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Marsden | Gustafson Gallery Call for Submissions

Many artists have inquired about how they can apply to have their work exhibited at our gallery. Detailed guidelines and an online application form are now available here. The deadline to submit proposals for 2019 is July 1.

The Marsden/Gustafson Gallery at FilmNorth is a creative space that brings together diverse communities and connects artists across disciplines, with a focus on regionally-based artists whose work explores the intersection of moving image and photography.

FilmNorth and Knight Foundation Announce Winner of $10,000 Screenwriting Residency

FilmNorth, a St. Paul-based media arts center, has announced the winner of the FilmNorth Screenwriting Residency, an annual competition for Minnesota screenwriters. Matthew Stenerson, of Minneapolis, MN, has won the $10,000 residency out of a field of 75 applicants. His screenplay, FADUMA & MIKE, is about a widowed Somali-American teacher and a Midwestern plumber who fight against their budding relationship. The St. Paul-based residency is funded by the Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge with matching funds by FilmNorth, as an annual competition through 2018.

FADUMA & MIKE was selected by a national panel consisting of key influencers in the film industry: Film Independent Spirit Award and Gotham Award-winning producer, Amanda Marshall; Senior Director of Artist Programs at the Tribeca Film Institute, Molly O’Keefe; and Film Independent Senior Manager of Project Involve, Francisco Velasquez.

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Sundance Institute Offers Free Short Film Master Class

Learn from fellow filmmakers and connect with St. Paul’s short film community at the Sundance Institute’s Short Film Master Class, presented in partnership with FilmNorth and St. Paul Neighborhood Network. Geared towards both new and experienced directors—as well as writers, producers, actors, crew, and anyone else interested in short film—this is a unique opportunity to hear real-world stories and discuss ideas with industry experts.

Guest panelists: Andrew Ahn (Director, SPA NIGHT and Sundance Now’s THIS CLOSE); Chistina Choe (Director, NANCY, and the docuseries WELCOME TO THE DPRK); and Mike Plante, Sundance Film Festival programmer and Short Film Master Class and Shorts on Tour program coordinator.

The Master Class is scheduled for Saturday, April 7, 1–6:30 pm at SPNN, 550 Vandalia Street, Suite 170 (park in main lot facing Wabash Avenue). This is a FREE event; RSVP IS NOW CLOSED.

Register for FilmNorth Spring Classes!

March 1st, 2018

Along with all our popular mainstay courses in cinema production, screenwriting, animation, editing, and photography, FilmNorth’s new offerings include Melody Gilbert’s Documentary Pitching Workshop and James K. Lambert’s Narration for Documentary. View the full schedule here.

Filmmaking Classes for 55+ Adults

February 14th, 2018

Through grants from Aroha Philanthropies and the Knight Foundation, FilmNorth is offering two free 8-week basic filmmaking classes in 2018: Creating a Short Video Memoir, taught by Pam Colby, and Introduction to Short-Form Narrative Filmmaking and Video Poems, taught by Barbara Wiener. Each class is offered twice between spring and fall. A culminating screening event to showcase student work will take place following each class. Full details and registration here.