39th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival - April 9-25, 2020Nextwave: MSPIFF Youth Juries

Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival is now accepting Youth Jury Applications. Deadline to apply: March 15, 2020, 5:00pm.

MSPIFF Middle School 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 Nextwave Global Features category (international cinema for young audiences). Benefits include a free festival pass for the juror and a parent or guardian to see international features for young audiences during the Festival with access to all age-eligible festival events and festival guest hospitality (snacks!). Youth Jurors 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 11-12, 18-19, and Saturday, April 25. Jurors are expected to see the films together at the festival and participate in a jury deliberation for the Award ceremony on Saturday, April 25.

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

MSPIFF High School Youth Jury (ages 15-18)
Seven high school youth will be chosen to be on the film festival’s High School 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 High School Youth Jury is reserved for students between the ages 15-18. Benefits include a free festival pass for the juror and a companion with access to all age-eligible festival events and festival guest hospitality (snacks!). Youth Jurors 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: Nextwave is a 1-2 day event and time commitment for the High School Jury. Official date TBA soon. Jurors are expected to view the film program together, attend a deliberation meeting afterwards, present the awards to youth filmmakers, and attend related events.

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

Expectations:

  • 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!
    • Films in the Global Features section (Middle School Jury) will each play at least two times during the festival to provide options for juror scheduling. Global features are, screened on Saturdays and Sundays in the late mornings and afternoons on the weekends of April 11-12, 18-19, and 25.
    • The Youth Filmmaking Competition will screen during the day on a weekend. Official dates 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.