Resources for Filmmakers

Where can I find funding and support for my project?

Minnesota-Specific Funding

Jerome Foundation Film, Video and Digital Production Grants

Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants

Regional Arts Council Grants

Arts and Cultural Heritage Funds (Legacy Fund)

McKnight Media Artist Fellowships

In addition, you can find many national grants online for screenwriting, narrative filmmaking, documentary production, grants specific to ethnic groups, women, etc.

Crowdfunding Websites

Most independent filmmakers raise money and create audiences for their work through crowdfunding. In addition to crowdfunding sites for any type of fundraising, like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo, there are filmmaker-specific sites like Seed&Spark (recommended).

 

Minnesota Production Industry Organizations

These are some of the nonprofits supporting media makers in Minnesota. They provide opportunities for networking, education, and events.

FilmNorth

FilmNorth nurtures a vibrant, diverse community of film and media artists, providing education and resources at every career stage. Offers membership, education and fiscal sponsorship.

Duluth Film Collective

A gathering of film lovers and film makers. They host film discussions, creative workshopping sessions, and film screenings.  

Screenwriters’ Workshop

Screenwriters’ Workshop is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that provides aspiring and practicing Minnesota screenwriters a setting for interaction and exchange of information.  

Minnesota Women in Film and Television 

An all-volunteer nonprofit organization for members who work in film, television, and new media in Minnesota. Our goals are to educate, empower, engage, and support women in these industries. In the process we have fun sharing ideas and connections, and creating momentum that benefits careers.

Association of Independent Commercial Producers - Minnesota (AICP-MN)

The Association of Independent Commercial Producers is a nationwide industry organization created by and for commercial producers. Its mission is to act as the industry voice on continuing education, contract negotiations, developing and maintaining industry standards, and acting as a liaison with other television, governmental and advertising organizations.

Advertising Federation of Minnesota (Ad Fed)

A nonprofit, professional trade association that has served the Minnesota advertising community including agencies, advertisers, suppliers, and students, for more than 110 years. Ad Fed is a part of The American Advertising Federation (AAF), the nation’s oldest national advertising trade association.

The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul

The mission of the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul is to foster a knowledgeable and vibrant appreciation of the art of film and its power to inform and transform individuals and communities.


National Organizations

There are hundreds of excellent national and international organizations dedicated to supporting production. These are a few of the major ones.

Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP)

IFP champions the future of storytelling by connecting artists with essential resources at all stages of development and distribution. Based in New York.

Film Independent

Helps filmmakers make their movies, build an audience for their projects and work to diversify the film industry. Based in Los Angeles.

International Documentary Association (IDA)

Provides resources, creates community, and defends rights and freedoms for documentary artists, activists, and journalists.

Alliance for Community Media

A national membership organization that advocates, promotes and preserves the right to media training, production, distribution, civic engagement and education in support of diverse community voices, through Public, Educational and Government Access channels and other forms of media.

The Roy W. Dean Film Grant

The Roy W. Dean Film Grants funds independent feature films, documentaries, web series, and short films with budgets of $500,000 or less that are unique and make a contribution to society that, without its help, might otherwise never get made. 

Roy W. Dean Grant Winner – Mia, A Dancer’s Journey – Went On to Win Golden Mike and Emmy Award

There are 3 Roy W. Dean Film Grants available each year.  One for Spring, Summer, and Fall. The awards for each grant are listed below.

Winners of the Roy W. Dean Film Grants receive a cash award as well as goods and discounted services offered by film industry companies and professionals who care about getting good films produced.

 

If you have suggestions for other important organizations to add here, please let us know at info@mnfilmtv.org. Thank you!

What makes a great Production Assistant?

How great is the tagline for this book?:
The Production Assistant's Handbook: Because No One Has Time to Tell You What You Need To Know 

There are ways to make yourself indispensable on set. There are also ways to make yourself unforgettable (and not always in a good way). Caleb Clark put together this handbook because there are tons of things to learn at every stage in this business. Take a look at what he says in his intro:

"Like all entry-level jobs, the object of being a P.A. is to work yourself out of the job by making yourself too valuable to be kept in the entry-level position. Being a P.A. is also a weird test with only one question; Are you willing to become the best P.A. you can, even though you know that you won’t be a P.A. for long?"

This site also provides links to other valuable learning tools, where to train (online and in person), and how to get listed for a job.

Budgeting Tips and Guidelines

Here's some basic good advice for budgeting your film from Studio Binder.

No Film School has frequent suggestions about budgeting, as well as other filmmaking topics.

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