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Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival Call for Entries

Sunday, October 8, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Andrea Meyer
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Minneapolis, Minnesota - USA
April 12 to 28, 2018

In the Spotlight today is the 37th 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" byMovieMaker Magazine, and "boldly curated" byIndieWire. 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.

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October 15, 2017 - Regular Deadline
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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.

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.

"MSPIFF is without question the best run, most filmmaker-oriented large festival I have participated in," Ben Bowman, director ofKnucklehead.

Films and music videos are now being considered across multiple categories. Filmmakers under the age of 18 are invited to submit to the Nextwave category. Submit your best work today!