Metropolitan State’s Film Space to debut with prestigious International Film Festival

Debuting its new digital cinema theater, Film Space, Metropolitan State University welcomes the 35th annual Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival [MSPIFF], which will screen several entries at the Saint Paul Campus.

The Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival runs April 7-23 and showcases over 300 films at 17 locations in the Twin Cities, including ten films and several shorts that will be screened at Film Space. View the full list of events at Metropolitan State online. Tickets are now available. Students will receive a special rate of $7 on ticket purchases at the box office.

The events at Film Space start with a screening of How to Let Go of the World (and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change) 7 p.m., April 15 at Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul Campus, 700 East Seventh Street. A screening of short films will include “Mist on the River,” by James Byrne, program director for Film Space and screenwriting professor in Metropolitan State’s Communication, Writing & Arts Department, College of Arts & Science, at 3:10 p.m. Saturday, April 16.

“The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival is a spring break vacation around the globe—right here at home,” said Susan Smoluchowski, executive director of the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul, MSPIFF’s non-profit parent organization. “This year, we’re bringing in an amazing slate of new, groundbreaking works in every genre, directed by experienced foreign filmmakers to emerging local talent.”

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.

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Film Space is currently wrapping up construction.

“We are pleased and excited to welcome such an important cultural event as the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival to St. Paul and to our campus. Their return to St. Paul marks a turning point in the history of film in St. Paul. Metropolitan State’s Film Space is launching a film festival initiative that will bring filmmakers and new film festivals to Saint Paul in the coming years,” James Byrne said. Byrne was instrumental in securing the Knight Arts Challenge grant with the support of the university’s 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.