For summer 2021, all courses marked “IN-PERSON” will be held at FilmNorth, 550 Vandalia Street, Suite 120, Saint Paul, MN 55114. To ensure COVID-19 safety, only one course will be scheduled to meet at any given time, with enrollment limited to 8 students. In-person courses will be held in our large classroom, equipped with a professional grade air purifier and hand sanitizer.

Masks Strongly Encouraged
FilmNorth strongly encourages all visitors, students, and staff to continue wearing masks and social distancing while at FilmNorth. The CDC’s updated guidelines state that fully vaccinated people may resume activities without wearing a mask or social distancing. The CDC also asks that unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people continue to wear a mask.

We acknowledge that some may find this change uncomfortable, and we know that some community members cannot receive the vaccine. With that in mind, please wear a mask while at FilmNorth in solidarity with those in our community who cannot be vaccinated and/or have a weakened immune system.

The decision to continue wearing masks is at the discretion of each FilmNorth visitor, student, and employee. Please be respectful of the personal decision other community members make. Again, we acknowledge that a sudden change after more than a year of COVID-19 measures can be unsettling. Thank you for supporting FilmNorth through the many adaptations of the last year. We warmly welcome you into our space in the coming months.

Online Classes
Participation in FilmNorth online classes requires use of the free Zoom cloud-based video conferencing service. For optimal performance we recommend that you install Zoom on your computer rather than running it from a web browser. We will e-mail students a course reminder and Zoom link a few days prior to the first session. Click here for a Zoom tutorial.



Introduction to Cinema [IN-PERSON]

Barbara Wiener

8 sessions: Wednesdays, July 7-August 25, 7-9pm, Starts July 7

Directing Independent Films [IN-PERSON]

Matthew G. Anderson

4 sessions: Tuesdays, July 20-August 10, 6:30-9:30pm, Starts July 20

Cinema Production Basics [ONLINE]

Pam Colby

8 sessions: Tuesdays, July 20-September 14 (no class September 7), 6:30-8:30pm CDT, Starts July 20

Introduction to Adobe Premiere Pro [ONLINE]

Beth Peloff

3 sessions: Wednesdays, July 21-August 4, 6:30-8:30pm CDT, Starts July 21

Short Documentary Production [ONLINE]

Thalia Drori Ramirez

6 sessions: Thursdays, July 22-August 26, 6:30-9pm CDT, Starts July 22

Introduction to Final Cut Pro [ONLINE]

Jeremy Wilker

2 sessions: Saturdays, July 24-31, 9am-12pm CDT, Starts July 24

Documentary Boot Camp – A Master Class with Melody Gilbert [ONLINE]

Melody Gilbert

1 session: Saturday, July 31, 9:30am-3:30pm CDT, Starts July 31

Collage Animation with Adobe After Effects [ONLINE]

John Akre

2 sessions: Saturday-Sunday, August 7-8, 9am-12pm CDT, Starts August 7

Cinematography Boot Camp [ONLINE]

Jeremy Wilker

2 sessions: Saturday-Sunday, August 21-22, 9am-12pm CDT, Starts August 21

Directing Boot Camp [IN-PERSON]

David J. Buchanan

1 session: Saturday, September 11, 1-3:30pm, Starts September 11


Smartphone Photography – Shooting & Composition [IN-PERSON]

Eric Mueller

1 session: Saturday, July 24, 9am-12pm, Starts July 24

Smartphone Photography – Light & Portraits [IN-PERSON]

Eric Mueller

1 Session: Saturday, July 24, 1-4pm, Starts July 24


Elements of Screenwriting [IN-PERSON]

David Grant

8 sessions: Mondays, July 12-September 13 (no class August 16 & September 6), 6:30-9:30pm, Starts July 12

Advanced Screenwriting – Independent Features [ONLINE]

Jake Yuzna

10 sessions: Mondays, July 12-September 20 (no class September 6), 7-9:30pm CDT, Starts July 12

Advanced Screenwriting – TV Pilots [ONLINE]

Jake Yuzna

8 sessions: Wednesdays, July 14-September 1, 7-9:30pm CDT, Starts July 14

Advanced Screenwriting [IN-PERSON]

David Grant

8 sessions: Thursdays, July 15-September 9 (no class August 19), 6:30-9:30pm, Starts July 15

QTIPOC Short-Form Screenwriting [ONLINE]

Atlas O. Phoenix

8 sessions: Thursdays, July 15-September 2, 6:30-9:30pm CDT, Starts July 15

Creating & Selling Reality TV [IN-PERSON]

Bo Kaprall

4 sessions: Thursdays, July 22-August 12, 10am-12pm, Starts July 22

Dialogue – Elevating Your Script from Good to Great [IN-PERSON]

David Grant

1 session: Saturday, August 7, 10am-5pm, Starts August 7