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August 16th, 2017

Fall 2017 Gala Invite Image_logo onlyOur annual fundraising party celebrating our 30th anniversary supporting independent filmmakers in The North is scheduled for Thursday, September 14!

There will be delicious food, special guests, awards, live music, and DJ Chamun!



Minnesota Screenwriters Can Win $10,000 Starting Today

July 17th, 2017

IFP MN announces the return of the IFP Minnesota Screenwriting Residency, created 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 deadline for applying is September 18th. There is also an early-bird deadline of August 11th (with a reduced application fee). Read all the APPLICATION GUIDELINES here

Announcing the 2017 McKnight Media Artist Fellows

May 23rd, 2017

Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota is pleased to announce the four artists selected to receive the 2017 McKnight Fellowships for Media Artists. This year’s fellows are Rini Yun Keagy of St. Paul, Naomi Ko of Savage, and Keri Pickett and Brennan Vance of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Out of a field of 61 applicants, the four fellows were chosen by a national panel of media artists and curators: documentary filmmaker Selina Lewis Davidson, from San Francisco; television writer Dawn Comer Jefferson of Los Angeles; and film curator Dean Otto, of the Speed Museum in Louisville.

“Every year the panelists tell us that they are impressed, and even surprised, at the high quality of the work that comes out of Minnesota, and this year was no exception,” said Andrew Peterson, IFP Minnesota’s Executive Director. “The work from these four fellows is rich and varied, from dark comedy screenplays to political documentaries to metaphysical narratives. I’m also excited that, for the first time, three of the four fellows are women, underscoring the strength and depth of Minnesota talent in an industry, which has long been dominated by men.”

McKnightThe 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 MN Classes for Underrepresented Communities

April 28th, 2017

IFP MN proudly launches a new Arts Learning Series funded by the Minnesota State Arts Board. The series consists of six daylong intensive classes from June to August on various aspects of filmmaking and is designed for people of underrepresented communities in the film industry: people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and women. Click here for full details.

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IFP Minnesota and Knight Foundation announce winner of $10,000 Screenwriting Residency

March 21st, 2017

March 21, 2017, St. Paul — Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota, a St. Paul-based media arts center, has announced the winner of the IFP Minnesota Screenwriting Residency, an annual competition for Minnesota screenwriters. Matthew Dressel, of Duluth, MN, has won the $10,000 residency out of a field of 56 applicants. His screenplay, THE OTHER MAN, is a taut thriller: a weekend in the country turns deadly when an inebriated hunter accidentally shoots a passing motorist and discovers a man bound-and-gagged in his trunk. The St. Paul-based residency is funded by the Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge with matching funds by IFP Minnesota, as an annual competition through 2018.

THE OTHER MAN was selected by a national panel consisting of key influencers in the film industry: Los Angeles-based script consultant and story editor, Ruth Atkinson, who is also a story analyst for the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Screenwriting and Directing Labs; Film Independent Spirit Award Nominee Angela C. Lee (SONGS MY BROTHER TAUGHT ME), who is also the Senior Manager of Artist Development at Film Independent; and veteran film and TV writer Scott Myers (K9, ALASKA, TROJAN WAR), who also hosts Go Into the Story, the official screenwriting blog of the influential Black List.

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