Please note that all passholders must pick up tickets for each program. Passes purchased online can be picked up from MCFF’s Guest Services and Ticket tables in the lobby at official screening venues. MCFF’s box office opens one hour before screenings. We recommend that you arrive early to ensure seating.

Pre-festival pass purchases are only available to out-of-town registrants online. Local audience members can buy passes and single tickets at the box office while supplies last.