Art Project Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,375
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Duluth Superior Film Festival
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
May 2015
End Date
August 2015
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
St. Louis
Lake
Cook
Koochiching
Itasca
Aitkin
Carlton
Pine
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access ACHF Arts Education ACHF Cultural Heritage

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,375
Other Funds Leveraged
$22,625
Direct expenses
$26,000
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

It is the goal of The Duluth Superior Film Festival is to create new opportunities for audience access to filmmakers, artists and art in a previously underserved cultural canon. Duluth Superior Film Festival looks to present films produced from the Arrowhead region and from around the world, engage with cultures unlike our own and to revisit cultures from which audiences have been previously disconnected. Duluth Superior Film Festival's measurable outcomes are to increase attendance at all events, provide greater access to larger audience, gain higher profile press coverage, help encourage/increase local film productions and create year-round financial stability. The Duluth Superior Film Festival will measure outcomes through the use of audience surveys, track attendance at festival screenings, log press and promotional coverage, cultivate new audience through cross collaborations with other arts organizations, and increase fundraising through grant and sponsorship opportunities. Evaluation will also occur with the number of film productions that come to the Arrowhead Region. Duluth Superior Film Festival will continue to work closely with partner organizations such as Independent Filmmaker Project-Minnesota, The Minnesota Film and Television Board, and the Upper Minnesota Film Office to monitor this activity and to channel these productions to exhibition at the Duluth Superior Film Festival and Zinema venues.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The 2015 Duluth Superior Film Festival feels it has achieved its short range outcome of raising awareness of these types of cinema events through press and promotion, remaining financially sound, and energizing arts in the region by presenting unique cinema experiences. We also feel we achieved the long range outcome of expanding the regional artistic community by producing a quality, entertaining, and thought provoking film festival and ongoing cinema exhibition. In doing this, we have raised the profile of films produced regionally. Duluth Superior Film Festival can measure this by pointing to the fact that their presence has been recognized as a significant contributing factor to an increased number of film productions in our region as an example of an initial long range outcome that is currently coming to fruition. Regional producers are seeing that there is a quality outlet for exhibition in the form of a well-run film festival and art house cinema. This is attractive to filmmakers for a multitude of reasons, but most significantly because it is obvious that an appreciative cinema culture exists in the Arrowhead Region and is being nurtured by Duluth Superior Film Festival. While many factors have gone into this recent increase of local productions...providing quality cinema presentation via The Duluth Superior Film Festival and its year-round activities is certainly one of them.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Bill Payne, Francis Heid, Mickey Pearson, Geiger Yount
Project Overview
Art Project Grant
Project Details
The 2015 Duluth Superior Film Festival. In an incredible annual 5-day event, Duluth Superior Film Festival screens numerous independent films, produces multiple music performances, and hosts parties in an extravaganza of film, music, and art. Duluth Superior Film Festival brings film directors and industry professionals to The Twin Ports for receptions hosted by the festival, Q and A sessions after festival screenings, and insightful panel discussions and workshops. The Duluth Superior Film Festival is pleased to celebrate its 6th appearance in Duluth and is expected to attract thousands of attendees.
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
Erling Ellison: jewelry designer and creator, speech coach and judge, director of Garrison Art Fair; 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 North Shore Music Association, writer; Peter Pestalozzi: furniture maker, wood worker; David Beard: Assistant Professor University of Minnesota-Duluth writing studies; Mark King: actor, theater reviewer, musician; 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, Shannon Sweeney: stage manager for Duluth Playhouse and former production manager for the Minnesota Ballet; Moira Villiard: visual artist and student of arts and communication at University of Wisconsin-Superior.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Erling Ellison: jewelry designer and creator, speech coach and judge, director of Garrison Art Fair; 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 North Shore Music Association, writer; Peter Pestalozzi: furniture maker, wood worker; David Beard: Assistant Professor University of Minnesota-Duluth writing studies; Mark King: actor, theater reviewer, musician; 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; 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.