SEPTEMBER 24-27, 2020

Mizna's Twin Cities Arab Film Festival (TCAFF) is seeking films for our upcoming festival scheduled for September 24-27, 2020, as well as our new ongoing monthly film series. We accept narrative, documentary, experimental, animated films of feature and short lengths. We seek films made by Arab or Arab American filmmakers or films relevant to these communities.

For numerous reasons, including the impact of COVID-19, we're planning to present a scaled-back version of our film festival in September 2020, which will include online and hopefully in-person screenings. This year's scaled-back September festival will kick off our monthly screening series, which will run until September 2021, and possibly beyond. For this reason, we're accepting film submissions for both our September festival and our ongoing film series.

About Mizna: We're a St. Paul, Minnesota-based arts organization committed to bringing the best Arab cinema, literature, and art to Twin Cities audiences, produces the annual Twin Cities Arab Film Festival. Beginning in 2003, Mizna’s festival has screened numerous Arab and Arab American titles and hosted many acclaimed filmmakers to present their work and engage with our local communities. The TCAFF will celebrate its 15th festival this fall.

Our mission: The Arab Film Fest aims to exhibit films made by Arabs or those relevant to our community. With few exceptions, the festival screens Minnesota theatrical premieres. Please visit past festival websites ( for more information about the TCAFF. The Arab Film Fest is produced by Mizna, a critical platform for contemporary literature, art, film, and cultural programming centering the work of Southwest Asian and North African artists. For twenty years, we have sought to reflect the depth and multiplicity of our community and have been committed to being a space for Arab, Muslim, and other artists from the region to reclaim our narratives and engage audiences in meaningful and artistically excellent art.

Awards are temporarily suspended during this scaled-back year.


-We seek films made by Arab or Arab American filmmakers or films relevant to these communities. Your film must fit this requirement to be considered.

-All non-English language films must include English subtitles. Exceptions will be made for films with very little or no spoken dialogue.

-We exhibit films in the following formats: DCP with a frame rate of 24 fps or high resolution Blu-Ray. Depending on the quality, we will also consider films available on DVD.

-Selected films must arrive with shipping and customs duties paid.

-Each film requires a new submission form.

-Please include a 150-word film synopsis with your entry. If selected, we will use this synopsis in all promotional materials for the festival.


All submissions require a completed form. Please include all necessary information with the link such as password, director's and/or distributor's contact information, etc. Upon selection we will need additional publicity and marketing materials for our program catalog and media releases. If you cannot access the form or upload your submission for any reason, please contact us at

If you are a student, low-income, or an emerging filmmaker unable to upload your film due to submission fees, please email for a fee waiver.

DVD and BluRay preview copies* should be mailed to:

Twin Cities Arab Film Festival, Mizna
2446 University Ave W, Suite 115
St. Paul, MN 55114

*We will not return physical copies.

We enthusiastically welcome submissions and inquiries. However, we will not be able to address questions about the submitted title selections until the TCAFF program has been finalized in September 2020.

Overall Rating
  • Jose Luis Benavides

    What an incredible festival and amazing team! Mizna staff made us feel so welcomed and appreciated. We loved every minute of the festival and especially the thoughtful and intellectual programming.

    October 2019
  • Vikram Ahluwalia

    Very happy that our film was chosen for this important festival and its wonderful selection of films. In particular, our film is about a Palestinian refugee, so we were especially pleased to be part of that. Thank you!

    January 2018