The festival recognizes the work of student filmmakers as part of an interconnected statewide film community. The festival provides networking opportunities and juried merit awards of distinction. The festival is juried by professors and industry professionals.


Join us for an eventful evening of films, inter-college conversations, and fun. Juried and accepted submissions will be shown at the Showplace ICON Theater & Kitchen. An awards ceremony will close out the evening, during which we will announce the winners of the festival!

Entry fee:
- Free for TCFF Education Sponsors
- $10.00 per entry for students attending other colleges

Best of Show will be automatically programmed in the Twin Cities Film Fest.

Best of Show, Best Narrative, Best Documentary, Best Experimental, Best Animation, and Responsible Filmmaking also receive an industry level membership to TCFF.

All winners will receive 1 free film submission to the Twin Cities Film Fest and an award.

Excellence Awards:
Best of Show
Audience Choice Award
Best Narrative Fiction
Best Animation
Best Documentary
Best Experimental
Best Responsible Filmmaking

*The festival reserves the right to not grant awards in all categories if the merits of the work do not rise to standards of expectations.

Rules & Terms
- You must be an undergraduate student or have completed the work while an undergraduate student, enrolled at a college/university in Minnesota to submit to this festival.

- Films must be submitted through FilmFreeway before the deadline or they will not be considered.

- You assume and retain the rights to your submission. Screenshots may be used for promotional purposes.

- Your submission should not be one that has been in previous ICFF.

- Work that promotes hate speech, violence, or lewd acts may not be selected.

- Works created must have students in all the primary roles of production (producer, director, cinematographer, sound, editing) Non-students can be credited, but are ineligible for recognition.

- Films should be submitted by the owner of work (producer or director) or faculty member from supporting institution.

- All copyright clearances are the responsibility of the filmmaker(s).

- All film submissions require the names and associated schools of principle crew as well as a synopsis.

- Films should be under 15 minutes in length.

- Regardless of submission category, all accepted films will be considered for all excellence awards.