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GFF Launches “The Manitoba Project”

The Gimli Film Festival announced today that it will celebrate its 20th anniversary by launching “The Manitoba Project”, a year-long special project focused on engaging Manitoba filmmakers and the general public by exploring the province’s history through the cinematic arts. GFF’s 20th anniversary coincides with Manitoba’s 150th celebration in 2020.

Part of this project will include The Manitoba Project’s Film Production Fund. This brand new funding stream will commission approximately six to eight filmmakers currently living in Manitoba to create new works that celebrate, reflect upon and reconcile Manitoba’s past, present and/or future.

“This project will fund Manitoba filmmakers to create new works about our province and share important stories from a variety of perspectives,” says Aaron Zeghers, Festival Director. “The Festival has always been an important platform for Manitoba filmmakers to exhibit their work. In 2020, we will take this a step further by  commissioning important new films that will resonate with Manitobans.”

The production fund will offer grants between $5,000 to $10,000 to Manitoba-based filmmakers. The films created as part of The Manitoba Project will screen as part of the Opening Night Films at GFF 2020.

Emerging and established filmmakers are encouraged to apply and can review the application guidelines on GFF’s website at To apply, applicants will fill out the online form on GFF’s website. Applications close September 30, 2019. Successful applicants will be contacted by October 15, 2019. Applications will be judged by a peer jury made up of established filmmakers and artists along with Manitoba film industry professionals.

The Manitoba Project will also feature a number of other initiatives and projects in 2020, including an extensive retrospective of Manitoba-made cinema in at the 20th annual Gimli Film Festival, July 22-26, 2020.

The Manitoba Project has been made possible by the Thomas Sill Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts and other funders and partners to be announced in the coming weeks.  If you or your organizations is interested in getting involved in this historic project, please contact GFF at

The Manitoba Project has been generously funded by…

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