Minnesota's Legacy

Art Project Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,350
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
The Duluth Superior Film Festival
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
April 2016
End Date
August 2016
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
St. Louis
Lake
Cook
Koochiching
Itasca
Aitkin
Carlton
Pine
St. Louis
Lake
Cook
Koochiching
Itasca
Aitkin
Carlton
Pine
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access ACHF Arts Education ACHF Cultural Heritage

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,350
Other Funds Leveraged
$20,663
Direct expenses
$24,013
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.00
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Duluth Superior Film Festival’s short range outcomes are to raise awareness of these types of cinema events through press and promotion, remain financially sound, stabilize our organization's ability to continue to produce events, and to energize arts in the region by presenting unique cinema experiences. The long range outcome is to expand the regional artistic community by producing a quality, entertaining, and thought provoking film festival, provide organizational growth and raise the profile of films produced regionally. The Duluth Superior Film Festival will continue to use the measurement outcome tools of: audience surveys, attendance tracking at festival screenings, press and promotional coverage logging, new audience cultivation through cross collaborations with other arts organizations, profile raising of films produced regionally, fundraising increases through grant and sponsorship opportunities. Duluth Superior Film Festival culls incredibly valuable information from use of these tools. Surveys give us feedback regarding audience enjoyment levels which gives insight to whether we are attaining our goal of providing quality, entertaining and thought provoking cinema events.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The 2016 The Duluth Superior Film Festival created new opportunities for audience access to filmmakers, artists, and art in a previously under-served cultural canon. The festival also presented films produced from the Arrowhead region and from around the world, engaged with cultures unlike our own and to revisited cultures from which audiences have been previously disconnected. The 2016 Duluth Superior Film Festival achieved its stated outcomes to increase attendance at all events, provide greater access to larger audience, gain higher profile press coverage, and create year-round financial stability. Quantitative proof of these statements through measurement of a 20% attendance increase from 2015 proving increased attendance, the provision of priority access seating to approximately 120 members of Native American community via partnership with the American Indian Community Housing Organization, realized increased publicity and press profile on a regional, state and national level, and accounting practices which demonstrate that Duluth Superior Film Festival remains debt free and has applied for 501c3 status. Quantitative proof is evidenced through an exceptionally high ballot survey return rate of 40% with overall score of enjoyment at 3.78 out of 4. This is also proven with the significant accomplishment of obtaining the Minnesota premiere screenings of two of the highest profile film productions the state has seen in years. These screenings took place in Cook’s The Comet Theater, thereby also increasing Duluth Superior Film Festival’s profile in the Iron Range area. This qualitative analysis of the festival and Duluth Superior Film Festival's significant accomplishments has now given the festival the reputation with visitors, filmmakers, producers and industry professionals as the state’s best film festival.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Richard Hansen, Riki McManus, Ryan Kern, Dan Schneidkraut, Trey Wodele
Project Overview
Art Project Grant
Project Details
The 2016 Duluth Superior Film Festival
Project Manager
First Name
Richard
Last Name
Hansen
Organization Name
Duluth Superior Film Festival
Street Address
1734 Columbus Ave
City
Duluth
State
MN
Zip Code
55803
Phone
(612) 227-8015
Email
richard@ds-ff.com
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Ken Bloom: Director of Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota-Duluth; Janeen Carey: vocalist, retired Hibbing Community College librarian and information media specialist; Kate Fitzgerald: Program Director for North Shore Music Association, writer; David Beard: Assistant Professor of writing studies, University of Minnesota-Duluth; Adam Guggemos: graphic designer, art events promoter; Michelle Ronning: jewelry designer and maker; John Gregor: photographer, art educator, community art advocate; Ann Russ: music performer, community song leader, choir director, workshop leader, past director and founder of North Shore Music Association; Tara Makinen: Executive Director of Itasca Orchestra and Strings, musician; Dana Mattice: Development and Communications Director of The Art Institute Duluth; Moira Villiard: visual artist and student of arts and communication at University of Wisconsin-Superior; Jeanne Doty: Retired Associate Professor of music, University of Minnesota-Duluth, pianist; Candace LaCosse: North House Folk School instructor, leatherwork designer and crafter.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Janeen Carey: vocalist, retired Hibbing Community College librarian and information media specialist; Kate Fitzgerald: Program Director North Shore Music Association, writer; David Beard: Assistant Professor of writing studies, University of Minnesota-Duluth; Michelle Ronning: jewelry designer and maker; John Gregor: photographer, art educator, community art advocate; Ann Russ: music performer, community song leader, choir director, workshop leader, past director and founder of North Shore Music Association; Tara Makinen: Executive Director of Itasca Orchestra and Strings, musician; Dana Mattice: Development and Communications Director of the Art Institute Duluth; Moira Villiard: visual artist and student of arts and communication at University of Wisconsin-Superior.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No