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Independent Filmmaker Project MN’s 16th Annual Midwest Filmmaker Conference October 24

September 17th, 2015



This year’s conference will be intimate and diverse, taking place at IFP MN’s new Media Arts Center, 550 Vandalia Street, Suite 120, in St. Paul! We’re thrilled to announce another fantastic lineup for our mainstay event for indie filmmakers. Our topics and confirmed guests include:

  • SAGIndie: Working with Professional Actors on Indie Shorts & Features with Kathy Byrne of SAG-AFTRA Chicago, casting director Lynn Blumenthal, Matt Osterman (Writer/Director, 400 DAYS), and more.
  • Secrets of Festival Programmers pane with Dierdre Haj (Director, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival), Tom Hall (Executive Director, Montclair Film Festival), Andrew Peterson (IFP MN Executive Director/Director of Programming, Provincetown International Film Festival), and more.
  • Documentary Spotlight: Finding Your Story in Post with Anne Sundberg (Director/Producer, IN MY FATHER’S HOUSE; JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK), Penelope Falk (Editor, JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK), Mark Steele (Co-Producer, CUTIE AND THE BOXER) and film composer Tom Scott (WAR DANCE; MISS TIBET: BEAUTY IN EXILE).

Coffee and registration begins at 9:00 am with the first panel starting at 9:45. Lunch buffet is included with admission, and a festive networking reception concludes the day from 4:00 to 6:00 pm!

Admission: $75 IFP MN members, $100 general public, $65 seniors/students



IFP Minnesota Announces New Residency for Minnesota Screenwriting Artists

September 15th, 2015

Effort funded by Knight Foundations Knight Arts Challenge

IFP Minnesota is launching the IFP Minnesota Screenwriting Residency, a new three-year program to support Minnesota screenwriters. Applications for the 2015-16 screenwriting residency will be accepted starting September 15th, 2015.

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Register for Fall Classes & Workshops

August 31st, 2015

IFP MN is offering a diverse range of classes on screenwriting, film production, directing, cinematography, lighting, editing, animation, digital photography, and much more. Register today!









Photo: Kelsey Daly

Nearly 1,000 Attend IFP MN’s Grand Opening Weekend!

August 26th, 2015

Between our Friday Marsden|Gustafson Gallery opening, Saturday evening Gala, and Sunday afternoon Open House, nearly 1,000 visitors passed through the new IFP Minnesota Media Center’s doors August 21-23!

We were nothing less than thrilled by our turnout and the enthusiastic response to our new space, as well as our Ann Marsden/Gus Gustafson photo exhibit (running through year-end)! We give special thanks to our primary event sponsor Stephanie Dillon and Sidewalk Films.

We’d also like to thank our beverage providers: Lake Monster Brewing, The Third Bird, Alexis Bailly Vineyard, 45th Parallel Distillery, and Red Bull.

Gallery Web a1 Gallery_Web 2 Gala_Web1 Gala_Web3And many thanks to all who attended our weekend events! You helped make our new center feel like home and proved to us that this is an exciting new space for classes, events, exhibitions and more! We saw many old friends, made new ones, and were moved by the inspirational stories you shared with us. They serve as a good reminder of why we are so dedicated to serving the independent filmmaking and media arts community.


Sidewalk Films Presents IFP Minnesota’s Grand Opening

August 3rd, 2015

It’s finally here! We’ve moved in, decorated, and tested everything. Now we’re ready to have our first party! Please join us for a special 3-day celebration of Minnesota’s creative community at IFP Minnesota’s new media center, sponsored by Sidewalk Films. All events take place at 550 Vandalia Street, Suite 120, Saint Paul, MN 55114.
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