Honestly? We don't know what to expect for 2021. Are you all ready to attend film festivals again?
If you are, we'll be there for you this year. If you aren't, we'll have selected components of the
festival accessible online. We strongly suggest making a week of it by attending Minnesota WebFest in
the Twin Cities on the weekend and then Catalyst in Duluth during the week. In fact, Catalyst and
Minnesota WebFest have some exciting join opportunities to announce in the near future!
What you should expect are some great panels and talks from TV and web series leaders and great networking
events. Of course, the weekend will end with our famous Lake Minnetonka cruise. Yes, you can actually purify
yourself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka.
ALL IN-PERSON EVENTS ARE FREE-OF-CHARGE!!!!
Free tickets for all in-person events (except the lake cruise) are available at the event web site.
Even though the tickets are free, we still require you to get a ticket so we can manage capacity. Friday night's kick-off is at Crave in the Mall of
America. Saturday's events are in the Minnetonka Room and the Radisson Blu Mall of America.
Minnesota is doing better than most areas in terms of spread of COVID-19. We have a highly vaccinated population and have
largely behaved properly throughout the pandemic. ALL ATTENDEES MUST BE VACCINATED. Please be ready to show proof-of-vaccination
at registration. A digital photo on your phone is acceptable. We don't want you to risk losing your original cards. The likelihood that
we will require masks as well at some times is high, especially in indoor situations where we cannot control spacing. Please bring
masks with you at all times.
In any situation in which we do not require masks, we expect all attendees to respect the wishes of those
attendees who prefer to wear masks. A failure to respect that choice or to adhere to any requirement for masks
will result in expulsion from the event.
Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport provides free vaccines to visitors, including the one-shot J&J vaccine. If you come from a nation
that is behind on vaccination, this festival may be an opportunity to get vaccinated when you land (you will still be required
to wear a mask since you will not be fully vaccinated).
Normally, the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is a direct flight from almost anywhere
in the United States and Canada as well as Amsterdam, Dublin, Frankfurt, London, Paris,
Reykjavik, Seoul, Tokyo, and a handful of other air travel hubs. With the COVID flight schedules in
place, it's hard to say what will be available when
Airlines with Direct International Flights
- Air Canada
- Aer Lingus
- Air France
- Korean Air
- Sun Country
- Virgin Atlantic
All events except the lake cruise are in Bloomington at the Mall of America. The Mall of America
sits at the foot of the airport's main north/south runway. The easiest way to get to the mall as
well as the hotels in and adjacent to the mall is via light rail.
Downtown Minneapolis is a 30-minute ride on light-rail from the MSP airport or a 15 minute
car/Lyft/Uber/taxi ride. Both Lyft and Uber operate in the Twin Cities.
The light rail line will take you from the Mall of America to downtown Minneapolis and
downtown St. Paul. That means the University of Minnesota, Twins games, Vikings games, and both
downtowns are rail-accessible. Renting a car is probably a waste of money.
You will need to Uber/Lyft to get to the lake cruise event on Sunday. The dock is in the city
of Wayzata, about 20 minutes from the Mall of America.
What to See and Do
Of course, you're here to watch web series!
But if you'd like to get out and about in the Twin Cities, here are some things to do:
A ton of riding and running trails. You can get anywhere in the Twin Cities on bike trails
alone without having to fight cars.
Paisley Park (the former home and workplace of Prince, now a museum)
Theater (Minneapolis is one of the largest theater scenes in the country with the
second-most capacity per capita)
The Mall of America, the largest mall in the United States
Nickelodeon Universe, an amusement park inside the Mall of America
The Walker Art Center
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden with the big ass spoon (next to Walker Art Center)
Strolling the Lakes (Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet)
And the legendary First Avenue
Minnesota United FC at Allianz Field
The Minnesota Twins at Target Field
The Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium
If you are willing to make a drive of it, the city of Duluth and Lake Superior are 2 1/2
hours north of the Twin Cities.
We will announce the awards during the awards ceremony on September 25, 2021.