Film Production Learning Opportunities

Get involved at Minnesota State University Moorhead. From student organizations dedicated to activities you love, to living and learning with fellow Film Production majors, you can never claim to be bored here. You’ll also have the opportunity to study abroad through an exchange program in the UK, attend film festivals and collaborate with community members.

The student organization Cinethusiasts is for filmmakers and film lovers dedicated to activities in film production, networking and screenings. As a member, you’ll attend film festivals, host annual Academy Awards and Halloween Silent Movie parties, participate in the national 48 Hour Film Project and more.

Through coursework and co-curricular opportunities, students often partner with community clients on a variety of creative projects. Faculty and students partner with nonprofits and businesses to create commercials, web content and other creative content. Past clients and partners have included the F/M Opera, Habitat for Humanity, the Arts Partnership and the Minnesota State Historical Society.

At MSUM, we take the classroom to the professional world. Film Production and Film Studies students tour local and regional production and post-production facilities to see editing studios, grip trucks, sound stages and film processing labs. Field trips also include festivals and museums, like the Walker Art Center, the South Dakota Film Festival and the Fargo Film Festival.

You’ll have countless opportunities to attend and screen your work at local and regional film festivals. Commonly attended festivals include:

  • Fargo Film Festival
  • FM LGBT Film Festival
  • Free Range Film Festival
  • Headwaters Film Festival
  • South Dakota Film Festival
  • Twin Cities Film Fest

MSUM students and alumni have won countless awards at festivals such as these. Recent awards include:

  • Fargo Film Festival:
    • Rusty Casselton Award
    • Ted M. Larson Award
    • 1st Place 2-Minute Movie Contest
    • Volunteer Spirit Award
  • Z-Fest Film Festival:
    • Best Comedy
    • Best Picture
  • Headwaters Film Festival:
    • 1st Place Minnesota Student Film Award
    • 3rd Place Minnesota Film Award
    • Judge's Choice Best Animation
    • Judge's Choice Best Musical

Interested in learning and living with students pursuing the same degree as you? Join the Film, Animation, Music and Audio Production and Entertainment  Management (FAME) Learning Community to explore career options in your field, collaborate on group projects, attend film screenings and more.

Although internships are not required to complete your Film Production degree, they are highly recommended. Businesses in Fargo-Moorhead are seeking students like you to provide needed services for their company. In return, you’ll gain highly beneficial experience and compile a strong, diverse portfolio in the process.

As a student in the School of Media Arts and Design, you can study abroad in Lincoln the spring semester of your junior year at the University of Lincoln in the United Kingdom if you have a 2.75 GPA or higher.

The Film Loop is a student organization that holds weekly discussions on various film topics. From “Star Wars” to “The Godfather,” if it’s on the big screen you’ll talk about it. The Film Loop also releases “Film Loop Journal,” a film and TV-oriented magazine, each semester, and hosts a weekly radio show. The Film Loop also hosts an annual high school film festival, which provides hands-on curating and programming experience.