Call for Submissions, Nextwave Filmmaking Competition

ABOUT: Nextwave is an exciting youth education and engagement initiative that provides K-12 youth with opportunities to explore the world of international independent cinema. A component of Nextwave, The Youth Filmmaking Competition celebrates the next generation of filmmakers with a platform to showcase their work in front of over 50,000+ festival goers, fellow creatives and industry professionals. HOW TO SUBMIT: Visit Film Freeway or Withoutabox to submit your film. If you are unable to submit through one of these sites please contact to discuss alternative possibilities. ELIGIBILITY AND GUIDELINES: Films must be shot, directed, and produced by youth age … Continue reading Call for Submissions, Nextwave Filmmaking Competition

Chaotic Playground at Perpich

On February, 24, 2018, Perpich Center for Arts Education will be hosting a fun family-friendly day to play, Chaotic Playground.  You will experience art by MN arts organizations programming in Dance, Literary Arts, Media, Music, Theater and Visual Art.  The event features exhibits, workshops, and demonstrations for MN youth and teens..  Interested in being an exhibitor?  Sign up here.  For more information, contact Tory Peterson (, 763-279-4292)   Continue reading Chaotic Playground at Perpich

SPNN Youth Media Around the Cities

SPNN Youth media can be seen outside of St. Paul this spring, at Intermedia Arts and the MSP International Airport. REM is currently being shown at Intermedia Arts as part of their youth curated exhibit, Me(me). Me(me) runs through May 30th, and admission is a sliding scale with a suggested donation of $3. “Music Is…” can be found in the See 18 Film Screening Room at the MSP International Airport this spring. See 18 works in partnership with TPT and the Film Society of Minneapolis and Saint Paul to feature short films and documentaries by filmmakers from the area. Film … Continue reading SPNN Youth Media Around the Cities

SPNN Youth Photography Displayed at the Minnesota Museum of American Art

On January 13th, SPNN’s Set It Up crew took a field trip to the Minnesota Museum of American Art to meet Julie Buffalohead, an artist whose exhibit “Coyote Dreams” was on display. Buffalohead took us on a tour of the exhibit, talking about her artwork and some of the themes it addresses – from Native culture, to motherhood, to feeling of not fitting in. At the end of our visit, Buffalohead gave us a prompt for a photo project that we could work on in Set It Up: “The Playfulness of Childhood.” After meeting with mentors to brainstorm ideas around this theme, each … Continue reading SPNN Youth Photography Displayed at the Minnesota Museum of American Art

Looking Back: TCYMN’s 2014 Showcase

As we gear up for the 2015 Media Market and Showcase, we’re looking back at some of the amazing youth work that was shown last year. SPNN is so proud of this piece by Destiny Roberts, Michaela Huberty, and Darartu Tashoma. “From the Roots” offers an introspective view of Black women’s identity through the conversation about hair, a narrative that is frequently missing from mainstream media. Producer Destiny frames the conversation by identifying her hair as a mirror of her self-image and identity. The other teens and adults interviewed about their hair and what their unique style preference means to them … Continue reading Looking Back: TCYMN’s 2014 Showcase

Transitions Animated and animation at Illuminate

Here’s a documentary about a project that the students at Minnesota Transitions Charter High School and Elementary School made last winter and spring. The video they made will be part of this year’s TCYMN showcase, which is called Illuminate. I helped these students as a teaching artist, and I’ll also be working with teens to do a stop motion animation activity at the TCYMN Illuminate event at the Walker Art Center on February 28. Continue reading Transitions Animated and animation at Illuminate