2022 Twin Cities Film Fest to Screen and Stream Oct. 20-29

Poster images courtesy Orion Pictures (Till); Universal Pictures (She Said); Searchlight Pictures (Empire of Light).

The 2022 Twin Cities Film Fest features more than 140 movies scheduled to screen and stream Oct. 20-29 in a hybrid format. The festival, now in its 13th year, will return to the Showplace ICON Theaters and Kitchen in St Louis Park, MN, for in-person screenings, while more than 100 films will simultaneously stream online at

(L to R) Whoopi Goldberg as Alma Carthan and Danielle Deadwyler as Mamie Till Mobley in TILL, directed by Chinonye Chukwu, released by Orion Pictures. Credit: Lynsey Weatherspoon / Orion Pictures. © 2022 ORION RELEASING LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Opening night features celebration to open with Chinonye Chukwu’s Till, the story of Mamie Till Mobley’s pursuit of justice for her 14-year-old son Emmett Till, who was lynched in 1955 while visiting his cousins in Mississippi. She Said is this year’s Spotlight selection:  directed by Maria Schrader and set to screen Oct. 27, the film recounts how two reporters broke the story that helped propel the #MeToo movement and shattered decades of silence around the subject of sexual assault in Hollywood. Sam Mendes’ festival hit Empire of Light is the Closing Night Selection. Featuring Olivia Colman, Colin Firth, Micheal Ward, and Toby Jones, the film conveys a powerful and poignant story about human connection—and the magic of cinema—in an English seaside town in the early 1980s.

Colin Firth and Micheal Ward face the camera in the film EMPIRE OF LIGHT.
Colin Firth and Micheal Ward in the film EMPIRE OF LIGHT. Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures. © 2022 20th Century Studios All Rights Reserved.

Film series featured in 2022 include Minnesota-connected productions, BIPOC voices, female filmmakers and this year’s “Changemaker Series,” spotlighting projects that frame and address the urgent issue of climate change. A new series “Black On Screen” celebrates Black stories and storytellers.

Other entries include Charlotte Wells’ highly-reviewed Aftersun, James Gray’s Armageddon Time, The Banshees of Inisherin, Lukas Dhont’s Close, Ryan White’s Good Night Oppy, Elegance Bratton’s The Inspection, Michael Grandage’s My Policeman, Nikyatu Jusu’s Nanny, Kathlyn Horan’s The Return of Tanya Tucker—Featuring Brandi Carlile, Trevor Frost and Melissa Lesh’s Wildcat, and Sarah Polley’s Women Talking.

The festival’s complete 2022 schedule is online on the festival website. Ticket prices range from $9 online to $12 in-person and $20 for Opening/Centerpiece/Closing/Spotlight films. A select few films will be available to view at no cost. Additionally, a “Streaming Pass” is available for $50, “Gold” pass for $80 and a “Hybrid Pass” for $160.



Twin Cities Film Fest (TCFF) is a Minneapolis-based 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization founded by Executive Director, Jatin Setia. We change perspectives, transform lives, and strengthen our communities by supporting and spurring on the art of filmmaking. TCFF’s vision is to cultivate immersive experiences that amplify communities of creation, celebration, and change. To learn more about TCFF, events, film submissions or to donate, visit

Written by J Paul Johnson

J Paul Johnson is Executive Editor and owner of Film Obsessive. A retired professor emeritus of film studies and an avid cinephile, collector, and curator, his interests range from classical Hollywood melodrama and genre films to world and independent cinemas and documentary.

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