The dates have been set for the 2013 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival. Twin Cities film fans should block April 11-28 from their calendars.

The announcement from The Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul also called for entries in all categories: short and feature length works of fiction, documentary, and animation.

Films that meet requirements will be considered starting today. The early deadline is Nov. 2, with the “regular” deadline set at Jan. 4, 2013.

Submissions can be made through the fest’s Withoutabox site here. Also, frequently asked questions about submitting to the fest are here.

And if you’re thinking your film is too ragged and raw and niche to merit a berth, you should consider that last year’s fest had more than 200 features and documentaries, as well as 60 short films.

I’m not saying the standards for inclusion are low. I’m saying they’re very inclusive.

Last year’s winners were:

Juried Awards
Best Feature Film: Gianni Amelio, The First Man
Best Documentary (tie): Shannah Laumeister, Bert Stern: Original Madman
Best Documentary (tie): Arnon Goldfinger, The Flat
Emerging Filmmaker: Helvécio Marin Jr. and Clarissa Campolina, Swirl
Best Minnesota-Made Feature: Bryan Vue and Mong Vang, Journey to the Fallen Skies
Best Short: Maya Washington, White Space

Audience Choice Awards
Best Narrative: Sam Fischer, Memorial Day
Best Documentary: Nick Holle and Michael Zimmer, The Entertainers
Best Short: Martin Wichmann Andersen, Stuck


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