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HGF/Manitoba Shorts Program

Grants to Manitoba Emerging Filmmakers
for the Production of Short Dramatic Films

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Bell Media - Harold Greenberg Fund and Manitoba Film and Music

Deadline Date:

08/15/19 11:59 PM Central Time


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Grants of $20,000 to Manitoba early-career filmmakers for the production of short dramatic films. Funding is intended to advance the careers of emerging talent through the creation of short films aimed at highlighting original creative ideas as a step toward feature filmmaking. With the exception of documentary, all genres will be accepted, including live action and animation. Production must take place in Manitoba.

Projects must be short films between 5 and 10 minutes and must adhere to CAVCO-certified can-con regulations. Short film scripts must be 10 pages or under.

Applications need not be connected to an active feature project. Projects that can be realized as close to the financing supplied will be favored.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186283

Number of Grants:

This program offers grants to 3 emerging filmmaking teams

Estimated Size of Grant:

$20,000 for each filmmaking team.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications must come from emerging filmmaking teams.

- Writer, director and producer must not have had a credit on a feature film in their discipline
- Writer, producer, director must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents
- Applicants may only be attached to one application per deadline
- Director, writer and at least one producer must reside in MB
- Applicant company must be a MB incorporated company or a federally incorporated company with headquarters in MB (applicants not incorporated at the time of application are still eligible, but must incorporate if selected into the program).

One person can fulfill more than one role, but single persons fulfilling all roles of writer/producer/director must have at least another dedicated producer on board in order to apply. Filmmaking teams may attach a more experienced executive producer to the project, although it is not a requirement.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is August 15, 2019 at 11:59 pm (Central Time).

Applications must come through the HGF online portal system. Decisions will be made by an internal jury of HGF and Manitoba Film and Music personnel. Turnaround time is 4-6 weeks.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Alan Bacchus
(416) 384-3446

The Harold Greenberg Fund
299 Queen St. West
Toronto ON M5V2Z5

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Manitoba