The 2019 Pitch Finalists are…

ADELINE BIRD – Rooted In Magic
EVAN FRIESEN – Choppy Waters
ELI MATILDA RIDLEY – shakingwakingnightmare.



On Screen Manitoba, RBC and the Gimli Film Festival are pleased to announce 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 AM at the Gimli Theatre. See the full festival schedule here.

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 RBC $10,000 Emerging Filmmaker Pitch Competition is a great catalyst for stimulating creativity in Manitoba’s emerging filmmakers.” says Aaron Zeghers, GFF Festival Director. “This competition is a one-of-a-kind experience for local emerging filmmakers to pitch their short film idea to an experienced panel of judges and in front of a live audience of devoted film fans. It’s a must-see event at the Festival.”

“The RBC $10,000 Emerging Filmmaker Competition at Gimli Film Festival unleashes storytelling at its finest. In just a few short minutes, the pitches leave you inspired, moved, enthralled, and wanting more,” shared Aaron Martyniw, RBC Vice President Commercial Financial Services. “RBC is passionate about Manitoba’s thriving film industry and this opportunity for storytellers to take their creative vision from the page to the screen. Thanks to On Screen Manitoba and Gimli Film Festival for giving local filmmakers a chance to springboard to success.”

“The RBC $10,000 Emerging Filmmaker 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 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 – Canada and William F. White International 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 Filmmaker Competition is open to anyone who has:

  • Less than three 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.

If you qualify, GFF will give you an opportunity to pitch your project to a panel of professionals in front of a live audience during this year’s Festival. We would like you to be able to describe your story idea, justify your budget, describe your ideal cast and crew and talk about your overall vision for the project.

If you win – you will receive:

*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

Erika Ulrich winning the 2018 RBC Emerging Filmmaker Pitch Competition!

Congratulations to the 7th Annual RBC ® $10,000 Emerging Filmmaker Pitch Competition winner!


Erika Ulrich will premiere her film Palm House (Eternal Youth) at the 2019 Gimli Film Festival on Saturday, July 27 at the Gimli Theatre!



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.

Gimli Film Festival is the largest film festival in Manitoba. Over the past eighteen 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.

National Screen Institute- Canada is the only national training organization for writers, directors and producers in film, television and digital media in Western Canada.