The Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, the largest film event in the region and a 501(c)(3) non-profit, celebrates its 36th year in 2017. Returning April 13 - 29, 2017, this highly anticipated celebration of independent cinema annually debuts more than 250 international, national, and local films to Minnesota audiences, and welcomes the attendance of more than 150 filmmakers and artists from around the world.
MSPIFF presents a diverse lineup of World, US, and Regional Premieres from more than 70 countries annually, and provides filmmakers with a platform to showcase their films for an astute and responsive audience of more than 45,000.
MINNESOTA MADE FEE WAIVER:
In recognition of Minnesota’s filmmaking community, MSPIFF offers one (1) complimentary submission per individual for projects that qualify as “Minnesota Made” and are submitted before the Late Deadline, November 15, 2016. Eligible “Minnesota Made” films submitted between November 16 - December 31, 2016 may request a 50% discounted entry. To qualify, a film’s director must be a current Minnesota resident OR a combined 50% or more of production and/or post-production must have taken place in Minnesota. Please email email@example.com to claim this fee waiver.
Awards & Prizes
The Festival presents the following awards:
Emerging Filmmaker - $2500 Cash Prize
Documentary Feature - $2500 Cash Prize
Minnesota Made Narrative Feature
Minnesota Made Documentary Feature
Narrative Short - $500 Cash Prize
Documentary Short - $500 Cash Prize
Films in competition are selected by the programming committee on an invite only basis from eligible entries.
Minnesota Made Narrative Feature
Minnesota Made Documentary Feature
For award descriptions and competition eligibility information see the Guidelines & FAQ document on our website at mspfilm.org/mspiff-submissions
Rules & Terms
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE 2017 FESTIVAL:
1) Films completed after January 1, 2016 are eligible for consideration for the 2017 Festival.
2) Minnesota Premieres are required of all submissions. Films that have had a public, ticketed screening within the state of Minnesota are not eligible for submission.
3) Submissions must not have been broadcast or televised regionally.
4) Feature-length submissions must not be publicly available in their entirety online prior to their date of exhibition in the Festival.
Please note: Short films may be available online. However, this will be taken into consideration for selection and films available online are not eligible for juried competition.
5) Foreign language (non-English) submissions must be available in their original language and soundtrack with English subtitles.
6) Films that have been submitted for consideration in previous years are eligible for submission for 2017 Festival consideration only if they have undergone extensive changes and reapply as a new submission.
7) The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul reserves the right to determine eligibility of any work submitted.
The following requirements must be met before a submission can be considered for inclusion:
1) Completed Submissions Form (online).
2) Submission Fee. Payment is accepted via FilmFreeway or money order made out to The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul. One (1) fee waiver is available per individual if submitting to the Minnesota Made category by the Early, Regular, and Late deadlines.
3) Submissions must include an online screener (Vimeo preferred). The Festival no longer accepts submissions via DVD.
Please note: Changing the password for a private online screener may make the submission unviewable, and therefore disqualified. The Festival will attempt, but is under no obligation, to contact the applicant for an updated password.
REQUIREMENTS FOR FILMS SELECTED FOR EXHIBITION:
1) Feature Length Films:
i) A secure online screener link must be provided for press requests and internal festival use.
ii) Exhibition materials must be delivered to the Festival office by April 6, 2017.
2) Short Films:
i) Files must be delivered to the Festival immediately upon notification of acceptance. Electronic delivery is preferred, but physical drives will be accepted as well.
3) All Films:
i) Must be available in the DCP format.
Experimental films may exhibit on super 8mm and 16mm. No other exceptions will be made.
ii) Upon acceptance you will be required to fill out an online Confirmation Form which asks for the following: cast/crew information, film synopsis, high-res film stills, electronic press kit, downloadable trailer (if available), 1 - 3 film clips, 2 physical posters (if available), etc.
iii) Exhibition Copy Shipment: The film must be shipped prepaid, insured, and properly packaged. The Festival does not assume liability for damage to prints 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. The Festival will provide return shipping. If requested, the Festival may ship the exhibition material to another festival, decided on a case-by-case basis.
iv) The Festival reserves the right to place accepted works in the appropriate program.
v) The Festival 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.
vi) Accepted films may be screened between 1-4 times, at the discretion of the Festival.
vii) Screenings will take place at official festival venues, including, but not limited to: St. Anthony Main Theatre, Uptown Theater, Metropolitan State University
viii) The Festival reserves the right to use images from selected films for Festival marketing purposes.
ix) The Festival does not pay screening fees for accepted submissions.
Submission notifications will be sent on or around February 24, 2017.
Terms and Conditions
I, the authorized representative of the project being submitted (hereafter called the “Film”) acknowledge that I am duly authorized, on my own behalf and on behalf of all other persons or entities who have any ownership rights or interests in or relating to the Film (hereafter called the “Film’s Owners”) to submit to the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. I warrant and agree, on behalf of myself and each of the Film’s Owners, that the Film is being submitted voluntarily and without promise or inducement, and that the submission of the Film neither imposes nor creates any obligation or responsibility on the part of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival or The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul (hereafter called The Festival) to accept the Film for inclusion in The Festival, to exhibit the Film at The Festival, to acknowledge the submission of The Film, or to return the submission copy of The Film or associated submission materials to me or others. I shall indemnify and hold harmless The Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered. I have paid and will pay in full all license fees, clearance fees, and other obligations, of any kind, arising from or associated with the exhibition of the Film at or in connection with The Festival. I understand that The Festival reserves the right to waive or adjust any requirements outlined herein. I understand that I am not entitled to any refund or damage claims of any kind if my film is unable to screen due to technical or operational difficulties or if my film needs to be rescheduled, delayed, or removed from the program for any reason. By clicking “Submit Now” below I warrant that I have read, understood, and accept all aforementioned regulations and requirements pertaining to submission to The Festival.