In celebration of our 30th anniversary in 2004, the Winnipeg Film Group commissioned five celebrated filmmakers from our ranks to create a short film. Initially envisioned around the theme of the filmmaking process, each of the participating filmmakers interpreted this mandate broadly and the resulting movies span the spectrum of cinema—from animation to comedy, and dramatic to experimental.

The collection received its title in honour of Guy Maddin's seminal Tales from the Gimli Hospital, originally titled Gimli Saga.


Winnipeg Saga was produced with the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Winnipeg Arts Council through the New Creations Fund.



Time Away, by Aubriand (Carole O'Brien)
7.5 mins, experimental, colour, 2007
Three guides accompany us on a road trip away from time... and towards the transformative end of the road, space...
Automoto, by Neil & Cathy McInnes
5 mins, animation, colour, 2007
An animated re-imagining of the filmmaking process, Automoto takes place inside the ornately mechanized cinematic workshop of a wooden skeleton.
Odin's Shield Maiden, by Guy Maddin
4.5 mins, experimental, b&w, 2007
The shield maiden of Gimli yearns for the drowned fisherman Mundi while her acolytes in mourning aid her in this fact-based account of a tragic accident.
Man of the Northwest, by Matthew Holm
11.5 mins, comedy, colour, 2007
Man of the Northwest is a madcap musical that presents a day in the life of Sgt. Ferguson of the Northwest Mounted Police.
The Last Moment, by Deco Dawson
28.5 mins, drama, colour and b&w, 2007
The Last Moment is a multi-fractured, multi-genred narrative that uses five styles of film history to explore the final moments of a man's life.


    In April 2007 the films premiered at the WFG’s sold out gala at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and since then have individually travelled to over seven countries and screened at over 40 film festivals including Toronto International, Rotterdam International, Ann Arbor, IndieLisboa and Melbourne International.

    In 2008/2009, Winnipeg Saga toured through Manitoba, featuring stops in Gimli (at the Gimli Film Festival, 2008), Thompson (the Basement Bijou Series, Feb 28, 2009); and Brandon (at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, March 21, 2009)


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