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QTIPOC Screenwriting (Online, Ages 14-17)

Starts August 9

Monday-Friday, August 9-13, 1-4pm

Hey you! Are you queer, transgender, or an intersex person of color? Want to be empowered to tell your own story as only you can tell it? Great! In this camp you’ll learn to write a short 1- to 5-page screenplay. You’ll learn the basics of screenwriting, character archetypes, subtext, and screenplay structure and participate in class exercises such as character development and writing a scene. We’ll also watch cool movie clips from historical New Wave Queer Cinema of the ‘80s & ‘90s, and newer works of this century. Note: the clips will include PG-13 and R-rated films. Film information will be provided to parents beforehand. Clips shown will not include any violence, sex or drug use. Please contact FilmNorth Youth Programs Director, Emily Downes, with any questions: edownes@filmnorth.org.

We’ll work together to determine a few basic characters to shape into your own original screenplay and assignments to create your screenplay. On the last day we’ll read everyone’s awesome screenplays aloud in a supportive and respectful environment.  

You can download the FREE Studiobinder screenwriting software, which will be used in this class. Studiobinder allows users to use a free version and upgrade to suit your needs should you decide to go into production. It is recommended that you use a desktop, laptop, or tablet/iPad to write your screenplay. For students who prefer to use their phones to write, we recommend a free trial version of Fade In, available for iPhone and Android phones.

FilmNorth inspires and provides opportunities for all filmmakers and media artists in the North to thrive, with a commitment to eliminate disparities for those who identify as Black, Indigenous and people of color, people with a disability, undocumented, rural, low income, and LGBTQIA2+ people, women, and those embodying intersections of these identities. 

NOTE: Participation in this online camp requires that you use the free Zoom cloud-based video conferencing service. For optimal performance, it is highly recommended that you install Zoom on your computer rather than running it from a web browser. For extra security, a few days prior to the class start date we’ll e-mail you the link, ID, and password needed to access this class on Zoom. The instructor will be provided a student roster to take attendance. Click here for a tutorial on how to join a Zoom meeting and much more. 

Tuition: $175

Atlas O. Phoenix (they/them/theirs) is an award-winning director, writer, producer, actor, and editor who creates compelling, provocative film work. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, their previous artistic work has been about the darkness of human nature, child abuse, and familial dysfunction.

Atlas’ work has been screened at multiple film festivals, Intermedia Arts, online, and on MNTV.

In 2020, Atlas helmed their third short successful film, “Do I Qualify for Love?”, which details an evening of child abuse they survived. In 2021, “Do I Qualify for Love?” began its festival tour at the Flikkers Queer Film Festival in Birmingham, England, and in March 2021 it was invited to the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The film also competed at this festival for Best Short Documentary and was invited to be included in the Best of the Fest.

In 2018, Atlas received a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant to produce and direct their short screenplay, Little Men. In 2020, Little Men won Honorable Mention at the Black Continental Independent Movie Awards festival and was nominated for six awards, including Best Director and Best Short Film. Also, in 2020, Little Men won an Award of Recognition from IndieFEST, among other awards from various festivals. Little Men was also an official selection for the 17th annual Seattle Black Film Festival and the 39th annual Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival amongst other festivals including tours in Bucharest and the UK. In 2018, Little Men won a Platinum Remi Award from the WorldFest Houston International Film Festival for the short screenplay category.

Atlas is the recipient of multiple grants including the Jerome Foundation Media Arts Grant, The Jerome Foundation Travel Grant, and the VSA Emerging Artist Grant. In addition, they ran a highly successful campaign on GoFundMe for their film, Little Men, raising over $8,000 with another $2000 in private donations.

Camp Registration Guidelines & Cancellation Policy

  • Space is assigned on a first-come basis. Registrations must include payment in full. Registrations are accepted after registration deadlines if space is available.
  • If minimum enrollment has not been reached by 5 days prior to the start date of a camp, FilmNorth may cancel it, in which case registrants will immediately be notified and receive a full refund within 5 business days. A check will be issued for registrations that were paid by cash. In lieu of a refund, students have the option of applying their tuition to another camp if scheduled in the same calendar year.
  • For those wishing to cancel a registration prior to the registration deadline, 100% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. For registration cancellations received after the registration deadline but prior to the first camp session, 50% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. As of a camp start date, no refunds or credits/exchanges will be given.
  • Tuition is not prorated for missed camp sessions.
  • The FILMNORTH CAMP PARENT/GUARDIAN RELEASE FORM and FILMNORTH CAMP APPEARANCE RELEASE FORM must be completed and submitted prior to the start of the first camp session. A new set of forms must be completed for each camp. Please print, complete and return the two PDF forms below by: 1) emailing them to the Youth Programs Manager; or 2) mailing them via regular postal delivery to Youth Programs Manager, FilmNorth, 550 Vandalia Street #120, Saint Paul, MN 55114. You may also bring completed forms with you when you check your child in the first camp session. Students are not permitted to attend camps without signed forms.






August 9 @ 1:00 pm
August 13 @ 4:00 pm
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Monday-Friday, August 9-13, 1-4pm