Minnesota gives its stagnant film industry a $10M boost


The Minnesota Legislature put $10 million in a rebate program to help lure TV and movie-making crews to the state, the Star Tribune reports.

Lucinda Winter, the Minnesota Film and TV board’s executive director, told the newspaper that it's not enough to attract major blockbusters like "Hunger Games" or "Iron Man," but “it puts us back in the game to land small to midsize movies like ‘Magic Mike’ or ‘Silver Linings Playbook.’ ”

Oversight of the film board is also shifting from the Office of Tourism to the Department of Employment and Economic Development.

The Snowbate program started in 1997, but it was cut by Jesse Ventura in 2002 and then reinstated in 2006.

From 2007 to 2011, the film board paid out $4.6 million to film and video projects, but in return attracted $28 million in private spending in the state, according to the Star Tribune.

The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board also approved an incentive program last year to entice filmmakers to shoot movies on the Iron Range.

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