Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee, Inc.
4741 Central, #306
Kansas City MO 64112-1533
KC FilmFest Opening Night Screening, Documentary Big Sonia
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 286-4777
Mission Statement
Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee presents the annual Kansas City FilmFest, the largest and longest running annual celebration of independent film in Kansas City, with over 100 competition and curated short & feature-length films, in a variety of genres from local, regional, national, & worldwide filmmakers.
 
Kansas City FilmFest celebrates the power of storytelling as a shared cultural experience through the cinematic arts. Our mission is to provide shared cinematic art experiences that entertain, educate and inspire audiences from children to adults.
 
The Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee aspires to make the Kansas City FilmFest a major cultural event in Kansas City and the Midwest, attracting audiences and visiting artists from around the world.
 
We do that by uniting area educational, cultural and film organizations in a celebration of independent filmmaking, bringing filmmakers and audiences together to hear from new and unique voices, discuss ideas and learn about the the world.  Kansas City FilmFest is dedicated to screening the creativity and hard work of filmmakers from around the world and to supporting the independent filmmaking community in the Kansas City region.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Veronica Elliott Loncar
Board Chair Ms. Barbara Noble
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lee's Summit School District
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1998
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee presents the annual Kansas City FilmFest, the largest and longest running annual celebration of independent film in Kansas City, with over 100 competition and curated short & feature-length films, in a variety of genres from local, regional, national, & worldwide filmmakers.
 
Kansas City FilmFest celebrates the power of storytelling as a shared cultural experience through the cinematic arts. Our mission is to provide shared cinematic art experiences that entertain, educate and inspire audiences from children to adults.
 
The Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee aspires to make the Kansas City FilmFest a major cultural event in Kansas City and the Midwest, attracting audiences and visiting artists from around the world.
 
We do that by uniting area educational, cultural and film organizations in a celebration of independent filmmaking, bringing filmmakers and audiences together to hear from new and unique voices, discuss ideas and learn about the the world.  Kansas City FilmFest is dedicated to screening the creativity and hard work of filmmakers from around the world and to supporting the independent filmmaking community in the Kansas City region.
Background Statement
The Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee was founded by Fred Andrews in 1996 through a collaboration with KCAI, UMKC, IFC, Film Society of Greater Kansas City, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Avila University & Science City. A successful screening of 10 short films in 1997, where 450 people jammed into UMKC's Royal Hall, was the first festival.
 
The Jubilee received its 501(c)(3) designation in 1998. In addition to the governing board, there are two advisory boards composed of filmmaking, art and business professionals: the Heartland Advisory Board (Missouri and Kansas) and a US/International Advisory Board.
 
In June 2008 the Jubilee combined with FilmFest Kansas City. The two names were combined for the new name, Kansas City FilmFest. Reel Spirit, a youth film competition since 2005, became part of the Jubilee in 2012. KC FilmFest 2013 screened over 100 films, drawing almost 4000 people to the Alamo Mainstreet. In 2014, in need of more space, KC FilmFest moved to the Cinemark on the Plaza, and screened over 120 films to an audience of almost 6,000 people. 
Impact Statement Accomplishments: 
  1. KC FilmFest 2017 expanded its programming sidebar(section): Black Voices Matter to include more screening and guests. Its mission is to seek out and highlight movies written/directed by African American filmmakers and give voice to the creative endeavors and issues of importance to the African American community. Films screened-Everything But A Man, with Director Nnegest Likké in attendance for Q&A, Fast Break: The John McLendon Story with Director Kevin Willmott in attendance for Q&A, Legends of the Road, Rush Brothers, STEP, and short films, Langston's Lawrence, Refugee, To Serve and Protect?
  2. KCFF2017 continued to present a diverse selection of movies appealing to multiple groups and topics of importance, such as: American Veteran with Director Julie Cohen in attendance for Q&A, documentary film Woman on Fire about NYC first transgender Firewoman, and Big Sonia-documentary about Holocaust survivor and Kansas Citian Sonia Warshawski- with Sonia, and the Directors Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday in attendance.
  3. KCFF 2017  partnered with VisitKC, KC Film Office, Office of Cultural and Creative Services, NTDF and the Missouri Film Office to attract and host 75 visiting filmmakers from around the United States on a Uniquely Kansas City Tour of the American Jazz Museum, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and BBQ lunch!Kansas City FilmFest 2017 saw a 40% increase in tickets sales, largely attributed to a generous donation of mobile advertising from YP.
  4. Kansas City FilmFest 2017 saw a 40% increase in tickets sales, largely attributed to a generous donation of mobile advertising from YP. 

