Rochester International Film Group


Filmmaker Grant deadline approaching Dec 5th

Minnesota Film and TV is currently accepting proposals from Minnesota-based Filmmakers with narrative features or long-form documentary works in progress (projects must be in production or post production at the time of application) that align with Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund priorities.

$320,000 is available in reimbursement funds.

Application Deadline is December 5, 2014 at 5pm

The complete Request for Proposals, application and guidelines are available at

Next iFilm: December 10th, 6:00pm @ Rochester Public Library


Directed by Anthony Chen
Singapore / 2013 / Mandarin, Tagalog & English with English subtitles

Set in Singapore during the 1997 Asian financial crisis. Ilo Ilo chronicles the day-to-day drama of the Lim family - troublesome grade-schooler Jiale and his overstressed parents, Heck and Leng. Comfortably middleclass and with another baby on the way, they hire Teresa, a Filipino immigrant, as a live-in maid and nanny. An outsider in both the family and Singapore itself, Teresa initially struggles to manage Jiale's antics and find her footing in her new community. The two eventually form a unique bond, but just as Teresa becomes an unspoken part of the family, unforeseen circumstances in an uncertain economy will challenge the new normal yet again.

RIFG poster 2011Thank you for making this a great Film Festival!

The 19th Annual Rochester International Film Festival concluded on April 18th, 2014 (with a make-up screening of Omar). Thanks to all of you who attended the films, all of our sponsors, and everyone else involved!

A special thanks to the Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul, our partner for 19 years whose programmers are essential to the success of this festival. The Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival runs April 3-19th in the Twin Cities.

Want to stay in town during the Festival?

Bring a ticket stub from any RIFF film to La Quinta Inn and Suites at 4353 Canal Place SE Rochester, MN 55904 Phone: 1-507-289-4200 to get a special promo rate of $79.00 (+taxes) per night.

Tickets are now available to purchase online at the Wehrenberg website
Download a PDF of this schedule with film descriptions.

2014 Film Festival Schedule

Friday, April 11

Saturday, April 12

Sunday, April 13

Monday, April 14

Tuesday, April 15

Wednesday, April 16

Thursday, April 17

Friday, April 18th


Opening Night 2014 photos courtesy of Ed Walsh

RIFG would like to thank all of our donors, especially those whose contributions missed acknowledgement in the program.  Your generous response contributes greatly to the solid foundation the Film Festival has enjoyed for 19 years.