Minnesota Film Arts
Minnesota Film Arts’ is a non-profit organization
dedicated to fostering an active and living appreciation
of the film arts in the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota.
We pursue our mission through numerous programs in
the areas of presentation, production, and advocacy.
Minnesota Film Arts currently runs programs in each of
its mission areas,
Presentation, Production, and Advocacy.
The anuual Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film
Festival hosts an additional 150
film programs for a hugely diverse audience in excess of
40,000. MSPIFF is the biggest film event of the year in the Upper Midwest (outside of the
Chicago Int'l Film Fest in October) and includes some 150 feature
films, along with selected short films, including documentaries, Minnesota-Made, and
children's films, and a $3000 or more juried competition for 1st and
2nd feature film and documentary directors.
In January 2010, the 5 screen St. Anthony Main Theatre Complex, located in a thriving
neighborhood on the banks of the Mississippi River, became the main venue for all
MFA and Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival screenings. This move is an
opportunity for MFA to significantly expand its presence in the Twin Cities market and to
create a multiplex of art house and alternative programming.
Throughout the year, classic repertory, foreign, and art films will play alongside mainstream
St. Anthony screenings. The Oak St. Cinema will continue to be used for special
screenings, rentals, and occasional film parties. St. Anthony has been the primary
and successful venue for the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival for the
past two years.
Oak Street Cinema hosts special screenings, rentals, and fest parties.
With over 300 seats and 35mm/digital projection equipped, the Oak St. is an ideal
venue to host a local premiere or private event.
Regular MFA programming will screen at St. Anthony Main Theaters.
Access Screening provides opportunities for and collaborations
with special interest groups that enable them to use our
respective theaters at or below cost.
Collaborative Production Programs are aimed at encouraging
filmmakers in the Twin Cities region, and include our annual
Trailer Training program and quarterly 24-Hour Film Challenge,
both of which are undertaken in collaboration with the local
production organization Scene 6. In addition, we have immediate
plans to launch a Screenplay Players series, and we have
submitted numerous high-profile grants for an Artist-in-Residency
program, to be launched as part of the 2006 M-SPIFF.
Our advocacy programs are also new, and to date include
an interactive website serving local filmmakers, a weekly
e-mail newsletter serving the local film community, and
an active partnership program, putting our theatres and
organization at the service of various interest groups throughout
the Twin Cities.