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29-May-2015 9:26pm PDT  


Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

35 Annual April 07, 2016 to April 23, 2016

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125 SE Main Street
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Minneapolis MN 55414
Phone: 612-331-7563
Fax: 612-378-7750

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Narrative Feature
The MSP International Film Festival accepts feature length narratives of all categories, genres, and niches. Films submitted under this category may be invited by festival programmers to participate as either an Official Selection or in the Emerging Filmmaker Competition (1st or 2nd Feature).
Documentary Feature
The MSP International Film Festival accepts feature length documentary films of all categories, genres, and niches. Films submitted under this category may be invited by festival programmers to participate as either an Official Selection or in the Documentary Competition.
Narrative Short
The MSP International Film Festival accepts short works of animation, experimental, and narrative fiction. Films submitted under this category may be invited by festival programmers to participate as an Official Selection. Historically, shorts less than 15 minutes have had a higher success rate of acceptance.
Documentary Short
The MSP International Film Festival accepts short documentaries. Films submitted under this category may be invited by festival programmers to participate as an Official Selection. Historically, shorts less than 15 minutes have had a higher success rate of acceptance.
Minnesota Made
A film is considered eligible for inclusion in the Minnesota Made category when a combined 50% or more of production and post-production took place in Minnesota. Minnesota Made music videos should be submitted to this category. Any individual submitting an eligible project to this category is allowed 1 complimentary fee waiver. If submitting multiple projects please email submissions(at)mspfilmsociety(dot)org for more information.

To foster a knowledgeable and vibrant appreciation of the art of film through a commitment to exhibiting the very best of contemporary and historical independent, local, national and international cinema. In doing so, we inform our audiences about the cultures, histories, cutting-edge news and filmmaking artistry from countries around the world.

About the Festival:
The Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, the largest film event in the region and a 501(c)(3) non-profit, celebrates its 35th year in 2016. Returning to Minnesota April 7-23, 2016, this diverse and highly anticipated celebration of independent cinema annually showcases more than 250 international, national, and local independent films, and welcomes the attendance of more than 150 filmmakers and artists from around the world. The vast majority of these films would never be discovered in the region outside of their participation in the Festival.

Historically lauded for being one of the world’s finest showcases of Scandinavian films, the Festival has grown to incorporate an eclectic lineup of World, US, and Regional Premieres from more than 65 countries annually, and provides filmmakers with a platform to test their films on an astute, genuine and responsive audience of more than 40,000.


Emerging Filmmaker - $2500 Cash Prize
Documentary Feature - $2500 Cash Prize
Minnesota Made Narrative Feature
Minnesota Made Documentary Feature
Narrative Short
Documentary Short

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

Narrative Feature
Documentary Feature
Narrative Short
Documentary Short

For award descripitons and competition eligibility information see the Guidelines & FAQ document on our website at

Jesse Bishop (Festival Registrar) ; Jesse Bishop (Programming Manager) ; Submissions Coordinator (Festival Registrar)

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.
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
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 26, 2016.


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 clicking “Submit Now” below I warrant that I have read, understood, and accept all aforementioned regulations and requirements pertaining to submission to The Festival.