2017 RBC $10,000 Pitch






On Screen Manitoba, RBC and the Gimli Film Festival are pleased to announce the finalists for this year’s RBC Emerging Filmmaker Competition. This year saw a record-breaking number of submissions from 22 emerging Manitoban filmmakers. The following filmmakers pitched their projects to a jury of industry professionals in front of a live audience during the Gimli Film Festival on Saturday, July 29th, 10 am at the Gimli Theatre.

Alan Wong – Dreams
Alex Ateah & Cleo Leslie – Heel
Jackson Peters- Your Mileage May Vary
Justin Lamoureux – The Alligator: The Beast of Manigotogan River
Miles Crossman & Nicola Baldwin – If It Ain’t Got

The jury selected Miles Crossman & Nicola Baldwin – If It Ain’t Got who were awarded $10,000 in production funds through the RBC Emerging Artists Project, a mentorship with industry professionals from the National Screen Institute, a one-year membership to On Screen Manitoba, a $2,500 gift certificate courtesy of William F. White and a premiere screening of their film at next year’s Gimli Film Festival.

The program opened with the premiere screening of the short film The Debut from Solmund MacPherson and Allegra Chiarella, winners of the 2016 pitch competition.

Participating filmmakers were given three minutes to pitch their short film ideas to the panel of industry professionals and a live audience at the Gimli Theatre. Following each pitch, the jury panel had five minutes to offer feedback and to ask questions. Once every pitch was completed, the jury deliberated to select the winner.

“We’re very excited to hear the pitches for this year’s RBC Emerging Filmmaker Competition at Gimli Film Festival and to get to know more of the amazing talent waiting to be discovered,” said Aaron Martyniw, RBC Vice President Commercial Financial Services. “RBC is proud to help Manitoba’s arts community thrive and we thank On Screen Manitoba and Gimli Film Festival for giving storytellers this chance to share their creative vision and the chance to make their leap to the big screen.”

“The RBC pitch competition at the Gimli Film Festival opens the door for emerging talent in Manitoba, many past pitch participants work in the Manitoba media production industry today,” said Nicole Matiation, Executive Director of On Screen Manitoba. “With our media production business booming, there is a real opportunity for people interested in a career in the industry. On Screen Manitoba looks forward to working with each and every participant as they develop their media production skills.”

On Screen Manitoba, RBC and the Gimli Film Festival would like to thank the National Screen Institute and William F. White for the generous prizes they provide for this competition. Manitoba’s screen-based media community values their support and looks forward to continued partnership.


The RBC Emerging Artists Project helps artists bridge the gap from emerging to established, and supports organisations that provide the best opportunity to advance their career trajectory. RBC supports arts organisations and artists in a range of genres including visual art, music, theatre, performance, literature and film.

The Gimli Film Festival is the largest film festival in Manitoba. Over the past seventeen years, our audience, sponsors and partners have supported and shaped the festival into what it is today. We showcase fiction feature films, documentaries and short films from Manitoba, Canada and the world.

On Screen Manitoba leads the development of a dynamic media production industry that is recognized for its world-class creative and technical talent. An industry that generates over 1500 jobs annually and attracts over $58M annually to the Province of Manitoba.



GFF is pleased to present the 6th Annual RBC ®
$10,000 Emerging Filmmaker Competition


Are you an emerging filmmaker? Do you have an idea for a short film you are desperate to make? Are you over the age of 18 and a resident of Manitoba? Are you prepared to complete your 3 – 5 minute short film in one year’s time for a premiere screening at the 18th edition of the Gimli Film Festival? If yes, we want you!…

Congratulations to the winners of last year’s competition, Solmund MacPherson and Allegra Chiarella for their film The Debut.

The RBC® Emerging Filmmaker Competition is open to anyone who has:

  • Less than three of years experience in filmmaking.
  • Some completed basic training – can be formal (university or college studies) or informal (production courses, workshops, hands-on experience in media arts production), etc.
  • At least one completed independent film or video work that has been presented in a professional or film industry related context.

Once you qualify – the Gimli Film Festival will give you an opportunity to pitch your project idea to a panel of professional producers in front of a live audience during this year’s Gimli Film Festival.

We would like you to be able to describe your story idea, indicate some knowledge of the budgeting process, describe your ideal cast and crew and talk about your overall vision for the project.

Our Grand Prize winner will receive:

  • $10,000* to make your film courtesy of RBC;
  • A story editing mentorship with National Screen Institute Canada;
  • 1 X $2,500 Equipment Rental Grant Certificate from William F. White Inc.
  • Premiere screening of your film at the 2018 Gimli Film Festival.

* Over the next year, the $10,000 will be released in four installments: $2,500 on approval of a final script; $2,500 on first day of principal photography; $2,500 on completion of photography; $2,500 on delivery of finished project.


Then download the application, and follow and complete all parts of the application checklist and send to:

RBC Emerging Filmmaker Contest
Gimli Film Festival
P.O. Box 1225
Gimli, Manitoba, R0C 1B0
Phone: 204 642 8846

or email application to: info@gimlifilm.com


2017 RBC Emerging Filmmaker Application

2017 Rules and Regulations

GFF Release Form


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