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Filmmaker Auditions

SATURDAY, April 29th!

LOCATION – The Shops at West End (Exact location TBD)

1633 West End Blvd., St. Louis Park, MN  55416


An email confirmation will be sent to you with further information & audition links within 24 hours of your registration of the event. PLEASE NOTE: These auditions fill up quickly.


LOCATION – The Shops at West End (Exact location TBD)

Time Slots Available – 12:30pm-4:00pm

Experience the thrill of auditioning in-person with award-winning local filmmakers who are looking to meet actors like you! This year you’ll choose one of four scenes, provided by TCFF, so you can showcase your talent and get on their radar.

To participate:

  • Actors should prepare one of the scene options to perform. Scenes will be sent to you in early April.  Reminder – these are for on-camera projects.  Theater type auditions are less desirable.
  • Only one audition per actor.  These are not cold reads. Scenes should be prepared in advance.
  • Sign Up for an audition time before the event date.
  • Complete a Filmmaker Audition Form. The link to the form will be emailed after you register for the expo.  By completing this form, all of your contact information, headshot and resume will be available to the filmmakers electronically.  There is no need to bring printed materials to the audition.
  • Auditions will be NOT be recorded.
  • Although these auditions fill up quickly, there MAY be some slots available.  Check in at the audition table upon arriving to see if you can get on the schedule. The only way to guarantee you’ll get to audition is to register for the event and sign up ahead of time.

NOTE: If you are doing a 2 person scene, you and your partner must register to attend the Twin Cities Actor Educational Series Event. Register one of your names in the time slot and add the additional person in the comment section when you select your audition time.  


David Buchanan

David J. Buchanan is a Minneapolis-based writer/director whose work includes Rideshare, See You Soon, and the acclaimed feature film, BLACK in Minneapolis (available on Amazon, iTunes, and Vimeo). A recipient of the 2020 McKnight Media Artist Fellowship, and a 2022 Catalyst Story Institute alum, David started his career in documentary filmmaking at 14 years old in which his work included many localized stories around social justice. At 15, he won the Screenlabs Challenge Audience Award at the Screenwriters’ Workshop, where he developed his screenplays. He has been Top 10% in the Nicholl Academy Fellowship in 2021, and Quarterfinalist in Final Drafts’ Big Break in 2013. At 20, he worked on his first commercial project, where he learned about the craft of lighting. Today, he continues to work as a creative director for his production company We-Co Films.

Tristan Corrigan

John Gigrich

My name is John Gigrich and I have been lucky enough to make eighteen or so short films that have screened all over the world.

Julie Koehnen

After acquiring her degree from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Koehnen pursued her passion for filmmaking by writing and directing. Her full-length feature Raising the Dead (a.k.a. Don’t Tell) was successfully produced by Peer Oppenheimer Productions.

Koehnen left a successful editing career in Los Angeles to pursue filmmaking and screenwriting full time. In 2020, Koehnen was awarded the Minnesota Arts Board’s Artist Initiative grant to write and direct Awakening the sequel to her award-winning film Master Servant, and the 2020 Metropolitan Regional Arts Grant to support her work as a filmmaker.

In 2021 she was selected to participate in Sundance Collab’s TV Writing course for her one-hour historical drama, Summit Avenue. Summit Avenue went on to become a finalist in the 2022 Stowe Story Lab Fellowship. Koehnen was curated by the Film Fatales’ for their Women with Vision; Then and Now showcase as a female filmmaker most likely to direct a feature film.

Matt Osterman

Filmmaker and entrepreneur, Matt Osterman, isn’t afraid to chase his passions and has the receipts to prove it. From writing, directing, or producing five feature films, to starting and selling his own Internet Service Provider, to being the first employee at The Blue Zones, helping create video games, or making spots and campaigns for clients, he excels at being a multi-hyphenate and brings a collaborative mentality to every project.

His film career officially started as a producer on a documentary called Sportsfan for Jon Stewart (yeah, that one). After it aired on SpikeTV, Matt wrote and directed the low-budget and critically acclaimed supernatural thriller, Ghost from the Machine. It played to sold out festival audiences around the world and eventually was a Top 10 most watched title on Netflix. He then wrote and directed the space puzzler 400 Days (starring Dane Cook, Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz, Ben Feldman, and Tom Cavanagh) which was the first acquisition by SyFy’s new film arm. The trailer soon became the most watched new trailer on iTunes and was broadcast repeatedly on cable TV. Based on that experience, SyFy hired Matt to rewrite and direct the cult favorite film, Hover (starring Cleopatra Coleman, Beth Grant, Shane Coffey, among others). His latest project, Bitcon (Jeremy Davies, Frank Whaley, Noah Anderson, Ella Ma, and a whole slew of supremely talented Minnesota folks) brings a fun cryptocurrency twist with a “bad people gonna do bad things’ refrain.

Sebastian Schnabel and Cici Yixuan Wu

Sebastian Schnabel and Cici Yixuan Wu have been making films as director and producer team since 2018 and have been co-writing since 2020. Their most recent film “The Flour That Made Us” was an Audience Favorite at the Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival and nominated for the Shibuya Diversity Award at Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia. Originally from Germany and China, Sebastian and Cici like to explore the concept of home and cultural identity. Approaching their films through absurdism, they seek to discuss mental health as it relates to family, gender and sexuality.

Nick Swedlund 

**Attending filmmakers subject to change

If you have any questions regarding the Filmmaker Auditions, contact Naomi Dahlgren at