The art of documentary. The warmth of Winona.

Thank you for a wonderful festival! We had fantastic attendance and engagement and we are so grateful to everyone who bought a pass or ticket and watched the films.

Save the dates for next year - next year's Frozen River Film Festival will be February 9-13, 2022. Film submissions are already open.

Join us this summer for our Summer Thaw Series of screenings throughout Southeast Minnesota. Click here to learn more.

2021 Festival Winners

Congratulations to all the films and filmmakers whose work captivated our audience this year.

Each year we ask a panel of judges and all attendees to select their favorite films – not an easy task, we know. We’re delighted to announce the 2021 Festival winners:

Best of Fest AwardThe Disrupted

Special Jury AwardPicture of his Life

Best Short Film AwardWelcome Strangers

Best Minnesota Filmmaker AwardJay’s Longhorn

KSMQ Public Television AwardMyrtle Simson: A Life on Ice

People’s Choice AwardThe Rotation

Local Choice AwardSolar Eclipse


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