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Mississippi Minute Film Festival extends to Hastings

The Mississippi Minute Film Festival is accepting entries of 60-second films of the Mississippi River in celebration of the centennial of the National Park Service.

This is the third year of the film festival, but the first year they are accepting entries from the Hastings area.

“We thought it would be cool in honor of the centennial … to extend this contest to include the entire Mississippi River corridor,” said Kathleen Boe, executive director of the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership.

The 72-mile Mississippi River National Park will be divided into four categories for the competition: upper Mississippi, Minneapolis riverfront, St. Paul riverfront and lower Mississippi. Hastings is part of the lower Mississippi category.

Entries should consist of a one minute film or DVD visual essay about the river. Contestants are welcome to use any form of filmmaking equipment including iPhones, video cameras, GoPros and more.

“Do your best to make us laugh, make us cry, astound us – inform, energize and inspire – all in 60 seconds,” the call for entries said.

Boe said the idea of the competition was to make it accessible to everyone. People of all ages are welcome to compete; all you need is some tool to capture video. She said they are looking for entries that tell a story about the river and engage people as they tell that story.

“What I love about these films is that there are all kinds of different ways people decide to tell a story about the river,” Boe said.

All film entries must be received by end of the day Sept. 15. A judging panel will review the films. Awards will be announced at the Minneapolis Riverfront Summit on Oct. 24 at the Mill City Museum. The event begins at 6 p.m.

For more information on how to submit, visit

Michelle Wirth

Michelle Wirth graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2013 with a degree in journalism and web design. She worked as a web content editor for a trade association before coming to the Hastings Star Gazette in 2016.

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