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41st Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival - May 5-19, 2022MSPIFF41 Programs

MSPIFF41 Programs

PROGRAMS

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

With big stars, top directors, and prime positioning, these new high-profile films from around the world are making their mark and staking their claim as the year’s splashiest movies.

Browse Films


ASIAN FRONTIERS

Behold cinematic visions that are as diverse as they are discerning. This section elevates Asian independent voices that bring stories, both real and imagined, brilliantly to life.

Browse Films


CINE LATINO

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 nine countries.

Browse Films


DARK OUT

Covering action, horror, mystery, and sometimes a mix of all three, the thrills and chills of this program transcend borders with undeniable international flair.

Browse Films


IMAGES OF AFRICA

As rich and varied as the continent itself, African cinema is formative and historic, nascent and unconventional, blazing a trail of innovation and identity.

Browse Films


MIDNIGHT SUN

Take in the sights and sounds of the Northern European climes where, for at least a few days each year, the sun never sets. This selection of fiction and documentaries from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland shines with new Nordic cinema.

Browse Films


NEW AMERICAN VISIONS

Celebrate the maverick visions of American auteurs and nonfiction masters, whether they are one step away from Hollywood or fiercely independent.

Browse Films


NEXTWAVE

NEXTWAVE at the film festival celebrates films about and by today’s youth generation. The Nextwave program includes an international showcase of coming of age, family, and young adult features, a youth short film competition, and youth-focused events and opportunities throughout MSPIFF.

Nextwave Global Features NEXTWAVE SHORTS


WORLD CINEMA

Travel the globe and rediscover it from a multitude of perspectives in this showcase of new fiction and documentary films from dozens of countries.

BROWSE FILMS


COMPETITIONS

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

This juried competition recognizes national and international non-fiction filmmaking that exemplifies the very best in presentation, diversity, innovation, and powerful storytelling in the documentary form.

BROWSE FILMS


EMERGING FILMMAKER COMPETITION

This juried competition recognizes new and up-and-coming filmmakers from around the world for their achievements in feature fiction filmmaking. The award is given to a film and filmmaker that demonstrates excellence in creativity, storytelling, technique, and innovation in the dramatic form.

BROWSE FILMS


SHORTS COMPETITION

This juried competition recognizes national, international, and local short form filmmaking in both fiction and documentary, exemplifying the very best in presentation, diversity, innovation, and powerful storytelling.

BROWSE FILMS


SPECIAL INTERESTS

WOMEN & FILM INITIATIVE

The Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival recognizes the historic and current gender inequities in the film industry, and our support for women industry professionals is stronger than ever. MSPIFF’s showcase of outstanding works of fiction and documentary cinema by women creatives from around the globe continues to grow every year. The 2022 program presents 82 feature and short film projects directed by women.

BROWSE FILMS


LGBTQ+ CURRENTS

LGBTQ+ Currents explores the broad horizons of queer cinema and the diverse voices and personalities that refuse to be silent. Throughout the world, LGBTQ+ issues are more political and present than ever. These stories reverberate on the global stage of cinema, where vibrant experiences from around the world--both real and imagined--unfold on our screens.

BROWSE FILMS


MINNESOTA MADE

Representative of the abundance of talent and diversity of vision in local filmmaking, Minnesota Made returns with a slate of new must-see feature length and short films from Minnesota-based and Minnesota-native filmmakers.

BROWSE FILMS


LUMINARIES TRIBUTE

LUMINARIES TRIBUTE: GORDON PARKS

When speaking of Gordon Parks, one could easily write an entire biography on his work as a pioneering Black photographer working with the New Deal government; or on his fiction, non-fiction and poetry, including The Learning Tree; or on his music, including the scores for his own movies; or on his editorial work or his oil paintings. Naturally, The MSP Film Society is proud to focus on his work as groundbreaking filmmaker, whose iconic works include the landmark features The Learning Tree, Shaft and Leadbelly, all of which will be screened at the 2022 MSPIFF, along with MSPIFF programmer Craig Laurence Rice’s own documentary on Parks, Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks.

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