38th Annual

Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

April 04, 2019 to April 20, 2019


Feature - World Cinema


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
August 17, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 45.00 40.00
Regular Deadline
October 19, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 60.00 55.00
Late Deadline
November 16, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 75.00 70.00
Extended Deadline
December 14, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 90.00 85.00
WAB Extended Deadline
December 21, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 105.00 100.00

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

Category Details

Approximately February 15, 2019

Features: minimum 40 minutes

Projects completed after January 1, 2018

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

Projects must be a premiere in MN

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.

Emerging Filmmaker
This juried competition recognizes new and up-and-coming filmmakers from around the world for their achievements in narrative filmmaking. The winning film will demonstrate standout excellence in creativity, storytelling technique, and innovation in the narrative form. To qualify the film must be the director's debut or second feature, must be a feature length narrative, and must not have US distribution at the time of selection.
This prize is shared with other categories.

Documentary Feature Award
This juried competition recognizes national and international documentary filmmaking that exemplifies the very best in presentation, diversity, innovation, and powerful storytelling. To qualify the film must be a feature length documentary, and must not have US distribution at the time of selection.
This prize is shared with other categories.

Spotlight Award
This juried competition recognizes films that resonate with the theme of this year's festival. To qualify the film must not have US distribution at the time of selection.
This prize is shared with other categories.

Audience Choice Award
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


All films:

I. Must have been completed after January 1, 2018.

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.


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 Submissions Form (via FilmFreeway).

II. Submission Fee*. Payment is accepted via FilmFreeway or money order made out to The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul.

III. 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 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 http://bit.ly/mspiffwaiver.

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” and are submitted before the Late Deadline. Eligible “Minnesota Made” films submitted after the Late Deadline 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.

B. Alumni: Filmmakers whose work has been previously shown at MSPIFF are eligible for complimentary submissions.

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

Other waivers may be granted under special circumstances. Please use the form at the URL http://bit.ly/mspiffwaiver to make a request.


Notifications regarding acceptance and non-acceptance of submissions will be sent by February 15th, 2019.

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*.

* Experimental/Avant Garde films may be shown on Super 8 or 16mm film.

III. All exhibition copies, including back-up content, must be delivered to the Festival office by March 22nd, 2019.

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, Capri Theater, and Wehrenberg Rochester Galaxy 14 Cinema.

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.