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Town Hall Meeting August 17, 2017


Minnesota Film & Television invites the public to a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, August 17th, for a Q & A with our new executive director, Melodie Bahan. Everyone is welcome!

WHEN5:30 - 7:00Thursday, August 17
WHERE: IFP Minnesota, Vandalia Tower, 550 Vandalia St., Saint Paul
WHO: Everyone in the Minnesota production community
WHAT: A chance to hobnob, network, and talk about media production in Minnesota

Lake Monster Brewing Company is in the same building. See you there after the meeting!

Image of "LOL" neon art at Vandalia Tower from First & First

Minnesota Film and TV welcomes Melodie Bahan as new executive director

Minnesota Film and TV is delighted to announce that Melodie Bahan has been appointed executive director.

With nearly three decades of nonprofit management, combined with public affairs and fundraising experience, Ms. Bahan is a consummate leader with the background and skills to lead the organization effectively. Ms. Bahan will take over MNFilmTV on June 26, succeeding Lucinda Winter, who is stepping down after 11 years.

Ms. Bahan’s professional experience includes serving as vice president, communications for Artspace Projects, the Minneapolis-based nonprofit organization that develops live/work spaces for artists; director of communications for the Guthrie Theater, the renowned cultural destination for theater performance; and various public affairs positions in New York City.

“We are thrilled to have Melodie involved in our continued effort to advance Minnesota’s economy and enhance its robust cultural environment by promoting and supporting the state’s production and post-production industry,” said Kristin Johnson, chair of the board of MNFilmTV.

“I am tremendously excited about the opportunity to lead MNFIlmTV in serving our state’s strong and growing production community,” said Melodie. “Under Lucinda Winter’s leadership, the board has attracted major film and TV production through the use of the Snowbate incentive, contributing to Minnesota’s economy and helping to create and sustain jobs in the state. I thank Lucinda for leaving such a strong foundation, and I look forward to building on that legacy.”

“It's such a pleasure for me to welcome Melodie as my successor at MNFilmTV,” said Lucinda Winter. “Melodie is a seasoned communications professional with a solid track record of success in Minnesota's creative sector and nationally. She's also a woman with a reputation for getting things done. I have no doubt she will take the reins here and chart a course for our future success.”

As executive director, Ms. Bahan will be responsible for management, operations and promotion of MNFilmTV, as well as nurturing participation in Snowbate, Minnesota’s production incentive program. She will report to the MNFilmTV board of directors and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

MN Film & TV Party & Fundraiser

Thursday, May 25th, 5:30 to 9:00 PM @Media Loft a busy and successful production year while supporting your film commission!

Tax-deductible tickets are $50. Click HERE to buy yours.

As your nonprofit state film commission, we depend on your contributions to continue marketing Minnesota as a world-class production location. What better way to make a contribution than to buy a ticket to a fun party?

This past year it's been pretty good to be a Minnesotan working in production. Highlights include:

• HBO films a pilot in the Twin Cities
• More than $16 million in Snowbate-certified national TV series spending
• WILSON, starring Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern, premiered at Sundance
• More than $5 million in Snowbate-certified TV spot spending

So come out, raise a glass, have a bite and and celebrate the start of summer with friends!

SPECIAL OFFER: Be among the first 50 people to purchase tickets and be entered to win two admission tickets to the great Minnesota get-together -- this year's State Fair!

Media Loft is at 615 1st Avenue NE, Minneapolis. Free parking!


Image from last year's party by Marie Ketring.

Lucinda Winter announces intention to leave Minnesota Film and TV

After eleven years at the helm of Minnesota Film and TV, Lucinda Winter has announced her intention to leave her position as Executive Director in 2017.


November 14, 2016

Winter joined the non-profit film commission in 2005. Under her leadership, Minnesota’s production incentive program, called Snowbate, has been revived, resulting in significant gains in production spending and the creation of hundreds of jobs. Since 2007, Snowbate-certified projects have resulted in $105 million in new production spending in the state, with more than 4,000 Minnesotans hired. Winter and her staff have secured a number of high profile film and TV projects, including A SERIOUS MAN, DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, LADY DYNAMITE, WILSON and MOGADISHU, MINNESOTA.

“Lucinda’s dedication to securing state funding for Snowbate, combined with her tireless efforts to market Minnesota and promote our local production industry, has positioned Minnesota as a favorable location for filmmaking and production,” said Board Co-Chair Kristin Johnson. “We thank her for her hard work, her unwavering devotion to our mission, and for her advocacy for Minnesota’s production industry.”

“This has been the most rewarding work of my professional life,” said Winter. “But after more than a decade of leading this dynamic organization I’m ready for a new challenge.”

Minnesota Film and TV’s board of directors has formed a transition team that includes members of Minnesota’s production community. The board will conduct an executive search in the coming months to find a successor. Winter will continue in her role until her successor is in place, which is expected to be mid-2017.

Board Member Dan Satorius Published in Filmmaker Magazine

Board Member Dan Satorius' Article Published in Filmmaker Magazine

Entertainment Lawyer and film producer Dan Satorius wrote a great article about the many details of distribution and legal prep for filmmakers.

To view the full article, click here.

HOUSE OF TOMORROW Getting Noticed In the Press


This MN-made feature is based on the award-winning Peter Bognanni novel of the same name and is the directorial debut of Peter Livolsi.  Starring Asa Butterfield, Nick Offerman, and Maude Apatow. For more details take a look at one of the MANY press pieces about this highly-anticipated film.

Variety July 25
Hollywood Reporter July 25
Coming Soon July 25
Signature Reads July 25
Empire July 25
The Movie Network July 26
Newsday July 26
MPR July 27
City Pages July 29
Pioneer Press August 22


Why List in the MN Production Directory?


It's FREE Marketing!

It doesn't to cost you anything to appear in THE major resource consulted when looking to hire MN production professionals and services.  If you don't have a listing anymore or if your listing isn't active, producers and directors can't find you. And if they can't find you, they can't HIRE you.

IT Helps MN's Production Industry!

Minnesota's production industry is huge. It's full of literally thousands of talented, experienced, hard-working people.  We need the production directory to reflect this so that when production companies are considering MN for their project, they see that we've got everything they need right here. 

Who’s been searching the directory lately?  HBO, Netflix, Discovery, Level 5/Liquid Noise Films, Partizan, and production companies in the UK, Japan, France, Norway, Canada, and all over the globe.

So if you can spare three minutes, login to to renew or create your listing.  You'll be helping yourself to free marketing AND helping to market Minnesota as a great place for film and tv production.

If you've got any questions about it call or email Kate and she'll help you get it done.


AICP Lunch and Learn Series Resource Materials


Due to the great response from attendees of the AICP MN Lunch & Learn Series, we thought we'd post the resource materials used at each session here.  Details to come soon about the next session on the role of 1st Assistant Director in April.

If you have any questions about the materials or would like to make any suggestions for a topic for upcoming Lunch & Learn events, feel free to contact Meighan McGuire at