The 44th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF) returns in April 2025 to bring cinematic wonder to The Main Cinema and screens across the Twin Cities. As the longest running and largest film festival in the region, MSPIFF annually presents over 200 new international and independent films to a broad community of movie lovers.

MSPIFF champions artists from all backgrounds and stages of their careers and promotes the art of film as a medium for fostering cross-cultural understanding, education, entertainment, and exploration. Through screenings, filmmaker conversations, panel discussions, receptions, and parties, MSPIFF offers its 45,000+ attendees exciting opportunities to experience the wealth of international cinema and to engage with attending filmmakers and talent from around the world and our own community.

Films of all genres and lengths are encouraged to submit for consideration.

Waiver requests can be sent here: mspfs.info/MSPIFF43Waiver

The Festival presents the following awards:

JURIED AWARDS:
Emerging Filmmaker
Documentary Feature
Animated Short
Fiction Short
Documentary Short

*Films in competition are selected by the MSPIFF programming committee on an invite-only basis.

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS:
Fiction Feature
Documentary Feature
Animated Short
Fiction Short
Documentary Short

*Audience Choice Awards are determined by audience balloting at the festival. All MSPIFF films are eligible.

~ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS~

All films:

I. Must have been completed after January 1, 2023.

II. Foreign language (non-English) submissions must be available in their original language and soundtrack with English subtitles.

III. Films that have been submitted for consideration in previous years are eligible for consideration only if they have undergone extensive changes and re-apply as a new submission. Please indicate these changes in your cover letter.

IV. MSP Film Society reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any work submitted.

Features:

I. Minnesota Premieres are required for all feature film submissions.

II. Feature films that have had a public-ticketed screening anywhere in Minnesota are not eligible for submission.

III. Feature film submissions must not have been broadcast or televised regionally, nor made publicly available in their entirety online prior to their date of exhibition in the festival.

IV. Films that have been previously screened online in another film festival capacity are eligible for submission. However, this factor may be taken into consideration during selection and may be deemed ineligible for juried competition at the discretion of MSPIFF programmers.

Shorts:

I. Whereas Minnesota Premieres are required of all feature films, they are not required of short films. Additionally, short films may also have streamed online prior to their festival screening. However, these factors will be taken into consideration during selection, and films that have already played in Minnesota or are available online are ineligible for juried competition.

~SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS~

The following requirements must be met before a submission can be considered for inclusion:

I. Completed Submission Form (via FilmFreeway).

II. Submission Fee (via FilmFreeway).

III. Submissions must include an online screener (Vimeo preferred). The Festival does not accept submissions via DVD.

Please note: Changing the password for a private online screener will make the submission unviewable and therefore disqualified. The Festival will attempt, but is under no obligation, to contact the applicant for an updated password.

The following fee waivers are available:

A. Minnesota Made: In recognition of Minnesota’s filmmaking community, MSPIFF offers one (1) complimentary submission per individual for projects that qualify as “Minnesota Made.” 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.

B. Alumni: Filmmakers whose work has been previously shown at MSPIFF are eligible for complimentary submissions. Please contact info@mspfilm.org to make a request, and include the name of your previous film as well as the year it screened at MSPIFF.

C. Student: Films made exclusively by college students are eligible for a 50% discount off regular submission fees. Please contact info@mspfilm.org to make a request, and include a photo of your current Student I.D.

Other waivers may be granted under special circumstances.

To submit a waiver request, fill out our request form here: mspfs.info/MSPIFF43Waiver

~REQUIREMENTS FOR SELECTED FILMS~

Notifications regarding acceptance and non-acceptance of submissions will be sent by March 11th, 2024.

I. Immediately upon notification of acceptance, submitters or primary contacts will be required to fill out an official Confirmation Form provided in the acceptance letter and provide festival staff with the most accurate and necessary information. The form includes but is not limited to the following:

a. Online screener link (to be used for competition jury and press requests through the duration of the festival)

b. Film details and data, including year, runtime, language, country of origin, cast/crew, synopsis

c. Promo assets, including high-res film stills, trailer link, film poster, press notes

d. Premiere status, i.e. World Premiere, North American Premiere, US Premiere, Minnesota Premiere

e. Filmmaker availability for attendance

II. All films must be made available in Digital Cinema Package (DCP) format.

III. All exhibition copies, including backup content, must be delivered to the Festival office by March 15th, 2024.

IV. Physical exhibition copies 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, as determined on a case-by-case basis.

V. The Festival reserves the right to place accepted works in the appropriate program.

VI. The Festival reserves the right to remove a film from the festival 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.

VII. Accepted films may be screened between 1-4 times, at the discretion of the Festival.

VIII. Screenings will take place at official festival venues, including, but not limited to: The Main Cinema, Capri Theater, Landmark Center, Marcus Cinema Rochester, and others TBD. Event changes may arise, which could include screening dates, venues, and formats.

IX. The Festival reserves the right to use promo assets, copy, and images from selected films for Festival marketing purposes.

~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 MSP Film Society (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 submitting, I warrant that I have read, understood, and accept all aforementioned regulations and requirements pertaining to submission to The Festival.

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  • Dana Johnson

    Absolutely incredible! This is a world class festival with hardworking staff and a huge turnout for the screenings. I feel insanely lucky to have had the opportunity to present my film here and it’s definitely one of the best festivals I’ve been to!

    May 2024
  • Josh Mizrahi

    My team and I loved being in attendance for MSPIFF this year! It was wonderful to see so many amazing films and the staff were very welcoming and helpful throughout the festival. Thank you so much to MSPIFF for having us!

    May 2024
  • One of the most organized festivals I've been a part of. So many perks for the filmmakers and it's really embedded in the community. The special events and speakers are top notch--Roger Deakins!!!!!! I hope that I will be able to participate again with my next film.

    May 2024
  • Arom Choi

    I had a great time at MSPINFF. Every screening I went to was well-attended, which showed that the event is loved by many locals and visitors. The programming team and staff members were thoughtful and ensured I enjoyed my visit. I felt honored to be part of such a great festival. Thank you, MSPINFF.

    May 2024
  • Kyle Ensrude

    I feel honored to have been included in such a prestigious festival. The level of professionalism was apparent in the communication and operations of the festival before and during the events, the programming was intelligent, thoughtful, and entertaining, and the venue is better than any other festival I’ve attended. I was able to see a lot of great films from around the world and meet a lot of passionate, creative filmmakers and engaged, supportive attendees. Most of the screenings were sold out which created a fun, energetic atmosphere. I highly recommend this festival and I hope to be back with my next film!

    May 2024