The 14th Annual Festival

October 9-13, 2019

Duluth, MN

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Catalyst is five days of the latest independent series screenings, panels, & so much more.

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WHAT IS THE CATALYST CONTENT FESTIVAL?

If instead of making a film, you've created a story that is episodic or narrative in structure (aka, a TV show or podcast) and you want to showcase it to industry executives, agents, and producers you have limited festival options. There are thousands of film festivals, but they do not accept shows.

 

So, you take it to Catalyst: a 501c3 nonprofit community of creators, executives, agents and fans discovering the best new programming created on independent (aka, non-network) budgets.

Unlike big city festivals where it can be difficult to interact with the right people, Catalyst's special getaway location offers a unique opportunity to meet fellow professionals and make lasting connections.

 

WHO ATTENDS CATALYST?

Everyone! Catalyst is an open public festival. It is not just for entertainment industry folks. Attendees include patrons of the arts, general public, first time creators, major executives & Emmy winners.

History

Los Angeles, CA

2006-2012

The festival was founded in 2006 by television Producers AJ & Jenny Tesler.

 

Websites such as YouTube were just beginning to launch and streaming video was not seen as a valid competitor to traditional television networks. 

Access to the industry was very tightly guarded by a few gatekeepers who kept it closed off to new voices & creators, especially in new formats such as short series and small budget projects.

During the festival's 7 years in Los Angeles, it began to break down the barriers between the existing industry and a new generation of creators who were independently producing their own narrative content for the first time.

 

Many discussions at the festival focused on the future of the industry and how the internet and TV would soon be the same thing...

Vermont

2013-2018

By 2012, it was clear that streaming content would become a serious economic challenger to the existing TV network & studio system.

With the fundamentals of the industry quickly undergoing radical changes, the festival needed to adapt its approach as well.

 

Philip Gilpin, Jr. took over as the organization's Executive Director in late 2012 and moved the festival from Los Angeles to Vermont.

Vermont's extremely rural foliage setting allowed creators and executives to escape the busy city lights, relax, and create working relationships focused around storytelling.

As the industry was opening up to new voices creating their own series, deals began to happen and a core community of thousands of creatives, executives, and industry talent began to work together...

Duluth, MN

2019-

As the festival's global community of creators & executives continues to grow while the industry accelerates its shift away from traditional TV, our organization needs to adapt again - this time relocating to a permanent home with the infrastructure and resources to support not just the annual festival event but also year round productions and educational programming.

Duluth strikes the perfect balance with both a rural small town vibe and a thriving young arts scene that has the energy & support to grow.

 

Incredible theatres, historical venues, hotels, restaurants, universities, the support of the state of Minnesota - plus a generational renaissance of arts & culture such as the ballet, symphony orchestra, and film/TV productions make Duluth the perfect year round creative hub for the festival and its worldwide creative community to thrive in for the decades ahead. 

 

Our Team

Board of Directors​

 

AJ Tesler ~ President

Jenny Tesler ~ Secretary

Steve Basilone ~ Treasurer

Executive Director

Philip Gilpin, Jr.

Before beginning as Executive Director in 2012, Philip was a Business Affairs Analyst at HBO in Los Angeles where he worked with the financial and contract components of titles such as “The Sopranos”, “Sex and the City”, Six Feet Under”, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “The Wire”.

Philip currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Boston/New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (aka, the Emmys). He is Boston born and raised, with a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Mathematics from Boston College.

CFO

Jim Verzino

VP of Programming

Panels & Workshops

Tiffany Gray, Esq.

VP of Programming

Content & Shows

Eden Perry

Senior Programmer

Kimberly Browning

Production

Cirina Catania

Lee Mitchell

Minnesota Industry

Melodie Bahan ~ MNFilmTV

Riki McManus

Jade Orth

Dan Dillon

Brand Outreach & Management

Kevin Herrera ~ TheMachine

Travel & Logistics

Andrew Thompson ~ Experient

Cathy Cuizon ~ Experient

Joseph Donahue ~ Experient

Michael Hicks

Educational

Adam Fratto

Kimberly Browning

Rosemond Purdue

Sal Tassone

Sandra Lehner

Timothy Egan

Minnesota Community

Mayor Emily Larson

Anna Tanski ~ VisitDuluth

Ben Phelps

Katie Strand

Katrina Pierson

Keely Gelineau

Kim Kervina ~ VisitDuluth

Maarja Hewitt ~ VisitDuluth

Peter Sellwood

Richard Hansen

Robert Watkins

Fitgers

Greysolon

NorShor

Zeitgeist

Legal

Elaine Rogers ~ Sennott, Williams & Rogers

Suzanne Turcotte

Public Affairs

Cristine Almeida

Gary Cerk

Jeff Anderson

 

The Festival

 

October 9-13

Screenings

Panels

Workshops

Marketplace

Parties

Social Events

Travel & Lodging

Direct booking link coming soon for special hotel & flight deals to Duluth, MN!

Venues

NorShor Theatre

Zeitgeist

Fitgers

GreySolon

The Depot

Email List

 

Catalyst

Content

Festival

Contact us:

office@catalystories.com

(218) 208-0140

Mailing Address:

PO Box 1

Duluth, MN 55801

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