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Bess DonoghueBy Bess Donoghue
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Bess DonoghueBy Bess Donoghue
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About

CONCEPT

The idea to start a film festival in Northern Wisconsin came out of an awareness that audiences in the Northwoods do not have access to the most acclaimed independent films. For this rural community, independent films are typically streamed alone in a private home versus together with neighbors and friends in a theatrical venue.

From my work as a publicist in New York City, I have established skills and relationships over the years working on numerous independent films and regional film festivals. In conjunction with my passion for film, I plan to merge the two worlds together to begin the Northwoods Film Festival with the aim to create conversation and appreciation for film in Northern Wisconsin. 

We have secured a venue, the Lakeland Cinema 6, as well as the support of community leaders. We have a dynamic team ready to advise and support the festival from programming ideas to marketing and PR suggestions. The festival will take place August 16 and 17th, with the lineup announced in June, and tickets going on sale in mid-July.

As we embark upon our first year, we are looking for support to make the festival as successful as possible. Our budget for the festival is around $12,000. A third of the budget will be covered through corporate sponsorships and ticket sales. For the remainder of our budget we are encouraging audiences to participate through a donation to help cover costs including programming fees, marketing and operational expenses. Please consider supporting us as we begin this exciting journey!

TIMELINE

April 2019

  • Secure programming
  • Work on operations/logistics

May 2019

  • Finalizing programming
  • Work on operations/logistics

June 2019

  • Announce programming
  • Marketing, PR, advertising efforts begin

July 2019

  • Tickets on sale after Fourth of July
  • Continue Marketing, PR, advertising efforts

August 2019

  • Festival on Friday and Saturday, 8/16-8/17

ABOUT ME

Bess Donoghue | Executive Director

Bess Donoghue is currently a Publicist at FRANK PR a film and entertainment agency in New York. While with the company she has worked on numerous accounts including IFP Gotham Awards, Variety’s Power of Women, and regional film festivals in the Hamptons, Montclair, Nantucket, and Sarasota, along with films at studios including Focus Features, HBO Documentary Films, Lionsgate, and Netflix. Previously she worked with Scott Rudin Productions, The Broadway League, American Players Theatre, the Wisconsin Film Festival, and the Wisconsin Union Directorate Film Committee. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned her Master’s Degree from New York University in Public Relations. Her favorite film is Singin’ in the Rain.

Risks and challenges

We realize it is hard to anticipate who will be interested in seeing these films, and what sort of turnout the festival will have in its inaugural year. However, we are confident in our ability to select exciting films for the lineup and market them appropriately so that audiences are eager to attend the festival. We also have a very talented team supporting the festival, who bring a variety of skills and are also very passionate to make the first year a success.

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