You Make Frozen River Film Festival Possible!

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We love bringing world-class films and filmmakers to Minnesota, but we couldn't do it without you!

Here's How You Can Help

(All donations are tax-deductible.)

  • Greatest impact: Set up a sustaining (recurring) donation with a credit card by clicking the button below. A dependable monthly donation goes the greatest distance for our organization! Any amount makes a difference: consider a $5, $10 or $20 a month contribution.
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  • If you would like to send a check, you can mail it to: Frozen River Film Festival, 160 Johnson St, Winona, MN 55987
  • If you'd like to become a sustaining donor by using monthly or quarterly bank drafts, click here.
  • Leave a legacy: Consider adding the Festival to your estate plan. Email or call 507.494.8224 to discuss this option.

Our challenge and our shared purpose as an organization is to educate, engage, and activate our supporters and audiences. We connect our viewers with people at the heart of current events, organizations at the forefront of social change, and distinct cultures in an increasingly global community.

What We Do
Documentary films provide factual information and tell true stories; they can also be entertaining and even move the soul. Our (mission) challenge, and our shared purpose as an organization, is to show these films as a way to educate, engage, and activate our audiences to become more involved in the world around us.

Our featured program is, of course, the 5-day Film Festival held each February; average attendance is about 3,000 viewers. We are in the process of further enhancing the festival experience with these additions:

  • Heighten viewer experience at the Festival by showing more films at the Winona 7 Theatre, where big screen, big sound and comfy chairs maximize viewer enjoyment and power of the films.
  • Expand festival-goers' patronage of local businesses by providing free transportation to and from film venues and the downtown area.
  • Work to extend our reach to greater Minnesota to provide a forum for underserved communities, artists, and stories.
  • Offer year-round workshops to help foster and inspire Winona filmmakers of all ages.
  • Expand opportunities for engaging with filmmakers and topical experts at downtown business destinations.


Programs Beyond the Festival
Beyond the Festival, we offer year-round programs that stimulate creativity in local filmmakers while providing opportunities for expanded film viewing. Finally, we are in the process of reaching out to schools and businesses that want to incorporate documentary films into their curricula with these innovative programs:

  • We actively solicit documentary films which universities can showcase for educational programs produced by students and faculty.
  • "Driftless Filmmakers." We want to connect people in our community that want to create films. Driftless Filmmakers provides a platform to learn from one another and get expert advice from the world-class filmmakers we bring into the community for the Festival. This group of videographers, writers, actors, etc., gathers bi-weekly to share skills. We are fortunate to have seasoned filmmakers participate at the local community level. Anyone may attend. For questions, contact 507-858-7706 or


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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the
Minnesota State Arts Board thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.