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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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30th Anniversary Fall Fundraiser Gala Auction Open for Bidding

September 7th, 2017

The IFP Minnesota 30th Anniversary auction is now open for bidding! The auction will run through Friday, September 22 at 11:59 PM. Click here to bid:

Our goal this year is to raise $5,000 to support our mission to empower artists to tell their stories, launch and sustain successful careers, and advance The North as a leader in the national network of independent filmmakers. We need your support! This is an exciting and fun way to help us, and at the same time have a chance to win cool items!

We’ll be adding new items to our auction. Check back often to see what’s new. Feel free to place a watch on your favorites so that you’ll know as soon as bidding begins!

Highlights: Two photographs of Prince; Hamilton Tickets (Chicago and New York); Tickets to Kinky Boots at the Ordway; One of a Kind Jewelry and more!


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!



Minnesota Screenwriters Can Win $10,000 Starting Today

July 17th, 2017

FilmNorth announces the return of the FilmNorth Screenwriting Residency, created to support Minnesota screenwriters, with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Ten finalists will receive guided mentorships and classes to refine and improve their work; one winner will receive a staged reading and a $10,000 grant to continue developing the winning screenplay, and will receive support from FilmNorth in fostering connections with industry advisors and production companies.

The deadline for applying is September 18th. There is also an early-bird deadline of August 11th (with a reduced application fee). Read all the APPLICATION GUIDELINES here

Announcing the 2017 McKnight Media Artist Fellows

May 23rd, 2017

FilmNorth is pleased to announce the four artists selected to receive the 2017 McKnight Fellowships for Media Artists. This year’s fellows are Rini Yun Keagy of St. Paul, Naomi Ko of Savage, and Keri Pickett and Brennan Vance of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Out of a field of 61 applicants, the four fellows were chosen by a national panel of media artists and curators: documentary filmmaker Selina Lewis Davidson, from San Francisco; television writer Dawn Comer Jefferson of Los Angeles; and film curator Dean Otto, of the Speed Museum in Louisville.

“Every year the panelists tell us that they are impressed, and even surprised, at the high quality of the work that comes out of Minnesota, and this year was no exception,” said Andrew Peterson, FilmNorth’s Executive Director. “The work from these four fellows is rich and varied, from dark comedy screenplays to political documentaries to metaphysical narratives. I’m also excited that, for the first time, three of the four fellows are women, underscoring the strength and depth of Minnesota talent in an industry, which has long been dominated by men.”

McKnightThe McKnight Fellowships for Media Artists support mid-career artists residing in Minnesota whose work is of exceptional artistic merit. The $25,000 fellowships will enable these four artists to study, reflect, experiment, and explore over a twelve month period with support and assistance from FilmNorth and the McKnight Foundation.

In addition to the cash award, the program supports its fellows by creating opportunities to meet with local and national art professionals, by organizing a year-end McKnight Retrospective featuring the fellows, by providing assistance to attend the annual Film Independent Forum in Los Angeles, and by offering special class and workshop opportunities through FilmNorth.

The fellowships are funded by a generous grant from The McKnight Foundation and administered by FilmNorth.

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