North Dakota is no Hollywood when it comes to filmmaking, but one local non-profit is trying to change that by encouraging filmmakers to come to our area.
The Cinema 100 Film Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing diverse films to the Bismarck-Mandan community.
They recently opened up a $1,500 grant that they hope can help fund some ambitious filmmakers in North Dakota.
KX News talked to one of the board members of Cinema 100, who says there is a burgeoning market of filmmakers here in Bismarck and Mandan, but its something they want to see grow much more.
The film project must be set in or featuring the Bismarck-Mandan area, or set in or featuring the Northern Great Plains area of North Dakota. They will fund any film genre and any length of film, but only if they are original.
I asked Cinema 100 where they found the money for this grant.
“From January through April we show about 11 films over the course of those months and the membership fees to go to these films, only $25 is all it cost to see all of them, has built up so that we have some funds available that we think can be put to use for advancing film in North Dakota,” says Cinema 100 Board Member, Renee Stromme.
Cinema 100 says they don’t think this money will be for any big star-studded blockbuster hit, but says they hope the money can be used for filmmakers in our community that will show off North Dakota.
They told me there are a couple of film festivals and other organizations in the state that spotlight on North Dakota filmmakers and films, and says there is a need and interest in film but just a lack of opportunity.
“Film is an art form. It is such a great story teller that it really draws people together as a community to help understand each other, whether it’s a documentary or a ficitonal dipiction of something,” says Stromme. “It really gives us an insight into other peoples minds and experiences and there is nothing better than that as a medium.”
For more information about the grant, and their rules and regulations, click here.