The largest film event in the Upper Midwest, and one of the largest and longest running film festivals in the country, the MSP International Film Festival annually presents some 200 feature length and short form narrative and documentary films from 60+ countries around the world to growing numbers of attendees every year. For more than three decades, this spring event has provided an opportunity for audiences to experience new cultures and ideas through the medium and art of film, and has welcomed numerous prominent filmmakers and personalities to tell their stories.
Since it’s inception in 1981, the MSP International Film Festival has developed an exemplary reputation of presenting a diverse and eclectic lineup of films from around the world.
The MSP International Film Festival is presented by The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul, a 501(c)(3) non-profit film exhibition organization in the Twin Cities, a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership-based organization with a rich 50-year history of exhibiting the very best of contemporary and historical independent, local national and international cinema to Minnesota audiences. In doing so, The Film Society informs audiences about the culture, histories, cutting-edge news and filmmaking artistry from countries around the world. The Film Society exhibits year-round out of the St. Anthony Main Theatre, presenting nightly screenings as well as an array of niche film festivals throughout the year.
Facts and figures from the 2012 Festival
• Attendance of more than 40,000
• 207 Feature Films
• 63 Short Subjects
• 62 Countries of origin
• 71 sponsors
• Over 250 engaged community organizations
• 152 filmmakers in attendance
• More than 120 volunteers providing over 2000 hours of service