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Winner and 10 finalists will be announced March 21, 2017

Application Guidelines | FAQ 

The IFP Minnesota Screenwriting Residency is a program created by IFP MN to support Minnesota screenwriters, with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Ten finalists will receive guided mentorships and classes to refine and improve their work. One winner will receive a staged reading and a $10,000 grant to continue developing the winning screenplay, and will receive support from IFP MN in fostering connections with industry advisors and production companies.

The IFP Minnesota Screenwriting Residency is awarded to the most promising screenplay. Minnesota screenwriters, whether they are beginners or veteran writers, are invited to submit their best screenplay(s). This is a blind competition, where two sets of panels—one local, and one national—will narrow the field down to the 10 best screenplays, and ultimately select the best one.

For questions about the residency or the application process, contact Eric Mueller, Program Administrator, IFP MN, 651-644-1912,



WINNER AND FINALISTS FROM 2015/16 (listed alphabetically)

ANATOMY OF A TOWN by Patricia Fox
The Chief of Police solves the murder of a young woman while confronting the Sheriff, who blocks his every move for jurisdiction, in order to protect himself from the Chief finding out about his ties to the murder victim and the killer.

BEADED ROAD by Wenonah Wilms
A haunted tribal elder and her pregnant granddaughter take a road trip back to a closed Indian boarding school to find answers lost in the past.

THE BLACK KING by Billie Jean Van Knight
The true story of Bass Reeves, the first black U.S. deputy marshal and his desperation to be the best despite hostile conditions and a conspiracy to end his life.

BUDDY PRICE by Eric LaValle
The biggest country music star of the 1980’s battles aging, addiction, and headset microphones in the 1990’s.

In 1925 mafia-run Chicago, socialite Frances Glessner Lee launches her own criminal investigation into the mysterious murder of an entire family, with the help of her dollhouse crime scene and an unlikely team of investigators.

THE HUNT by Tim Dahlseid
A psychological thriller about an ex-con who finds a camera with horrific pictures of kidnapped girls. He sets out to find the kidnapper and clear his name before a vindictive detective can pin it on him.

A 1920’s Jewish moonshiner runs from a murder charge and flees to Saint Paul where gangsters are protected by police and politicians, but his rise to power brings the attention of J. Edgar Hoover and unchecked power hungry gangsters.

THE LOWRIE GANG by Andy Froemke (winner)
The incredible true story of Henry Berry Lowrie, a Native American cross between Jesse James and Robin Hood, who captures national headlines by rallying a mixed race band of outlaws to stand up to the Klan in post-Civil War North Carolina after they gun down his father and brothers.

A B-movie actress from the 1960s is drifting into senile dementia but one of her devoted fans learns he can make money to support her, and himself, by dressing up and passing himself off as her at fan conventions and on interview shows.

SPLIT ROCK LIGHT by Andy Froemke
When a small town police detective mourning the death of his wife fishes a woman with amnesia out of Lake Superior, he discovers they’re linked to a tragic turn-of-the-century romance replaying itself in the present day


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