2017 Submissions are CLOSED! 2018 Submissions will open in February 2018

Offering the best in film

Each year, TCFF presents over sixty regional, national, and world premiere films. From highly anticipated Hollywood fare to the finest in independent filmmaking, the Festival focuses uncovering emerging talent and showcasing great visual storytelling.  Among 2016’s notable screenings were Oscar nominated films, Moonlight and Lion, with 2015 films Room, Brooklyn, Anomalisa and Youth!

Twin Cities Film Fest has prided itself in championing great work from legendary, contemporary, and rising talent. Diligently seeking out films that display strong written and visual storytelling, TCFF strives to showcase great examples of independent filmmaking. Offering highly-regarded judges, unique venues, and enthusiastic crowds, TCFF ensures your work gets the respect it deserves.

Here are few guidelines to understand before you submit:
-TCFF strives to include the best quality, diverse narrative and documentary films available.
-Each film submission goes through a rigorous process before selections are made.
-Priority is given to films that haven’t had public screenings in the Twin Cities and are not readily available to the public online (youtube, vimeo, etc…)
-Although we accept submissions from all over the world, TCFF focuses on American Independent cinema.
-TCFF only accepts online screeners for consideration.
-Filmmakers should submit their films via FilmFreeway or WithoutABox.

If you have any questions regarding submissions, please email us at info@twincitiesfilmfest.org

Need an audience? We have you covered.

Don’t miss your opportunity to share the spotlight with an enthusiastic and encouraging mix of aspiring and established filmmaking talent.

Whether you’re looking for industry attention, film-savvy theatergoers or just an excellent excuse to visit the “Arts Haven of the Midwest,” the Twin Cities Film Fest is the place for you this October. From October 18 - 28, 2017, the Festival will screen films in the feature, short and specialty categories.


Narrative/Documentary Films

Early Bird Deadline
April 17

Regular Deadline
May 30

Late Deadline
July 17

Withoutabox Extended Deadline
August 7



Narrative Features
All fictional films.

Documentary Features
All non-fiction films.

Documentary Shorts
All non-fiction films.

Narrative Shorts
Fiction films, animated or live, that are less than 40 minutes in length. This includes live action, animation, webisodes and new media.

Minnesota Connected Features
The Twin Cities Film Fest is dedicated to shining a spotlight on the local film industry and successful native Minnesotans involved in various aspects of film production. This category includes all narrative and documentary productions that were filmed in Minnesota, produced or directed by a native Minnesotan (residency not required) or includes a native Minnesota actor in a major role. This includes narrative or documentary feature length films..

Minnesota Connected Shorts
MN Connected Shorts

GLBTQ Series
The Twin Cities Film Fest is committed to diverse programming and is assembling a series of screenings of features and documentaries with GLBTQ related content, characters or subject matter. This category includes both short and feature length films.

Dance Flicks Series
All films on and about Dance!




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