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Manitoba’s Film, TV Industry Bolstered with $590K Investment

Manitoba’s Film, TV Industry Bolstered with $590K Investment

Sunnyside Set
Guests gather on the set of ‘Sunnyside’ for a film and TV industry funding announcement on Thursday, October 9, 2014. (CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — On Screen Manitoba has received a $590,000 investment from the provincial government to further its work in strengthening the local film and TV industry.

The association leads, builds and represents the Manitoba media production industry and creates jobs for those working in it.

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Four New Board Members for On Screen Manitoba

Four New Board Members for On Screen Manitoba

On Screen ManitobaFour new members have joined On Screen Manitoba’s board of directors.

Joanne Levy, Charles Clément, Danielle Audette and Claude Forest have dedicated themselves to the organization for many years.

On Screen Manitoba has five standing committees to provide advice and guidance on specific issues. They include finance, membership, programs, governance and nominations, and government relations and regulatory affairs.

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City’s Film Industry Ecstatic with Tax Credit Extension

City’s Film Industry Ecstatic with Tax Credit Extension

By Tyler Sutherland

On Screen ManitobaOn Screen Manitoba is applauding the extension of the Manitoba Film and Video Tax Credit announced in Tuesday’s provincial budget.

The industry incentive also extends the Manitoba Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit (MIDMTC) to 2016, while making it more competitive nationally.

“We’re very pleased that Manitoba is responsive to the needs of our sector as it adapts to the rapidly changing media landscape,” said Nicole Matiation, executive director of On Screen Manitoba.

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Jeff Gomez to Speak at On Screen Manitoba Industry Event

Jeff Gomez to Speak at On Screen Manitoba Industry Event

On Screen ManitobaRenowned storyteller Jeff Gomez will be the keynote speaker at this year’s ALL ACCESS 2013. The forum for writers, producers and directors is being put on by On Screen Manitoba for industry professionals working in the industry.

Gomez heads up New York City-based Starlight Runner Entertainment, where he transforms intellectual properties into highly successful transmedia franchises by finding ways to extend movies, video games, graphic novels, comic books, animation and toys across multiple media platforms.

The conference is being held March 18 to 20 at The Fairmont Winnipeg.

Manitoba’s Booming Film Industry Celebrates 25 Years

Manitoba’s Booming Film Industry Celebrates 25 Years

Manitoba’s film industry is marking 25 years with a celebration tonight at the Franco-Manitoban Cultural Centre.

Providing both a creative and economic benefit to the province, the local film industry is booming as new projects constantly get off the ground.

“People read about celebrities coming to Winnipeg and they see the white film trucks, but few know how much this industry contributes to the province,” said Carole Vivier, CEO and film commissioner of Manitoba Film and Music. “Film production in Manitoba means that millions of dollars are going into the economy every year.”

More than $106-million in provincial tax incentives have helped 529 productions valued at nearly $1 billion in the past 10 years.

Manitoba Film and Music, along with On Screen Manitoba, will celebrate tonight from 7 p.m. to midnight. The cocktail reception will include a film installation exhibit featuring the work of local filmmakers including Deco Dawson, Greg Hanec, Heidi Phillips, Noam Gonick, Paula Kelly, Dominique Rey, Kevin Lee Burton and Alain Delannoy. It will also feature musical performances by The Solutions, Larry Roy Trio and DJ Grant Paley.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are $25 at the door ($20 for members of On Screen Manitoba, Manitoba Music and Le 100 Nons).

On Screen Manitoba Applauds Steady Tax Film Credit

On Screen Manitoba Applauds Steady Tax Film Credit

By Brian Schultz

On Screen Manitoba is applauding the provincial government for the recent enhancement of its 30% all spend tax credit to stimulate film production in Manitoba.

“Provincial tax credit incentives and the equity fund allow Manitoba production companies to compete financially in a global context,” said Phyllis Laing, chair of On Screen Manitoba and CEO and president of Buffalo Gal Pictures. “Production incentives have also contributed to building highly skilled technical and creative professionals for the Manitoba industry.”

Saskatchewan has scrapped their film tax credit, but has proposed a non-refundable tax credit instead. On Monday, supporters of the film industry rallied outside the Saskatchewan legislature for the original credit’s return.

