Manitobans: New Cinematoba project wants to help you tell your story

Cinematoba
Rachel-Young

Rachel Young

Outreach and Engagement Lead

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

A collaboration between The Winnipeg Foundation and the National Screen Institute – Canada, Cinematoba is a new filmmaking initiative providing funding and support for five Manitobans from across the province to share their original stories of local generosity.

Cinematoba is seeking applicants 18 years or older from across Manitoba to submit their original story ideas – whether you live in northern Manitoba, Winkler, Brandon, Steinbach or anywhere in between. Filmmaking experience is not required, and there is no cost to apply.

Each participant will receive a $10,000 cash award to bring their story idea to life. Drama, documentary, sci-fi/horror, comedy and experimental are all eligible genres.

Applicants apply with an outline of their idea including details about the story, subjects or characters, time period (past or present), list of shooting locations (if available), approximate length of the film (must be 10 min. or less).

Cam Bennett has signed on as the program manager for Cinematoba. Cam is a writer/director based in Winnipeg. He was previously executive producer for MTS TV (Bell MTS) Stories From Home. His work has been broadcast on APTN, CBC, CTV, Global, Discovery, Life Network, History UK and The SciFi Network. Cam is currently senior story editor on the series, Ice Vikings.

The National Screen Institute will match novice or emerging storytelling participants with experienced local filmmakers and, depending on skill level, provide mentorship and guidance as they plan, produce and finalize their film. Experienced storytelling participants will work more independently, interacting directly with the program manager. The process is expected to span 11 months and culminate in a celebration showcase event of all films to be held in Winnipeg in September 2023.


Submissions are now open. Read the full program guidelines and apply here.


“We are thrilled to partner with the National Screen Institute to offer Manitobans this incredible opportunity to share their stories of generosity,” says Sky Bridges, CEO of The Winnipeg Foundation. “There are so many inspiring stories just waiting to be heard,” he added.

“Stories provide a powerful way for us to connect,” says National Screen Institute CEO, Joy Loewen. “If you have a story you’re passionate about telling, Cinematoba is a wonderful opportunity to share it and help Manitobans from all walks of life understand a little more about their neighbour.”

Five finalists will be selected by a juried panel from the maximum of 100 applications. Interested applicants living anywhere across Manitoba are encouraged to apply. Submission deadline is July 8, 2022.

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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.

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About The Winnipeg Foundation

The Winnipeg Foundation is For Good. Forever. As a public foundation, we are able to support our shared community because of 100 years of donors’ generosity. We are proud to be Canada’s first community foundation.

About the National Screen Institute – Canada

Propelled by a visionary network of donors, private and public organizations, board and staff, the National Screen Institute supports creators from across Canada to tell unforgettable stories. Through industry-informed training and mentoring in film, television and digital media, students and alumni find their voice and place on the global stage, inspiring us to shape a better world.

For more information;

LuAnn Lovlin, CFRE
Director of Communications & Marketing, The Winnipeg Foundation
C: 204.781.9336
E: llovlin@wpgfdn.org

Rachel Young
Outreach and Engagement Lead, National Screen Institute
C: 204.801.5263
E: rachel.young@nsi-canada.ca

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About the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI)

Propelled by a visionary network of donors, private and public organizations, board members and staff, the National Screen Institute supports creators from across Canada to tell unforgettable stories. Through industry-informed training and mentoring in film, television and digital media, students and alumni find their voice and place on the global stage, inspiring us to shape a better world.

We 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.

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Rachel Young, Outreach and Engagement Lead


The National Screen Institute is supported by: Core Funders: Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage, the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council; Benefactors: TELUS, Telefilm Canada, Canada Media Fund (CMF), Department for Women and Gender Equality (WAGE); Patrons: CBC, Creative Saskatchewan; Builders: APTN, TikTok Canada, Indigenous Screen Office (ISO), The Winnipeg Foundation; Indigenous Training Programs Partner: Directors Guild of Canada; Strategic Sponsors: Manitoba Film & Music, Bell Media, RBC Emerging Artists, documentary Channel, CBC Gem, Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD), Alberta Film Commission, Manitoba Arts Council; Industry Partner: National Film Board of Canada; Friends: Ontario Creates, Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), Bell Fund, Stantec, William F. White International, Company 3.