Elegance Bratton, The Inspection, 2022. Image courtesy of A24.

The Film Independent Spirit Awards celebrate the achievements of today’s most compelling filmmakers. For this exclusive program, members of Film Independent, FilmNorth and the Walker Art Center have the chance to see 15 of the year’s finest indie films—nominees for Best Feature, Best First Feature, Best Documentary—at no charge.

Current FilmNorth members may reserve up to 2 tickets per screening. Reservations are not required but are recommended to secure your spots. All screenings are at The Walker Cinema.

Wednesday, Feb 1st – Enjoy a drink from the cash bar, open 5:45–7 pm, followed by a 7 pm screening of The Inspection. A post-show Q&A will feature producer Effie T. Brown.

Click here for the full schedule and ticket reservations!

FilmNorth Awarded NEA Grant for Inclusive Filmmaking Lab

We’re thrilled to announce that the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded FilmNorth $15,000 in support of our Inclusive & Socially Conscious Filmmaking Lab!

FilmNorth’s Inclusive & Socially Conscious Filmmaking Lab, now entering its third year, is a free 6-week program that helps filmmakers in any stage of their career practice greater inclusive and socially responsible filmmaking and become leaders of change in our field.

We congratulate all organizations who received NEA grants in this round, which supplied more than $34 million in funding to support the arts nationwide. Click here to learn more about the NEA’s Grants for Arts Projects.

Announcing the 2022 McKnight Media Artist Fellows


FilmNorth is pleased to announce the four Minnesota artists selected to receive the 2022 McKnight Fellowships for Media Artists. This year’s fellows are Melissa Brandt of Rochester, Tahiel Jimenez Medina of Minneapolis, Tom Schroeder of St. Paul, and Kang Vang of North St. Paul.

Out of a field of 59 applicants, the four fellows were chosen by a national panel of media artists, writers, and curators: Dessane Lopez Cassell, a New York-based editor/writer/curator; producer/educator Neyda Martinez of New York, NY; screenwriter/director/educator David Miranda Hardy of Middlebury VT; and producer/director/arts administrator Sapana Sakya of Berkley, CA.

“It’s an annual thrill to see how the work of Minnesota media artists impresses our national panel,” said FilmNorth Executive Director Andrew Peterson. “Melissa, Tahiel, Tom, and Kang create outstanding, personal works that showcase their unique talents and points of view.  Congratulations to these four artists—and McKnight Fellows across all disciplines!”

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