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.
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.
August 2022 to June 2023
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.
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 email@example.com.
Frequently asked questions
“Program manager(s)” refers to the individual appointed to oversee the program operations and act as the point of contact for participants.
We invite applications from those with no experience through to more experienced creators.
We will accept projects in these genres: drama, documentary, sci-fi/horror, comedy, and experimental.
The following genres are not eligible: music videos, animation, video games and applications with non-Manitoban content.
Projects with gratuitous violence, sexual violence, sexual exploitation, promotion of hatred, obscene, profane or offensive content should not be submitted.
No, just an outline of your idea – a one-pager with your idea (a couple of paragraphs about the story you want to tell), subjects or characters listed, time period (past or present), list of the locations where you hope to film (if available), approximate length of the film (must be 10 min. or less – the shorter the better).
Your resume – include any experience you may have with filmmaking, writing, research, storytelling or project management (include your role on the project and information about each project: names of the writer / director / producer; genre; if it was a student film; final running time; any broadcasts / theatrical release / festivals played; is it in in production or completed?)
What is your role in the project you are submitting to Cinematoba? Are you the writer, director, producer, other, all?
Statement of intent / expectation: why do you want to tell this story? Why is it important to you? What do you hope to get out of this experience?
Letter of reference: from someone who can vouch for your skills and ability to do this work
Cash award of $10,000 from The Winnipeg Foundation
Mentorship through the National Screen Institute
You should expect to spend anywhere from 50 to 60 hours on your film project throughout the duration of the program (August 2022 – June 2023). The amount of time will be determined by the complexity of your project. Your mentor will be able to help determine the time required.
Note: you and your mentor are required to attend a 90-minute online training workshop in September 2022.
Following the workshop, over a span of approximately nine months, you will plan and shoot your film. You will deliver your final film in June 2023.
Novice and emerging filmmakers will work closely with their mentors throughout this period, with weekly or bi-weekly meetings taking place as needed. The exact number of days and hours will depend upon your experience level, story concept and others working with you on your film. Before you apply to the program, please ensure your personal and work schedules will allow you to do this work.
Experienced filmmakers will create and agree on a work plan with the program manager.
If this is your first time diving into filmmaking, your mentor will work with you to determine the best fit for your project. If you have some filmmaking experience already, you can use your own equipment and the format with which you are most comfortable including a smartphone or a pro camera. Or both!
An independent jury will review all applications and select projects.
Projects will be selected based on the strength of the story and if the jury believes they can be accomplished within the budget and time frame.
Yes. You must fill out a separate application for each idea.
The Winnipeg Foundation and the National Screen Institute have the right to a head and/or tail credit on the film, as well as credit on all publicity and promotional materials related to the project.
You will sign a contract outlining the commitments and responsibilities
The relationship between the National Screen Institute, The Winnipeg Foundation and the applicant shall not be deemed to constitute a partnership or joint venture. The applicant shall not have the right to incur any debts nor make any commitment of or on behalf of the National Screen Institute or The Winnipeg Foundation.
100% of the filming and production of your film must take place in Manitoba.
Your story must be about people, topics or events that are relevant and / or connected to Manitoba.
You will need to provide documentation showing you have the rights to tell the story. For example, if your story idea is inspired by or based on something which already exists, you must have written permission from the creator of the original work. The National Screen Institute reserves the right to disqualify anyone that does not fully own the rights in and to the project.
You shall retain copyright of the short film you develop and produce through this initiative. This means the film is yours and you have the right to screen it where you choose after the world premiere of your film at a special event in fall 2023.
The training provided includes sessions that you will attend with other participants. You agree that the content of such sessions shall be confidential (“confidential information”) and that you may only use the content of such sessions for personal development.
You shall not make use of any concepts of any other participant expressed in the sessions (or infringe upon the rights of other participants and their respective projects) in any manner without receiving prior written consent from the other participant(s).
You agree that the program guidelines and all materials provided during the course of the training are and remain the property of the National Screen Institute. Materials provided during training shall be used only for the training. You shall not distribute associated materials to any third party without the prior written consent of the National Screen Institute.
The unauthorized disclosure of confidential information shall constitute a breach of the program terms.
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.