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Manitoba film industry continues to grow

10.07.2019 09:14
By: Frank McGwire

Emerging filmmakers recognized at Gimli Film Festival

Just how big is the film industry in Manitoba? Approximately 2000 Manitobans are employed in the film industry which has contributed to over $1.2 billion to the Manitoba economy over the past ten years.

On Screen Manitoba is a provincial industry association leading the development of a dynamic media production industry that is recognized for its world-class creative and technical talent.

On Screen along with RBC and the Gimli Film Festival have announced the finalists for the 8th Annual RBC $10,000 Emerging Filmmaker Pitch Competition.

This year the competition saw 19 submissions from emerging Manitoba filmmakers.

An independent pre-selection jury selected 5 projects to move on to the live pitch competition during the Gimli Film Festival on Saturday July 27 at 10 a.m. in the Gimli Theatre. 

2019 Finalists:

ADELINE BIRD - Rooted In Magic

EVAN FRIESEN - Choppy Waters

ELI MATILDA RIDLEY - shakingwakingnightmare



The RBC $10,000 Emerging Filmmaker Pitch Competition will open with the premiere screening of the short film Palm House (Eternal Youth) by the 2018 competition winner Erika Ulrich.

Each finalist has three minutes to pitch their short film idea to a jury of industry professionals and a live audience followed by five minutes of questions from the jury.

The jury will select one filmmaker to receive $10,000 in production funds through RBC, a mentorship with Brendon Sawatzky from the National Screen Institute, a one-year membership with On Screen Manitoba, a $5,000 Equipment Rental Grant Certificate courtesy of William F. White International and a premiere screening of their film at the 2020 Gimli Film Festival.

The Gimli Film Festival is the largest film festival in Manitoba.

Over the past 18 years, our audience, sponsors and partners have supported and shaped the festival into what it is today.

GFF showcases fiction feature films, documentaries and short films from Manitoba, Canada and the world.

For more details on the Gimli Film Festival click here.