April 21-28: International Film Festival returns to Film Space at Metropolitan State University

By Ryan Patchin
Posted March 10, 2017

April 21-28: International Film Festival returns to Film Space at Metropolitan State University

For the second year, Metropolitan State University welcomes the 36th annual Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival [MSPIFF], which will screen several entries at the new digital cinema theater, Film Space, at the Saint Paul Campus.

The Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival runs April 13–29 and showcases over 250 films at numerous locations in the Twin Cities, including several films and shorts that will be screened at Film Space.

The events at Film Space start with an opening reception and party at 5 p.m., April 21 at Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul Campus, 700 East Seventh Street, followed by a 7 p.m. screening of “Theater of Life,” a documentary about a chef who sets his sights on reusing food and turning it into delicious and nutritious gourmet dinners for the most vulnerable people in Modena, Italy. Festival screenings at Metropolitan State will continue nightly Monday to Saturday through April 28.

The university will provide complimentary admission to Metropolitan State students for films screened in the Film Space at Founders Hall Auditorium throughout the MSP International Film Festival with presentation of a valid Metropolitan State student ID card. University employees can access discounted tickets for screenings in the Metropolitan State Film Space by presenting a valid Metropolitan State faculty/staff ID card.

“​​We are happy to welcome back the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival for the second year at Metropolitan State University’s Film Space,” said James Byrne, program director for Film Space and screenwriting professor in Metropolitan State’s School of Communication, Writing, and the Arts, College of Liberal Arts. “Last April was the first year of Film Space. It opened in April 2016 and the first festival we hosted was the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. This year we have another selection of distinguished and amazing films from all over the world showing on our campus from April 21 to April 28 at Film Space in Founders Hall.”

“With screenings at Metropolitan State University’s beautiful Film Space, we’re excited to bring our lineup of international, national and local independent films across the river to make this a Film Festival that truly serves the entire Twin Cities,” said Susan Smoluchowski, executive director of the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul, MSPIFF’s non-profit parent organization.

Metropolitan State’s Film Space digital cinema theater is the only one of its kind in Saint Paul and will serve the arts community and independent film lovers. The creation of Film Space is funded in part through a $30,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to the Metropolitan State University Screenwriting Program through the Metropolitan State University Foundation.

The heart of Film Space is to foster film arts and enrich the community through film and film events. By serving academics, the arts community and all those interested in independent film the project will bring new film festivals to Saint Paul and provide new screening opportunities for film artists.