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October 12th, 2016

IFP MN has been awarded a Knight Arts Challenge Grant from the Knight Foundation for the project “Stories That Unite.” Under the mentorship of Somali artist Mohamud Mumin, students from Gordon Parks High School will partner with youth from the Skyline Tower residence in Saint Paul to create short documentaries that tell the stories of the East African immigrants who live in Skyline Tower. Click here for a complete list of grant recipients and project descriptions.


Relative: Photography Instructor Showcase Opens October 15 in the Marsden/Gustafson Gallery at IFP MN

October 8th, 2016

Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota is proud to present Relative: Photography Instructor Showcase, a group exhibition featuring the work of Stephanie Colgan, Leah Edelman-Brier, Tom Dunn, Eric Mueller, Deborah Meyer, and Nicholas Wynia. The exhibition will be on display in the Marsden/Gustafson Gallery October 15 to December 17, 2016.

More info here.


Register for Fall Classes & Workshops

August 29th, 2016

IFP MN is offering a wide range of courses in screenwriting, plus narrative, documentary and music music video production, post-production (editing/special effects/color correction), photography and more. Register today!

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Announcing the 2016 McKnight Media Artist Fellows

June 7th, 2016

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.”

AFlogo_R_3C_SThe 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.

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IFP Documentary Class Shoots Project on Former Minnesota Viking Carl Eller

May 5th, 2016

Recently students of IFP MN’s Documentary Production class with Pam Colby were at the home of Carl Eller, retired Minnesota Vikings defensive end and Pro Football Hall of Famer. Carl is an accomplished ceramic artist, and the class’s short doc focuses on his new work—which will be displayed at the new Vikings stadium—plus how he’s all about helping players stay healthy after the NFL.