Minneapolis-St. Paul Int'l FF
The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival is a springtime film festival that has been held since the early 1980s. The 23rd season in April 2005 included 130 films and 27,000 attendees. It is organized by Minnesota Film Arts, a group that operates two area arthouse movie theaters: the Oak Street Cinema and the Bell Auditorium at the University of Minnesota's Bell Museum of Natural History. Several other area theaters also participate in the film festival.
Because of the cultural heritage of Minnesota, a significant number of Scandinavian films are usually included. Some locally-produced material is also included, particularly in the form of short films.