Cine1 Pic_WebsiteBy virtue of a Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Learning grant, FilmNorth offered a series of intensive, one-day filmmaking classes in the summer of 2017 designed for individuals of diverse communities typically underrepresented in the motion picture film industry as defined by the Sundance Institute: people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and women.

The series consisted of six classes taught by professional artists who have extensive teaching backgrounds and who are members of underrepresented communities. All classes provided opportunities for hands-on experiences in various aspects of visual storytelling. The classes were designed for beginning to intermediate level students and could also be attended by others seeking to tell the stories of people within these communities.

Classes were held at FilmNorth’s media arts center in St. Paul, which features state-of-the-art projection and sound equipment in all classrooms and provides the latest editing software for audio and video production. The goal of this master class series is to provide participants with a well-rounded education in the art of filmmaking and strengthen inclusion of diverse voices and visions by offering connections with industry leaders.

Tuition for each class was $100 (regular) and $50 (low-income*). Scholarships were available to individuals experiencing financial hardship.

*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.

FilmNorth hopes to offer a similar Arts Learning Series again in 2018.


2017 CLASSES (click on class title for description and instructor profile)

Instructor: David Grant
Saturday, June 10, 10 am–6 pm

Instructor: Jila Nikpay
Saturday, June 17, 9 am–6 pm

Instructor: Pam Colby
Saturday, July 8, 9:30 am–6 pm

Instructor: Carlos Merino
Saturday, July 22, 9 am–5 pm

Instructor: Allison Herrera
Saturday, July 29, 9 am–6 pm

Instructor: Daniel Pierce Bergin
Saturday, August 5, 10 am–6 pm


This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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Class Registration Guidelines & Cancellation Policy

  • Space is assigned on a first-come basis. Registrations must include payment in full to be valid. Registrations are accepted beyond registration deadlines as long as 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 by PayPal or charge card credit (for phone or in person credit card registrations) 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 course 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.