Updated: September 30, 2021 08:33 PM
Created: September 30, 2021 08:28 PM
The Catalyst Content Festival in Duluth brings talented creators from not just across the nation, but from all corners of the world.
Thursday night at the Kitchi Gammi Club was the event spot for five TV series creators from South Korea, who say they have fallen in love with Duluth.
"My creators were falling in love with the city of Duluth, and just absolutely beautiful. People have been so kind and accommodating," shared Elaine Kim, the Co-Director for Breakthrough Now Media. "And truly, we are looking to take all the benefits of what St. Louis County offers, you know all the incentives -- and more than anything, we are really looking to come back to do our production here."
St. Louis County launched their Production Incentive Program in the early part of 2021. It provides reimbursement of up to 25% of production costs for film, television, episodic, and commercial content projects that are spent in St. Louis County. The program is funded by St. Louis County and is ran by the Upper Midwest Film Office.
To date, four productions have been approved for nearly $615,000 in rebates. This is also the first year that the Catalyst Film Festival has included international creators.
Elaine Kim says this visit comes at a perfect time for the creators she works with, as Korean entertainment becomes more and more popular in the United States.
"I mean, everyone knows BTS... you know, such amazing work of Parasite... I mean, this couldn't be a better time for Korea's talents to be presented to this kind of festival."
Just this week, Netflix's number one show is a South Korean series called Squid Game.
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