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MB Project | Manitoba Home Movie Archive

Gimli International Film Festival logo and text: "Manitoba Home Movie Archive". Background image is two older men standing in a fall-time forest in the 1950s.


Manitoba Home Movie Archive graphic with Gimli International Film Festival logo. Image background is a middle-aged couple from the 50s posing for a photo in front of a red painted log house.

In celebration of the Gimli International Film Festival’s 20th anniversary and Manitoba 150, the Gimli International Film Festival (GFF) had launched the Manitoba Home Movie Archive in 2020. Thanks to the Province of Manitoba and their “Safe at Home” program, we are able to re-open submissions for this project! Manitobans who have historically relevant home movie images of Manitoba are asked to APPLY HERE to receive free digital transfers of their footage.  To be eligible, individuals must agree to make these historical images public domain and publicly accessible online via and the Gimli International Film Festival website.

Are you interested in finally dusting off those old film reels and getting them transferred to digital for free?  Then APPLY HERE via our online submission and take advantage of this program while supplies last!  Not sure what film or video formats you have?  Check out our Film Identification Guide!


Through the Manitoba Home Movie Project, GFF seeks to gather, digitize and preserve images of Manitoba’s history, before they’re lost to the sands of time. If you have personal home movie archives that you would like to contribute to this project, please send us your information via our online submission form! Once you fill out this form, a representative from the festival will get in touch with you about how this program works and how to proceed.  And please carefully read our Guidelines below!

The Manitoba Home Movie Archive is part of GFF’s Manitoba Project, a multi-faceted initiative help in conjunction with GFF’s 20th anniversary and Manitoba 150.


1) GFF will only transfer footage for individuals prepared to waive all copyright over the materials and willing to place the transferred footage in the public domain.

2) GFF will only transfer footage shot in Manitoba and shot before the year 2000.

3) Priority is given to images that have historical relevance, including historical Manitoba landscapes, locations, architecture, events and individuals.

4) GFF is looking only for movies shot on physical media (Film reels, old video tapes, etc. Hard drives, SD cards, etc. are not eligible)

5) Any individual / family can only send a maximum of 1 hour of film footage / 3 hours of video footage to begin with.

6) Any individual submitting footage must fill out a signed copyright release form.

7) The applicant is responsible for the initial cost of shipping physical media to GFF. GFF will pay the return shipping costs.

8) GFF staff will execute this program with the most professional care, however GFF is not liable for any damaged, missing, or lost materials.

9) Registrants can expected a 3-6 month turn around time to receive their film transfers.

The Manitoba Project has been generously funded by The Asper Foundation, Manitoba Safe-at-Home, Manitoba 150, Canada Council for the Arts, the Thomas Sill Foundation, the Winnipeg Foundation, and the Manitoba Arts Council

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The Manitoba Project has been generously supported by our community partners The Winnipeg Film Group, Video Pool Media Arts Centre, ACTRA Manitoba & IATSE 856

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