The Frozen River Film Festival offers programs that engage, educate and activate viewers to become involved in the world. These programs provide a unique perspective on environmental issues, sustainable communities, adventure travel and sports, and diverse cultures while showcasing the art of documentary film. Our films often explore issues, concerns, and life’s successes that are usually not covered in the local media.

We connect our viewers with people at the heart of current events, organizations at the forefront of social change, and distinct cultures in an increasingly global community.

If Accepted: Visiting filmmakers are invited to an opening reception and a 3-course dinner where they can network and meet other filmmakers attending the festival. Some travel and lodging assistance is available.

Grand Jury Award (across all categories):
1st Place: $1,000

MN Doc Award (across all categories):
1st Place: $500

Short Film Award (across all categories):
1st Place: $250

Special Jury Award:
First Place: $250

Audience Choice Award

Public TV Award:
1st Place: Documentary featured on KSMQ Public Television in a primetime spot

All winners also receive a handcrafted trophy.

General Rules:

Submissions Rules

Frozen River Film Festival accepts no responsibility for loss or damage of entries during shipment to or from Frozen River Film Festival.

1. Entrants must submit a Secure Online Screener (Quicktime or .AVI formats) viewing copy for consideration. DVD's will also be accepted.

2. Entry forms and payment will not be processed without an accompanying DVD or Preview Copy in Secure Online Screeners, Quicktime or .AVI formats.

3. All entries must be in English or contain English subtitles or be dubbed in English (unless special arrangements have been made with festival.)

4. Please attach FilmFreeway four-digit number with Preview Copy when submitting.

5. For publications purposes, if your film/video is selected for screening, digital press kits are mandatory.

6. Exceptions to the festival regulations must be authorized by one of the Festival Directors.

The cost of shipping an entry to the festival must be paid by the entrant. Collect or C.O.D. shipment will not be accepted. All international entries must be sent "free domicile" to the Festival office with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper. Any brokerage fees charged to the Frozen River Film Festival will be billed back to the shipper. Be sure to include all the proper customs documentation required by the shipping company.

Terms and Conditions:
Frozen River Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film and related materials submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film and related materials hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film and materials for screening and use in publications, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Frozen River Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Terms for the KSMQ Public Television award:
I hereby grant, assign, and transfer to KSMQ Public Service Media, Inc. the rights for five (5) years from the date of first broadcast, including all literary and property rights to publish, promote or dispose of media titled ___________________.

I warrant that all materials I furnish and use are my own original materials, or are materials that I have full authority to use for such purposes. Additionally, I authorize KSMQ Public Service Media, Inc. to use these materials for publicizing/promoting such broadcasts.

KSMQ Public Media Services, Inc. will honor a filmmaker’s request to delay first broadcast for up to, but no more than six months from the date of the award given at the Frozen River Film Festival in order to allow said filmmaker the opportunity to enter his/her work in additional festivals. KSMQ Public Media Services, Inc. will provide no financial remuneration to the filmmaker for the broadcast of the winning entry. By entering the Frozen River Film Festival, entrants agree to the terms if selected as the winner of the KSMQ award.

Films selected for this award will be just under 30 minutes, 60 minutes or 90 minutes to fit into television scheduling restraints.

Submission Categories: Adventure, Global Culture, Environment, & Human Interest