• The mission of the Speechless Film Festival is to celebrate the art of visual storytelling.

    The festival is named for our signature category—Speechless Shorts—though we also receive and show films in a broader range of categories. In addition to film showcases, Speechless hosts a number of guest speakers, special screenings, and events with food and music.  Read more about Speechless.

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    We are a small but ambitious team of film lovers serving a passionate film community in southern Minnesota. Our signature categories honor speechless films, but we show a range of work. Read more about our unique mission.

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    Buy your all-access online pass for Speechless 2020!

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    We screen a variety of short films and animations made here in Minnesota and from all over the world. Browse our films and showcases.

  • “This festival is a quite a jewel in the festival circuit. It has the high quality films and infrastructure of a bigger festival yet the attention to detail and personal attention of a smaller one. The human element is key and one of the joys of attending, the whole staff is lovely and dedicated, which shows everywhere, from the love and care put into the printed programs to the panels and events they organize. And their angle is so unique and relevant, you can’t miss this festival. Love, all around.”
    – Luciano Blotta
  • “This was by far the best experience we’ve had throughout our movie career! It was an honor and a real joy to participate in the official selection of a so well organized event, serious, committed and with such a welcoming atmosphere! Thank you very much for the invitation to participate as on-line panelist, talking about experimental cinema and the process of making the film. Thank you for the trust, kindness and constant assistance, for the respect to the films and filmmakers! Hope to participate in future editions, wishing to all Speechless team great success!”
    – Muriel Paraboni
  • “Fantastic festival! I’ve screened at Speechless twice, and am always so impressed with their professionalism and the overall spirit of the fest. Will continue to submit here for many years to come.”
    – Eugene Park
  • “Everyone was so helpful, friendly, and eager to talk about their films. It was so amazing to get to know so many people who are on fire for film and cinema.”
    – Jesseca Simmons