McKnight Fellowships for Media Artists Applications Now Open

Posted February 2, 2015 by

$100,000 in artist fellowships for filmmakers, screenwriters, game developers, radio producers, and other media artists.

Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota is now accepting applications for the McKnight Fellowships for Media Artists, which IFP MN administers on behalf of the McKnight Artist Fellowships Program. Four $25,000 fellowships will be awarded to mid-career Minnesota media artists who have demonstrated continued excellence in their work.

Announcing 2015 Spirit Awards Screenings

Posted December 2, 2014 by

Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota and the Walker Art Center, in coordination with Film Independent, will once again present free, members-only screenings of twenty Film Independent Spirit Awards-nominated films from January 13 through February 11, 2015.

The annual Film Independent Spirit Awards celebrate artist-driven filmmaking and recognize the year's finest achievements. For the third year in a row Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota and Walker Art Center members have a chance to see all of the nominated films in four categories in advance of the live IFC broadcast Spirit Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on February 21, 2015.

DEAR WHITE PEOPLE Post-Screening Discussion

Posted October 15, 2014 by

Check out this new video about Dear White People--edited here at IFP Minnesota.

Director Justin Simien, producer Effie Brown, and actors Tyler James Williams and Tessa Thompson of Dear White People converse with Leola Johnson, Associate Professor and Chair of the Media and Cultural Studies department at Macalester College, at the Walker Art Center in May 2014. Following a sold out show as part of the Next Look series at the Walker, the film was also presented as a case study at IFP Minnesota’s 15th Annual Midwest Filmmaker’s Conference.

The theatrical premiere of Dear White People is October 17. Best wishes for success from all of us in Minnesota!

New Screenwriting Residency Competition

Posted September 30, 2014 by

Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota Announces St. Paul Knight Arts Challenge Grant for New Screenwriters Residency Competition

We are pleased to announce that we have been selected for a St. Paul Knight Arts Challenge grant of $60,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for an artist residency program to help develop local screenwriters.

IFP Minnesota’s screenwriting residency competition, one of 42 grant winners (from 868 submissions) aims to raise national visibility of St. Paul and Minnesota screenwriters and to boost screenwriting locally as an art form. IFP Minnesota received the third highest grant award of all recipients and the only three-year award.

Let's Get Moving!

Posted September 9, 2014 by

IFP Minnesota Announces Move to Vandalia Tower
Opening State-of-the-Art Media Center January 2015

St. Paul, MN, September 16, 2014–Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota (IFP Minnesota) has announced that it will be an anchor tenant in Vandalia Tower, a new development by First & First, located at 550 Vandalia in the heart of Saint Paul’s Creative Enterprise Zone. “We’re thrilled to be one of the first organizations to make the move to Vandalia Tower,” said IFP Minnesota Executive Director Andrew Peterson. “This move will support and centralize our growing programs, focus attention on the Twin Cities’ thriving independent film community, and create a dynamic, new space that will attract artists across all disciplines.”

Engaging Alyce

Posted August 15, 2014 by

Our July 22nd Master Class with Alyce Myatt drew an attentive and inspired audience of 50. IFP MN Executive Director Andrew once again skillfully moderated the discussion, prompting Myatt to share countless nuggets of wisdom with respect to philanthropic organizations and funding for media as an art form and tool to document, promote, and present artists’ work in all disciplines. The discussion was preceded by a lively reception for Alyce.

Announcing The 2014 McKnight Media Artist Fellows

Posted June 3, 2014 by

Local media artists Rolf Belgum, D.A. Bullock, and Melissa Butts have been selected as McKnight Media Artist Fellows for 2014.  


The McKnight Foundation awards three $25,000 mid-career fellowships to Minnesota media artists annually. Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota, a film and media arts resource center in St. Paul, administers the program, each year assembling a selection panel of industry professionals who live and work outside of Minnesota.

7th Annual EDU Film Festival Spotlights Young Minnesota Filmmakers

Posted May 13, 2014 by

This Week! Friday, May 16, 10am to 3pm at ICON Theatre at The West End. Free and open to the public.

More information and full schedule at

Hey Filmmakers-Last Call for Free Lunch!

Posted April 29, 2014 by

15th Annual Midwest Filmmaker Conference
Presented in partnership with Minneapolis Community and Technical College
May 3-4, 2014 
Limited Space Still Available
Sign Up Now If You Want Free Lunch!
Full schedule and registration here

2014 New Media Project Grant Recipient Announced

Posted April 22, 2014 by

Documentary by Benjamin May Selected for $50,000 Award

St. Paul, MN, April 22, 2014-- Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota (IFP MN) announces that Minneapolis filmmaker Benjamin May's documentary The Legend of Swee' Pea is the recipient of this year's $50,000 New Media Project Grant. The documentary, which focuses on the life of basketball legend Lloyd Daniels, will be accompanied by an e-graphic novel illustrated by Minneapolis artist Kelsey Kuno. The New Media Project Grant is administered by Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota (IFP MN) with funds provided by The McKnight Foundation.

The Legend of Swee' Pea tells the quixotic tale of Daniels, a basketball prodigy who, felled by drugs and bullets, embarked on an improbable NBA comeback. The accompanying e-graphic novel covers the playground/hip­hop culture of Brooklyn in the 1980s, the mythic powers of young Swee' Pea, the crack scourge of inner city New York, and Swee' Pea's history-making NBA career.

Legend is May's directorial debut. He is working with director of photography Daniel B. Levin, producer Karl Hollandt, editor Giovanni Autran, and writer Annemarie Lawless. Kuno is providing original animations for the film as well as illustrating the e-graphic novel.

The range of projects in the 51 applications submitted for the 2014 New Media Project Grant speaks to the dynamic "new media" scene in Minnesota. May's project was chosen from six finalists, selected by jurors Elaine McMillion Sheldon, a documentary storyteller; Joseph Beyer, Director of Digital Initiatives for Sundance Institute; and Matthew Bolish, the programmer of Convergence, a sidebar of the New York Film Festival.

The New Media Project Grant, funded by the McKnight Foundation, was developed in collaboration with Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota in response to the growing body of work by artists working in cross-platform and interactive media.

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