37th Annual

Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

April 12, 2018 to April 28, 2018



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, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 45.00 40.00
Regular Deadline
October 15, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 60.00 55.00
Late Deadline
November 15, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 75.00 70.00
Extended Deadline
December 15, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 90.00 85.00
WAB Extended Deadline
December 31, 2015
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 26, 2016

Features: minimum 50 minutes

Projects completed after July 1, 2014

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

Projects must be a premiere in Minnesota

Projects may have distribution


Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

  Secure Online Screener
Media Files
  Other - Digital

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List


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.

Documentary Feature Award
The juried Documentary Competition recognizes national and international documentary filmmaking that exemplifies the very best in presentation, diversity, innovation, and powerful storytelling. A cash prize is awarded to the chosen film. To qualify the film must be a feature length documentary and must not have US distribution at the time of selection.
Cash Award Value: 2,500 U.S. Dollar

Audience Choice Award
Audiences cast their votes in the categories of Best Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Narrative Short, and Documentary Short.

Category Rules

1) Films completed after July 1, 2014 are eligible for consideration for the 2016 Festival.

2) Minnesota Premieres are required of all U.S., International, and Minnesota Made Feature-length submissions. Feature-length films that have been previously publicly screened within the state of Minnesota are not eligible for submission.

3) Feature-length submissions must not have been broadcast or televised, or be publicly available in their entirety online prior to their date of exhibition in the Festival.

Please note: Short films are exempt from any premiere status and may be available online. However, this will be taken into consideration for selection and films available online are not eligible for juried competition.

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

5) Films that have been submitted for consideration in previous years are eligible for submission for 2016 Festival consideration only if they have undergone extensive changes and reapply as a new submission.

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

The following submission requirements must be met before a submission can be considered. Submission materials will not be returned.

1) Completed Submissions Form (online).

2) Submission Fee. Payment is accepted via Withoutabox or via money order made out to The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul. 1 fee waiver is available per individual if submitting to the Minnesota Made category by the Early, Regular, and Late deadlines. No other waivers will be granted.

3) Submissions must include an online (Vimeo preferred) or DVD (Region 0 or 1) screener. *****Vimeo links to online screeners should be be included in the Cover Letter.*****

Please note: Changing the password to 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.

4) Hard copy DVD submissions must be shipped, prepaid, and postmarked by the applicable deadline; submitted in paper sleeves (no jewel or plastic cases please); and marked in permanent ink with the following information: Title, Tracking Number, Run Time. DVD submissions should be sent to: MSP International Film Festival, Attn: Submissions, 125 SE Main St., Ste 341, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Please note:
i) Do not attach labels directly onto hard copy DVD submissions – this may render your submission unplayable.
ii) It is highly advised that you test your DVD submission in a standard DVD player prior to submitting. Any unviewable DVD may be disqualified. The Festival may attempt, but is not obligated, to contact the applicant for a new copy.
iii) The Festival does not return any DVD submissions. All non-selected films will be securely discarded.

1) Feature Length Films:
i) Must be available for exhibition in DCP format..
ii) Three additional DVD screeners and/or a secure online viewing link must be provided for press requests.
iii) Exhibition copies must be delivered to the Festival office by March 24, 2016.

2) Short Films:
i) Must be available as DCP (preferred), ProRes, H.264, or similarly low compression/high quality format/codec
ii) Files must be sent to the Festival office immediately upon notification of acceptance on a hard-drive, thumb drive, or be made available for download. The Festival does not provide an FTP site for file transfer.

3) General:
i) An Electronic Press Kit with high-resolution production stills, trailers, official synopsis, filmmaker bios, promotional postcards and posters should be sent to the Festivals offices for marketing purposes.
ii) 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. This is decided on a case-by-case basis.
iii) The Festival reserves the right to place accepted works in the appropriate program.
iv) 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.
v) Accepted films may be screened between 1-4 times, at the discretion of the Festival.
vi) Screenings will take place at official festival venues, including, but not limited to: St. Anthony Main Theatre
vii) The Festival reserves the right to use images from selected films for Festival marketing purposes.
viii) The Festival does not pay screening fees for accepted submissions.

Submission notifications will be sent on or around February 26, 2016.