MNKINO Film Score Fest: Sign up Today!


On July 29th, 2017, MNKINO51: Film Score Fest will bring filmmakers, composers, and musicians together to create new short films with original scores that are performed live at the screening.

How to Participate:

  • Sign up for MNKINO Film Score Fest has closed for 2017.
  • We’ll let you know who your filmmaker/composer partner is shortly after April 23rd, if not before.
  •  Filmmakers are encouraged to talk with their composer partners before making the film, to get inspiration and see what role the music can play.
  • By signing up, you are making a commitment to create a film or score. We understand life happens, so if you can no longer participate, let us know ASAP, so we can partner your filmmaker/composer with someone else.
  • We will screen at least 18 films, but our orchestra has a limited amount of scores they can learn. If needed, our screening panel will select films based on: 1) artistic merit, 2) score playability, 3) whether or not they fit in the overall program, and 4) whether or not the films/scores were made locally in Minnesota.

Guidelines for filmmakers:

  • Video must be under 5 minutes
  • Based on the mystery meat (theme) “collision”. Watch the mystery meat here.
  • Any video format is acceptable, consider using .mp4 or .mov (but please avoid .wmv if possible!)
  • You must submit your film to your composer and MNKINO by June 11th. Consider using, dropbox, or a physical handoff.

Guidelines for composers:

  • We will have one of each of these instruments: flute, oboe, Bb clarinet, saxophone (alto, tenor, or bari), bassoon, french horn (in F), Bb trumpet, trombone, tuba, drum set, guitar (classical, steel string, or electric), grand piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, and an additional percussion player, who can play one of the following: two-octave xylophone, glockenspiel, triangle, woodblock, shaker, tambourine, claves, cabasa, bongos, bodhran (Celtic), ashiko (African), djun (African), djembe (African), box drum.
  • Score and parts must be formatted for 8.5 x 11″ paper, vertical layout. Make sure it’s readable by a human conductor and not too tiny.
  • When finished, send (using dropbox or
    • PDFs of your score and parts
    • MIDI file if possible (so we can create a click track)
    • The final video with your score audio demo (for the musicians to learn)
    • The final video without score audio demo, for the video playback
    • mp3 file of your score audio demo (for the musicians to listen & learn)
  • Due date for scores is July 9, 2017

Important Dates and Details

  • Sunday, April 8th, 6pm to 8pm: Film Score Fest Kick-Off Event at Honey. Mystery Meat reveal and sign-up begins.
  • April 23rd: Sign up Ends
  • June 11th: Films must be finished and handed off to your composer and MNKINO.
  • July 9th: Film scores must be finished and sent to

Need Help?

Here’s a presentation that includes helpful filmmaking and composing tips for your submission. If you have more questions, feel free to email with filmmaking questions and with composing questions.

MNKINO is not just for film school graduates, MFA candidates, or videographers. It’s for you! If you never made a film or need the resources to create your film, check out Saint Paul Neighborhood Network, a community access center. They’ll be providing affordable classes at a discount rate MNKINO FSF participants. To see their class catalog and schedule, visit their website. To get the MNKINO rate, you’ll need to register for the class over the phone an mention you’re a MNKINO Film Score Fest participant.