LGBTQ+ Student Filmmakers Workshop

The Fargo-Moorhead LGBT Film Festival is excited to provide junior or senior high school LGBTQ+ youth aspiring to become filmmakers the opportunity to explore the world of cinema.

The LGBTQ+ Student Filmmakers Workshop is designed to inspire the next generation of Queer filmmakers. In a safe and empowering environment, students will have the opportunity to lift their creative voices by creating a narrative, documentary, experimental, or animated short under the mentorship and guidance of an established LGBTQ+ Filmmaker.

Five students will be selected to receive scholarship funding to learn about the history and importance of Queer Cinema, and get hands-on training of the entire production cycle: Pre-production, where ideas are born and put onto paper; Production, where the lights go up and the cameras roll; Post-Production, where the magic happens and everything comes together into one solid film; and the Distribution process where the film is released into the world.

Once equipped with theory, students will have the opportunity to create their own short film. All equipment needed will be provided, including lights, cameras, drones, and post-production facilities. Students will also receive a small financial stipend to help craft their film.

The program is completely free for those students who participate. Scholarship applications are excepted online through midnight on Friday, June 11. Have a question or need a paper application? Email us at or call (701) 205-0248.

Create. Inspire. Empower.

The workshop is designed to take place in the early mornings of mid-summer. Six classroom sessions will take place to provide the fundamental knowledge of film production. Following the theoretical work, students will have three weeks to produce their own work.

Hands-on Education

Monday, June 21 – Monday, July 1. Students will meet from 9-noon at The Human Family’s training center in downtown Fargo.

Hands-on Production Experience

From July 6 to July 27, students will have individual access to production equipment to produce their films.

Public Premiere

Friday, September 17 at 7 p.m. as part of the 13th Annual Fargo-Moorhead LGBT Film Festival.

2021 Visiting Filmmaker 

Each year, an LGBTQ+ filmmaker is invited to Fargo-Moorhead to share their talents and experience with a group of students. Read more below to learn about this year’s talented visiting filmmaker.

Ace Steele

Director | She/Her/Hers

Ace Steele is a filmmaker originally from Rochester, MN. A recent film production graduate at Minnesota State University Moorhead, Ace aims to make films that impact the audience and make them think about what they are watching. Her latest film CLOSE TO HOME tackles the subject of the LGBTQ+ community and the importance of acceptance within society.