Eagle Vision: Film & Television Production
Inferno Pictures Inc.
Why film in Manitoba
Manitoba’s film and television industry has grown substantially.
Through the Manitoba Film and Sound Recording Development Corporation (the only provincial funding agency of its kind in Canada), the Province of Manitoba offers loans and equity funding for the development and production of projects owned/co-owned by Manitoba producers and is also a full service film commission. Manitoban production companies have become experienced inter-provincial and international co-production partners; the province’s positive international reputation and appealing production incentives have attracted many to partner with Manitoba.
Among the incentives to produce in Manitoba are:
A sizeable provincial tax credit (The Manitoba Film and Video Production Tax Credit)
Ensemble of diverse locations, from Winnipeg’s turn-of-the-century Exchange District and contemporary skyline, to quaint rural towns, golden prairies, rolling hills, arctic tundra and white sand beaches.
World-class technical production labour and highly skilled production professionals
For more information on these incentives and others, please visit mbfilmmusic.ca
Manitoba Film Industry Stakeholders
On Screen Manitoba
On Screen Manitoba (OSM) is a non-profit member-driven industry association with just under 300 members. As the provincial industry association, representing all components of the Manitoba media production industry (production companies, unions, service suppliers, film commissions, training organizations film festivals writers, directors, producers and other industry professionals), On Screen Manitoba advocates locally and nationally for a positive filming environment in Manitoba. On Screen Manitoba connects its members to each other and to information and resources to help them develop projects, build their business, prepare for production and develop their career.
Manitoba Film & Music
Manitoba Film & Music (MFM) is the provincial crown agency. As a funding agency, it administers the Manitoba Film and Video Tax Credit Program on behalf of the Government of Manitoba and provides funding for the development and production of Manitoba-made content (media production and music). It also promotes the Manitoba media production industry and the Manitoba music industry nationally and internationally. As the provincial film commission, it promotes Manitoba as a filming location. It is the first point of contact for production inquiries regarding location photos and the tax credit program.
The Winnipeg Film and Special Events Office
The Winnipeg Film and Special Events Office is committed to promoting and facilitating filming in Winnipeg, ranging from small independent films and documentaries, to big-budget Academy Award-winning studio productions. Whether it’s finding the perfect urban location, getting permits to film a captivating streetscape, or even renting a fire truck...the Winnipeg Film and Special Events Office’s friendly and professional staff have decades of experience in the industry and the civic contacts you need to make your project a success.
The Manitoba Film Liaison Office
The Manitoba Film Liaison Office provides a single point of contact for access to all provincial government facilities. Provincial facilities include: government buildings, sites, hospitals, highways, parks and crown lands. The Film Liaison Office works closely with the Manitoba Film Commission, the City of Winnipeg Film and Special Events Office and location managers to facilitate requests for filming on provincial properties from initial location scouting to negotiating facility use agreements with the province. The Manitoba Film Liaison Office is also the first point of contact for filming requests related to municipalities outside Winnipeg.
IATSE Local 856
IATSE is a labour union made up of more than 100,000 specialty artists, technicians and freelance craft workers across North America. In Manitoba, IATSE Local 856 represents the following departments: Animal Wrangling, Art, Catering, Construction, Continuity (Script), Costume, Extras Casting, First Aid and Craft Services (FACS), Greens, Grips, Hairstylists, Lighting, Makeup Artists, Paint, Picture Vehicles, Props, Security, Set Decorating, Sound, Special Effects, Transportation. See a full listing of all crew departments here.
The Directors Guild of Canada
The Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) is a national labour organization representing key creative and logistical personnel in the screen-based industries. The Guild was established in 1962 as an association of Canada’s creative film directors, and currently represents over 5,000 members covering all areas of direction, design, production and editing. DGC Manitoba represents over 150 members locally in the direction, production, locations, accounting and editing departments.
ACTRA is the union of professional performers in movies, television, radio and digital productions. ACTRA Manitoba has a membership of 690 performers, including actors, singers, stunt performers, dancers, voice specialists and others. The Independent Production Agreement (IPA) negotiated with the Producers’ Associations sets the minimum working conditions and rates in most feature films and television series. Other Agreements include commercials, NFB and broadcasters.
Film Training Manitoba
Film Training Manitoba (FTM) is a non-profit sector council that provides a range of in-person and online courses including some which are required for membership in IATSE 856 & 669, ACTRA Manitoba and DGC Manitoba. Film Training Manitoba provides courses, workshops and masterclasses. Sessions include introductions to a range of jobs and departments as well as more advanced professional development. It is in regular contact with post-secondary and secondary institutions to communicate the training required to work in the media production industry. Film Training Manitoba also offers on-the-job training programs through internships and mentorships.
National Screen Institute - Canada
National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is the only national training organization in Western Canada for writers, directors and producers in film, television and digital media. Based in Winnipeg, it provides training, development and production support through courses like NSI Totally Television, NSI Drama Prize, NSI New Voices, NSI Features First, NSI IndigiDocs, Script to Screen and NSI Lifestyle & Reality Series Producer. NSI also offers national exposure through the NSI Online Short Film Festival, and provides vast resources and support to film, television, and digital media industry members at nsi-canada.ca.
Indigenous Filmmakers Association
The Indigenous Filmmakers Association (IFA) is a non-profit collective group of Indigenous filmmakers working to grow the Indigenous film community in Winnipeg & Manitoba. IFA produces the Indigenous Film Summit, an annual conference aimed at emerging and professional indigenous directors, writers and producers.
Documentary Organization of Canada
The Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC) is the collective voice of Canada’s independent documentary creators. DOC’s National office leads on research and advocacy work that strengthens the ecosystem for documentary production while DOC chapters provide community support, professional development and networking opportunities.
Winnipeg Film Group
The Winnipeg Film Group is a world class, artist-run education, production, exhibition and distribution centre committed to promoting the art of the moving image. The Winnipeg Film Group supports filmmakers, engages the community and expands the appreciation of independent cinema. It provides a platform for expression to a wide range of voices and approaches, supporting the filmmaker as an artistic creator and fostering creativity and new directions and ideas.