Goals:  
  1. Build on Strategic Plan in areas of Board Development, Fundraising and Community Outreach.
  2. Offer and promote via "Advetorial" with Visit KC a Movie Weekend Get a Way package with two hotels during the festival.
  3. Continue to expand KCFF's partnership with the KC Public Library, the Heart of America Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, and The Creativity Connection to present a free intergenerational movie series that welcomes individuals with dementia, their friends, and families.
  4. In partnership with KC Film Office,VisitKC and Missouri Film OFfice: continue to increase the number of visiting filmmakers & tourists to the festival to showcase Kansas City as a great place to visit, live, work & shoot your film!

Needs Statement
  1. Artist travel expenses for filmmakers to attend screenings of their films in the Black Voice Matter, Latin Cinema and Women Making Movies programs.
  2. Funds to improve web services for: ticket sales process and providers, and a comprehensive overhaul with archiving of 22 years on-line data and history.
  3. Shuttle service for filmmakers to & from airport, theaters, American Jazz Museum, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, BBQ tour and tastings.
Service Categories
Film & Video
Media & Communications
Educational Services
Areas of Service
International
National
MO
KS
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

Kansas City FilmFest represents 22 years of a kaleidoscope of creative and passionate individuals working together to celebrate independent film, filmmakers and the power of story telling. The festival has provided thousands of filmmakers the opportunity to screen their work before enthusiastic audiences and share ideas and knowledge with other artists and film professionals from around the world.

While the ever changing methods of filmmaking, film exhibition, and personal viewing technology create opportunities and challenges for the business of making and exhibiting films, one constant remains the same: the importance storytelling plays in our development as human beings and building our communities. Kansas City FilmFest may be using different equipment, but just as ancient peoples came together around the fire to hear stories about their ancestors, movie audiences come together for the shared experience of seeing today’s stories played on the big screen. Movies are storie that inform us about others and about ourselves, they reflect who we are, where we’ve come from, and inspire us to imagine what is possible.

We’re working to reach new and underserved audiences, find innovative ways to provide filmmakers with value and opportunity for their growth as artists, and foster interest in and the development of, future storytellers as filmmakers. Through partnerships with multiple community organizations, pursuing more sponsorships and donors, we’re striving to expand the definition of the movie going experience for audiences and filmmakers. Like other arts organizations, we face the challenge of reduced funding and increasing costs, but at the same time we are humbled by the amount of work and dedication our audiences, volunteers and supporters give of their time and money to put on the festival. As a part of the community, we look forward to our continued mission of bringing audiences and filmmakers together to experience the power of storytelling through film for another 20 years. 

Programs
Description
KCFF celebrates the power of storytelling through the cinematic arts to inspire, educate and entertain audiences.  Creating a place for independent filmmakers to network with one another and to engage with audiences gives our community the opportunity to learn about others, themselves and discuss ideas that can change the world.
 
KCFF offers competition categories in: Narrative and Documentary genres, feature and short lengths, for local, national and international films. 
 
Filmmakers and film industry experts attend to network and share experiences in the art and business of filmmaking through panels, workshops and seminars. Attending artists hold post film Q&A's with audiences.
 
KCFF curates quality new and not yet shown in KC films. Partnering with educational, cultural, and businesses to reach new, underserved and varied audiences.  Sidebar programs are Women Making Movies, Black Voices Matter, Latin Cinema, Reel Spirit, World Cinema, and Every Game Has a Story.
Program Budget $46,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Film & Video
Population Served Adults, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Independent Filmmaker attendance continues to grow with 75 visiting filmmakers attending the 2017 KC FilmFest. Filmmakers learn and network with each other, while attending KCFF seminars and panels, and through engagement with the audiences.
 
New and returning groups from the community continue to sign up to partner with the KC FilmFest programming to participate in sharing ideas and learning more about others and the world.
Long-Term Success
  • Independent Filmmaker Goal: Enhance opportunities for independent filmmakers to showcase their films, develop his/her craft, network and learn from successful film-related professionals attending the festival, and engage with audiences about their vision and work.
  • Community Goal: Provide programming that gives audiences the opportunity to hear new and unique voices, to discuss ideas and learn about others, and increases public's awareness and support of filmmaking as a cultural and economic asset.     
Program Success Monitored By
  • Success is measured by the number of festival entries, feedback from filmmakers, audience surveys, and festival pass and ticket sales. 
  • Google analytics enables us to gather data on the geographical location and length of time a visitor spends on the festival’s website. Publicity and advertising areas can be targeted or evaluated for effectiveness.
  • Twitter and Facebook comments during the festival help us determine the success of events and films.
Examples of Program Success
  • KCFF2017 continued a diverse selection of movies, such as: American Veteran with Director Julie Cohen attending, award-winning documentary-Woman on Fire, about NYC's first transgender Firewoman, and Big Sonia- the award-winning documentary about local Holocaust survivor Sonia Warshawski- with Sonia, and Directors Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday attending.
  • KCFF2016 partnered with Mayor’s Office, VisitKC, KC Film Office, Office of Cultural & Creative Services, NTDF, American Jazz Museum, JAM, Jazz Friends, & KC JazzAlive to host special guest Don Cheadle and his award winning film MILES AHEAD.. KCFF presented Mr. Cheadle with KC Legend Award. Bringing KC national press and social media coverage. 
  • KCFF2015 partnered with Down Syndrome Guild of Greater KC to screen Where Hope Grows,  giving individuals with Down Syndrome and their families opportunity to increase awareness & foster positive attitudes regarding people with Down Syndrome.
Description
Kansas City FilmFest Reel Spirit, the children's division of Kansas City FilmFest, is in its 13th year of holding a children’s film competition for young filmmakers, 2nd through 8th grade. Categories for submission include narrative, documentary, public service announcement, news feature, commercial, and animation, and STEM.
 
