38th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival - April 4-20, 2019Nextwave: MSPIFF Youth Juries

Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival is now accepting Youth Jury Applications. Deadline to apply: March 16th, 2018, 5:00pm.

Childish Films – MSPIFF Youth Jury (ages 11-14)
Five youth will be chosen to be on the film festival’s middle school youth jury. Jurors will select the winner of the Youth Jury award in the Childish Films category (international cinema for young audiences). The MSPIFF Youth Jury for Childish Films is reserved for students between the ages 11 – 14. Benefits include a free festival pass for the juror and a parent or guardian to see all seven Childish Films international features for young audiences during the Festival, access to all age-eligible festival events and festival guest hospitality (snacks!). Youth Jury members will be selected to represent a range of perspectives, based on applicants’ passion for film and storytelling media, authentic voice, and commitment. This is an empowering, educational experience in which youth voices will be heard and critical skills will be practiced. No experience necessary! Availability: Films screen on the weekends of April 13-14 and 20-22nd. Jurors are expected to see the films together at the festival. Jurors are invited to the Award ceremony on Saturday, April 28.

Apply to Youth Jury (ages 11-14) here.

Nextwave – MSPIFF Youth Jury (ages 15-18)
Five high school youth will be chosen to be on the film festival’s Nextwave youth jury. Jurors will select the winners for two awards in the Youth Film category (films produced by Youth): the Youth Award Certificate for Excellence in Youth Films will be presented to a film chosen in recognition of its artistic and technical achievement. The Youth Jury Favorite Film Award will be presented to a Nextwave Youth Filmmaker. The Nextwave Youth Jury is reserved for students between the ages 15-18. Benefits include a free festival pass for the juror and a companion, access to all age-eligible festival events and festival guest hospitality (snacks!). Youth Jury members will be selected to represent a range of perspectives, based on applicants’ passion for film and storytelling media, authentic voice, and commitment. This is an empowering, educational experience in which youth voices will be heard and critical skills will be practiced. Media experience a plus, but not required. Availability: Films will be screened on either Saturday, April 15th or Saturday, April 22nd. Jurors are expected to view the film program together at the festival and attend a deliberation meeting afterwards. Jurors are invited to the Award ceremony on Saturday, April 28.

Apply to Youth Jury (ages 15-18) here.

Expectations:

  • Jurors will be notified of their selection on March 16th, 2018.
  • Jurors must attend a Jury Training Meeting, a pre-festival information session on the process with training on ‘how to be a juror’ led by festival programmers. Date and time to be scheduled with jurors upon selection.
  • Titles and descriptions of the program will be shared with jurors at this meeting.
  • Jurors under age 18 must provide signed parental permission forms to participate and all must complete photo release forms (images of the jury may be published by the MSPIFF).
  • Jurors must view and respond critically to all films pertaining to their assigned program, and participate in an agreed upon process for the Awards.
  • Jurors are responsible for following the festival schedule and getting to their assigned films on time.
  • If you can commit to the time frame of the jury (see availability above), please apply!
    • Childish Films program includes 7 features; each to be played at least two times during the festival, screened on Saturdays and Sundays in the late mornings and afternoons. Films must be viewed by jury members on the weekends of April 14-15 and 21-22nd.
    • Nextwave is a single shorts program, screening during the day on either April 15th or April 22nd. Official date to be announced shortly.

Questions or accommodations requests (either for the application or anticipating attendance of festival screenings and events), please contact: d.girdwood@mspfilm.org.