Film festival started in Minneapolis-St. Paul

April 17, 2013 by  

The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival for 2013 began last Thursday and will run through most of the rest of April at the St. Anthony Main Theater.

The opening film for the festival was ‘The Angels’ Share’ directed by Ken Loach. According to the executive director of the festival, Susan Smoluchowski, it is the latest film directed by Loach and seemed appropriate as a season opener as it is not only intelligent and political, but very humorous. This film was screened to a sold-out crowd.

Smoluchowski added that after the opener, the Festival will include films from all over the world and will include documentaries, features, animations and children’s movies on Saturday mornings, making up a total of over 200 films over the length of the festival – so plenty of reasons to be using poster printing to raise awareness of the showings.

Of particular note, said Smoluchowski, is a series called ‘Songs of Exile: Cinema of Movement’, which comprises a collection of 20 documentaries and dramas centered on the traveling of people, such as the migration of refugees from African countries torn by war.

Also highlighted in the Festival is a series called ‘Minnesota Made’, which is a collection of shorts, features, and documentaries of a local nature. Craig Rice, curator, found these films to be high quality and feels that several could be nominated for the Academy Awards. Rice organized panels on Sunday afternoons during the Festival on acting, screenwriting, and film distribution, which can be a great challenge for any movie maker.

The festival concludes on April 28.