2021 RBC $10,000 Pitch Competition Now Open for Submissions!

2021 RBC $10,000 Pitch Competition Now Open!

Gimli, Manitoba, March 31, 2021 — RBC and Gimli Film Festival (GFF) have launched the 10th Annual RBC $10,000 Emerging Filmmaker Pitch Competition, which will take place at GFF on Saturday, July 24, 2021. This year marks an important milestone for the competition, bringing the total, ten-year cash investment in emerging filmmakers to $100,000.

rbc pitch competition promo image“For nine years, the RBC Emerging Filmmaker Competition at Gimli Film Festival has served as a springboard for aspiring filmmakers, providing access to resources, funding and networks to help bring their creative visions to life and advance their careers,” said Aaron Martyniw, Vice President Commercial Financial Services, RBC. “We’re thrilled to celebrate an incredible ten years of this competition in 2021, and we remain unwavering in our commitment to maintain this critical support to artists as we move towards re-emergence from the pandemic.”

The competition, which is supported by On Screen ManitobaWilliam F. White International Inc., and the National Screen Institute – Canada, sees five emerging filmmakers pitch their short film concepts to a jury of industry professionals in front of a live audience.

The filmmaker with the winning pitch will receive $10,000 to make their film courtesy of RBC, a $5,000 William F. White Equipment Rental Grant Certificate, a story-editing and directing mentorship from the National Screen Institute, and a premiere screening of their film at the 2022 Gimli Film Festival. All five finalists will receive a one-year membership to On Screen Manitoba and passes to All Access, On Screen Manitoba’s annual industry forum. Joanne Roberts, last year’s recipient, will premiere her winning film, Anak, at the festival on Saturday, July 24.

RBC Pitch Competition 2020 - Joanne Roberts winning prize“Gimli Film Festival has increasingly seen how important it is for us — as a charity — to leverage and distribute film production funding directly to filmmakers. Over the past year, artists have been hurting from reduced revenues, and filmmakers have faced increased costs and hurdles going into production,” said Aaron Zeghers, Festival Director, Gimli Film Festival. “The RBC $10,000 Emerging Filmmaker Pitch Competition is one important piece in the mosaic of opportunities that maintains Manitoba’s reputation as a hotbed of emerging filmmaker activity.”

To celebrate $100,000 invested and 10 years of the competition, Gimli Film Festival will be hosting the RBC $10,000 Emerging Filmmaker Pitch Competition 10-Year Retrospective Screening, which will present all of the winning films.

GFF is accepting applications to the competition until June 4, 2021. Filmmakers may learn more by visiting the GFF website and reading the Call for Applications.


In 2021, the RBC Pitch Winner(s) will receive:


About RBC Emerging Artists Project
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.

About Gimli Film Festival
Gimli Film Festival is Manitoba’s premier film festival, and the largest rural film festival in all of Canada. Over the past 21 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.

About On Screen Manitoba
On Screen Manitoba leads, builds and represents the media production industry in Manitoba, Canada. On Screen Manitoba is a non-profit, non-partisan, member-driven provincial industry association. Our members produce all types of content in English, French and Indigenous languages and they have access to some of the best production incentives in Canada.

About William F. White International Inc. is Canada’s most iconic provider of production equipment to the entertainment industry. Founded in 1963, With offices across the country, the company services productions of all sizes from coast to coast and houses an extensive state-of-the-art inventory.  The Whites group includes Whites Studios, Whites Camera, Whites Lighting & Grip, Whites Location Equipment Supply, and Whites Specialty Equipment.

About National Screen Institute- Canada is a not-for-profit training organization that supports creators from across Canada to tell unforgettable stories through industry-informed training and mentoring in film, television and digital media.

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Media Contacts:

Gimli Film Festival
Aaron Zeghers
Festival Director
festival.director@gimlifilm.com