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Italian Film Festival of Minneapolis-St. Paul

February 22-25, 2018

2018 Sponsorship Package

Dear community partner,

We are thrilled to announce the 10th anniversary of the Italian Film Festival of Minneapolis-St. Paul  (IFF). Organized by the Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis-St. Paul in partnership with the Film Society of MSP, this year’s festival opens at St. Anthony Main Theater in Minneapolis on February 22, 2018. Over four days, the IFF will screen the best current Italian cinema from fast-paced Italian comedies to socially-relevant documentaries. Alongside contemporary Italian premieres, the festival showcases Italy’s cinematic history by screening a classic Italian film each year, like Sergio Leone’s breathtaking Western, Once Upon a Time in the West, and Vittorio De Sica’s timeless neorealist masterwork, The Bicycle Thieves.

This year we commemorate a decade of contemporary Italian cinema in the Twin Cities, and for the first time ever, the IFF will offer two award opportunities for the best short films made by emerging filmmakers working and living in Italy and Minnesota. Filmmakers will submit their films to the IFF and an esteemed panel of jurors will select two—one from Italy and the other made right here in Minnesota. The winners of the “Building Bridges: Emerging Filmmaker Awards,” will visit the festival and have the opportunity to screen their films and discuss their craft. This year’s theme asks filmmakers to consider the relationship between place, memory, history and change. By drawing on personal and collective memory, focusing on significant events in the past or present, considering important or forgotten histories, and/or highlighting the ways that places have changed over time, the IFF’s “Building Bridges” awards encourage filmmakers to find connections between the diverse communities and landscapes that they call home.

We are committed to our local community and the festival offers an opportunity to give back by creating dialogue between Minnesota and Italy through visual arts. In order to continue doing this important work, we rely on the support of our community partners and sponsors and hope that you will consider playing a sponsorship role. By sponsoring the IFF, your organization will reach our well-established and growing audience as well as our local, national, and international partners. Additionally, your support makes the festival possible, as sponsorships help us cover the event’s many costs including screening fees, filmmaker travel, and community outreach. On the pages that follow, we’ve detailed some of the ways that you can become a sponsor for this year’s IFF, but we also look forward to working with you on your organizations particular interests and goals. Please be in touch with any questions.

Thank you for your time. We look forward to discussing more soon!

Michelle Baroody

Festival Director

Sponsorship Level



Produttore Esecutivo





Assistente di Produzione




Aiuto Regista


VIP party at festival

Commercial included before each screening

Sponsor both Building Bridges: Emerging Filmmaker Awards

Sponsor one Building Bridges: Emerging Filmmaker Awards

Company logo on poster and mention in festival advertisement and press

Opportunity to introduce opening night film

Still ad included in festival pre-reel before each screening

Recognition in film introductions

Promotional materials available at the festival

Reserved seating

Recognition on social media

Logo in festival trailer

Logo appears on IFF website

Logo appears in printed program

Winter party tickets*







Number of festival passes







*The Italian Film Festival Winter Fundraiser Party will be held at the Tek Box on Thursday, February 8th, 2018. Therefore, only sponsors who commit to sponsorship before February 1, 2018 will receive tickets to the party.


Individual film sponsorships are available for $150. If you sponsor an individual film, your name / organization will be listed on the website and in the festival program alongside the film. You will also receive two tickets to the film. For more information on this year’s films, please contact Michelle Baroody ( or Peggy Hansen (


In addition to traditional sponsorships, we also offer a variety of options for organizations and businesses to advertise at the IFF. Advertising space is available in the printed festival program, available before and throughout the festival. There are also opportunities to advertise your business onscreen in the pre-reel that plays before every screening. The cost for each ad is $300 and it should be delivered as a .jpeg or .tiff file.

Details and specifications bellow.

Ad Size



full page


4.8 in x 7.5 in

2/3 page


4.8 in x 4.8 in

1/3 page


4.8 in x 2.4 in


            All ads should be delivered ready for print as .pdf or .tiff files.


There are also opportunities to advertise your business onscreen in the pre-reel that plays before every screening. The cost for each ad is $300 and it should be delivered as a .jpeg or .tiff file.

*If you’d like to place an ad in the program and pre-reel, please be in touch to discuss details. 

Your contribution is tax-deductible.


The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization
 528 Hennepin Ave | Minneapolis, MN 55403 | (612) 295-4111 

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