Minnesota Festival Support

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Twin Cities Film Fest
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
October 2016
End Date
October 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
Le Sueur
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)

TCFF will increase the number of films presented by Minnesota filmmakers. Analysis of our final program will show an increase in the number of filmmakers, speakers, and musicians from Minnesota. 2: TCFF will increase the number of attendees and expand the reach of our audiences into Greater Minnesota and facilitate attendance of underserved youth. We have accurate methods to track tickets sold, the number of attendees at each event and where attendees live. We are partnering on a `free day` with organizations representing underserved youth.

Measurable Outcome(s)

An increased number of Minnesota artists were featured in TCFF 2016 Ticket sales and number of Minnesota films programmed are easily determined metrics to measure progress. A total of 35% of all TCFF films were Minnesota connected. This was up from 28% the previous year. TCFF also provides ballots in all films for the audiences to vote on the overall film quality. A Minnesota film won the audience choice award, and Minnesota connected films comprised seven of the top ten films of TCFF 2016. This project goal was extremely successful. 2: The number of attendees at TCFF increased by 60% in 2016. TCFF drew wider audiences from greater Minnesota and hosted more youth attendees than ever. Definable metrics include overall ticket sales and audience surveys. Surveys allow evaluation of who attended TCFF. Because TCFF focused much media attention in and programmed films by artists from greater Minnesota, there was increase in attendance from these regions. Overall ticket sales increased 65%. The TCFF Free Day was attended by nearly 100 youth ages 8-18. Additional youth attended two additional family friendly blocks for total attendance of 300 kids, up from a few dozen in 2015.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Fran Zeuli, Robert Byrd, Janet Ogden-Brackett, Melanie Full, Susan Haugerud, Mark Steele, Hafed Bouassida, Jatin Setia
Project Overview
Minnesota Festival Support
Project Details
Twin Cities Film Fest (TCFF) will provide Minnesota filmmakers with a national presence and foster professional growth at its 2016 festival by showcasing exceptional Minnesota films.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Twin Cities Film Fest
Street Address
1649 Alabama Ave S
St Louis Park
Zip Code
(651) 334-7519
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