The principal aim of The Minnesota International Film Festival is to provide a platform to filmmakers that often don't have access to industry funding and support. We are passionate about programming films from filmmakers that are working in their own communities and outside of major film industry hubs. We are excited about films that are being made with limited budgets, from small towns, and from resourceful filmmakers.

We focus on highlighting filmmakers and stories from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the greater Midwest.

Films that speak to the culture, landscape, and infrastructure of the area will be considered. How these stories are told does not matter. Documentary, animation, narrative, animation, ex-film, it doesn't matter what film the submissions take.

Building and nurturing a thriving film and media arts community is important to us. In order to connect more with the community, we have established community partnerships with organizations that have a strong foothold across a diverse range of people in the region. This year our community partners are the American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO), Minnesota Environmental Partnership, and Twin Ports Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Collective (TPAC). Through these partnerships, we aim to prioritize artists who have historically been denied access to resources and opportunities within the industry.

We judge films solely based on their artistic and creative expression not on the resources they were drawn from. We look for films as art, evocative of reflection and response.
We invite filmmakers to submit innovative works that do not adhere to conventional storytelling techniques.

We will be giving awards to the following categories below. All awards will be juried by industry professionals:

Best Documentary Feature Award

Best Narrative Feature Award

Best Documentary Short Award

Best Narrative Short Award

Local Filmmaker Award

Iron Range Award presented by IRRRB

Finished projects must be completed no earlier than January 2020 to be eligible for the 2022 festival.

Submission fee is non-refundable.

Feature Films require a northern Minnesota Premiere.

Minnesota Film Festival does not pay screening fees.

More than one entry may be submitted. Each entry must be accompanied by it's own online entry and entry fee.

Filmmakers will assume shipping and handling costs to the festival.

Films produced in languages other than English must provide legible English subtitles.

Overall Rating
  • FirstSight Agency

    Great people and festival - highly recommend!

    June 2022
  • Kendra Shoemaker

    This was my first time attending a film festival and I had a blast! I feel honored to have been apart of it and to meet other filmmakers and to see so much creative talent. I'm excited for what's to come next year.

    May 2022
  • Excellent festival with thoughtful programming!

    May 2022
  • Martin King

    Great festival, great people and a fantastic cinema.

    May 2022
  • Kevin Obsatz

    I felt really welcomed by Dahee and Matt! And I appreciated that they had discounted hotel rooms available for all the filmmakers. An amazing first year for this festival!

    May 2022