The IFP Minnesota Midwest Filmmaker Conference is the premier gathering for independent filmmakers in the Midwest and provides a unique opportunity for local filmmakers to learn from and meet industry leaders and innovators. Past Conference guests include Sundance Film Festival Director John Cooper; producers Christine Vachon (Carol), Mary Jane Skalski (The Station Agent), Effie T. Brown (Dear White People), Musa Syeed (A Stray),  Nekisa Cooper (Pariah), and Mynette Louie (Land Ho!); directors David Zellner (Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter), Justin Simien (Dear White People), and Annie Sundberg (Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work); screenwriters Michael Starrbury (The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete) and Ken Rance (New in Town); and industry experts from a wide variety of companies including SAG-AFTRA, The ExchangeCinereachthe Nantucket Screenwriting ColonySundance InstituteTribeca Film Festival, and more.

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IFP MN launched the Midwest Filmmaker Conference (fka Producers Conference) in 2000 in partnership with Minneapolis Community & Technical College to encourage and support the creation of independent films outside of Los Angeles and New York City, something we’ve always believed is vital to the future of independent American cinema. Because our mission to develop and maintain film activity in the Midwest requires ongoing education from and interaction with the greater film industry, IFP MN continues to invite top independent film directors, producers, and industry professionals to share their knowledge, vision, experiences, advice, and encouragement with our film community.