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Sponsor the Italian Film Festival

  • 20 Feb 2020
  • 6:05 PM
  • 23 Feb 2020
  • 11:00 PM
  • St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414




For sponsorships received after Wednesday, February 5th, we will not be able to add your name/logo in the printed program.

For sponsorships at the level of Produttore d'Elite to Regista, your name/logo will be added to the trailer screened before each movie.

Dear Members & Friends of the Italian Cultural Center,

We are thrilled to announce the 11th anniversary of the Italian Film Festival of Minneapolis-St. Paul (IFF). Organized by the Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis / St. Paul in partnership with MSP Film Society, this year's festival opens at St. Anthony Main Theater in Minneapolis on February 20, 2020. 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. 2020 marks the centennial of Federico Fellini and we are delighted to present a 4K restoration of Lo sceicco bianco (The White Sheik, 1952).

This time again, the IFF will offer two award opportunities for the best short films made by emerging filmmakers working and living in Italy and Minnesota. The winning films and finalists will screen at the festival. Each winner will receive a 2020 "Building Bridges Award" together with a cash prize and the IFF will cover the director's travel to the festival. This year's theme is WATER (acqua in Italian).
The "Building Bridges: Emerging Filmmaker Awards” are dedicated to Massimo Bonavita, former president and co-founder of The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis / St. Paul. Sponsored by KNOCK, Inc. and our generous Give to The Max Donors.

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. Your support makes the festival possible, as sponsorships help us cover the event’s many costs including screening fees, filmmaker travel, and community outreach.

Below, 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!
Tiziana Cervesato

Festival Director

Sponsorship Level

di Elite


Produttore Esecutivo




Assistente di Produzione




Aiuto Regista


VIP party at festival

Commercial included before each screening

Opportunity to introduce opening night film

Sponsor both Awards

Sponsor one Award

Logo on poster and mention in festival advertisement and press

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

Number of Festival Passes (incl. Opening Night Reception)*






Tickets for Opening Night Reception and movie


* The Italian Film Festival Opening Night Reception will be held at Pracna's Fireside Room (117 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414) on Thursday, February 20, 2020.

Individual film sponsorships are available for $150 ($180 for the Opening Night Movie that includes the Opening Night Reception). 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 Peggy Hansen at  

CLICK ON the REGISTER button (in the upper left blue box)
to select your film!

There are also opportunities to advertise your business / organization 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.

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.

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

CLICK ON the REGISTER button (in the upper left blue box) 


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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