July 29, 2014
OSM congratulates Orlando Braun and Jorge Requena (Prairie Boy Productions) whose project That Mennonite Joke was selected as the winner of the MTS Stories From Home $20,000 Pitch! competition earlier today during the 2014 Gimli Film Festival. In a live pitch environment, participants had three minutes to pitch their project to a panel of industry professionals and a packed house at the Aspire Theatre.
Following each pitch the panel had five minutes to offer feedback and to ask questions. After all the pitches were completed, the panel deliberated and selected Prairie Boy Productions as the winner of the $20,000 production deal with MTS Stories From Home.
“We recognize the value in cultural diversity and we took a hard look at what we could offer in that world and That Mennonite Joke is our way to explain the cultural diversity of Manitoba to the world.” Said Requena moments after winning the giant cheque.
“The MTS Stories From Home $20,000 Pitch! is an incredible opportunity for Manitoba filmmakers, “said Nicole Matiation Executive Director of On Screen Manitoba. “The caliber of pitches this year is a testament to the talent and creativity of the Manitoba media production industry.”
The judges were impressed by all of the pitches, but something about That Mennonite Joke stood out.
“After difficult deliberation, our jury is thrilled to award the MTS Stories From Home $20,000 Pitch prize to Jorge and Orlando.” Said Cam Bennett, Executive Producer of MTS Stories From Home.
Congratulations to all the finalists who presented their story ideas:
Mark Borowski, John Anthony Wilson – Contacting the Dead
Ed Ackerman – Jihadzilla
Devon Unrau – Manitoba Treasure
Whitney Light, Jason Hasselman – Our People’s Way
Ivan Hughes – Skating Home
Lawrence Lannoo, Phil Cholosky – Sweet Memories and Bitter Realities
Clarke Stockton, Gina Marsh – The Film That Was Never Made
David Zellis – The Porter is Hot Tonight
Shelly Anthis – To Main Street With Love
On Screen Manitoba wishes to thank MTS for the generous prize they provided for the MTS Stories From Home $20,000 Pitch! competition. Manitoba’s screen-based media community values their support and looks forward to continued partnership We also wish to thank the Gimli Film Festival, the Aspire Theatre, our jurors – Kim Bell, Alicia Smith and Iris Yudai, and host, Cam Bennett.