New bill looks to secure grants for more Minn. film, TV production

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A state lawmaker from Minnetonka is introducing a bill Monday in an effort to secure grant money to encourage more film and television production in Minnesota, The Associated Press reports.

Legislation sponsored by Democratic Sen. Terri Bonoff would set aside $10 million next year that would enable the Minnesota Film and TV Board the extend possible grants for producers of movies, music videos, commercials and other productions.

The grants would help reimburse producers part of their production costs. The bill would also make Minnesota-set television pilot programs eligible for reimbursement.

The bill also aims to help produce more jobs in the state to capitalize on Minnesota talent, locales and production services.

The Film Board last week awarded three filmmakers each $175,000 in Legacy Funds to help get their projects rolling, the Star Tribune reports.

Film production in particular has dwindled substantially since the Minnesota filmmaking heyday in the mid-1990s, which brought such high-prolifle productions as "Jingle All the Way," "A Simple Plan," "Fargo," the "Mighty Ducks" movies and the "Grumpy Old Men" movies to the state.

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