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Finalist Announcement | 2022 RBC $10,000 Emerging Filmmaker Pitch Competition

On Screen Manitoba, RBC, and Gimli International Film Festival are pleased to announce the finalists for the 11th Annual RBC $10,000 Emerging Filmmaker Pitch Competition! Out of nine submissions from promising emerging Manitoban filmmakers, the independent pre-selection jury chose five projects to move on to the live pitch competition, set to take place on Saturday, July 23 at 10:00 AM (free admission) at Gimli International Film Festival.

Coby Friesen –

Something Quite Queer 

“I am overjoyed to be participating in the RBC Pitch Competition this year. Who knows where this all will take me but it certainly feels like a great big hug of affirmation from the storytelling gods. Can’t wait to pitch my short film to you all!”

Rachel Beaulieu –


“GIFF has always been a place for my peers to share their films on the big screen. I want to share a part of myself through film and will now be on stage with other big dreamers with a passion for filmmaking. I’m excited to pitch Marie, bringing my film that much closer to life.”

Daphne Finlayson –


“The RBC Pitch Competition is already such a rewarding validation of my work as an artist. To be allowed to take an idea from conception to realization, and to be trusted with that responsibility, would be an incredible honour at this stage of my career.”

Joseph Fourre –

The Dress

“Being selected as a finalist to such a prestigious Film Festival, validates my journey in becoming a respected Storyteller. My passion to make films about our stories has only been fuelled by the recognition of the selection committee. Win or lose, this experience confirms, I am where I should be.”

Stuart Matheson –

North Star

”Having the opportunity to pitch my idea at GIFF is an enormous step forward for my career. The chance to deliver a story to an audience as efficiently as possible would be a fantastic way to test my abilities as an aspiring filmmaker. Pitching is a vital aspect of producing projects and just having the opportunity to do it is an invaluable experience to me.”

Congratulations to last year’s winner! 

Elena Sturk-Lussier will premiere her winning short film, Stay, at the 2022 RBC $10,000 Emerging Filmmaker Pitch Competition!

About the RBC $10,000 Emerging Filmmaker Pitch Competition

Join RBC and Gimli International Film Festival (GIFF) for the 11th Annual RBC $10,000 Emerging Filmmaker Pitch Competition. The competition aims to support the future of Manitoba’s film industry through a $10,000 total investment in local, up-and-coming filmmakers. Finalists will have a three-minute opportunity to pitch their submitted short film idea to a jury and audience at the 2022 Gimli International Film Festival (July 20, 2022 to July 24, 2022). This is a fantastic opportunity for new filmmakers to share their creative ideas, receive valuable feedback, and gain public exposure. The winning filmmaker will be win $10,000 to create their film.

RBC Emerging Artists helps artists bridge the gap from emerging to established, and supports organizations that provide the best opportunities to advance artists’ careers. RBC Emerging Artists supports arts organisations and artists in a range of genres including visual art, music, theatre, performance, literature, and film. 

Gimli International Film Festival (GIFF) is Manitoba’s premier film festival and the largest rural film festival in all of Canada. Since 2001, GIFF has welcomed thousands to the shores of Lake Winnipeg for its various film screenings of local, national, and international feature films, documentaries, short films, and media art. The festival’s premier event, the Beach Screenings, which take place every night of the five-day festival, have drawn people from all over the world to take in one of Manitoba’s most unique summer experiences.

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.

On Screen Manitoba is a non-profit, member-driven provincial industry association that leads, builds and represents the media production industry. We represent an industry that employs over 2000 skilled, creative Manitobans, and our members include producers, writers, directors, filmmakers, industry professionals, labour organizations, production companies, service suppliers, training organizations, film festivals and other stakeholders. We work collaboratively to improve working conditions, support workforce development, attract new workers and celebrate the accomplishments of our members.

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