Manitoba Project | Film Production Fund


Congrats to the Funded Projects:

Preaching to the Perverted, dir. Karen Asher

Nikki Necropants, dir. Jaimz Asmundson

Manito Api – The Merging of Worlds, dir. Erica Daniels

The Heart of the Melt, dir. Marc Greene

The Apple Isn’t So Sweet, dir. Erin Hembrador

Waterwings, dir. Mike Maryniuk

WHAT WE’VE PULLED OFF… SO FAR: A short history of film in Manitoba, dir. Kevin Nikkel

Riverside Queerness, dir. Eric Plamondon

Honey Dill Sauce, dir. Ryan Steel

Le Yable, dir. Elena Sturk Lussier

Ma Nishma Manitoba? (What’s Up Manitoba?), dir. Sara Bulloch and Johanna Reimer-Henteleff

The Manitoba Project – Film Production Fund

As part of The Manitoba Project, GFF has launched a brand new Film Production Fund that will fund Manitoba-based filmmakers and media artists to make new works that celebrate, reflect upon and reconcile Manitoba’s past, present and/or future. These films will kick off GFF 2020 as the Opening Night Films.

As this project is meant to represent all Manitobans, the selection jury will also consider gender parity, cultural diversity and overall fair and accurate representation of all Manitobans through the selection process. For this reason, woman-driven projects and individuals from Manitoba’s minority communities (Indigenous, Francophone, immigrant, etc.) are highly encouraged to apply


Applications closed September 30, 2019 at 5 p.m CST.

The Manitoba Project Overview

The Manitoba Project is a year-long project focused on engaging Manitoba filmmakers and exploring the province’s history through film, brought to you by the Gimli Film Festival.  This special project that will celebrate and preserve the rich history of Manitoba through cinema, in anticipation of the Gimli Film Festival’s 20th anniversary and Manitoba’s 150th celebration!

As part of this project, GFF would like to recognize that we are situated on Treaty 1 Territory, and that the lands on which we hold our annual festival have been home to the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples for far longer than 150 years, as well as being the homeland of the Métis Nation.  We hold this special project in the spirit of collaboration and reconciliation with the Indigenous peoples, and we encourage all local Indigenous filmmakers to please participate in this project, helping us to define and reflect on our collective history.

The Manitoba Project kicks off in 2019 and culminates in 2020. This project will engage Manitoba-based filmmakers and increase Manitoba-based film programming at GFF 2019 & 2020.

The Manitoba Project has been made possible by the Thomas Sill Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts.


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Read the news release about GFF’s Manitoba Project here

The Manitoba Project has been generously funded by 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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