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Film Incentives jobs program

You may find the current Film Job Production Program (MN Statute 116U.26) description here.

Goals for minnesota

The SIM board has postponed the voting of a new board until further notice. Please feel free to contact them at or jane(dot)barnes(at)smokinyogi(dot)com.

• Create JOBS
• Maintain JOBS
Mentor/Apprenticeship of Skilled Workers
Stimulate the Economy with Direct and Indirect Spending
Advertise Minnesota as a great place to live, work, and MAKE MOVIES!!


Over 400 signed letters and petitions were delivered to the GOVERNOR.

• Minnesota LOST millions in spending on films that should have been made here.
• The best way to come out of any deficit is to generate SPENDING on payroll,
services, goods and leisure through JOBS and TOURISM.

The Governor should work with the Departments of Tourism, Employment and Economic
Development, and Higher Education to create a COMPETITIVE FILM INCENTIVE JOBS
PROGRAM that not only supports JOB MENTORING for the accredited filmmaking schools
here, but also creates its own TOURISM MARKETING with a greater return on every
marketing dollar that any medium could provide, and stimulates ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
faster than any other industry could. Rally-ers also wanted the TAX COMMITTEE to know that:

• Citizens expect Minnesota to be COMPETITIVE with other states
• The film incentives sales tax exemption SHOULD BE SUPPORTED

The rally at the Capitol got a lot of press.There is an incredible PowerPoint for the Dept of Tourism, DEEDS and Governor's office on how a COMPETITIVE FILM INCENTIVE JOBS PROGRAM can work through their advertising and economic development dollars. Our company is willing to offer Minnesota FREE advertising/product placement, worth over $500,000 up front plus free impressions and click-thru's in perpetuity, that should put Minnesota back on the map, worldwide. For free.
If Minnesota will make the investment in this industry JOBS PROGRAM, we'll make it work for Minnesota in more ways than one!

Hope you are having a lovely day!

Julie Rappaport

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;
indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
~ Margaret Mead

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