37th Annual

Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

April 13, 2017 to April 29, 2017


Narrative Feature


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 1, 2016
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 45.00 40.00
Regular Deadline
October 15, 2016
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 60.00 55.00
Late Deadline
November 15, 2016
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 75.00 70.00
Extended Deadline
December 15, 2016
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 90.00 85.00
WAB Extended Deadline
December 31, 2016
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 March 7, 2017

Features: minimum 40 minutes

Projects completed after January 1, 2016

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

No premiere requirement

Projects may have distribution

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

  Secure Online Screener
REGION 0    

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 Award
This juried competition recognizes new and up-and-coming filmmakers from around the world for their achievements in narrative filmmaking. A cash prize is awarded to the film that demonstrates 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.
Cash Award Value: 2,500 U.S. Dollar

Minnesota Made Narrative Feature Competition
Representative of the abundance of and diversity in local filmmaking, Minnesota Made returns with a slate of must-see new films from Minnesota-based filmmakers. For our home-grown juried competitions, awards are given for films that exemplify standout achievements in feature length narrative filmmaking. 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.

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.

Category Rules

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 Withoutabox 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.

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.