550 Vandalia St., Ste. 120
St. Paul, MN 55114
(651) 644-1912

Andrew Peterson
Executive Director

Year organization became a 501(c)(3): 1999
Year of first fiscal sponsorship: 2007
Number of sponsored projects: 30

Fiscal sponsorship fee:
5% fee (+ deducting any bank, credit card, PayPal charges), $65 application fee and $45 annual renewal fee for years 2 and beyond.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Aligned mission/values
  • Other: Applicant(s) must be the producer and/or director; FilmNorth membership required; for projects seeking to raise more than $5,000, a stand-alone LLC dedicated to the project is required (no umbrella LLCs); projects with an existing LLC require a Certificate of Good Standing, updated with each renewal.

Types of projects or services we sponsor:

  • Other: Film, video and photography projects.

Services we offer projects:

  • Receiving property and stock donations
  • Other: Benefits of FilmNorth Fiscal Sponsorship: Credibility and reputation: FilmNorth’s respected programming opens the door to valuable industry services and a wide network of industry relationships intended to complement those services. Your project on Our Website is the one of the most recognizable URLs in the independent film sector. As a fiscal sponsorship participant, you can publicize your project to potential donors and allow donors to link to your Website for donation information. The site will also offer access to useful information, interviews and sample proposals on fundraising, production, marketing and distribution. Individual consultations: Throughout your project’s development, you can access staff to discuss your fundraising and film distribution strategies and tactics to identify, target and approach. Tap us for strategic advice on proposals to specific donors, help in understanding your distribution options as you move into post-production, and assistance with resource allocation or establishing a budget. Up to 25% off our classes, seminars & conferences: You will receive discounted access to all FilmNorth workshops on the art, craft and business of writing and making movies for film and TV. Other benefits: Fiscal sponsorship participants also receive free access to our facility for up to three hours for meetings, casting sessions, etc., with discounted rates after that, access to discounts on many steps of the filmmaking process (from film stock to post-production services), free one-on-one sessions with staff on such issues as post-production, legal, festival and distribution/foreign sales, and free monthly screenings of great new short films at the Cinema Lounge with writers, directors, and producers who are interviewed by the Lounge host.

Organization description:
FilmNorth’s mission is to advance a vibrant and diverse community of independent film and media artists through networking, education, funding, and opportunities for showcasing their work.