Oscar nominations highlight the excellence of Twin Cities Film Fest

February 24, 2019 05:57 PM

Five of the films up for Academy Awards Sunday night premiered at the Twin Cities Film Fest in October.

"Green Book," produced by Minnesota native Jim Burke, opened at this year's festival. It's up for five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor.

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Other Twin Cities premieres that earned nominations include "The Favourite," "Can You Ever Forgive Me?", "If Beale Street Could Talk" and "One Small Step."

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Festival coordinators say it shows just how selective they are in choosing the best films. They get more than 350 submissions every year. Of those, about 120 are chosen for the festival.

"People don't understand that there is a lot of really powerful filmmaking talent in this state, a lot of people doing really great work," said TCFF Innovation Manager John Mellesmoen. "We showcase the best of Hollywood and the best of Minnesota all in one place."

Mellesmoen said he hopes people realize the opportunities they have to experience the magic of the movies at the Twin Cities Film Festival every year.

"They have a gem in their own backyard. We have a Sundance of the north here in the Twin Cities," Mellesmoen said. "This is our tenth year, so tonight will really be a celebration of that, celebrating good films being here in Minnesota, lots of talent and lots of really excited people who are motivated to make it all happen."

The Twin Cities Film Fest is hosting an Oscars viewing party Sunday evening at the ShowPlace ICON Theatres, located in The Shops at West End, complete with a red carpet.

If you'd like to learn more about the Twin Cities Film Fest, click here.

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