The final figures aren't in yet, but it looks like the 2012 Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival is one for the record books.
Preliminary numbers indicate that grosses are up over last year by 10 percent. Purchases of all-access Gold Passes were a whopping 30 percent higher than in 2011. The monthlong art film extravaganza's parent organization, the Film Society of Minneapolis and St. Paul, gained 200 new first-time members during this year's festival.
Indicators of audience enthusiasm were also strong, with about 15 percent more sellout screenings than last year. And donations made during the festival pushed the group's $50,000 fundraising campaign more than halfway to its goal.
The Best of Fest program, featuring encore screenings of audience favorites and entries honored in MSPIFF's juried competitions, will run through Thursday. For tickets and online information, visit MSPFILMFEST.ORG .