July 5, 2017

On Screen Manitoba, RBC and the Gimli Film Festival are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2017 RBC Emerging Filmmaker Competition. This year saw a record-breaking number of submissions from 22 emerging Manitoban filmmakers. The following filmmakers will pitch their projects to a jury of industry professionals in front of a live audience during the Gimli Film Festival on Saturday July 29th, 10 AM at the Gimli Theatre.

Alan Wong – Dreams
Alex Ateah & Cleo Leslie – Heel
Jackson Peters- Your Mileage May Vary
Justin Lamoureux – The Alligator: The Beast of Manigotogan River
Miles Crossman & Nicola Baldwin – If It Ain’t Got

The jury will select one filmmaker who will be awarded $10,000 in production funds through the RBC Emerging Artists Project, a mentorship with industry professionals from the National Screen Institute, a one-year membership to On Screen Manitoba, a $2,500 gift certificate courtesy of William F. White and a premiere screening of their film at next year’s Gimli Film Festival.

The program will open with the premiere screening of the short film The Debut from Solmund MacPherson and Allegra Chiarella, winners of the 2016 pitch competition.

Participating filmmakers are then given three minutes to pitch their short film ideas to the panel of industry professionals and a live audience at the Gimli Theatre. Following each pitch, the jury has five minutes to offer feedback and to ask questions. Once every pitch is completed, the jury deliberates and selects a winner.

“We’re very excited to hear the pitches for this year’s RBC Emerging Filmmaker Competition at Gimli Film Festival and to get to know more of the amazing talent waiting to be discovered,” said Aaron Martyniw, RBC Vice President Commercial Financial Services. “RBC is proud to help Manitoba’s arts community thrive and we thank On Screen Manitoba and Gimli Film Festival for giving storytellers this chance to share their creative vision and the chance to make their leap to the big screen.”

“The RBC pitch 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 and William F. White for the generous prizes they provide for this competition. Manitoba’s screen-based media community values their support and looks forward to continued partnership.

On Screen Manitoba thanks its sustaining partners