Hennepin Theatre Trust

Minneapolis, Minnesota - September 23-26, 2021

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.

Submissions are closed for Minnesota WebFest 2021.

We look forward to seeing your work for 2022!

ALL IN-PERSON EVENTS ARE FREE-OF-CHARGE!!!!

We will begin selling tickets for selected online events on August 1, 2021.

COVID-19 Information
We are just shy of President Biden's July 4th goal for vaccinations in Minnesota and expect to exceed that goal by July 4. Our COVID-19 numbers are low and our vaccination rates are high. Minnesota WebFest (and the state as a whole) have been very good at adhering to CDC guidelines and we feel very confident that an in-person event will be safe with the following precautions:

  • We expect non-vaccinated attendees to wear masks.
  • We expect all attendees to respect the wishes of vaccinated attendees who prefer to wear masks.

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
  • Condor
  • Delta
  • Icelandair
  • KLM
  • Korean Air
  • Sun Country
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Westjet

Getting Around

The core venue has not yet been set.

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 get you between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul as well as from downtown Minneapolis to the suburb of Bloomington. That means the Mall of America, the University of Minnesota, Twins games, Vikings games, and both downtowns are rail-accessible. Renting a car is probably a waste of money.

Where to Stay

Come back here to find information on where to book your stay in Minneapolis.

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)
  • Minnehaha Park
  • 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.

Official Selections

We will announce nominations in late July.

We will announce the awards during the awards ceremony on September 25, 2021.