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Applications are now closed.

Spotlight Shorts is an exciting and empowering media arts program designed to support emerging artists who are passionate about their creative projects. This program serves as a stepping stone for individuals who are either actively working on a project or are in the idea phase of their project. Spotlight Shorts is ideal for folks with 1-3 years of media making experience and have worked on short documentaries or other media projects, but not necessarily longer docs. In this program we will spend time building cinematography skills, more advanced lighting, and editing with storytelling in mind. Participants will work on their own short documentary (5-20 minutes) and work on two other members' documentaries. 

Participants will:

  • Learn the Sony FX 3, lights and audio gear

  • Learn different crew positions and how to work as a team

  • Create a short documentary

  • Attend Monday night training and feedback sessions

  • Meet emerging artists when they come in to teach skills. 

  • Receive a stipend. 

Tentative Timeline:

  • Applications open June 1-June 21
  • Interviews June 24-30
  • Offer emails July 1-5
  • The program will meet on Mondays from 6-9 July 8- December.

Spotlight Shorts is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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