The 2017 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival – MSPIFF - brings bold, exciting and moving works by emerging and veteran filmmakers from around the world to the Twin Cities April 13-29, 2017, presenting 250 new films representing 70+ countries.
MSPIFF, one of the longest-running film festivals in the country and the largest film event in the Midwest, draws an attendance of 50,000 annually. This year, MSPIFF expands to include select screenings at the Capri Theater in Minneapolis, in addition to screenings at its hub at the St. Anthony Main Theatre, the Uptown Theatre, Metropolitan State University's Film Space in St. Paul and the Marcus Wehrenberg 14 Theater in Rochester.
For 36 years, the staff of the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul, the Festival’s parent organization, has scoured international film festivals—from Sundance and Toronto to Berlin, Palm Springs, Busan,
Guadalajara and San Sebastian—to bring a unique slate of award-winning, critically acclaimed international films to regional audiences, films that otherwise would never be screened in this market.
This year, the Festival will welcome visiting filmmakers from around the globe, and pay tribute to Master filmmaker Fredrick Wiseman and to Minnesota’s Sarah Pillsbury with retrospectives of their work. The 2017 Festival will highlight the cinema of three regions with a significant presence in Minnesota: Finland, Canada and Latin America and, as its 2017 Spotlight on the World, presents Passages, a special selection of films and conversations highlighting the global reality of shifting populations and politics, identity and social change.