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FILMNºRTH: Celebrating 2017

December 22nd, 2017
It’s been an amazing and eventful year at FilmNorth-both for us and our talented members.
In September we brought back our Annual Party, which honored filmmakers Craig Laurence Rice and John Carroll Lynch. It was a thrill to see our film community come together and celebrate not only our honorees but the Minnesota filmmaking family.
At our party we unveiled our shiny, new name, FilmNorth-a change that was long in the making and, we feel, better represents our unique community to the state, the region, and the nation. We hope you like it, too!

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THE NºRTH Opens January 12 in the Marsden/Gustafson Gallery

December 13th, 2017

FilmNorth is proud to present the winning images from our competition asking for images that represent “The North.” Winter, spring, summer, fall—urban, suburban, rural—landscapes, people, animals, sports…they’re all here!

60 images were selected by award-winning photographer Pei Ketron. The top 30 images will be printed and on display in FilmNorth’s Marsden/Gustafson Gallery with an additional 30 images on display on a gallery monitor. All 60 images are available to view online.

Opening reception: Friday, January 12, 5:30-7:30 pm. The exhibition continues through February 6. More info here.

Registration Open for FilmNºrth Winter Classes & Workshops

December 5th, 2017

Along with all our popular mainstay courses in cinema production, screenwriting, animation, editing, and photography, FilmNorth’s new offerings include Melody Gilbert’s Make A Short Documentary!, actor/producer/writer/director Steven Chester Prince’s How to Audition for Film or TV and Nail It, Sound Design for Film (at Slam Academy), and Deborah Meyer’s photography course Bearing Witness: Composing Your Stories. The schedule also includes expanded versions of Visual Storytelling, Storyboard & Animatic and Introduction to Avid First. View the full schedule here.


September 12th, 2017

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.”

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FilmNºrth Fall Fundraiser Gala

August 16th, 2017

Our annual fundraising party celebrating our 30th anniversary supporting independent filmmakers in The North is scheduled for Thursday, September 14!

There will be delicious food, special guests, awards, live music, and DJ Chamun!