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APRIL 11 | Opening Night Party

A-Mill Artist Lofts


315 Main Street SE

9:00 PM

12:00 AM

After the Opening Night presentation of SING SING, join us just down the street at A-Mill Artist Lofts for the MSPIFF43 Opening Night Party!  Sponsored by our friends at KNOCK, inc.

The evening includes music from DJ Jacques. Enjoy a free drink from our beverage sponsors Art & Rev: Premium Canned Cocktails or PRYES Brewing, the Official Beer of MSPIFF!

Tickets to Opening Night include the Film and Party!

Sponsored by

Sing Sing – 2024-04-11 7:15pm



PANEL | SAG-AFTRA DAY: Actors To The Set


2:00 PM

4:00 PM

MODERATOR: Craig Laurence Rice, MSPIFF Senior Programmer

PANELISTS: Lynn Blumenthal, William Hendrickson, Isabella La Blanc, Casey Lewis, Zachary Weil, Barton C. Williams

A moderated discussion on the role SAG-AFTRA has in the filmmaking ecosystem. Actors Isabella La Blanc (True Detective) and Barton Willams (Silent Roar), producer Zachary Weil (Dead Mail), casting director Lynn Blumenthal, and William Hendrickson and Casey Lewis, representatives from SAG-AFTRA, discuss how the new actor contract agreements will assist in making film production simpler and help in the production, pre-production, and post-production phases.



MN Made Celebration


7:00 PM

10:00 PM

The MN Made Party – always a highlight of the festival – celebrates the abundance of talent and diversity of vision in Minnesota’s homegrown film industry. Mix and mingle with filmmakers and other special guests as we toast the full slate of MN Made films in MSPIFF43! 

Presented in partnership with FilmNorth.



PANEL | TELLING TRUTH: Documentary Filmmaker Discussion


12:30 PM

1:30 PM

MODERATOR: Kelly Nathe, MSPIFF Programmer

PANELISTS:  Yance Ford (Power), Ruth Lietman (No One Asked You), Juan Yepes (Igualada)

Most documentaries at their core follow a narrative tradition, but more and more are breaking that tradition and expanding the genre. In a conversational discussion, several MSPIFF visiting filmmakers discuss their work and share their thoughts from a global perspective.

APRIL 20 | FUNK THIS SH*T: The NO ONE ASKED YOU Afterparty to Benefit Abortion Access Front

Minneapolis Event Center


212 2nd Street SE

8:00 PM

All MSPIFF attendees are invited to the Saturday night fundraiser for Abortion Access Front at Minneapolis Event Center at 8pm! Tickets are just $25! Just click on the 6:00pm screening time to buy your party ticket!

JOIN: Lizz Winstead, the Abortion AF gang, and the NOAY Filmmakers for an epic dance party. The Funkalicious DJ Tricky Miki will spin classic funk and disco until all our reproductive rights are restored!

PLUS! Food, drinks, a silent auction, AND you can bid on belting out an exclusive karaoke duet with some of your most beloved Minnesota stars!

Abortion Access Front is a team of comedians, activists, writers, and producers that uses humor to destigmatize abortion and expose the extremist anti-choice forces working to destroy access to reproductive rights in all 50 states.

*MSPIFF Passholders reserving tickets to No One Asked You must purchase a seprate party ticket to attend the afterparty.

No One Asked You – 2024-04-20 6:00pm




A-Mill Artist Lofts


315 SE Main Street, Minneapolis

2:00 PM

4:30 PM

PANEL REGISTRATION & WAITLIST ARE NOW AT CAPACITY! We will notify the Waitlist by Saturday, April 20 if we can fit you in.

There’s more to filmmaking than above-the-line positions, and the more you know about each of them, the better you’ll be at working with all of them. MSPIFF43 presents a speed dating-style event featuring break-out discussions with key department heads:

MODERATOR: Matt Roy, Lost Forty Studios

ASSISTANT DIRECTORS: Carrie Bush, Bryan Shelley

ART DEPARTMENT: Cheri Anderson, Rob Walstead 

CAMERA DEPT: Steve Speers, Greg Winter 

GRIP/GAFFERS: Dan Miller, Jeff Fisher


SOUND DEPARTMENT: Jon Sims, Owen Brafford   

WARDROBE: Hannah Germain, Deborah Fiscus

This is a friendly way to meet others in the MN Film scene.  Bring your resume and get networking!  Registration is FREE, but you must register to hold a spot – space is limited 

Presented in partnership with AMC Networks, Upper Midwest Film Office (UMFO), Women in Film, FilmNorth, and MN Film & TV.

APRIL 23 | Industry Night with Roger & James Deakins

Machine Shop


300 2nd Street SE

6:00 PM

10:00 PM


Sold Out

MSP Film and CineMechanics invite you to a Minnesota Film Industry night with acclaimed cinematographer Roger Deakins & collaborator James Deakins as they talk about Roger’s monumental career in cinematography, their photography book Byways (Damiani, 2021), and their popular cinematography podcast TEAM DEAKINS.

This in-person conversation will be moderated by on-set photographer Wilson Webb.

Industry night is the perfect time to connect with your fellow Minnesota filmmakers.

Co-Presented by CineMechanics

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APRIL 24 | Book Signing with Roger & James Deakins



117 SE Main Street

4:30 PM

6:30 PM


Purchase a copy of Byways (Damiani, 2021), Roger Deakins’ hardcover collection of photography, and meet Roger & James Deakins at the book signing.

After graduating from college Deakins spent a year photographing life in rural North Devon, in Southwest England, on a commission for the Beaford Arts Centre; these images are gathered here for the first time and attest to a keenly ironic English sensibility, while also documenting a vanished postwar Britain. A second suite of images expresses Deakins’ love of the seaside. Traveling for his cinematic work has allowed Deakins to photograph landscapes all over the world; in this third group of images, that same irony remains evident.

limited spots available

Books picked up at signing.

This is a ticketed event to moderate attendance. Ticket price includes price of the book and space during one of the allotted starting times (every 30 minutes). 

Co-Presented by CineMechanics

In collaboration with Magers & Quinn Booksellers

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APRIL 24 | FARGO – In Conversation with Roger & James Deakins

The Main Cinema


125 SE Main Street

7:00 PM

11:00 PM


Sold Out – stay tuned for possible rush line

Join us for a film conversation, with Roger Deakins & collaborator James Deakins, followed by a screening of the Coen Brothers’ Oscar winning movie FARGO.

Tickets for these events are on sale exclusively for MSP Film Society members starting Friday, March 15.  Tickets will go on sale to the general public Monday, March 18th. 

Co-Presented by CineMechanics

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DAILY | Festival Lounge at Pracna

Pracna Bar


117 SE Main Street

Join us in the Pracna Bar every day during the festival for drinks, conversations, and other fun surprises!

Monday thru Thursday: 4pm – 8pm

Friday: 4pm – 10pm

Saturday: 12pm – 10pm

Sunday: 12pm – 8pm