The Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF) turns 35 this spring, and its impressive plans for celebrating show that some things do get better with age.
MSPIFF is the largest premier film event in the region and one of the longest-running film festivals in the nation. It has traditionally been held at the St. Anthony Main Theatre, but this year’s fest, which takes place April 7-23, will expand beyond its home base to new venues, most notably taking over the Uptown Theater the week of April 8-14.
In addition to a robust line-up of more than 250 feature-length international films, chosen by the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul from fests from Sundance and Toronto to Berlin, Palm Springs, Busan, Guadalajara, and San Sebastian, this year’s MSPIFF will also include a series of experimental shorts, an extended youth cinema program, and short narrative and documentary films from over 60 countries.
The complete line-up of films and events, including the opening and closing parties, DJ nights, and visiting filmmaker mixers, will be announced in early March. Festival Passes and 6-packs are on sale now through mspfilm.org; individual ticket sales open on March 17 to members and to the public on March 24.