It's our third year and we're adding more events to support our growth. In addition to a
Thursday night event, we're adding a number of panels and talks to our already full schedule of
The festival gets started with an informal networking event aimed at the Minnesota film
and television industry. Whether you are local to Minnesota or just want to meet the people
from the Minnesota film and TV community, come out to Minnesota WebFest sponsor Bent
Brewstillery and have a great evening!
Rock Bottom Brewery
As we did last year, we'll have our formal kickoff at Rock Bottom Brewery. Festival founder
George Reese will talk about the state of the web series followed by a panel and finally
the screenings of our pilot selections. Stay afterwards for drinks and network with the
global web series community.
Hennepin Theatre Trust
Saturday is the big day! We'll have parallel screening and talk tracks. We screen all
Official Selections in the screening blocks during the day. New this year are the panels
and talks by industry experts.
The day ends with our annual awards ceremony hosted by Twin Cities news personality Roxanne
Battle. But we will head on over to Rock Bottom for some more informal networking afterwards!
We'll wind down with a leisurely cruise on Lake Minnetonka. This cruise is a chance for
visiting filmmakers to get a taste of the Land of 10,000 Lakes and mingle with Minnesota
filmmakers and our sponsors. We'll get everyone back to dry land
in plenty of time to make late afternoon flights.
We haven't yet started taking RSVPs for the festival, but it's coming soon!
The Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is a direct flight from almost anywhere
in the United States and Canada as well as Amsterdam, Dublin, Frankfurt, London, Paris,
Reykjavik, Seoul, Tokyo, and a handful of other air travel hubs.
Airlines with Direct International Flights
- Air Canada
- Aer Lingus
- Air France
- Korean Air
- Sun Country
- Virgin Atlantic
The core venue is 900 Hennepin Ave in the theater district of Minneapolis.
Downtown Minneapolis is a 30-minute ride on light-rail from the MSP airport or a 15 minute
car/Lyft/Uber/taxi ride. Both Lyft and Uber operate in the Twin Cities.
The light rail line will get you between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul as
well as from downtown Minneapolis to the suburb of Bloomington. That means the Mall of
America, the University of Minnesota, Twins games, Vikings games, and both downtowns are
rail-accessible. Renting a car is probably a waste of money.
Where to Stay
For the second year in a row, the Hampton Inn & Suites in Downtown Minneapolis is providing
attendees of the Minnesota WebFest with special rates. To take advantage of our special rates,
you MUST reserve your room online using this link.
Hampton Inn & Suites Minneapolis Downtown
19 North 8th St
Minneapolis, MN 55403
What to See and Do
Of course, you're here to watch web series!
But if you'd like to get out and about in the Twin Cities, here are some things to do:
A ton of riding and running trails. You can get anywhere in the Twin Cities on bike trails
alone without having to fight cars.
Paisley Park (the former home and workplace of Prince, now a museum)
Theater (Minneapolis is one of the largest theater scenes in the country with the
second-most capacity per capita)
The Mall of America, the largest mall in the United States
Nickelodeon Universe, an amusement park inside the Mall of America
The Walker Art Center
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden with the big ass spoon (next to Walker Art Center)
Strolling the Lakes (Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet)
And the legendary First Avenue
Minnesota United FC at Allianz Field (Sept 25 vs Sporting KC and Sept 29 vs Los Angeles FC)
The Twins and Vikings are away during this year's Minnesota WebFest
If you are willing to make a drive of it, the city of Duluth and Lake Superior are 2 1/2
hours north of the Twin Cities.
We will announce the full list of official selections in mid-June. We have, however, been
announcing early selections on occasion and they are listed below.
We will announce nominees in mid-to-late summer.
We will post award winners shortly after the event.