Detroit International Film Festival March 9-13

DETROIT, Mich. (WXYZ) - The Detroit International Film Festival (DIFF) has become one of the hottest film showcases in Michigan.

The festival features over 80 films at four local venues. The event is underway through Sunday, March 13th, and features world premieres, documentaries, panel discussions and award ceremonies.

This year, DIFF will focus more on the Michigan film industry and will capture the essence of true local independent films. Though, they will also show national and international film screenings.

The film festival will have an award ceremony on Saturday, March 12th. There are 25 categories including Best Michigan Feature, Director, Best Short, as well as technical and acting categories.

One of the films nominated for Best Documentary is Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist John Kaplan’s new film Not As I Pictured. The upbeat and inspiring film was partially shot in Detroit. It plays Saturday, March 12th at 3:00 p.m. at the Uptown Birmingham 8.

Not As I Pictured documents John's battle with lymphoma and also stars two local brothers, high school teacher, Todd Koehn, and his younger brother, Ryan, a local firefighter, who like John is a cancer survivor. Ryan was in the news in December 2009 when he helped rescue a young child from a burning house in Detroit moments before it collapsed.

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