Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota (IFPMN) announced today that it will be formally changing its name to FilmNorth, unveiling the new branding at its September 14th Gala, celebrating the organization’s 30th anniversary.
The Gala will also feature two awards. Actor/Director John Carroll Lynch will receive the organization’s inaugural FilmNorth Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement, innovation and artistry; and Director/Producer/Programmer/Educator Craig Laurence Rice will receive the inaugural Gordon Parks Trailblazer Award, presented by FilmNorth and SoulTouch Produtions. The Award honors the memory and life’s work of award-winning photographer, filmmaker and humanitarian Gordon Parks (1912-2006). It is chosen by FilmNorth staff and Board member Robin Hickman and is presented to a film artist whose career choices show a vision for diversity, equity and inclusion.
“After careful consideration, IFPMN’s Board of Directors agreed that the organization’s 30th anniversary offered the perfect opportunity to rebrand IFPMN as FilmNorth,” said Executive Director Andrew Peterson. “Of course, we’ll maintain our close relationships to all IFP chapters and Film Independent—but, like Film Independent in Los Angeles (which used to be IFP West), we felt it was time that our name more accurately reflected the unique place we occupy in the national independent film community.”