FilmNorth (formerly IFP Minnesota) Cultivates the Next Generation of Filmmakers

Support Young Filmmakers and Media Artists

"This program has been the most impactful part of my high school career. I grew a passion for filmmaking and then dedicated myself to learn as much as I could about it. I feel so fortunate to have found FilmNorth. It has connected me with so many wonderful people that I am so grateful for being in my life. Through FilmNorth I have gotten so many opportunities to learn and to grow as a filmmaker, storyteller, and collaborator. I feel so lucky to have had this place. Thank you." - Abby T., JuiceMedia Student

"This program made me realize that film is something I'm interested in and want to continue pursuing throughout my life." - Raya Q., JuiceMedia student

At FilmNorth, Youth Media Education is a core program dedicated to educating and supporting the next generation of independent filmmakers and media artists. Over 800 youth are served annually in direct service, with over 2,000 in the audience at their events and a broadcast audience of more than 20,000. The mission is to teach filmmaking as a means of engaging kids in their education—developing artistic, critical thinking, and career skills while examining issues in their own environments. We are also dedicated to ensuring that the next generation of media artists reflects the rich diversity found in Minnesota. Sixty percent of FilmNorth youth participants are students of color, 60% qualify for free or reduced lunch, and 50% are female. These are demographics unheard of in the current filmmaking industry.

The video above is just one example of what the students in our programs can do! This documentary was created in an FilmNorth summer camp by youth with the assistance of teaching artists.
  • Week-long film and photography Summer Youth Camps for kids 11-17 are offered June through August. Summer camps include an introduction to video production, workshops on screenwriting, animation camps, digital photography, music video, documentary, and more!
  • JuiceMedia is FilmNorth's after school youth filmmaking collective. The program meets from 3:30 to 5:30 pm every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday when Saint Paul Public Schools are in session.
  • FilmNorth also collaborates with area schools to offer in-school filmmaking residencies, teaching the art and technology of filmmaking and media arts to students as well as teachers. Teachers learn how to use media arts in the classroom to improve student performance.
  • Professional internships and mentoring opportunities for our advanced students occur throughout the year.  FilmNorth focuses especially on providing underserved youth professional experiences to further their interest in film.
The work created in all of FilmNorth's youth programs are regularly entered in film festivals and competitions, and FilmNorth offers screenings of our students' work. This gives our students the opportunity to reach audiences of their peers and see their work on the big screen.

With a dedicated youth space in our media arts center, FilmNorth is committed to supporting young filmmakers and media artists. Your donation will help us expand these programs through new equipment, additional teaching artists, and scholarships for youth from low income backgrounds. Thanks for your support!


Mission and History

FilmNorth’s mission is to empower artists to tell their stories, launch and sustain successful careers, and advance The North as a leader in the national network of independent filmmakers. We achieve our mission by nurturing a vibrant, diverse community of film and media artists; providing education and resources at every stage of their careers; and celebrating their achievements.

FilmNorth was founded in 1987 as Independent Feature Project Minnesota by independent filmmakers to realize their dreams of creating feature length narrative films in Minnesota without the support of a major studio. Today our commitment to the art and craft of visual storytelling encompasses screenwriting, filmmaking and photography. We empower beginner to professional level artists through classes, equipment rental, grants, professional networking, and a connection to a bigger audience. We nurture and launch national caliber talent, then gather to celebrate their achievements. FilmNorth is a leader in the field of independent filmmaking and has helped shape and define independent filmmaking in Minnesota. In addition to our support of Minnesota filmmakers and media artists, we also have a national reputation, as we have membership from across the country. FilmNorth has a strong relationship with IFP New York and Film Independent in Los Angeles, but our focus on education and

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