• ffgenie....this is not a business looking to establish itself in the town. It is a film festival, it lasts 3 days & is for entertainment, whereas businesses are usually open all year round & provide some sort of service.

    What happens if there is money left over? If this is the weekend after SXSW & the people were just there they could hang out in Texas for the week, travel won't be a big cost, neither will 14 rooms at the where is the rest of that 40k going?

    January 17, 2012 at 11:05 p.m.
  • I'm very excited that Victoria is getting a film festival! I hope everyone rallies together to take ownership and pride in it!

    January 17, 2012 at 1:42 p.m.
  • @David Webb - Call the city of Saugatuck. The numbers come from them.

    January 17, 2012 at 11:49 a.m.
  • Sorry, didn't mean to sound negative. I meant to sound curious. Please let me start over.

    Christine Elise McCarthy,
    Could you please send me the calculations used to determine the "economic impact of $1.6 million". I have been to your website and was unable to locate he information. If there is anything you can provide, it would be appreciated.

    Thank you

    Jason Bourne aka David Webb

    January 17, 2012 at 11:32 a.m.
  • A film festival would be so freaking cool.

    January 17, 2012 at 11:02 a.m.
  • PS - 14 years ago, pre-Waterfront Film Festival, the second weekend of June was considered shoulder season. Now it is the biggest financial weekend of the year for Saugatuck. WFF had an attendance of 16,000 people last year.

    January 17, 2012 at 10:31 a.m.
  • No idea why folks are SO NEGATIVE about a business wanting to establish itself in a town. WTF with you people??? It isn't like you are getting a tattoo on your face. Why not support it & see where it goes? And to the person that wants to know about the $1.6 million figure - it is stated here on the festival website

    If you need more info - call the city of Saugatuck.

    January 17, 2012 at 10:28 a.m.
  • It would be to the advantage to the city to go forward with this venture. It will draw out of town people who will spend out of town money in Victoria. Sure as the hell will beat the "Boot Fest" which only drew people from around the area with the city booting the expenses. Come on get your head out from where the sun don't shine and make this a big event and a profitable event for the area businesses and hotels not to mention good entertainment for us locals.

    January 16, 2012 at 8:29 p.m.
  • Christine Elise McCarthy, could you please send me the calculations used to determine the "economic impact of $1.6 million".

    We are unable to determine the economic impact of some activities here and would like to know how this was calculated.

    Thank you

    Jason Bourne aka David Webb

    January 16, 2012 at 8:27 p.m.
  • Just a fan- this isn't a personal money making venture for him... It's a festival geared at bringing people to Victoria and generating tourism to our town. That's why he has asked for city funding- in hopes that it will grow and promote our city... Essential putting heads in beds. No reason to put in family money when he doesn't gain to benefit.

    January 16, 2012 at 8:19 p.m.
  • If this venture is such a sure thing, I wonder why his father doesnt just loan him the $43,000.

    January 16, 2012 at 7:20 p.m.