Catalyst Content Festival Bringing Film to Twin Ports Next Week

Created: October 02, 2019 10:58 AM

A festival is coming to the state of Minnesota for the first time and it is happening in Duluth.  It's the Catalyst Content Festival and it's happening on October 9 through 13.  

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Philip Gilpin Jr., who is the executive director, said the point of Catalyst Content Festival is simple.

"Instead of making a film, people are now making television and narrative episodic shows independently, and they need a place to show them, and they need a place to show them not just among other creators but also for industry professionals," Gilpin Jr. said.  "The hope is that these creators will come here and screen their shows, the folks in Duluth will come out and vote on them, let us know which ones they like best."

After people vote, the industry will take those into account and give awards to shows and creators to help them move their careers forward. 

The Catalyst Content Festival started in Los Angeles in 20016 and was there for seven years.  It moved to Vermont for the last six years.  This is the first time it's coming to Duluth.

"We needed a place that's still a small town, very charming, retreat-like getaway for the industry people to come together and gather and relax," Gilpin Jr. said.  "We also needed some basic, but really nice, unique infrastructure, like theaters and the airport in town and the hotels and the restaurants."

He said Duluth is the sweet spot for what they're looking for.

The public is invited to attend the multitude of screenings and events happening Wednesday through Saturday at the NorShor, Fitger's, and Zeitgeist. 

Catalyst Content Festival is October 9 through 13.  For all of the details and ticket information, go here. 

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