Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota is pleased to announce the four artists selected to receive the 2016 McKnight Fellowships for Media Artists. This year’s fellows are Nicole Brending of St. Paul, and Michael Forstein, Isaac Gale, and Dan Schneidkraut of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
“The national panel that chose these four fellows was blown away by the high quality of work in our state,” said Andrew Peterson, IFP Minnesota’s Executive Director. “This year’s fellows are an amazing group, and their body of work represents a diversity of media arts not often seen for this fellowship, including screenplays, documentaries, and music videos, as well as both traditional- and experimental-narrative films.”
The McKnight Fellowships for Media Artists support mid-career artists residing in Minnesota whose work is of exceptional artistic merit. The $25,000 fellowships will enable these four artists to study, reflect, experiment, and explore over a twelve month period with support and assistance from IFP Minnesota and The McKnight Foundation.
In addition to the cash award, the program supports its fellows by creating opportunities to meet with local and national art professionals, by organizing a year-end McKnight Retrospective featuring the fellows, by providing assistance to attend the annual Film Independent Forum in Los Angeles, and by offering special class and workshop opportunities through IFP Minnesota.
The fellowships are funded by a generous grant from The McKnight Foundation and administered by IFP Minnesota.