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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Film & Minnesota

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Minnesota is home to vibrant arts communities. The state boasts annual film festivals, offers state, regional, and local movie-making incentives, and screens independent, foreign, and commercial films. Besides the opportunity to attend many of these events, students can also avail themselves of the many internship opportunities at festivals and in production companies.


Held every spring in Mankato, the Speechless Film Festival brings student and professional films from all over the world for three days of film viewing and professional talks.



The Twin Cities Film Fest (TCFF), held every fall in Minneapolis, showcases the Twin Cities as a hot spot for premiere work. TCFF includes mixers, educational offerings, and special events.





The Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul screens new, classic, and independent cinema in venues throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul. The society also sponsors events featuring local, national, and international filmmakers. Every spring, the society hosts the annual Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival.





Sponsored by the Film Society of MSP, the Minneapolis Underground Film Festival--MUFF showcases provocative and original independent cinema at the St. Anthony Main Theatre in Minneapolis every fall.



The Duluth Superior Film Festival is held every spring in Duluth and focuses on the role of film and music in the dissemination of ideas and diverse viewpoints.

Theatres regularly offering independent, international, and experimental films include

For a list of film companies in Minnesota, see the Production Hub.

For information on the new Snowbate incentive for filmmakers, see MnTVFilm.