The Minnesota-based Twin Cities Film Fest (October 18-28, 2017) is a premiere Midwestern festival, showcasing American independent cinema and garnering accolades for spotlighting Oscar-winning films as well as its elite series of documentaries and short films. It is hosted at the cutting-edge Kerasotes Showplace ICON Theatres just west of downtown Minneapolis, a pristine all-digital venue with reserved seating, luxury dining and surrounding amenities that factor into the festival programming.

In recent years, the core festival has expanded into a year-round program, now hosting regular weekly screenings, readings, networking events and community celebrations. The organization also hosts regular events beyond Minnesota, including an annual filmmaker brunch at the Los Angeles Film Festival every June. Invited filmmakers and pass holders will receive invitations.

Awards & Prizes

Best Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short Film, North Star Award for Excellence, Indie Vision: Feature, Indie Vision: Breakthrough Performance, Audience Award - Feature, Audience Award - Short

Rules & Terms

+Films completed after January 1st, 2015 are eligible for consideration for the 2017 TCFF

+All feature length and short films will be considered regardless of their premiere status. However, TCFF prioritized films that have not had public screenings in the Twin Cities.

+Feature-length and short film submissions must not have been broadcast or televised, or be publicly available in their entirety online prior to their date of exhibition.

+Feature length and short films are eligible to enter in the Minnesota Connected Category if they are filmed in Minnesota, produced or directed by a native Minnesota (residency not required) or feature a native Minnesotan actor in a lead role.

+TCFF reserves the right to determine eligibility of any work submitted.

The following submission requirements must be met before a submission can be considered.
1) Completed Submissions Form (online).

2) Submission Fee. Payment is accepted via FilmFreeway. Submissions fees are non-refundable.

3) Waivers will be granted on a case by case basis. Filmmakers should request a waiver prior to submission at

4) Filmmakers may submit more than one project. Each project must be submitted separately.

5) Only online screeners are accepted. Filmmakers can submit via FilmFreeway.

1) Feature Length Films:
+Must be available for exhibition in DCP or Blu-Ray format. (DCP preferred)
+Three additional screeners and/or a secure online viewing link must be provided for press requests.
+Exhibition copies must be delivered to the TCFF office by October 1st, 2017.

2) Short Films:
+Our preference is to have them submitted on a hard drive or thumb drive with these guidelines:
- Quicktime, AVI, or MXF file format
- Pro-Res, AVID, XD-CAM or h.264 (HQ) codecs. Uncompressed is also acceptable.
- Display size no smaller than 1920x1080 (please indicate if image is Scope - 2.39:1)
- Deliver files on portable hard drive or USB Flash drive.
- Keep all videos in project’s native frame rate (23.98, 24fps, 29.97, etc.) Avoid frame rate conversion.
- All Surround Sound submissions MUST have track IDs, either in a text document or written form.
+Downloadable links are also accepted using the above guidelines
+ The deadline for submitting exhibition copies for short films is September 15th, 2017.

3) General:
+An Electronic Press Kit with high-resolution production stills, trailers, official synopsis, filmmaker bios, promotional postcards and posters should be sent to the TCFF offices for marketing purposes.
+Exhibition Copy Shipment: The film must be shipped prepaid, insured, and properly packaged. TCFF does not assume liability for damage to exhibition materials due to improper packaging or other reasons. All films while in our possession will be insured against loss and damage while participating in the event. TCFF may provide return shipping. If requested, TCFF may ship the exhibition material to another festival. This is decided on a case-by-case basis.
+TCFF reserves the right to place accepted works in the appropriate program.
+TCFF reserves the right to remove a film from the festival program for any reason or for no reason and shall not be liable for any refund or claims of any kind arising out of such removal.
+Accepted films may be screened between 1-4 times, at the discretion of TCFF.
+Screenings will take place at the official festival venue, including, but not limited to: Showplace ICON Theatre or other screenings throughout the 2017-2018 season.
+The Festival reserves the right to use images from selected films for marketing purposes.

Submission notifications will be sent via email on or around September 11th, 2017.

6 Reviews

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    Emily Bell

    Wow, what an awesome festival! Welcoming, organized, and committed to recognizing the filmmaker (especially women filmmakers), I can't recommend it enough. Thank you TCFF for an amazing experience, I hope to have it again one day!

    November 2017
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    Ruth Maramis

    Twin Cities Film Fest is such a well-run organization. Great variety of films as well as free educational events and nightly parties that's great for networking.

    November 2017
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    Sarah Kuck

    This festival is fabulous. The organizers care deeply about film and filmmakers.

    November 2017
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    Peter Marcy

    This is an exceptionally well-run festival. Staff members are friendly and professional; the eclectic film selection is first-rate; the venue is state-of-the-art. A must for American independent films. I hope to be back with my next film.

    October 2017
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    Kiersten Dunbar-Chace

    A top notch festival! Great venue and events. Excellent panels. Very professional. Class act. Thank you TCFF for a great experience.

    December 2016