Moonplay Cinema is an artist-run project supporting women, nonbinary, and trans filmmakers and moving image artists, first and foremost. We screen, promote, and celebrate auteur-driven experimental, documentary and innovative narrative works from gender-diverse filmmakers.

We are now collecting submissions for our festival event scheduled for the week of April 7, 2024. We will present our program at Open Book's Performance Hall. We will also hold an event at Fresh Eye Gallery, an inclusive community art space located in South Minneapolis, and dedicated to showing works from emerging and mid-career artists.

For this event, we are seeking films 30 minutes or less that have an intersectional feminist edge. Films that address issues of gender, sexuality, race, and other forms of inequality often missing from the mainstream media, and their relation to each other.

The film program will coincide with the release of “You're a Filmmaker, You're an Artist,” a zine highlighting women and gender-diverse artists who engage with the moving image form. The book will feature the voices of women and gender-diverse filmmakers of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels, from emerging to established professionals, from experimental to narrative. Essays, profiles, and more will touch upon the professional practices of filmmakers.

Moonplay has a Featured Artist program to honor and recognize promising films made by innovative and creative filmmakers. Featured Artists will be invited to participate in a conversation on Where to From Here, our podcast program.

+We support women, nonbinary, and trans artists, first and foremost
+It is highly encouraged to provide a cover letter and an artist statement with your submission(s).
+Film should be no longer than 30 minutes.
+You can submit more than one film.
+Films submitted must be in digital format.
+Submissions need to offer the legal ability to download your work.
+Vimeo is a highly recommended site to submit with.
+Imagery or details of your imagery (along with sound) may be used to promote the Moonplay events.
+If selected and if a film is not in English, films must have subtitles embedded in the file

Feel free to email us if you have any questions about the submission process by sending a message to