37th Annual

Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

April 12, 2018 to April 28, 2018


Short - Narrative


Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
September 15, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 30.00 *
Regular Deadline
October 15, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 45.00 40.00
Late Deadline
November 15, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 60.00 55.00
Extended Deadline
December 15, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 75.00 70.00
WAB Extended Deadline
December 22, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 90.00 85.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.

Category Details

Approximately February 23, 2018

Shorts: maximum 40 minutes

Projects completed after January 1, 2017

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

No premiere requirement

Projects may have distribution

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

  Secure Online Screener

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Media Files

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is requested but not required, including:
> Production Still Photos - Digital
> Photo of the Director - Digital
> Biography/Filmography - Director
> Biography/Filmography - Producer
> Biography/Filmography - Writer
> One-Sheet Art - Posters
> Statement by the Director

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Shorts Competition
This juried competition recognizes national, international, and local narrative and documentary short form filmmaking. With few exceptions, all short films are in competition. Two $500 awards are given for standout achievements.
Cash Award Value: 1,000 U.S. Dollar

Audience Choice Awards
Audiences cast their votes in the categories of Best Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Minnesota Made Narrative Feature, Minnesota Made Documentary Feature, Narrative Short, and Documentary Short.
This prize is shared with other categories.

Category Rules

1) Films completed after January 1, 2017 are eligible for consideration for the 2018 Festival.

2) Minnesota Premieres are required of all feature submissions. Feature 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: Minnesota Premieres are not required of shorts films and they may be available online. However, this will be taken into consideration during selection and films that have played in Minnesota or are 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 2018 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 Withoutabox or money order made out to The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul. Individuals submitting films made in Minnesota before the Late deadline can claim one (1) fee waiver by emailing submissions@mspfilm.org.

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.

Festival programmers reserve the right to re-assign films to appropriate submission categories when necessary.

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 March 29, 2018.

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, Capri Theater, Wehrenberg Rochester Galaxy 14 Cinema
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.

Notifications regarding acceptance and non-acceptance of submissions will be sent on or around February 23, 2018.