• 21 Apr 2020 8:05 PM | Alison Guessou (Administrator)

    We had an amazing turnout for the CARES Act for Freelancers. Special thanks to our host Patrick Pariseau, and moderator Catherine Campion!

    Topics specific to unemployment insurance for self and small business were discussed.

    For those who weren't able to attend the live session, you can catch a replay of the webinar by clicking on the link below:

    Click on the link above to catch a replay!

  • 19 Apr 2020 3:00 PM | MN WIFT (Administrator)

    MN WIFT Presents CARES Act for Freelancers

    When: Sunday, April 19th at 3:00 PM CST on Zoom


    Join us for an important discussion lead by Patrick Pariseau, Director of Financing Solutions at Meda. Discussions will be centered around Unemployment Insurance and Small Business/Self-Employed loans (DEED, EIDL, PPP) from the State of Minnesota and the new CARES act.

    The session will be moderated by Catherine Campion, a newly returned MN WIFT member, and 22-year SAG-AFTRA on-camera and voice actress, in both Minnesota and California.

    Questions are encouraged! Register through the Zoom link provided.

    We can get through this together!

  • 22 Mar 2020 1:34 PM | MN WIFT (Administrator)

    A Letter from the President of MN WIFT

    To our MN WIFT Chapter Members:

    MN WIFT members gathered for the Annual Assembly and Board Election on Thursday, February 27th. Little did we know that less than a month later we would hold our first newly elected MN WIFT Board of Directors meeting virtually on Zoom. With our already full agenda of initiating new directors, new committee structure and member task force, it became crystal clear that at least for the unforeseeable future, this might be the “new normal”. The first draft of the events-calendar already had a handful of cancelled or rescheduled dates.

    So, our highly creative group of board directors began re-envisioning how to continue our mission to Educate, Empower, Engage and Support Women in Film, Television and New Media.

    Everyone in our industry has had projects cancelled or put on hold. Most of us are independent contractors or freelancers who cannot depend on a regular paycheck but rely on short and long projects to support our families. Many now have the additional job of homeschooling and/or entertaining their children at home. This pandemic has completely redefined and turned our lives upside down for at least the foreseeable future.

    Last summer, I accepted the challenge to organize and implement a board development effort to restructure and revitalize our chapter. We examined the reasons and benefits for joining MN WIFT in 2005 in comparison with current day. We constructed a new board of directors’ blueprint to fill director seats with specific expertise and diverse experience within the industry. Committees are now divided into two platforms – Internal Operations and External Affairs. Rather than be bound to one area, directors may take the lead on an event of interest while participating in another committee.

    MN WIFT is focused on member outreach, inclusion and collaboration with other industry groups. We are under the umbrella of WIFT International, with more than 40 chapters around the world, as well as the new WIFT US President’s support group of 26 comprised of chapters benefiting all members. The changes globally since 2004 are exponential as we are co-mingling, both literally and virtually. Hence, one of the reasons for the wide-spread Coronavirus (COVID-19).

    Self-care, health and wellness are our primary concerns and focus and as a group, we’d like to stay connected and support one another virtually. Below are a few resources among endless options:

    Health Insurance Resource

    MN Unemployment Insurance

    Free Virtual Workout Classes

    Free Movies and TV

    We invite YOU to share links and ideas on the MN WIFT Public Forum.

    Stay in touch and stay tuned for great things ahead!

    With best regards,


    Jody Lichtor

    President, MN WIFT Board of Directors

  • 6 Feb 2020 12:35 PM | Christopher Powers (Administrator)

    Join us on Thursday, February 27th at 5:30 pm for the MN WIFT Annual Meeting at the Schmidt Artist Lofts Brew House (door #9) in St. Paul. In addition to light bites, we will be electing our new Board Members, and accepting sign ups for Committee Members

  • 9 Nov 2019 1:49 PM | Christopher Powers (Administrator)

    C O L D  +  S N A P  


    MONDAY,  NOVEMBER  18 , 2019

    5:30  -  8:00 PM


    900  West  7th  Street,  Saint  PaulMN  55102

    C O L D

    Winter Clothing Drive collecting new hats and mittens for the Naomi Family Residence center for women and children. 

    S N A P

    Headshot photographer Sarah Morreim will be shooting mini-headshot sessions for MN WIFT members to obtain a professional photo for the NEW WIFT Member Directory! Make-up application will be provided by artists from Faces Etc of MN.

    Must be a MN WIFT member to qualify! Only 10 sessions available!  Stay tuned for RSVP details in upcoming MN WIFT official invitation!


