Partnerships and Sponsor Benefits
“Local art-driven events like the Tallgrass Film Festival not only have a positive impact on Wichita’s economy but also add to the quality of life in this city.” — Robert Redford
"As a company, we believe that a strong, diverse cultural community is essential to securing a vibrant future for Wichita and South-Central Kansas." - Barry Schwan, President/CEO, House of Schwan, on why he's invested in the Tallgrass Film Association since 2003.
Click here or on image at right to download the 2014 TFA Sponsorship PDF.
Tallgrass Film Association fosters an appreciation of the cinematic arts by creating shared experiences around the international medium of film. Tallgrass strives to preserve the cultural tradition of film as a communal adventure. Movies bring us together: they entertain, spark conversation, build community and forge new relationships; and there is no better way to experience this than with an audience of film aficionados and the filmmakers who have a story to tell.
Stubbornly Independent since 2003, TFA is the largest independent film association in the state of Kansas. Between its year round events and annual film festival, TFA presented more than 200 films to 14,000+ attendees during its 11th season. The festival has become an internation- ally recognized, multi-day platform for world-class cinematic program- ming, while showcasing Wichita’s revitalized downtown area and many of its cultural attractions.
Tallgrass positions Wichita as a hip and cutting edge community with cultural vitality. It provides a singular entertainment option parallel to that found in larger cities and a positive impact on Wichita’s tourism industry. The dozens of filmmakers who visit the city each year go on to become cultural ambassadors for the entire community.
As a non-profit 501(c)3 arts organization, TFA has built many successful partnerships over the last decade. Each year, Tallgrass welcomes a diverse community of brands and donors who share the values of creativity and community and the goal of greater visibility. Tallgrass attendees are well-educated, sponsor savvy, sponsor friendly and have disposable income. The festival presents a prime vehicle to address a captive, appreciative and influential audience.
How can you get involved? From direct financial support to providing goods and services, there are several ways to make a tax-deductible contribution and provide your brand with significant marketing exposure to a unique and sizable audience. TFA approaches sponsorships as true partnerships - designed to meet the marketing objectives and returns of each individual investor, the festival and its audience.
Photos: Top Right: PULP FICTION Casting Director Ronnie Yeskel with Wichita-native/Flavorwire Film Editor Jason Bailey, and PULP FICTION Music Supervisor Karyn Rachtman; Middle Right: Screenwriter R.F. Porto at the festival screening of the Independent Spirit Award-nominated BLUE CAPRICE; Bottom Right: Stylists from Major Hair Company with Tallgrass Box Office Director Francine Fairweather in the Consolidated Equities Trust VIP Lounge.
A dozen years ago, the term “independent film” was not nearly as ubiquitous as it is today. An “indie” is a movie that is produced outside the Hollywood studio system – often less commercially-driven and with a focus on storytelling versus big budget theatrics. The Tallgrass Film Festival serves as a voice and a venue for these smaller films and filmmakers that may not otherwise have the opportunity for a theatrical screening in the region. We asked some of our 2013 visiting filmmakers what being “stubbornly independent filmmaking” means to them:
"Stubbornly Independent means being original in spite of 'the business' pressuring you do to the contrary, and making the kind of movie only you could ever make." – Paul Osborne, Director, FAVOR
“Stubbornly Independent is knowing that true creative autonomy is worth more than all the wealth and fame in the world.” - Morgan Nichols, Director, HOW TO MAKE MOVIES AT HOME
“Extremely fun and dangerously addictive. I can't imagine living a life without it…” - Junya Sakino, Director, SAKE BOMB
“Stubbornly Independent means having the courage to take those chances that hopefully break the chains of normality!” - Ian Nelms, Co-Director, LOST ON PURPOSE
"It means tirelessly shaping square pegs...in a world full of round holes." - Andrew Bowser, Writer/Director/Star, WORM
“Stubbornly Independent Filmmaking means working on stories you believe in despite their commercial viability” - Josh Barrett, Co-Director, THIS IS WHERE WE LIVE
Photo: Brothers Esholm and Ian Nelms, Directors, LOST ON PURPOSE
AUDIENCE DEMOGRAPHICS: WHO ATTENDS THE FESTIVAL?
The typical Tallgrass attendee is: