"Named One of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World!" Moviemaker Magazine, Sept 2016.

"The best-curated film festival in the Twin Cities, Sound Unseen focuses on movies with musical themes, often pairing them with filmmaker appearances and live music." Chris Hewitt, St. Paul Pioneer Press Nov. 2015

The 18th annual Sound Unseen music film festival will take place Wednesday, November 8 through Sunday, November 12, 2017 in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN.

In the fall of 1999, Sound Unseen introduced itself as a unique, cutting edge “films-on-music” festival in Minneapolis and St. Paul of the Twin Cities and has established itself as one of the premiere niche festivals in the country, but more importantly as an important and vital part of the regional cultural scene. Now in its 18th year, the festival has expanded to include year-round programming, PopUp Cinefeasts, and special presentations including world and regional premiere screenings including "Sigur Ros' INNA," "Anvil! The Story of Anvil!" "We Live in Public," "Filmage: The Story of Descendents/ALL," "Salad Days," "Mistaken For Strangers," "Sid & Nancy," "Death to Prom," "Color Me Obsessed," "Beware of Mr. Baker," "Contemporary Color," "A Fat Wreck," "Tower," "Bad Rap," "Colin Hay: Waiting for My Real Life," "Mavis," "The Damned: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead," "The Punk Singer," "Heaven Adores You" and "The Rise & Fall of the Clash."

Documentaries, rare concert footage, short films, animation, music videos, special performances, gallery exhibitions and dozens of live music events highlighting both local and national acts separate this festival from the usual outdoor mega concerts, film festivals and tours. What began as an underground film festival with only a handful of attendees, Sound Unseen is now a well respected and known brand that has a loyal following and continues to program exciting, unexpected, and a consistent array of music, film, fashion, new media and art.

Sound Unseen has received press coverage in all major local media including The Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, City Pages, Vita.mn, Secrets of the City, Walker Art blog, TC Daily Planet, The Onion Twin Cities, Northland News, Growler Magazine, MinnPost; local radio stations 89.3 the The Current, Minnesota Public Radio, Drive 105, KFAN, KQRS, Radio K and television news including NBC, FOX and CBS. National media mentions have included Rolling Stone, Moviemaker Magazine, Paste Magazine, USA Today, Music Film Web blog, The Playlist, Pop Culture Beast, AMFM Magazine and AIF Independent magazine of New York.

Awards & Prizes

There will be a cash prize award to the winning film in competition (competition films are selected by Sound Unseen staff members). There will be a five person jury with six films in competition and the winning film will be announced during the festival..

Rules & Terms

1. Films must be Minnesota, Midwest, US, North American, and/or World premieres to screen at Sound Unseen.
2. Films must be at least MN premieres to be considered and eligible to be accepted into "Competition"
3. Films that have been previously submitted to the Sound Unseen are not eligible.
4. Films must have been completed on or after January 1, 2015.
5. Films in theatrical release in Minnesota prior to, or at the time of the festival (Nov. 8-12, 2017) are not eligible.
6. Film screeners must be submitted via private video screener link with password or DVD. (2 DVD Screeners or one flash drive per entry; NTSC Region 0 or 1)
7. Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry.
8. Entrant will allow usage of clips from the film for promotional use on television, radio, in print, and at live Festival events.
9. All entries must be either in English or subtitled in English. Non-English entries submitted without subtitles are not eligible.
10. Student film entries must include proof of student status at the time of production (i.e., copy of student ID, transcript, etc. and should be included with DVD screeners or screening link).
11. Any film submitted through FilmFreeway or receive a fee waiver will not be allowed a screening or rental fee. NO EXCEPTIONS!