The Manitoba Project | Film Production Fund

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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.

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!

Applications are now open for this production fund. Manitoba filmmakers and media artists can apply for $5,000 to $10,000, with an estimated 6-8 films being funded. Filmmakers and media artists must be current Manitoba residents and must qualify as professional artists.  Any project that fits the broad definition of the media arts is eligible, including media art installations or performances, new media and virtual reality.

Applications will be assessed by a peer jury of professional artists and film community professionals assembled by GFF. All projects will be selected primarily for the following:

  1. Artistic merit
  2. Originality
  3. Importance to Manitoba’s shared collective history
  4. Inclusion of diverse perspectives & topics

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 close September 30, 2019 at 5 p.m CST.

Interested in applying?

Please review our application guidelines here: The Manitoba Project -Application Guidelines

Please download our budget template here: The Manitoba Project – Budget Template


*Application form and guidelines are available in alternate formats upon request.



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