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Manitoba’s Booming Film Industry Celebrates 25 Years

November 10, 2012 8:08 AM | Entertainment

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).