The Mississippi Minute Film festival has returned for its second year and is currently accepting submissions.
Organized by the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership (MRP), the festival is intended to visually capture an appreciation, and the future potential, of the Mississippi.
“We thought that (the film festival) would be a different way to engage people with the river,” Kathleen Boe, executive director of MRP, explained.
The film festival began last year and received 17 entries, covering many different areas of the river. The Best of Show film “Mississippi Night” is a serene look at the stone arch bridge, while the Viewer’s Choice award went to “MISSISSIPPI and Friends,” a film by a group of exchange students from Thailand highlighting how students all over the world learn to spell “Mississippi” when learning English.
This year the festival is working on encouraging youth park restoration groups to participate in the film festival, Boe said, and the goal is to receive an even high number of submissions than before.
Films can be submitted to the festival’s website until 5 p.m. Sept. 15 and must comply with the contest’s regulations. There will be an online voting period in October to determine the recipient of the Viewer’s Choice Award followed by a free film screening and awards ceremony on October 26.
Entries must be no more than 60 seconds long and relevant to one of the festival’s four categories — Upper Harbor Terminal, Upper River, Downtown and Lower Gorge — corresponding to various portions of the river. Best of Category and Runner Up awardees will be selected from each of the four groupings, as well as an overall Best of Show.
Boe said these categories were devised to ensure lesser-known areas of the river are documented by submissions.
“One of the things we try to do with the film festival is to make stories about parts of the river that we may not be so familiar with,” she said.