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April 25, 2012
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Melissa Brandt, Ted Dewberry, Andy Froemke, Jim Levi, Larry Matthews, and Matt Stenerson


Congratulations!  Winners will be announced the end of May.



MNTV 2012 Call for Submissions!


Hey short filmmakers!  MNTV, curated by IFP MN and the Walker Art Center, showcases the finest films and videos produced in the state over the past two years. The showcase is a series of three one-hour broadcasts on TPT, featuring short films by Minnesota filmmakers of all levels of filmmaking experience. Submit your films now! There is no cost to apply!

Online submission form.  


Current IFP Photo Show

"Behavior Modification"

*Featuring photographers, Jeff Millikan and Areca Roe

IFP MN Gallery, 2446 University Ave. W., St. Paul, MN 

10:30am-5:00pm Monday-Friday

Photo Show


IFP MN has teamed up with MCTC and the Screenwriters' Workshop to offer an updated Fresh Filmmakers Production Grant. Aspiring directors can bid to direct one of the three winning scripts from the Script to Screen competition, with production expenses covered by MCTC and the Twin Cities production community! 

If you're an emerging director who has been making films for no more than five years, this grant is for you! Click here for details.
Deadline for submission: Wednesday, May 2, 2012.
Artwork by IFP Member and Intern, Katherine Curtis.    
Fresh Filmmakers Script to Screen


IFP Spring 2012 Classes.  
Register Now!

Introduction to video production with instructor Jon Steinhorst, starts May 1st!


Intro to video production 
Introduction to Video Production

Instructor: Jon Steinhorst

8 sessions: Tuesdays, May 1-June 19, 6:30-10:00pm

Registration Deadline: April 24

Beginning Photoshop

Instructor: Arianna Skoog

5 session: Tuesdays, May 7-June 11, 6:30-9:30pm

Registration Deadline: April 30


Beginning Digital Photography

Instructor: James Ramsay

4 sessions: Tuesdays, April 17-May 8, 6:30-9:30pm

Registration Deadline: April 10


Elements of Screenwriting

Instructor: David Grant

8: Sessions: Thursdays, April 12-May 31, 6:30-9:30pm

Registration Deadline: April 5


Basics of Adobe After Effects CS5

Instructor: Michael Richmond

5 sessions: Wednesdays, April 25-May 23, 6:30-9:30pm

Registration Deadline: April 18.

IMS Films 2012 Request for Proposal 

IMS Films is proud to invite media creatives to participate in a one-of-a-kind filmmaking event celebrating the power of great design.


IMS Films is providing the creative community a singular opportunity to converge our collective talents in the areas of advertising, film, and design. International Market Square will host their second annual Film Showcase this fall where the selected film projects will be featured.


Five selected directors will have the opportunity to create content inspired by IMS's "Live Exceptionally Through Design" brand platform. From buildings and landscapes to interiors and accessories, "Live Exceptionally' is an anthem for those who wish to create a distinct and individual lifestyle through design.


To learn more or apply please visit www.imsfilms.com.


IMS Films 2012 Trailer
IMS Films 2012 Trailer


2012 OUT Twin Cities Minnesota Video Contest!

Contest begins: Monday, April 9th 2012.


1st Place: $400.00

2nd Place: $200.00


There are Two categories with Two chances to win. You can enter both or choose just one category. The video must be no longer than five minutes in length (Total Running Time). All contest entries must be made by a Minnesota resident and YOUTH may enter only with a signed authorization letter from their parent and or legal guardian, which needs to include the parent or legal guardian's address and contact info. All contestants must be in attendance to win Sunday, June 3rd at St. Anthony Main Theatre.


The Categories Are:

  1. How do you SAY NO to the Minnesota Marriage Amendment in 2012?
  2. How do you stop BULLYING?   
For more information visit, www.outtwincitiesfilmfest.com.


Out TC Film Festival 
Film Independent Fast Track Applications Now Being Accepted.
Fast Track selections are eligible for a $15,000 production grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  Selected projects will also receive year-round support from Film Independent. For more information, click here.

Square Lake Film & Music Festival
August 11, 2012
Submission deadlines June 4 (early), June 18, and July 2 (late)
The 10th anniversary Square Lake Film & Music Festival, Aug. 11th, 2012 seeks animation, film shorts, 30-minute or less documentary shorts, and a locally-produced, feature length film (documentary or feature) to be shown as the 2012 "Night Owl" film.  Visit www.squarelakefestival.com/film.htm for all film submission info.  

Aesthetica Short Film Festival Now Open for Entries!

