The principal aim of the festival is to provide a platform to filmmakers that often don't have access to industry funding and support. We are passionate about programming films from filmmakers that are working in their own communities and outside of major film industry hubs. We are excited about films that are being made with limited budgets, from small towns, and from resourceful filmmakers.
Building and nurturing a thriving film and media arts community is important to us. In order to connect more with the community we have established community partnerships with organizations that have a strong foothold across a diverse range of people in the region. This year our community partners are the American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO), Minnesota Environmental Partnership, Duluth Branch NAACP, Twin Ports Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Collective (TPAC).
We focus on highlighting filmmakers and stories from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the greater Midwest.
Films that speak to the culture, landscape and infrastructure of the area will be considered. How these stories are told does not matter. Documentary, animation, narrative, animation, ex-film, it doesn't matter what film the submissions take.
FILMMAKERS ON THE EDGE:
We aim to prioritize artists who have historically been denied access to resources and opportunities within the industry - including Midwestern artists, people of color, LGTBQIA+2, people with disabilities, women and other marginalized communities.
We judge films solely based on their artistic and creative expression. It does not matter if a film was made on a dslr or an Arri Alexa, we look for films that empower, inspire and transform.
We look for films as art, evocative of reflection and response.
We invite filmmakers to submit innovative works that do not adhere to conventional storytelling techniques.
We will be giving cash awards to the following categories below. All awards will be juried by industry professionals:
Best Feature - Award for best documentary or narrative feature film.
Best Short - Documentary or narrative.
Local Filmmaker Award
Audience Choice Award
Finished projects must be completed no earlier than January 2020 to be eligible for the 2022 festival.
Submission fee is non-refundable.
NxN does not pay screening fees.
More than one entry may be submitted. Each entry must be accompanied by it's own online entry and entry fee.
Filmmakers will assume shipping and handling costs to the festival.
Films produced in languages other than English must provide legible English subtitles.