June 3, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAY 30, 2015 (WINNIPEG, MB) – On Screen Manitoba (OSM) congratulates Kalyn Hanuschuk, Cindy Fouillard, and Jennifer Norris Wuckert whose project Girls With Guitars was selected as the winner of the MTS Stories From Home $20,000 Pitch! competition on Saturday during the 2015 Gimme Some Truth Documentary 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 Cinemateque 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 selectedGirls With Guitars as the winner of the $20,000 production deal with MTS Stories From Home.
“Over the last several years, MTS Stories From Home has been responsible for igniting an especially fertile documentary filmmaking landscape in Winnipeg andManitoba, with filmmakers from all backgrounds and experience getting a chance to tell their stories,” said Jaimz Asmundson, Festival Producer at Gimme Some Truth. “We are very happy to have hosted the $20,000 Pitch at the festival this year and are excited to see Girls with Guitars!”
“The MTS Stories From Home $20,000 Pitch! offers an exceptional opportunity for emerging and established filmmakers to share their passion for local stories,” said Nicole Matiation, Executive Director of On Screen Manitoba. “The diversity and quality of the presentations this year speaks to the talent and creativity of Manitobafilmmakers.”
The judges were impressed by all of the pitches, but something about Girls With Guitars felt special. The audience was appreciative of each presentation and recognized that the jury made a difficult decision.
“There were no bad pitches today, each was unique and appealing,” said Cam Bennett, Executive Producer at MTS Stories From Home. “I think Girls With Guitarsresonated with the jury because of the authenticity and timeliness of the story. If women are still fighting to be recognized for their talent and creativity in the music world, that actually mirrors portions of the television and film industry in Canada. It’s important and we can’t wait to see where this goes”
Congratulations to all the finalists who presented their story ideas:
Sheryl Peters and Angela Chalmers – Art From the Heart
Scott Anderson, Trevor Hnatowich, and Cleo Leslie – Dumpster Diving
Jaydon Flett – Finding Funny
Nereo Eugenio II – Grand Slam Central
Jessica Gibson and Quinn Green – Picture Day
George Orallo and Karen Tusa – The Blind Kid
Doug Northcott, Derek Christianson, Denis Ankrah – Winnipeg Guitar
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 Winnipeg Film Group, the Cinematheque Theatre, and our jurors – Kim Bell, Alicia Smith and Monica Lowe.
On Screen Manitoba leads the development of a dynamic media production industry that is recognized for its world-class creative and technical talent.
Stories from Home is a free service on MTS Ultimate TV that showcases intensely local stories that will inspire viewers with history, culture and issues affecting life in Winnipeg and Manitoba.
For more information contact:
Amy Rebecca Harrison
Industry Communications Coordinator
On Screen Manitoba