Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF)

Looking for a break from your studies in these next few weeks? Trying to make plans for the weekend? Perhaps you would like to see a few films at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF). Running from April 14 to May 5, the festival will show 170 films from 58 different countries, all screening at St. Anthony Main.

To find information about which films you wish to see, you might try to access the festival website: www.mspfilmfest.org. Don't. They have been experiencing technical difficulties and, at times, are completely inaccessible. (For more information read this article)

Instead, turn to the Star Tribune, which will quickly lead you to www.vita.mn, the ultimate guide to what's going on in the Twin Cities. Here, you will find a list of every film being shown, organized by date and including price, screening times, reviews, and, in some cases, official trailers. You can choose whether to view the entire list of titles or easily digestible pages grouped by week. These pages include stunning photographs, short reviews, and convenient star ratings with each title. For help navigating the festival, you can also check out the "Intro" section, containing a short list of tips and how-tos.

The Twin Cities Daily Planet also provides convenient access to information, though not so well organized. Their website lists the titles alphabetically, convenient for locating a specific title, though a hassle for discovering films you might have time to see. If searching for a specific film, however, you will find useful reviews, times, and information regarding language, country, and run time.

Don't even bother using www.citypages.com. They only provide a one line blurb and a link to the film festival's website, which, as mentioned before, is currently out of service.

Overall, as long as the official MSPIFF site is down, you will find the best information from www.vita.mn. Enjoy the show!

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