Milwaukee Film secures grants for 2009 festival

July 16, 2009

Milwaukee Film Secures $50,000 in Challenge Grants and a $39,500 JEM Grant for 2009 Milwaukee Film Festival. Grant money demonstrates strong community support as organization prepares to kick off its inaugural festival.

Milwaukee Film, the new and independent organization dedicated to presenting Milwaukee’s premier film festival, announced today that it’s the recipient of two matching grants from local foundations and a Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism for the 2009 Milwaukee Film Festival, taking place September 24 – October 4.

The organization received a challenge grant from the Lubar Family Foundation as a dollar for dollar match to the Milwaukee Film Founders’ Club. If the Founders’ Club reaches its goal of raising $30,000 in grassroots support for Milwaukee Film, every contribution will be matched dollar for dollar by the Foundation. The Founders’ Club to date has already raised more than $13,000.

“I know that those who join Milwaukee Film’s Founders’ Club understand, as I do, what an important and valuable organization this is for Milwaukee,” said Marianne Lubar of the Lubar Family Foundation. “The Milwaukee Film board and staff are exceptionally creative, talented and experienced, and they are going to deliver a great film festival to Milwaukee this fall. We are happy to offer this grant and hope it will inspire others to show their support.”

Milwaukee Film also received a challenge grant of $20,000 from the Herzfeld Foundation as a match incentive to find a new major donor for the 2009 film festival.

“We’re excited to build support for Milwaukee Film as it brings the treasure that is an annual film festival back to our city,” said Bill Haberman of the Herzfeld Foundation. “The Milwaukee Film Festival will deliver quality films from all over the world to Milwaukee’s front door, and the value of that, both culturally and economically, cannot be overstated.”

Finally, Milwaukee Film has secured a JEM grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism valued at $39,500, which will enable the organization to use marketing and advertising efforts to draw film lovers from throughout Wisconsin and beyond to its 2009 festival. For nearly 20 years, the Department of Tourism has granted JEM grants to Wisconsin nonprofits in order to keep Wisconsin’s travel and tourism industry growing and strong. The grants are given to those projects that show that they will generate an increase in visitors and make a positive economic impact in the local area.

The Milwaukee Film Festival will feature 11 days of film screenings, special events and much more. More than 100 films will screen at the Landmark Theatres Oriental Theatre and the Marcus Theatres® North Shore Cinema, and special events will take place throughout the Milwaukee area.

Ticket packages and passes for the film festival are on sale now, and movie lovers can secure discounts by purchasing by July 31. Film buffs are invited to visit www.milwaukee-film.org for more information on tickets, film festival selections, and special events, as well as on joining the Milwaukee Film Founders’ Club.

Source: Milwaukee Film’s website.

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