By Dan Gunderson
Since it started in 2001 with 30 submissions, the festival has grown to average 150 film submissions a year from across the country and around the world. Some of this year’s films come from Australia, France, Russia, Germany, Canada, and Ireland.
The festival runs five days, giving cinema buffs a chance to watch more than 70 films, from animation and experimental, to documentary and feature. There’s also a two-minute movie contest. Anyone can enter a movie for free. The only rule is it can’t be longer than two minutes.
One of the showcase films this year is “The Lutefisk Wars“, a movie partially shot in North Dakota. Here’s the official description of the movie. “A rural frozen food delivery man is mistaken for someone else and ends up in the middle of an ancient feud between two Norwegian Mafia Families.”
Where else can you find not one, but two films with the word “lutefisk” in the title?