Deadline, May 31, 2012

ASFF 2012 takes place in York, UK from November 8 - 11. The screenings will cover a wide variety of genres and filmic styles, including: drama, documentary, animation, comedy, music video, thriller, experimental and artists' film. The films will be showcased across 15 iconic locations in the city, from medieval halls to boutique cinemas and in addition to four days of screenings there will also be a series of master classes, workshops and networking with leading industry figures.


The winner will also receive approximately $775 among other prizes and screenings at a number of other UK festivals. The runner-up will receive approximately $390. A shortlist of finalists will be included on the ASFF Sampler DVD, which will be distributed with the December 2012 issue of Aesthetica Magazine, an international arts and culture publication. For more details and submission guidelines, please click on the title link.


Flyway Film Festival 2012

Deadline, August 15, 2012  

Flyway, a premier destination festival for regional, domestic U.S. and international emerging and independent filmmakers on the banks of the Mississippi River, accepts short and feature-length films for the following categories: narrative, documentary, and Wisconsin/Minnesota Showcase. This year, it is anticipated that more than 70 films will be programmed between three venues, with many filmmakers and other industry professionals in attendance to interact with audiences via workshops, Q&As, and other social networking events.


The 2012 Flyway Film Festival will accept free submissions (electronic submission form completed and DVD screeners postmarked) until the final deadline of August 15, 2012. For added convenience to filmmakers online entry form is now available through both flywayfilmfestival.org and withoutabox.com

For more information, click here


2012 Midwest Sci-Fi Short Film Festival

Deadline, May 10, 2012

The 4th Annual Midwest Sci-Fi Short Film Festival is now open for submissions for 2012.  The festival accepts film submissions 20 minutes in length or shorter in the following Genres:  Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, Action/Adventure, Supernatural, Comedy and/or Documentary. To receive a submission form or ask a questions, please email the Festival Director:  filmfest@convergence-con.org  


Call for Photographers: Fading Light 

Deadline, June 26, 2012

Fading Light. The tension between wanting to hang on to the light but at the same time welcoming  the darkness. Fading light - shadows, absence of light, twilight, darkness, losing sight, transformative. This theme can be used figuratively as well as literally. Portraits, fashion, editorial, landscape, documentary, conceptual or any other genre is open for consideration. Both color and b&w are eligible. For more information, click here.


Twin Cities Black Film Festival Call for Entries

Deadline, June 29, 2012

The Twin Cities Black Film Festival is celebrating its 10 year anniversary.  They are seeking bold, fresh and innovative entries for this multicultural film festival.  Entries can comprise of: Premieres, shorts, documentaries, animation, drama, religious, comedy, thrillers, etc...


For submission guidelines and additional information, visit http://www.tcbff.org/


International Call for Entries (Photography)

Deadline, May 31, 2012

The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for International Photography is once again seeking entries for outstanding work in global and social documentary photo reportage.  Covering such pressing issues as health, poverty, oppression, war, famine, religious/political persecution and upheaval, human migration and immigration, the landless and much more. Photographers of all nationalities who are 18 years of age or older are encouraged to apply. The photographer whose proposal is selected to receive the $5,000 USD grant will be immediately contacted, followed by a public press announcement to be made sometime in late July.


Please visit http://www.mrofoundation.org for entry rules and submission details found under our "Grant 2012" header on our website.


Cinema and Civics wants to show your short film this summer in Stevens Square Park! 


Currently collecting submission for Minnesota Short Film night, which takes place on Wednesday July 11th. Last year there were nearly 300 people in attendance, and what's a better way to watch your film than outside, in a park, on a hot Summer evening with your friends! You can check out the full series program here.

Films 15 minutes or less in any genre wanted!
Please submit your films to (quicktime files preferred) -
Cinema and Civics
c/o Stevens Square Community Organization
1925 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Send questions to: ryanstrandjord@gmail.com  


Registration for the Minneapolis 48 Hour Film Project is now open! 


This year Towle Neu and Ryan Strandjord are back to produce the competition and have been putting together plans to make it even more spectacular than last year. They'll be hosting several social mixers around the metro area, a casting session with a local agency, and a panel discussion in May at IFP Minnesota. They're contacting new sponsors and looking to expand on the $4,000 in prizes they gave out last year. The music sharing program will also become more robust, so this year team producers will have access to even more local music to use in their films. No film competition provides even close to as many resources as they do, and by submitting your finished film you're guaranteed to have it premiered in front of hundreds of people at the Riverview theater. How can you not love that?

