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Announcing 'The 2020 Project'

Supporting independent filmmakers to create art inspired by this unprecedented year

August 6, 2020

The year 2020 is already historic. A pandemic, the police killing of George Floyd and the subsequent uprising, a presidential election still to come — 2020 will be remembered. Twin Cities PBS is seeking independent filmmakers to create commissioned nonfiction films that will push Minnesotans to question, understand, and be inspired by the events of 2020.

TPT will commission selected Minnesota-based filmmakers, up to $20,000 each, to create nonfiction films 3 to 60 minutes in length. Each commissioned filmmaker will contract with TPT to produce the film and work with TPT to develop an outreach and engagement plan to further the reach of this project beyond broadcast television. This may include screening events, discussion guides, and other educational components. If the project requires it, TPT may offer in-kind resources in the form of production and post-production assistance.

The deadline to apply for this opportunity is Sunday, September 20.

Questions? Email [email protected]

This project is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the citizens of Minnesota.

Clean Water, Land & Legacy Amendment


  • Filmmaker must be a Minnesota resident. 
  • Film must be nonfiction 
  • Final film duration must be at least 3 minutes and no more than 60 minutes 
  • Film must be a new work, produced after March 2020 
  • Film must comply with PBS guidelines


  • Early August 2020 Online Applications open  
  • September 20, 2020 Applications close at 11:59pm
  • Early October 2020 selected filmmakers notified.
  • MidOctober 2020 Film production plan due
  • March 2021  Films complete
  • March 2021 and beyond – Broadcast selected films on TPT. Community outreach and engagement. 

© Twin Cities Public Television - 2020. All rights reserved.


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