State wants $100,000 stimulus back from Warrensburg film festival

Friday, September 10, 2010 | 12:07 p.m. CDT; updated 1:49 p.m. CDT, Friday, September 10, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri agency that administers federal stimulus money wants organizers of a film festival in Warrensburg to return $100,000.

The Show Me Social Justice International Film Festival opens Friday. Organizers said the event will feature 21 films from around the world on topics such as poverty and health care.

The Missouri Department of Social Services told The Kansas City Star that the festival does not qualify for the $100,000 grant it received.

The Missouri Valley Community Action Agency is running the festival. Its executive director said she had not been notified of any problems with the grant and even thought the grant coordinator was going to help judge the films.

Organizers said most of the stimulus money was spent at local businesses.