Announcing the Minnesota Film Community Emergency Relief Fund

At FilmNorth, community is at the heart of everything we do. We knew that the film community in Minnesota was being hard hit by the COVID-19 crisis, so we recently conducted a survey to gauge the impact of the crisis on filmmakers and film crew. The results were startling:
 
73% of respondents were unemployed 
64% of this group have not received unemployment assistance
85% of this group have not received any other financial assistance (PPP, EIDL, Artist Relief funds, etc.)
48% of respondents cannot pay all bills due May 1st 
 
Armed with this data, we were able to secure important initial gifts from Bill & Michelle Pohlad and the Ray Christiansen Foundation and donations from leaders in our community. Along with funds from FilmNorth and its Board of Directors, FilmNorth is launching the Minnesota Film Community Emergency Relief Fund today to support our filmmaking community. This fund will provide $500 grants to filmmakers and film crew in need until funds are exhausted. 
 
If you are able, please consider a donation to this Fund. All donations are 100% tax deductible and your funds will go directly to those in need.
 
If you are a filmmaker or a film crew member in need, you can access the Fund Application here.
 
Together, we’ll get through this crisis. 

Emergency Resources for Artists

Dear FilmNorth Community:

We know how hard our creative community has been hit by the COVID-19 crisis. With information being updated and changing regularly, we are working with other statewide arts supporting organizations to centralize resources and advice for artists and creative workers at Springboard for the Arts.

We will continue to alert you to filmmaker-specific opportunities—but you can now access a master list of all opportunities and resources for artists here.


On this link you will not only find information about emergency funding opportunities, but also links to 

  • Health, Mental Health, and Basic Needs
  • Coronavirus Legal Resources
  • Resources for Freelancers
  • Related Webinars
  • and much more

Continue reading »

Spring Classes to be Held Online

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted FilmNorth to convert as many of our originally scheduled spring classes as possible to an ONLINE format utilizing the free Zoom meeting application. We’ve also added some exciting new courses, such as Introduction to Final Cut Pro X and World Cinema Immersion, and are offering reduced tuition (lowest rates ever!). Full info here.

 

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