Orange lettering that says Spotlight, Yellow lettering that says Shorts, green lettering that says Series. Plus a yellow circle. Part of the lettering and the circle are shaded lighter as if a spotlight was shining on it.

Spotlight Shorts Series is a program launched in fall 2020 to support beginner/emerging documentary filmmakers. 

Applications are now open until Oct. 16. Please fill out this form to apply. If you have questions email Theng at 

In this program teams of three or four will create a short documentary on a community issue. We will have two groups, so we are looking for six to eight participants. SPNN will pair each group with a local media maker to help mentor the team.

Each team will get eight weeks to complete the project. You must attend each training session. Each participant will be given a $400 stipend. Topics may include issues around housing, refugees, policing, or environmental issues.

This program will meet on Mondays from 6-9 starting November 7.

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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