MINNEAPOLIS ST. PAUL
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Minneapolis, Minnesota - USA
April 13 to 29, 2017
In the spotlight today is the 36th Annual Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF). Called "a treasure for film buffs and for those looking to discover the next big indie moviemaker" by MovieMaker Magazine , and "boldly curated" by Indiewire, MSPIFF is a catalyst for artistic discovery and an essential Spring exhibition showcasing more than 250 new films from around the globe. Over 17 exhilarating days, Minneapolis blossoms into an epicenter of cinematic achievement as 45,000 avid film fans converge on the City of Lakes for hundreds of packed screenings, unforgettable parties and illuminating conversations.
MSPIFF's lineup annually includes films from both intrepid new artists and influential luminaries alike hailing from more than 70 countries, and showcases bold international and American narrative, documentary, animated and experimental films of all lengths in both competitive and non-competitive sections. Each year, juries award over $10,000 USD in cash and prizes to winners of the annual Emerging Filmmaker, Documentary, Short, and Minnesota Made competitions.
Known for its Midwest hospitality, offering complimentary ground transportation and accreditation to visiting guests, and featuring a one-of-a-kind travel fund to encourage filmmaker attendance, MSPIFF provides a platform for artists to engage with audiences, connect with their peers, and get noticed along the picturesque banks of the Mississippi River.
MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
To foster a knowledgeable and vibrant appreciation of the art of film through a commitment to exhibiting the very best of contemporary and historical independent, local, national and international cinema. In doing so, MSPIFF informs audiences about the cultures, histories, cutting-edge news and filmmaking artistry from countries around the world.
MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Festival itself is a destination - its flagship venue, the St. Anthony Main Theatre, is set along the historic banks of the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis, providing one of the country's most picturesque backdrop for an arts event. The theatre itself is surrounded by popular bars and restaurants, where enthusiastic audiences congregate to discuss films over pints of local craft beer.
Categories now open include Narrative Feature and Short, Documentary Feature and Short, Experimental, Childish Feature and Short, Animation, and Music Video. Submit your work today!