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FilmNorth Forum Set for September 23

The WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes have highlighted the need for dramatic changes in the film industry – and, as if often the case, independent filmmakers are leading the charge for more equity, innovations, and calls for change. This year’s FilmNorth Forum focuses on Envisioning a New Independent Film Ecosystem, anchored by our Keynote Conversation with independent film icons and innovators Ted Hope and Effie Brown.

With generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the St. Paul Cultural STAR Program, FilmNorth is able to hold this year’s Forum free of charge. More info here.

Studio Thirteen Future Filmmakers Lab

Studio Thirteen is an intensive lab for talented creative youths who are interested in honing their filmmaking skills. Created for young artists who wish to further their media arts education in a collaborative environment, participants will work in small teams to create an impactful short film over the course of thirteen weeks while learning the ins-and-outs of filmmaking. Offering one of the few training grounds for student filmmakers, this program provides students grades 9-12 the opportunity to gain hands-on vocational experience while receiving guidance and support every step of the way. 

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Announcing the 2023 McKnight Media Artist Fellows

FilmNorth is pleased to announce the four Minnesota artists selected to receive the 2023 McKnight Fellowships for Media Artists. This year’s fellows are Raven Johnson, Catherine Licata, Jenny Lion, (all from Minneapolis), and Benjamin Percy (from Northfield).

Out of a field of 67 applicants, the four fellows were chosen by an acclaimed national panel of media artists, writers, and curators: producer/artist development executive Rebecca Katz of Providence, RI; film programmer/arts administrator Jacqueline Lyanga of Los Angeles; producer/director/show runner Avril Speaks of Los Angeles; and filmmaker/educator Ioana Uricaru of Middlebury, VT.

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FilmNorth Awarded $2 Million for New Media Arts Center Construction

We did it! The 2022 Minnesota legislative session closed with the passage of a Capital Investment bill, which awarded FilmNorth $2 million toward our new media arts center currently under construction at 2441 University Ave W in Saint Paul’s Creative Enterprise Zone.

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Indie Film Financing with Stu Pollard

Saturday, June 17, 9:00 am-3:45 pm at FilmNorth

Presented by filmmaker Stu Pollard (Rust CreekPlus OneBass Ackwards), who has raised more than $10 million in production funds over the course of his career, this workshop is ideal for filmmakers preparing to write independent film business plans targeting angel investors. Click here for more info and registration.