Announcing the Winner of the RBC Emerging Artist Competition

July 28, 2015

Congratulations to Kevin Tabachnick, his project Annabelle was selected as the winner of the 4th annual RBC Emerging Filmmaker Competition during the 2015 Gimli Film Festival.

Participants were given five minutes to pitch their short film ideas to a panel of industry professionals and a live audience at the Gimli Theatre. Immediately before the competition, contestants and audience members were treated to a screening of the short film Crash Site from Sonya Ballantyne, winner of the 2014 pitch competition. Following each pitch, the judges panel had five minutes to offer feedback and to ask questions. Once every pitch was completed, the panel deliberated and selected a winner.

Kevin Tabachnick was 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 $1,000 gift certificate courtesy of William F. White and a premiere screening of his film at next year’s Gimli Film Festival.

“I’m very honoured to have had the opportunity to do this and I’m extremely excited to get started,” said Kevin Tabachnick. “I’ll be working with a very good crew and the idea really means a lot to me. I’m so happy I’ll be able to put it to screen.”

“Every year we are truly impressed by the pitches for the RBC Emerging Filmmakers Competition. Each is truly impressive and reflects a wealth of budding and diverse talent,” said Michelle Aitkenhead, RBC Regional Vice President. “The work that has been produced by our winners to date strengthens RBC’s commitment to showcasing young filmmakers and doing what we can to help them along their chosen path. Our goal is that they emerge from this experience empowered to not just pursue a career in film, but also with the industry knowledge and insight to be successful.”

“This is an important event that showcases and encourages the development of new filmmaking talent in Manitoba. Sonya Ballantyne’s film intertwined comic book-style animation and live action in an inventive style that speaks to the creativity and diversity of talent in Manitoba,” said Nicole Matiation, Executive Director, On Screen Manitoba. “In terms of the pitches, the level of competition this year was particularly impressive and I hope that all of the filmmakers who competed will produce the projects they presented.”

Congratulations to all the finalists who presented their story ideas: Jared Adams –Flicker; Alex Kristiansen – Shieldmaiden; Steve Schwartz – Graft; Devon Unrau –The Family Recipe.

On Screen Manitoba and the Gimli Film Festival wish to thank RBC, the National Screen Institute and William F. White for the generous prizes they provided for the 4th Annual RBC Emerging Filmmaker Competition. Manitoba’s screen-based media community values their support and looks forward to continued partnership.

We also wish to thank our jurors: Rob Macklin from Actra Manitoba; Cecilia Araneda from the Winnipeg Film Group; and Leif Kaldor from Zoot Pictures.

The Gimli Film Festival showcases features, documentaries and short films from Manitoba, Canada and the world that promise informative, fascinating and riveting entertainment.

On Screen Manitoba leads the development of a dynamic media production industry that is recognized for its world-class creative and technical talent.

RBC Emerging Artists supports a wide-range of grassroots and local initiatives that contribute to the cultural fabric of our communities. Through the RBC Emerging Artist Project, RBC provides opportunities for up-and-coming artists through programs such as the RBC Canadian Painting Competition and the RBC Emerging Filmmakers Competition. In 2014, we contributed more than $111 million to causes worldwide, including donations and community investments of more than $76 million and $35 million in sponsorships. Learn more at www.rbc.com/emergingartists

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