Announcing the Finalists of the 2018 RBC $10,000 Emerging Filmmaker Competition

July 12, 2018

On Screen Manitoba, RBC and the Gimli Film Festival are pleased to announce the finalists for the 7th Annual Gimli Film Festival RBC $10,000 Emerging Filmmaker Competition. This year saw 12 submissions from emerging Manitoba filmmakers. An independent pre-selection jury selected 5 projects to move on to the live pitch competition during the Gimli Film Festival on Saturday July 28 at 10 AM at the Gimli Theatre. See the full festival schedule here.

2018 Finalists:
Josh Benoit – Melaleuca 
Sage Daniels – Broken Glass
Frances Koncan – Trick or Treaty
Ryan Steel – Louis ‘David’ Riel
Erika Ulrich – Palm House (Eternal Youth)

The program will open with the premiere screening of the short film by the 2017 competition winners Miles Crossman and Nicola Baldwin, If It Ain’t Got.

Each finalist has three minutes to pitch their short film idea to a jury of industry professionals and a live audience followed by five minutes of questions from the jury. Once all of the pitches are complete, the jury will deliberate and select one filmmaker who will receive $10,000 in production funds through the RBC Emerging Artists Project, a mentorship with industry professionals from the National Screen Institute – Canada, a one-year membership with On Screen Manitoba, a $2,500 gift certificate courtesy of William F. White International and a premiere screening of their film at the 2019 Gimli Film Festival.

“The RBC $10,000 Emerging Filmmaker Competition is a must-see event at GFF. We are excited for another year to showcase Manitoba’s up-and-coming film talent alongside our diverse programming of over 100 acclaimed films,” said Leona Johnson, Festival Director of the Gimli Film Festival. “We look forward to kicking-off Saturday at the Festival with this engaging and dynamic event that is free and open to the public.”

“The RBC $10,000 Emerging Filmmaker Competition at Gimli Film Festival reflects storytelling at its finest. In just a few short minutes, you are left inspired, moved, and enthralled,” shared Aaron Martyniw, RBC Vice President Commercial Financial Services. “RBC is passionate about Manitoba’s thriving film industry and arts community and we are grateful to both On Screen Manitoba and Gimli Film Festival for providing these storytellers an opportunity to share how their creative vision will make the leap from the page to the screen.”

“The RBC $10,000 Emerging Filmmaker Competition at the Gimli Film Festival opens the door for emerging talent in Manitoba. Many past pitch participants work in the Manitoba media production industry today,” said Nicole Matiation, Executive Director of On Screen Manitoba. “With our media production business booming, there is real opportunity for people interested in a career in the industry. On Screen Manitoba looks forward to working with each and every participant as they develop their media production skills.”

On Screen Manitoba, RBC and the Gimli Film Festival would like to thank the National Screen Institute – Canada and William F. White International for the generous prizes they provide for this competition. Manitoba’s screen-based media community values their support and looks forward to continued partnership.

The RBC Emerging Artists Project helps artists bridge the gap from emerging to established, and supports organizations that provide the best opportunity to advance their career trajectory. RBC supports arts organizations and artists in a range of genres including visual art, music, theatre, performance, literature and film.

The Gimli Film Festival is the largest film festival in Manitoba. Over the past 17 years, our audience, sponsors and partners have supported and shaped the festival into what it is today. We showcase fiction feature films, documentaries and short films from Manitoba, Canada and the world.

On Screen Manitoba is a provincial industry association and it leads the development of a dynamic media production industry that is recognized for its world-class creative and technical talent, an industry that generates over 1,900 jobs annually and attracts over $58M annually to the Province of Manitoba.

On Screen Manitoba thanks its sustaining partners