FilmNorth offers nearly 100 courses each year in the art, business, and technology of media making. FilmNorth’s annual Forum and Master Classes connect media artists to industry leaders and innovators from around the country. “Best Filmmaking Classes and Workshops in Minnesota” –WCCO/CBS MN. Become an FilmNorth member and receive 25% off all classes and workshops!

FilmNorth has completely changed my life. In less than a year after starting classes at FilmNorth I went from never having written a screenplay to winning an award for a short screenplay and making the quarterfinals of a screenwriting competition for a TV pilot. I then started writing plays, and have had two produced—in London and Seattle. Because of FilmNorth’s dedication to its members, I’ve made friends, grown as a person, and developed my writing and filmmaking skills. Everyone at FilmNorth works very hard to enable people to become the filmmakers they dream of being. –Tiffa Foster 

Current Classes & Workshops


Stories 55 Program

Visual Storytelling Series for Underrepresented Communities

Our facility provides a casual, intimate teaching environment that fosters direct interaction with instructors and classmates. We keep the enrollment limit low on most classes for this reason. Our experienced, skilled instructors are working professionals in the industry who genuinely enjoy teaching. They make every effort to ensure that each student’s individual needs are met while providing a fun and relaxed educational experience.

Click on the image below to view the short documentary produced by our spring 2016 Documentary Production class, Carl Eller – The Hunt for Self-Expression, official selection, 2017 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival.

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Carl Eller meets with FilmNorth students at his home.


FilmNorth offers a low-income tuition price option for classes and workshops. We define a low-income household as follows:

  • Household of one with a total annual income of $25,000 or less
  • Household of two or more with a total annual income of $45,000 or less

Class Completion Acknowledgment
FilmNorth offers nonaccredited class completion acknowledgment for any course in recognition of student attendance and participation. Please notify your instructor at the first class session if this is desired. You will be expected to attend all sessions, and complete any applicable course work.

FilmNorth Class Registration Guidelines

  • Registration deadlines are listed with class descriptions (click on title). You can register online, in person at FilmNorth, or by phone with a credit card at 651.644.1912. Space is assigned on a first-come basis. Registrations must include payment in full. Registrations are accepted after registration deadlines if space is available.
  • If minimum enrollment has not been reached by 5 days prior to the start date of a class, FilmNorth may cancel it, in which case registrants will immediately be notified and receive a full refund within 5 business days. A check will be issued for registrations that were paid in cash. In lieu of a refund, students have the option of applying their tuition to another class if scheduled in the same calendar year.
  • For those wishing to cancel a registration prior to the class registration deadline, 100% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. For registration cancellations received after the registration deadline but prior to the first class session, 50% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. As of a class start date, no refunds or credits/exchanges will be given.
  • Tuition is not prorated for missed class sessions.