Manitoba punches well above its weight when it comes to film and television production. From international awards to economic impact, Manitobans have a lot to be proud of.
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There are lots of reasons for Manitobans to be proud of our local film and television industry. We have created everything from big budget movies to artistic Indies and award-winning documentaries. Local projects have gone on to win Academy Awards, Canadian Screen Awards, Emmys and more. Manitoba is home to the biggest French-language production company outside of Quebec, and one of Canada’s leading Aboriginal production companies. We are also a very sought-after location for international productions from the US, Europe, Central America and other regions. Manitoba is known as film-friendly; a province with great crews, experienced producers, generous incentives and diverse locations. Take a look at Manitoba Film & Music’s website for more information on what Manitoba offers.
WHY IS THE FILM INDUSTRY GOOD FOR MANITOBA?
Our film and television industry employs over 1,900 Manitobans as cast, crew, and industry support staff. In the past ten years alone, about $1.2 billion worth of production has happened here. Over half of that amount was spent in the province on salaries, services and supplies. In more ways than one, the production industry is good for Manitoba. Take a look at On Screen Manitoba’s Economic Impact Study for more information.
Our successes in film and television also help create an international reputation for Manitoba as a hub of creativity and innovation. Local films have showcased at renowned festivals including the Sundance Film Festival, the Festival de Cannes, Berlinale, the Toronto International Film Festival and many others. Film exhibits and showcases of Manitoba projects have also been shown at the MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) in New York, le Centre Pompidou in Paris and the National Gallery of Canada.
Manitoba is also at the forefront of innovation when it comes to new media and multi-platform projects. We are home to world-class VFX and animation companies, as well as artists who work with the latest in interactive media.
WHAT MAKES US GREAT?
Manitoba’s production industry receives great support and investment from all levels of government. Currently, the Government of Manitoba provides generous tax incentives to productions that film in Manitoba, making our province an attractive location for Canadian and foreign productions. Projects that film in Manitoba can choose between a tax credit of either 65% on eligible Manitoba labour or 30% local eligible expenditures. Both the Province of Manitoba and City of Winnipeg make us a film-friendly place by creating a flexible, accommodating environment for filmmakers.
Manitoba’s producers are also renowned for their experience and professionalism. Local companies have co-produced major projects such as Capote, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Goon, and Shall We Dance. Our crews also have a fantastic reputation for delivering high-quality services that get films made on time and on budget.
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