“The Government of Saskatchewan seems to be trying to address these new challenges through the recent announcement of a new non-refundable Film/TV and Digital Tax Credit (FTDC) formula; however, it strays so far from current industry practice it seems unlikely to stimulate film and television production in that province,” On Screen Manitoba said in a release.

Local Filmmaker Angela Heck Wins $20K Pitch

Local Filmmaker Angela Heck Wins $20K Pitch

Angela Heck (fourth), Nicole Matiation (On Screen Manitoba executive director), and judges Maureen Levitt (Super Channel), Danielle Audette (APTN), and Kim Bell (MTS TV). (HANDOUT)

Winnipegger Angela Heck has come away the big winner at the 2012 MTS Winnipeg On Demand $20,000 Pitch!

Heck had three minutes to pitch her project, “BUZZ…(Manitoba Mosquitos),” to a jury of industry professionals on Tuesday night in hopes of scoring a $20,000 licence fee with MTS Winnipeg On Demand.

Heck’s film examines the culture that surrounds the not-so-humble mosquito and asks what our lives would be like without it.

Following the pitch at the Fairmont Winnipeg, judges had five minutes to offer feedback and ask any questions.

“This is really overwhelming,” Heck exclaimed in an On Screen Manitoba news release. “It sounds trite but you really do dream about this. It’s so exciting to be able to pitch in front of a hometown crowd and be so welcome and ultimately rewarded for your efforts. It’s unbelievable!”

The pitch offered a forum for Manitoba filmmakers to share their story ideas.

Nine other finalists also presented their pitches:

Alf Kollinger — 100 Years of Speed and Daring
Don Marks — Behind in the Count
Jonathan Lê — Filipino Social
Raymond Friesen — Indie 2 – Behind Indie Game: The Movie
Geoff Banjavich — Jose – A Piano Impresario’s Journey
Conrad Sweatman — Town Without Poverty
Danielle Sturk — Kyden in 10 Movements
Taavo Soodor — MurderPeg
Bruce Claydon – Haunted Winnipeg

$20,000 On the Line in Manitoba Film Pitch

$20,000 On the Line in Manitoba Film Pitch

By Tyler Sutherland

On Screen Manitoba is putting up a $20,000 prize for the best pitch for a Manitoba-based story idea, ranging from a documentary, lifestyle, or variety.

The pitch competition will be judged by a jury of industry professionals, who will ultimately decide who deserves the $20,000 license fee. The winning pitch will have their idea turned into a film made for the small screen.

Finalists will have three minutes to convey their pitch, followed by answering questions and taking feedback.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 16 at 4:59 p.m. CT by e-mail to membership@onscreenmanitoba.com. Finalists will be notified by December 23, 2011. The cost of submission is free. Download an application form here (PDF).

Two Openings at On Screen Manitoba

Two Openings at On Screen Manitoba

On Screen Manitoba has two immediate openings for a research and special initiatives coordinator and a communications and partnerships manager.

The first position acts as a liaison between the programs and membership staff and the communications and partnership staff, while reporting to the organization’s executive director.

The communications and partnerships manager will be responsible for implementing, and further developing On Screen Manitoba’s communication plan and partnership initiatives.

Both positions list the ideal candidate to be bilingual.

The deadline to apply is September 6, 2011 at 5 p.m. CT.

Winner Crowned in $10,000 Film Pitch

Winner Crowned in $10,000 Film Pitch

By Tyler Sutherland

On Screen Manitoba chose its winner of the Rogers $10,000 Pitch late Friday at the Gimli Film Festival.

Quinn Greene won the big award for his project “Brad Even Paler”

Greene was crowned the winner after delivering a three-minute pitch to a panel of industry professionals and a packed house at the Gimli Theatre.

“I feel amazing, it was a lot of hard work to get here, I can’t even describe it,” Greene said in a statement. “It’s amazing! I’m so excited to start working.”

“Brad Even Paler” is a six-episode comedic horror web series about Bradley Tepid, an agoraphobic geek who lives a simple life of avoiding responsibility and beating his own Mario Brothers High Scores — until an accident leaves him with a rare disease of Vampirism. Not only is Brad still the same lazy, sickly loser he always was, now he’ll stay that way forever.

Seven finalists also pitched their works.