Minnesota Festival Support

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Frozen River Film Festival
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
November 2015
End Date
October 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Cultural Heritage

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Frozen River Film Festival will increase the number of Minnesota artists presented at the festivals. Analysis of our final program will demonstrate the increase of Minnesota speakers, musicians, filmmakers, visual artists and performance artists. 2: Frozen River Film Festival will increase the number of attendees, adults as well as students, to the film festival. We have different ticket styles for adults, college students and K-12 students and so are able to have an accurate count of the number of attendees in each category. We also have a system for determining where attendees live.

Measurable Outcome(s)

By offering the sole documentary-only film festival in Minnesota, FRFF features filmmakers who otherwise would not have an audience in this state. For artist evaluation, FRFF looks at both what happens during the festival and after. Since FRFF has a mission to educate and activate, post-festival activities are important. Artist evaluation comes in email responses. Artists express a desire to return. Artists spread the word about FRFF, and in return, FRFF receives more direct film submissions from artists. Each member of the board evaluates two programs with an in-depth analysis of how the program fit the festival's mission and goals. 2: FRFF audience reached 3,300 with 210 artists participating, with 70% of those from Minnesota. FRFF participates in evaluation and assessment. It counts and surveys audiences, and it tracks ticket sales and type, and zip codes of purchasers. It helps FRFF to evaluate popular ticket types and demographics. All board members are required to attend % evaluate two festival events. All film submissions are chosen by committee, all film screenings are juried for awards. With increasing attendance, partnership support, and increasing direct film submissions, FRFF is achieving a high level of Minnesota exposure to the arts.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Mike Flaherty, Eric Nelson, Erin Clark, Andrew Neumann, Cherie Harkenrider, Mike Kennedy, Lyle Blanchard, Thomas Hill, John Durfey
Project Overview
Minnesota Festival Support
Project Details
The 2016 Frozen River Film Festival of Winona will present the art of documentary filmmaking to celebrate community and connect audiences with filmmakers and other artists who explore global and local issues that focus on our human connection to the world
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Frozen River Film Festival
Street Address
PO Box 647
Zip Code
(763) 291-4754
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Ardell Brede: Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002.; Peggy Burnet: Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Chair of the Nominating Committee, Smithsonian National Board. Trustee, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Michael Charron: Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Rebecca Davis-Lee: Touring pianist, piano and music theory teacher; Wendy Dayton: Arts and community leader and philanthropist.; Sean Dowse, Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Treasurer, Minnesota State Arts Board.; David Glenn: Executive director of the Minnesota Project, ceramic artist; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist; Dobson West: Private equity manager; board chair, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Nolita Christensen: Community and nonprofit management consultant; woodworker; Richard Hansen: Film curator, Redeye Cinema; founder, Duluth Superior Film Festival and Prove Gallery, Duluth; Leif Larsen: Producer, music events for MPR; attorney; Christian Novak: Membership and marketing manager, American Craft Council; Carla Tamburro: Coordinator, Park Point Art Fair, Duluth; art educator
Conflict of Interest Disclosed