Early bird registration ends May 14th, so sign up now to save big!
Registration: http://www.48hourfilm.com/minneapolis/
Contact: minneapolis@48hourfilm.com

Not interested in being a team leader? You can sign up as a free agent on the MPLS48 webpage to increase your chances of finding a team!  


The Minneapolis Underground Film Festival Call for Entry for the 

5th annual MUFF hosted at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design

Deadline: June 16th (late deadline with additional fee, June 30th)


For more information visit www.minneapolisundergroundfilmfestival.com



Deadline: May 1st, 2012 

Image12 is a nationwide photo contest run by the New York chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers. The competition is open to all professional, serious amateur and student photographers residing in the United States. Contestants are asked to submit one or more images that were created after January 1, 2011. The deadline for entry submissions is May 1, 2012. For technical information on participating, see How to submit an image.


Film/TV News 


Civil War Documentary Screening

Thursday, April 26; 5:30 p.m

Hennepin Technical College Brooklyn Park auditorium


5:30 - 6:15 social time with light refreshments 

6:15 pm Part 1 From Wasioja to Washington (53 min) 

Intermission and introductions of the production crew, actors and producers. 

8:00 pm Part 2 Wasioja Civil War Days (46 min) 

DVDs will be available for purchase     


McKnight Artist Fellowship Celebration

Saturday, June 16  

The Bottling House, Minneapolis


We are very excited to invite you to FELLOWSHIP, a celebration of the 30th Anniversary of The McKnight Foundation's Artist Fellowship Program. Many people have been a part of the fellowship program since 1982-more than a thousand artists, fellowship sites, and supportive community partners. We hope you will join us to reunite with creative comrades and celebrate fellows past and present. For details click here  


Film Festivals


2012 OUT Twin Cities Film Festival

May 31-June 3

St. Anthony Main Theatre  

2012 marks the 3rd annual Out Twin Cities Film Festival. This year is simply going to be OUTlandish!!!! We have OUTstanding films, OUTrageous special guests, and we've OUTdone ourselves on events! For a full listing of events, details, and admission, visit www.outtwincitiesfilmfest.com/index.html.   


2012 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival 
April 12-May 3

The largest annual film event in the Midwest is returning to the five screens of the St. Anthony Main Theatre.  The program will include some 250 documentary, narrative, and short films from more than 60 countries, visits from numerous international filmmakers and celebrities, and a host of gala events, parties, and receptions.


The Festival lineup includes a Spotlight on the Middle East highlighting the current rich mix of films coming out of Israel, many Arab countries including those in North Africa, and Turkey, long known as the gateway from East to West - curated by Alissa Simon Senior Programmer at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.  

For Film Showtimes at the Trylon, Parkway and St. Anthony Main theaters, please visit www.filmind.org   



Member News/Events


IFP MN's Youth Program has 14 films in the upcoming EDUfest!!! We're very proud of Youth Media Director Deacon Warner and his students!


For film listings and additional information visit http://edufilmfest.org/.


White Rabbit accepted to National Youth Film Festival


IFP member, Whitney Mornson's short film, White Rabbit is an official selection of the 2012 National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY). It was selected as one of 225 films from 30 U.S. states and over 20 countries that will be screened at this year's festival. NFFTY is the largest youth film festival in the world and includes films from directors 22 years of age and under, panels, workshops, and networking events.

My film is about a young couple who face a problem when their dog Java shows up at their doorstep with their neighbors' pet rabbit - dead.


The festival is April 26-29 in Seattle. To learn more about the filmmaker visit, www.nffty.org.


Join us for an evening with Mike Chambers & Lee Brimlow from Adobe. 


These fine gents will be in good ole' St. Paul for a free evening event. Don't miss it. Hosted by MN.swf.  This will be a good opportunity to speak directly with Adobe, ask questions, and discuss recent changes around the Flash Player. http://www.mnswf.com 


The Future of Flash - Mike Chambers

In this session, Mike will lead a discussion around recent changes and announcements around the Flash Platform. He will then spend some time laying out the roadmap for the Flash Player, and discuss the direction in which the player will evolve, including the general focus of the player and the ActionScript language and AVM (ActionScript Virtual Machine). In addition to discussing the Flash roadmap, we will be showing off the latest Flash and Adobe AIR content, give some sneak peeks on upcoming releases, and setting aside plenty of time for open discussions and Q&A.


Adobe Gaming Technology - Lee Brimlow

In this session Gaming Evangelist Lee Brimelow will reveal the latest technologies being worked on by Adobe for game developers. They will show how these technologies allow developers to create casual 2D games in addition to AAA 3D games. Current best practices will also be discussed.


