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Posted on September 14, 2016

Coming Soon! Manitoba Projects on the Silver Screen

Over the next few months there will be many opportunities to see Manitoba talent on the silver screen. Here is a list of some projects to catch.

Channel Zero: Candle Cove: This horror sci-fi series, shot entirely in Manitoba, is based on stories from the popular horror fiction website Channel Zero will premiere on the SyFy network on September 27, 2016. The local Manitoba service production company is Original Pictures and Manitoban Ellen Rutter is the Unit Production Manager on the project.

Taken: This important true crime series follows the stories of some of Canada’s missing and murdered indigenous women. Produced by Manitoba company Eagle Vision Inc. and broadcast by CBC and APTN, Taken premiered September 9, 2016 on APTN. The series has already been renewed for a second season.

A Dog’s Purpose: This DreamWorks production, directed by Lasse Hallström (Cider House Rules, Chocolat) and starring Dennis Quaid, shot in several communities throughout Manitoba in the summer of 2015. A Dog’s Purpose, based on the novel of the same name, will hit theatres on January 27, 2017. The local production company attached to the project is Original Pictures Inc.

Lovesick: Written and directed by Manitoban Tyson Caron, Lovesick is a romantic comedy starring Jessica Paré, Jacob Tierney, Ali Tataryn, Rebecca Gibson and Jay Baruchel. The film was a 2016 Canadian Production Spotlight Award Honouree by ShowCanada in LA. ShowCanada is the only film industry convention that brings together all sectors of the industry from across Canada and the US. Each year in May ShowCanada shines a spotlight on Canadian producers and directors making movies for our theatres.  Lovesick, produced by Manitoba company Eagle Vision Inc., is scheduled for release by Entertainment One in the first quarter of 2017.

Watch for other Manitoba projects including Considering Love and Other Magic (premiering at the Calgary Film Festival this Fall), The Exorcism of Molly Hartley (currently on Netflix), and Polar Bear Town (now airing on OLN and Choice TV). Watch for information in the coming weeks on the Les Productions Rivard project La Grande Traversée, which has wrapped its first season and will air on CBC. Also keep an eye out for the Farpoint Films project Kid Diners, airing on TVO and in the spring of 2017.


MFM’s Music Recording Production Deadline is September 29, 2016

Get your applications in! The deadline to submit your funding application to MFM’s Music Recording Production Fund and Music Recording Production Fund For Out-Of-Province Artists is September 29, 2016 at 5pm. Applications can be dropped off at the MFM office at 410-93 Lombard Ave. For more info visit


MFM Outreach

In an effort to increase public awareness about MFM’s funding programs, our film and music department staff have scheduled a series of outreach sessions around Manitoba.

On September 6, MFM’s music staff participated on a funders panel as part of Manitoba Music’s workshop series, alongside a representative from FACTOR. On September 14th, music program staff will deliver an overview of MFM’s programs at Immigrant Centre in Winnipeg at 1:30pm. Plans are currently in the works for a music programs presentation at the University of Brandon this fall.

On the film side, there are currently outreach sessions scheduled for September 19, 2016 at 12:30pm in Brandon for Assiniboine College and Brandon University students followed by an evening session for emerging filmmakers and producers. MFM will also host a panel on September 28 at 1:30pm at the Immigrant Centre in Winnipeg for recent immigrants who have some experience in the film industry or have an interest in making a career in film. There is also a plan in the works for a presentation at the University of Manitoba. All film program presentations are being conducted in collaboration with On Screen Manitoba.


Congrats to Our Partners

MFM was proud to partner with several Manitoba events and initiatives this summer in an effort to grow Manitoba’s film and music industries and build careers.

On the music side, MFM once again joined forces with Manitoba Music to present the Manitoba showcase at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. This year’s stage featured performances by Red Moon Road, William Prince, Dan Frechette, Matt Epp and the Crooked Brothers. MFM also partnered with Jazz Fest Winnipeg, the Manito Ahbee Festival and Aboriginal Music Week this summer. All events featured performances and showcase opportunities for Manitoba musicians.

In film, MFM was proud to support the Gimli Film Festival, which provides an excellent showcase opportunity for emerging and established Manitoba filmmakers.


Fall CD Releases

MFM is proud to support Manitoba’s musicians! Here is a list of fall releases of MFM-funded albums and the dates of the CD release events. View details on these shows and others on Manitoba Music’s Live Music calendar at

Royal Canoe

“Something Got Lost Between Here and the Orbit”

Burton Cummings Theatre

September 15


Kevin Roy

“Heartworn Highways”

West End Cultural Centre

September 23


Micah Erenberg

“Poor Mic’s Toe”

The Good Will Social Club

September 24


Sierra Noble

“City of Ghosts”

West End Cultural Centre

September 25


Jaylene Johnson

“Potter & Clay”

St. Margaret’s Anglican Church

September 29

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