The 41st Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF) will run March 31–April 14, 2022, bringing cinematic wonder to screens across the Twin Cities. The largest and most anticipated film festival in the region, and one of the longest running festivals in the US, MSPIFF annually presents 250+ new international, independent films to a broad community of movie lovers.

MSPIFF champions artists from all backgrounds and stages of their careers. We promote the art of film as a medium for fostering cross-cultural understanding, education, entertainment, and exploration. Whether at screenings, Q&As, panel discussions, receptions, or parties, MSPIFF offers its 45,000+ attendees exciting opportunities to experience the wealth of international cinema and to engage with 150+ visiting filmmakers and talent from around the world.

Our plans for the 2022 MSPIFF include a return to traditional in-person theater screenings as well as presenting virtual events that allow for greater audience participation and accessibility. We will closely monitor conditions and adhere to local, state, and federal health and safety guidelines.

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

Minnesota-based filmmakers: Please complete this waiver request form for a full fee waiver:


Please note: Submissions to our Nextwave Youth Film Competition for filmmakers ages 14-18 will be accepted on a separate festival page located at

The Festival presents the following awards:

Emerging Filmmaker Award
Documentary Feature
Spotlight Competition
Minnesota Made Fiction Feature
Minnesota Made Documentary Feature
Fiction Short
Documentary Short

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

Audience Choice Awards are given for each category and determined by audience balloting at the festival.

For award descriptions and competition eligibility information see the Guidelines & FAQs on our website at


All films:

I. Must have been completed after January 1, 2021.

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.

IV. The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul reserves the right to determine eligibility of any work submitted.


I. Minnesota Premieres are required of all feature submissions.

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

III. Feature 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 an official ticketed-festival capacity are eligible for submission.


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


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

I. Completed Submission Form (via FilmFreeway).

II. Submission Fee*. Payment is accepted 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 waiver request form can be found at

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 complete a waiver request at

C. Student: Films made exclusively by college students are eligible for a 50% discount off regular submission fees. Please complete a waiver request at

Other waivers may be granted under special circumstances. Please use the form at the URL to make a request.


Notifications regarding acceptance and non-acceptance of submissions will be sent by March 7th, 2022.

I. Immediately upon notification of acceptance, submitters or primary contacts will be required to fill out an official Confirmation Form so as to 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. Cast/Crew information
c. Synopsis
d. High-res film stills
e. Premiere status
f. Filmmaker attendance

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

III. All exhibition copies, including back-up content, must be delivered to the Festival office by March 16th, 2022.

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, decided 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: St. Anthony Main Theatre, Marcus Rochester Cinema, and Virtual Cinema. Event changes may arise, and could include dates, venues, and formats.

IX. The Festival reserves the right to use images from selected films for Festival marketing purposes.

X. The Festival does not pay screening fees for accepted submissions.


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

Overall Rating
  • Michael Greco

    Everything about MSPIFF was excellent. And it was an honour to have my film selected. I highly recommend submitting your next film to this festival when it's ready!

    June 2021
  • NC Heikin

    I love this festival. Good people, kind, considerate, smart and informed. I've been treated well here every time, even within the Covid restrictions. Bravo MSPIFF.

    June 2021
  • Kristin Atwell Ford

    Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival is a world class festival with deep roots. Susan, Jesse, Craig and the whole MSPIFF team care about film and filmmakers. The communication and responsiveness are off-the-charts. It was a joy and an honor to be included in MSPIFF40 and be in the company of so many interesting new works.

    June 2021
  • Martin Blanco

    An amazing festival experience, and a pleasure to screen alongside a repertoire of groundbreaking and important films.

    June 2021
  • I very much enjoyed working with the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. They were incredibly communicative and easy to work with. It was an honor being part of this great festival, and I will continue to submit my work here in the future! I highly recommend this festival, especially when everything goes back to in-person.

    May 2021