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Applications are now Closed. 

If you have questions email Theng at 

Spotlight Shorts is a program designed for folks who have some video experience, but want to advance their documentary making skills. In this program you will:

  • Learn the Sony FX 3, lights and audio gear
  • Learn different crew positions and how to work as a team
  • Be mentored by a emerging artists
  • Create a short documentary on a pressing community issue (selected by the Spotlight Shorts Team)
  • Attend Monday night training and feedback sessions
  • Work on 2-4 shoots and be a part of the editing process.
  • Receive a $800 stipend. 

The program will meet on Mondays from 6-9 starting November 7 through mid March.


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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