Entries are reviewed and evaluated by independent judges from different fields of cinematic media. Winning productions are shown in a movie theater where young filmmakers receive “Oscar” like trophies and certificates in addition to the “red carpet” treatment. Over 3500 young filmmakers have participated since 2006. During the event, filmmakers have the opportunity to attend production workshops led by professionals in the cinematic arts.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Film & Video
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Short-Term Success On Saturday, April 8 2017, over 185 young filmmakers were given the red carpet treatment, viewed his/her production on the theater "big screen" and received an award at the Reel Spirit Young Filmmaker Showcase at Cinemark on the Plaza in Kansas City Missouri. The young filmmakers screened their films to audiences totally just over 700 people.  
Long-Term Success To educate students and mentors, engage imagination and empower future leaders through filmmaking.
Program Success Monitored By
  • Measurement of success is determined by the number of entries, increased quality of submissions, and testimonials from parents and students.
  • Films are selected using a scoring guide. The quality and diversity of films submitted to Reel Spirit grows each year.
  • Both surveys are used and testimonials are received regarding Reel Spirit's competition from teachers, parents, and students.  The positive feedback and reports of students learning and desire to learn more are consistently enthusiastic.
Examples of Program Success
  • On Saturday, April 8 2017, over 185 young filmmakers were given the red carpet treatment, viewed his/her production on the theater "big screen" and received an award at the Reel Spirit Young Filmmaker Showcase at Cinemark on the Plaza in Kansas City Missouri.
  • 2014: Elementary students Thomas Gray and Caleb Cox, made a documentary, "Autism: Mason’s Story” about Thomas’s brother; the film is impacting perceptions of autism, and was screened at the St. Louis Cardinals, Autism Awareness Night.
  • 2013: Film camp at UMKC received many positive testimonials. Example: “The camp helped grow his self-esteem and provided a creative outlet. Our camper came home the last day and immediately got the camera and tripod and began filming his next movie. He tells us that filming was his favorite part of the camp. That, to me, says the camp was a success”.   
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Veronica Elliott Loncar
Term Start July 2013
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Mr. Fred Andrews July 1996 - 2011
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 140
Paid Contractors 2
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Voted Best Local Film Festival 2013The Pitch2013
Voted Best Local Film Festival 2015The Pitch2015
Named to the Top 20 Best Under-the-Radar-Film-Festivals in 2016VacationIdea Magazine2016
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Barbara Noble
Company Affiliation Lee's Summit School District
Term July 2016 to June 2018
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Drew Burbridge Pendergast Productions
Mr. Dennis Fallon Waldo West Productions
Ms. Pedro Martin Hallmark
Ms. Danielle Milton H&R Block
Mr. Joshua Morales Merrill Lynch
Mr. Kevin Mullin University of Missouri, Kansas City, Communications Studies
Ms. Nadine Mummaw CinemaKC
Ms. Barbara Noble Retired, Lee's Summit School District
Mr. Tom Rooker Kansas University, School of Film & New Media
Ms. Cathy Runyan-Svacina Right Brain Publishing
Mr. Stacey Woelfel University of Missouri, School of Journalism
Mr. Gregory Wu Shook, Hardy & Bacon
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 50%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Finance
Board Governance
Marketing
Operations
CEO Comments
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $133,950
Projected Expenses $131,172
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990-EZ.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$113,222$76,074$106,867
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.081.610.72
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$61,483$52,005$5,723
Current Assets$61,483$52,005$5,723
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$61,483$52,005$5,723
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountSales Revenue $31,481 -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMissouri Arts Council Grant $11,088 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMissouri Film Office Sponsor $6,000 -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Name Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee, Inc.
Address 4741 Central, #306
Kansas City, MO 641121533
Primary Phone (816) 286-4777
Contact Email info@kcfilmfest.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Veronica Elliott Loncar
Board Chair Ms. Barbara Noble
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lee's Summit School District
Year of Incorporation 1998