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Do you have a unique story to tell about Manitoba – past or present – that you’d love to bring to life as a short film?


Training underway


CINEMATOBA is a new filmmaking initiative for five Manitobans to share stories of local generosity. The program provides funding and filmmaking support for the creation of five original stories about the province.

This is a unique media production and mentorship opportunity for any Manitoban, aged 18 and over, regardless of filmmaking experience level. There is no cost to apply.

Each participant will receive a $10,000 cash award from The Winnipeg Foundation to produce a short film based on their story idea.

The National Screen Institute will match novice or emerging storytelling participants with an experienced local filmmaker who will provide mentorship to guide them through the film production process. Experienced storytelling participants will work more independently, interacting directly with the program manager.

Winnipeg writer / director Cam Bennett is the program manager for Cinematoba.

The goal of the program is for all Manitobans to discover what generosity looks like here in this province.

At a glance

  • May 25, 2022 @ 12 p.m. CST – Cinematoba Online Information Session. Register here to attend.
  • July 8, 2022 @ 4 p.m. CST – Submissions close. Entries are capped at 100. If that limit is reached before July 8, submissions will automatically close
  • August 2022 – Five selected applicants notified
  • August 2022 – Five participants paired with a mentor and begin working on their project
  • September 2022 – Five participants and projects announced publicly
  • September 2022 – 90-min workshop for participants and mentors
  • September 30, 2022 – Treatment due (a document that presents your story idea)
  • January 2023 – Rough cut due (the first edited version of your film)
  • March 2023 – Fine cut due (the final version of your film)
  • June 30, 2023 – Films are completed
  • Fall 2023 – Community screening of all films

Note: All dates are subject to change. All meetings and group work will take place online. Location scouting and filming will take place as COVID restrictions permit.

Key information

Program dates
August 2022 to June 2023
Part-time, online
There is no cost to submit your film idea

To be eligible to submit, you must:

  • Be a Manitoba citizen or permanent resident living in Manitoba, aged 18 or over
  • Have an original story idea

You should apply if you:

  • Are passionate about telling your Manitoba story
  • Can commit to work throughout the 11-month program period
  • Can manage the creative and financial aspects of the project as well as technical ownership

Please note that entries are capped at 100. If that limit is reached before July 8, submissions will automatically close.

Program phases

Our commitment to underrepresented voices

The Winnipeg Foundation and the National Screen Institute are committed to training participants from a diverse community of voices including Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning and two-spirit (LGBTQ2S+), people with disabilities, those outside large urban centres, those from regional and remote areas, and various religious groups.


Please review the FAQ below. If you have additional questions about Cinematoba, please email he***@ci********.org.

Frequently asked questions

Meet the faculty


Cam Bennett

Program Manager

Cam is a writer / director based in Winnipeg.

Danielle Sturk

Danielle Sturk


Danielle Sturk is an award-winning bilingual writer / director whose audacity, creative vision and versatility has driven her work across genres since 2004.

Elise Swerhone with short blonde hair, black dangly earrings and a white roll-neck sweater.

Elise Swerhone



The Language of the North (Fort St. James, BC)

Welcome to Pagliacci’s (Victoria, BC)

Leona Krahn

Leona Krahn


Leona Krahn is a Winnipeg filmmaker whose award-winning body of work spans over 20 years.

Rebecca Gibson

Rebecca Gibson


As a writer, director, producer, series creator, story editor and actor, Rebecca’s work in documentary, drama and comedy has played in festivals, theatres and on TV screens around the world. 

Shereen Jerrett

Shereen Jerrett


Shereen Jerrett is a producer, director and writer who has directed a variety of award-winning documentaries, short dramas, TV series and commercials.

Meet the students

Alice Teufack

Alice Teufack

Grand Frère (Winnipeg, MB)

Grand Frère is a documentary about André Doumbé, a Cameroonian refugee and Franco-Manitoban. He was one of the first African and Cameroonians to settle in the province. Over the course of his life, he led many initiatives that assisted members of his community and acted as a communal big brother.

Carolyn Gray

Carolyn Gray

Escape! (Winnipeg, MB)

Escape! is a drama set in the 1980s about an unlikely duo, Dean and Phil, who create a bond. Dean, a cancer survivor and magician, supports Phil as he struggles with his own illness. The two embark on a journey to find real magic.

Faustina Dalmacio

Faustina Dalmacio

After School (Winnipeg, MB)

After School is a drama about young sisters who are newcomers to Canada who, due to the long hours their parents work, often end up alone after school. During this time, they explore Winnipeg’s downtown area, despite their parents’ instructions to go straight home.

Hilary McDonald

Hilary McDonald

We Haven’t Yet Said Thanks (Flin Flon, MB)

We Haven’t Yet Said Thanks is an experimental film documenting contemporary dance work performed by First Nations artist Kristy Janvier in her explorations of landscape remediation, motherhood and home.


Jessica Landry

Testament (Winnipeg, MB)

Testament follows a 30 year-old woman who’s unsure what to do with her life, in the process of dealing with her grandmother’s estate. She rediscovers her grandmother – and as a result, herself – after inheriting an old bible and reading the notes left by her grandmother.

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