    2019 Grant Recipients, Alison Guessou and Rachel Rose Knoll will be screening their winning submissions!

    N I B B L E S

    Enjoy cocktails, non-alcoholic beverages and savory appetizers catered by our own MN WIFT Board Member, Dawn Urich!

  • 16 Oct 2019 5:11 PM | Beth Peloff

    We are super-excited that 3 member-directed films are screening at the Twin Cities Film Fest this year. And of course lots of members have been involved in many different roles in these and other films. If you are a member involved in a film that's screening at TCFF this year and are not listed here, please let us know by emailing

    Please join us at 6:15 (or after the "Age of Innocence" shorts block) on Saturday, October 19th at The West End Local to celebrate all members involved in films screening at this year's TCFF.

    Here are the films directed by MN WIFT members!

    Master Servant. Directed by Julie Koehnen. Ruth Maramis, Cynthia Uhrich, Kirsten Gregerson, Molly Katagiri, Kelly Lamphear-Dash, Petra Riedel and Melissa Martin also were involved with this film. This screening, the In "All the Wrong Places" shorts bock is Thursday, October 17 at 5:00 PM and is sold out, but rush line tickets may be available. Come to the TCFF Office on the first floor of the ICON theater 30 minutes prior to the screening.

    Oh My Stars. Directed by Cynthia Uhrich. This film is part of the "Age of Innocence" shorts block, which is playing Saturday, October 19th at 4:15 PM 

    Let the Blond Sing. Directed by Rachel Knoll. This film screens as part of the "Persistence and Vision" documentary shorts block Sunday October 20 at  5:00 PM and Monday, October 21at 2:30 PM 


  • 10 Apr 2019 7:21 AM | Julie Koehnen

    Congratulations to MN WIFT members James Byrne and Beth Peloff - they're films have been selected for screening at the 2019 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF).

    Peloff's film UNDERGROUND will screen as part of Shorts 1 - Animation Roundup, April 6, @12:00 pm, St. Anthony Main Theatre

    A lonely person unexpectedly takes a journey to reconnect with life.

    Byrne’s film THINGS TO DO BEFORE LEAVING will screen as part of Shorts 6: Plotting a Course.

    April 16, @ 7:20 PM, St. Anthony Main Theater 5.

    Two adventurous young women want to hit the road on a transformative journey but tying up loose ends and fulfilling a secret promise derails their departure.

  • 30 Jan 2019 10:30 AM | Nancy Ford

    In celebration of International Women's Day, MNWIFT in partnership with the Walker Art Center, are happy to announce the screening of the Sundance award winning documentary,

    MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. 

    Drawn from a cache of personal video recordings from the past 22 years, director Steve Loveridge’s Sundance award winning MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. is a startlingly personal profile of the critically acclaimed artist, chronicling her remarkable journey from refugee immigrant to pop star.

    When: March 10th, 2019

    Where: Walker Cinema, Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403

    Time: 1:30 pm

    Tickets: Click HERE

  • 9 Jan 2019 1:13 PM | Nancy Ford

    Minnesota Women in Film and Television (MN WIFT) is pleased to announce the 2019 MN WIFT Finishing Grant. We will award $1,500 in grant funds in 2019.

    The grant will be awarded to one or more MN WIFT member(s) working in film, television, or new media. This grant is intended for projects that are in the post production stage.

    Projects must be directed by a woman and/or executive produced by a woman. Jurors will look for artistic vision, excellence, and professional quality.


    Application Deadline: Applications must be submitted by Saturday, June 15, 2019.

    Click here for Grant Guidelines. Click here for an Application Cover Sheet.

  • 11 Dec 2018 5:00 PM | Nancy Ford

    At the MN WIFT membership meeting last month, our members approved a big change in our membership structure. This bylaws change gets rid of the Associate Membership category and brings together all members (except for those in the Student+ Level) under the Full Member Category at the dues level of $55/year. Our hope is that this change will make Full Membership in MN WIFT more accessible to more women working in media. This change simplifies our membership structure and gives all members beyond the Student+ Level full voice in choosing our leadership and shaping the future of MN WIFT. Please see details below.

    Membership rate changes:

    • Full Membership is now $55/yr (compared to $85/yr before the change).
    • Associate Members will become Full members in 2019.
    • The new Student+ category now includes those in their first year in the business, whether or not they had previously been a student. After that first year, membership renews at the Full rate and the member must be approved by the board. The Student+ Membership rate is $25/yr.
    • Corporate memberships are now $250 for 6 members and $500 for 12 members.

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