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Continued: Minnesota film industry gets $10 million boost from state

The $10 million deal also includes shifting oversight of the film board from the Office of Tourism to the Department of Employment and Economic Development.

That’s fine with Andrew Peterson, director of IFP Minnesota, who also advocated for Snowbate before the Legislature. “Making art is a great byproduct of this, but this is first about return on investment and job creation,” he said.

No big players have bit yet, Winter said, but “the phone’s been ringing. This level of funding can easily attract the kind of productions we used to have here.”

 

Kristin Tillotson • 612-673-7046

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