MNKINO31: Rebellion

April 25, 2012 @ 7:30PM

Rosalux Gallery, 1400 Van Buren St NE, Minneapolis

More info at: facebook.com/mnkino


MNKINO is a monthly excuse for anyone to make a film, and to meet others who like doing the same. It's not just for film school graduates, MFA students, or videographers. It's for you.


The screening's mystery meat theme is Rebellion. Produce a short video on the theme and bring along a video file (.mov, .avi, .mp4, etc.) to screen at the event.

We will also feature live music from Cagetones who recently released their debut album, Did You See the Moon? The album was released in March as part of the 2012 RPM Challenge.


St. Catherine University Senior Juried Show

Opening Reception: April 14th, 2012 6-8pm

April 14th- May 20th, 2012


St. Catherine University Senior Juried Show will be showcasing the work of eight graduating seniors from St. Catherine University's Studio Art program. The artwork will range from paintings, graphic designs, prints and film.


Participating Artists:

Megan P. Coyer

Katherine Curtis (IFP Intern)

Karin Fischer

Anna Garski

Annie Hejny

Lynn Nguyen

Cherish Okorafor

Alex Poepping


Megan P. Coyer

Katherine Curtis

Karin Fischer

Anna Garski

Annie Hejny

Lynn Nguyen

Cherish Okorafor

Alex Poepping


IFP Member Book Finalist

IFP member John Noltner was selected as a finalist in the Midwest Book Awards with his Nov 2011 release "A Peace of My Mind, Exploring the Meaning of Peace One Story at a Time". Winners announced May 9.www.apeaceofmymind.net  


The Telephone Game Releases 

Minneapolis-based filmmaker Jason P. Schumacher's feature film is now available for purchase on DVD and HD Digital download. The telephone game received "Best Cinematography" at the Minneapolis Underground Film Festival in 2010.


The Telephone Game is a stark, black-and-white, independent feature using solely improvisational acting. The film delves into the dark side of theater as director Marco DeGarr, played by Wes Tank, struggles to maintain the boundary between his failing production and reality.


For more information, please visit the film's website at www.thetelephonegame.com.



IFP MN - Seeking Summer Volunteers/Interns (unpaid)
IFP MN is seeking volunteers/interns to assist with general office work. This position is unpaid, requires applicants be or become IFP MN members and commit to at least a three month internship.  Interested parties should submit a resume and availability schedule to word@ifpmn.org.  

Camera Operator Opportunity
TruthToTell on KFAI needs a volunteer-cum-paid experienced videographer to shoot our weekly radio show Mondays from 8-10AM (including set-up) plus some editing hours for livestreaming and uploading finished video to Blip and our website. Your eye for lighting and composing consistently good pictures is critical as are editing skills and software; knowledge of and interest in current and public affairs and politics helpful. Great crew to work with and strong possibility of compensation to come.
Please email resume and call Andy Driscoll, Producer/Host, TruthToTell, andydriscoll@TruthToTell.org, 651-293-9039 or 651-492-2221 (cell).

Composer Seeking Collaboration Project 
Daniel Gilliam is a composer of orchestral and chamber music, interested in collaborating on a project with strong artistic vision, production, and a modest budget. Fluent in "acoustic" media and in a contemporary-classical language. Contact danielgilliam@gmail.com.

Website Designer Needed  
A website designer with HTML and Java skills is needed to update and fix the website of a feature film currently in pre-production. If willing to stay on board with the project, there is further development that needs to be done. It will very likely turn into a gig. For more information, please contact Scott McLain at spmclain@gmail.com. 
IFP Minnesota Center for Media Arts' mission is to advance a vibrant, diverse and skilled community of independent filmmakers and photographers in the Upper Midwest. IFP Media Arts provides education, access to technology, funding, and professional development to artists of all experience levels, as well as opportunities to showcase their work. Founded in 1987, IFP Media Arts is part of a national association of IFP chapters with locations in New York, Chicago, Phoenix and Seattle.

2446 University Avenue West, Suite 100
Saint Paul, MN 55114
Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival
Spotlight Film

Friday, April 27, 7:00 PM

"Marvin, Seth and Stanley"

a film by Stephen Gurewitz 

Marvin Seth and Stanley
OUT Twin Cities Film Festival
Out TC Film Festival
May 31-June 3
St. Anthony Main

2012 marks the 3rd anniversary celebration of the OUT Twin Cities Film Festival, which showcases the best of LGBTQ cinema!
To learn more and purchase tickets click below.

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To learn more visit their website.