DULUTH, MN– Duluth is preparing to roll out the red carpet for the 14th annual catalyst television festival.
The city will be under the bright lights as hundreds of young filmmakers put their work on display for the first time here in the Northland.
“Duluth has that perfect balance of small-town vibe but major access to infrastructure and great art facilities that are here,” Philip Giplin Executive Director for the Catalyst festival said.
The vibe is essential to the reason for the festival a small-town feel connecting the youngest minds with industry titans like HBO, Netflix and more.
“We are aiming for a thousand people and right now we only need 150 walk-ups to meet that goal. For the first year the venues we have have a thousand seats total the Norshore, Zeitgeist, and Fitgers so that would be a good number to hit,” said Giplin.
With a large amount of people coming into town work is still being done to get ready for the event.
“Volunteer teams out there right now putting up posters sweeping up the venue washing windows, doing all the set up for badges and vendor tables and running through all the shows checking audio getting people from the airport all the things you do the last week,” Giplin added.
The volunteer and community help is giving catalyst an extra push this year that will not go un-noticed.
“The support here has really helped catalyst grow exponentially this year and I think that energy and that preparation people are going to notice that at the festival,” said Giplin.
This may be the festival’s first year in Duluth, but with an office in downtown Gilpin says the non-profit wants to make this an annual tradition that goes beyond the festival.
“We have local staff that will be doing educational programming and professional development and production training throughout the year,” Giplin said.