39th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival - April 9-25, 2020MN Made Feature Narrative Competition
Representative of the abundance of and diversity in local filmmaking, Minnesota Made returns with a slate of must-see new films from Minnesota-based and Minnesota-native filmmakers. For our home-grown juried competitions, awards are given for films that exemplify standout achievements in feature length narrative filmmaking.
Effie T. Brown is an award winning film and television Producer, known for her highly acclaimed, multi-platform repertoire as well as championing inclusion and diversity in Hollywood, both behind and in front of the camera.
Through her company, Duly Noted Inc., Brown has produced several critically acclaimed HBO Films and award winning projects including Stranger Inside, Jane Campion’s In the Cut, Real Women Have Curves, Everyday People and Rocket Science. In 2014, Brown Produced the critically acclaimed independent film Dear White People that went on to win numerous awards including the Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize for Breakthrough Talent.
With a love of multiple platforms Brown focused on digital episodic content and produced over 130 episodes of WIGS, an award winning, original content channel funded by Google/YouTube. In 2015, Brown joined Matt Damon and Ben Affleck as Producer and Mentor in the controversial reboot of Project Greenlight.
Brown joined Lee Daniels Entertainment in 2016 to Executive Produce the hit series Star on FOX. In keeping with her commitment to inclusive and diverse content Effie is currently on board as the Executive Producer of Disney Channel’s Zombies, coming out in 2018. The high school musical delivers an inspirational story about tolerance, inclusion, individuality and conviction…but with zombies.
Eric D. Howell is an international award winning writer & director. After working his way through many technical filmmaking departments, Eric joined the Screen Actors Guild as a stuntman and actor. This experience propelled him into stunt coordination and ultimately writing and directing. The Motion Picture Academy of Arts & Science has recognized two of his short films and his debut feature VOICE FROM THE STONE was released last year and there are more on the horizon.
Victoria Wozniak has been a professional screenwriter for over 30 years. She wrote and co-produced PURPLE HAZE, the first Minnesota feature to win the Grand Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
Formerly, Victoria was the founding president of IFP West in Los Angeles (now Film Independent), an organization which established and maintains a network for independent filmmakers to connect with fellow filmmakers and the industry, as well as celebrate achievements via the Independent Spirit Awards.
After 20 years in Los Angeles, she returned to Minneapolis and continued serving the film community as president for the Minnesota Film and TV Board. In six years, she re-ignited the Snowbate Program, securing needed funding from the State Legislature to support a vibrant, healthy, filmmaking environment.