An important showcase for more than two decades, MNTV has evolved into an annual series produced in collaboration with Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota (IFP MN), Twin Cities PBS and Walker Art Center Film and Video Department, and funded by The Jerome Foundation.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE | Deadline: December 12th, 2016


Curated by IFP MN and the Walker Art Center, MNTV showcases the finest films and videos produced in the state over the past two years. The showcase is a series of one-hour broadcasts on tpt, featuring short films by Minnesota filmmakers of all levels of filmmaking experience.

If your film is selected,

  • it will be broadcast on Twin Cities PBS and streamed online (airing Spring 2017);
  • you’ll be paid $500 in licensing fees. (PENDING FUNDING CONFIRMATION FROM JEROME)


  • Works must have a running time no longer than 30 minutes. There is no minimum length.
  • You must have completed the work after October 26, 2014.
  • You must have resided in the state of Minnesota at the time the submitted work was produced.
  • If you are a full-time student at the time of the submission deadline, you are not eligible to apply.
  • You may submit one or two films for consideration. Please do not submit more than two. Complete a separate form for each submission.
  • Current employees of IFP MN, Walker Art Center, and Twin Cities PBS are ineligible to apply.
  • There is no submission fee.


  1. Complete an online form at IFPMN.ORG. You’ll need a synopsis of your film, a bio of yourself, and other information about your film.
  2. If you are submitting your film online, include the URL on the application form. You do not need to submit a DVD if your film is available online.
  3. If you are submitting a DVD, please bring or mail it to the IFP office (address is below). Please label the DVD with your name, the name of the film, and your phone number.

MNTV – IFP Minnesota
550 Vandalia St., Suite 120
St. Paul, MN 55114





MNTV Calendar:

October 2016                Guidelines for 2016 program available online

December 12, 2016       Applications due

January 2017                 Selections announced

Spring 2017                   MNTV Broadcast on Twin Cities PBS

Summer 2017                MNTV at Walker Art Center

The Fine Print:

MNTV is a series of short films made by Minnesota filmmakers and aired on Twin Cities PBS. Walker Art Center Film and Video Department, IFP Minnesota, and Twin Cities PBS have teamed up to produce the 2016/17 MNTV season. The Jerome Foundation provides the funding for the program.

The goal of MNTV is to provide a television broadcast venue for short-form filmmakers and to nurture an audience for their work. The MNTV program often represents the first time local filmmakers are compensated financially for the projects they produce and direct. Licensing fees of $500 are paid to the filmmakers for the broadcasts on Twin Cities PBS (PENDING FUNDING CONFIRMATION FROM JEROME).

A panel of judges from the partnering organizations will judge the submissions based on:

  • Production quality and craft
  • Originality
  • Concept
  • Diversity
  • Suitability for television
  • Ability of filmmakers to present their applications in an articulate and professional manner

Questions? Contact Max Becker, 651-644-1912,

Funding for MNTV is generously provided by The Jerome Foundation.