Important Dates – Z-Fest 8 (2017)

These are important dates to remember throughout the festival process. (Please note! These dates are are subject to change.)

Thursday, September 1st, 2016 — Early Bird Registration Period Begins
Registration opens at noon with a discounted submission fee of $75 for early registrants.


Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 — Early Bird Registration Ends
Regular Price submission fee is $125


Thursday, January 26th, 2017  — Registration Deadline

Registration closes at NOON.


Saturday, January 28th, 2017 — Festival Kick Off Party

The Kick Off party runs from 6-8pm and will be held at Z Systems (map). All teams are required to have at least one representative present to receive important festival information. Drinks are free (bring a valid 21+ State ID for alcoholic drinks). Parking available on the street, in the lot behind the building, or in the lot to the North of the building (towards Highway 7). We recommend carpooling, as there will be a lot of people attending!


Sunday, February 12th, 2017 — Turn-In Deadline – Films and Trailers Due

Films and trailers must be delivered in person by 4pm to Z Systems (see map). Staff will be available from 2:00pm  to 4:00pm that day.

NOTE: We are asking that teams turn their films in EARLY this year, if possible. This is a turn in deadline, but films can be turned in ANY TIME PRIOR to this date and time.


Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 — Production Stills Due

Each team must upload 3 photos to the Z Fest Facebook Wall that were taken during production.


Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 — Trailer Contest Launch

Voting begins at noon.


Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 — Trailer Contest Closes

Voting ends at 5pm.


Friday, March 3rd & 10th, 2017 — Festival General Theater Screenings (tickets)

Screening location is New Hope Cinema Grill (map).  Screenings will be held in two sessions: one from 7:00-8:30 PM and the second from 8:45-10:15 PM each evening.


Friday, March 24th, 2017 — Best of Fest Screening and Awards Ceremony (tickets)

Best of Fest and Awards Gala will be held at Radisson Blu @ Mall of America. Tickets are required to attend, and one ticket grants entry to both events. Top films will be screened at 7:00 p.m., directly followed by the awards presentation.