Drink beer and watch trailers for every film showing at the Twin Cities Film Fest

Insight Brewing is throwing a party to kick off the Twin Cities Film Fest

If you're thirsting for a film that has a bit more meat than the average blockbuster, you're in luck – the Twin Cities Film Fest is gearing up for its eighth annual celebration of independent films.

The festival kicks off in mid-October and will feature over 155 features and short films this year. You could try and see all of them across the 10-day span, by purchasing an all-access pass for a whopping $500. 

Or you could satisfy your other thirst (for beer, obviously) and watch a little bit of each film at Insight Brewing next week. 

The brewery is hosting a Twin Cities Film Fest "Kickoff Party" on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m. They'll be showing trailers of all of the films, so you can drink while creating your must-see list for the festival. 

The screening is free, and a dollar from every pint of beer sold at the kickoff party benefits the Twin Cities Film Fest.

The lineup

The festival highlights films for "movie lovers." 

That means Oscar-buzzworthy films and originals – art that TCCF says "contrasts the increasingly formulaic blockbuster that falls flat with sophisticated audiences." For example, last year they showed critically-acclaimed titles like Moonlight, Lion, and Nebraska

Some of the movies shown are "gala films," aka exclusive sneak peaks of studio films before their mainstream release.

Showcasing Minnesota filmmakers is equally important. This year's opening night feature is The Year of Spectacular Men, which was directed by Rochester native Lea Thompson. 

Check out the full lineup of films here.

Twin Cities Film Fest

The Twin Cities Film Fest runs from Oct. 18-28 on several screens at the ShowPlace ICON theater in St. Louis Park. 

It's a red carpet event. Patrons who attend are encouraged to dress up, take photos on the red carpet, and share experiences on social media.

There are also several educational events throughout the festival, such as panel discussions with industry professionals, filmmakers and special guests. Most educational events are free to the public with some exceptions.

Ticket passes are on sale here.

The Twin Cities Film Fest is a nonprofit, year-round arts organization that puts on a major mainstream film festival in the fall each year.

Its goal is to "offer audiences access to the best films the global industry has to offer, to stimulate economic activity in the Twin Cities and to offer filmmakers a premiere venue at which to premiere their work," the Facebook page says.

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