37th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival - April 12-28, 2018Programs

Spotlight: Chasms and Bridges
For 2018, our Spotlight on the World is Chasms and Bridges: Cinema and the Search for Common Ground, tackling the difficult lines that divide us and the dramatic potential for reconciliation and compassion. This special series of titles—including ten selected for our Spotlight Competition—and related panel discussions and workshops, are designed to open up a discourse on the social and ideological divides and shifting social order shaping our world today.

Asian Frontiers
A continent that claims nearly 60% of the world’s population, Asia encompasses a cinematic vision that is a symphony as diverse as it is discerning. As blockbusters make the headlines, we turn to independent voices that bring stories, both real and imagined, brilliantly to life.

Childish Films
For cinephiles in the making, MSPIFF’s Childish Films program provides a window to the world that is accessible to all ages. Whether you are young or simply young at heart, prepare yourself for vibrant stories that traverse distant lands but explore familiar emotions.

Nextwave Childish Films Competition Jury (ages 11-14)

Oscar Altman, Hopkins Lake Country School
Tatum D’Emanuele, Anthony Middle School
Elyse Ford, Hopkins North Junior High
Sophie Jorgenson, Lake Harriet Community School
Marina Souladze, Sanford Middle School

Cine Latino
Few cultures have had a greater influence on our country and our region than those of Latin America and Iberia. Our Cine Latino program celebrates the cinematic history and rich tapestry of Spanish and Portuguese language film and the powerful and captivating cinematic storytelling emerging from three continents and eight countries.

Dark Out
Take a walk on the dark side of the festival with zombies, cops, criminals and the unexplainable. Covering action, horror, mystery, and sometimes a mix of all three, the thrills and chills of this program transcend borders with undeniable international flair.

Few genres have the raw emotional power of documentaries. Plucked from the headlines, sometimes from the front page and sometimes from a small paragraph in a community paper, these stories get filtered to educate, persuade, and entertain with almost limitless possibilities. This year’s showcase of documentary titles proves the range of potential within this diverse style. All Documentaries are generously sponsored by Nor Hall and Roger Hale.

Documentary Feature Competition
This juried competition recognizes national and international documentary filmmaking that exemplifies the very best in presentation, diversity, innovation and powerful storytelling. A $2500 cash prize is awarded to the chosen film.

Emerging Filmmaker Competition
This juried competition recognizes new and up-and-coming filmmakers from around the world for their achievements in narrative filmmaking. A $2500 cash prize is awarded to the film that demonstrates standout achievements in creativity, storytelling, technique, and innovation in the narrative form.

Frame Forward
Avant-garde, experimental, lyrical, vanguard, idiosyncratic—many terms have been used for films and filmmakers that work outside the box, exploring cinema’s potential. Frame Forward embraces these non-traditional narrative and documentary features and shorts that push the boundaries and that invite audiences to experience the possibilities of stories that fall outside of the ordinary.

Images of Africa
As African countries freed themselves from colonization, its filmmakers simultaneously freed themselves from convention and blazed a trail of innovation and national identity. That tradition continues today as the images and stories of Africa become part of our global cinematic language. Experience the vivid, innovative and inspiring stories, both real and fictional, that continue to emerge from countries all across the world’s second largest continent.

Masters of Cinema
In the expansive world of cinema, there are filmmakers who have redefined our understanding of the motion picture art form over the decades. Each year, the Film Society recognizes the work of one of these master filmmakers—writers, directors, cinematographers—whose bold contributions have left indelible marks on the medium.

For the 2018 Master Honoree, we are proud to honor the memory of the great Swedish auteur Ingmar Bergman. As we near his centennial on July 14th, Bergman films take centerstage, not only here but in venues across the world. A prolific craftsman, with over 60 projects to his name—from narratives to documentaries, theatrical to television—Bergman was also an unapologetic inquirer in the affairs of the heart and the depth of the soul.

Beginning with three screenings at MSPIFF (Summer with Monika, Persona and the documentary about him, Trespassing Bergman) and continuing into our 16-film Bergman retrospective May 25-June 7, the Film Society is bringing the Swedish master’s iconic classics to lesser-known titles in his oeuvre.

Midnight Sun
You don’t have to be a native Minnesotan to appreciate the Nordic spirit. Take in the sights and sounds of the far Northern climes where, for at least a few days each year, the sun never sets. This selection of narratives and documentaries from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland offers a snapshot of new Nordic cinema, and a nod to Minnesota’s heritage.

MN Made Feature Documentary Competition
Representative of the abundance of and diversity in local filmmaking, Minnesota Made returns with a slate of must-see new films from Minnesota-based and Minnesota-native filmmakers. For our home-grown juried competitions, awards are given for films that exemplify standout achievements in feature length documentary filmmaking.

MN Made Feature Narrative Competition
Representative of the abundance of and diversity in local filmmaking, Minnesota Made returns with a slate of must-see new films from Minnesota-based and Minnesota-native filmmakers. For our home-grown juried competitions, awards are given for films that exemplify standout achievements in feature length narrative filmmaking.

Minnesota Cinematic Arts Award
Minnesota is home to numerous filmmakers in all aspects and disciplines of filmmaking who, over the course of their careers, have tirelessly pursued the highest levels of artistic achievement in the cinematic arts. Each year, the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival recognizes one of these Minnesotan filmmakers with a Cinematic Arts Award and presents one film along with a deeper discussion on their life and body of work.

The 2018 Minnesota Cinematic Arts Award Honoree is director Peter Markle. His first film, The Personals (1982), was produced in Minneapolis and debuted at the Deauville Film Festival in France. He has worked on over 80 projects since, collaborating with acting talents such as Gene Hackman, Daryl Hannah, Dennis Hopper, Danny Glover, Patrick Swayze and Martin Sheen. His television credits include X-Files, Rescue Me, CSI, ER, Burn Notice, NYPD Blue and others. His films Flight 93 and Faith of My Fathers garnered ten Emmy nominations.

New American Visions
Celebrate the independent visions of American auteurs, whether they are one step away from Hollywood or completely outside the system. New American Visions features narrative and documentary films from filmmakers whose work is redefining the future of American filmmaking.

Science on Screen
Whether you are watching the latest movie about aliens invading Earth or a documentary about global warming, science has a huge influence on cinematic fact and fiction. This ongoing series pairs science-themed films with experts from the field taking viewers on a deeper dive into the subject. The series is made possible through a grant by the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Limits can liberate. Due to their brevity, short films tend to exist in the now. Experience powerful first impressions, vivid yet momentary detail and compelling conflicts abound in a new year of international short-form cinema.

Shorts Competition
This juried competition recognizes national, international and local narrative short form filmmaking that exemplifies the very best in presentation, diversity, innovation and powerful storytelling.

Special Presentations
Catch the most talked about films before they’re talked about! Long before the awards buzz even starts humming, we bring a special selection of titles fresh from the festival circuit to the Twin Cities. With big stars and top directors, these new high-profile films from around the world are making their mark and staking their claim as the year’s most discussed movies.

Women & Film
The #MeToo movement has underscored the inequalities in the film industry like never before, and our support for these industry professionals is stronger than ever. MSPIFF’s showcase of female directors from around the globe continues to grow every year, featuring a wide variety of outstanding narratives and documentaries.

World Cinema
No program embraces the number of countries, languages, styles, and genres better than World Cinema. Travel the globe and rediscover it from a multitude of new perspectives in this showcase of new narrative and documentary films from dozens of countries from every continent. World Cinema is generously sponsored by Mary and Paul Reyelts.