IFP MN 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 IFP. It has connected me with so many wonderful people that I am so grateful for being in my life. Through IFP 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 IFP MN, 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 IFP MN 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 IFP MN 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 IFP Minnesota’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.
  • IFP Minnesota 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.  IFP Minnesota focuses especially on providing underserved youth professional experiences to further their interest in film.
The work created in all of IFP MN's youth programs are regularly entered in film festivals and competitions, and IFP MN 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 new media arts center, IFP MN 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

IFP Minnesota was founded in 1987 to support independent filmmakers in Minnesota. Over the years, IFP Minnesota has grown to help artists from a wide range of backgrounds and experience levels tell their stories via film, photography, digital photography, and video.  IFP Minnesota is a leader in the field of independent filmmaking and has helped shape and define independent filmmaking in Minnesota.

IFP Minnesota’s mission is to advance a vibrant and diverse community of independent film and media artists through education, funding, opportunities for showcasing their work, and networking. IFP Minnesota envisions a world where expression through images is encouraged and valued. It is our goal to lead the way in supporting the independent media artist by creating a thriving and viable filmmaking and photography community in Minnesota.

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