Call for Curatorial Proposals
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About the Winnipeg Film Group
The Winnipeg Film Group’s Cinematheque is an intimate movie theatre devoted to screening the very best in Canadian and world cinema. More than just screening films, we also provide artist talks, panel discussions and special events to explore the artistic nature of film.
Cinematheque has been operated by the Winnipeg Film Group for over 30 years. The Winnipeg Film Group was founded in 1974 and is a charitable, artist-run organization committed to promoting the art of cinema.
More information about our organization and our various programs is available at:
Facilities / Equipment Available
The Winnipeg Film Group maintains two presentation venues – our 97 seat Cinematheque and our 1,250 sq ft black box studio, known as The Black Lodge. Both facilities are able to easily accommodate single channel works and film and video performances; The Black Lodge is also able to accommodate small installations.
We additionally are able to secure non-traditional and outdoor venues to support program needs.
The WFG can support nearly every forma, including: DCP, 35mm, 16mm, Super8, digital files, HDcam, DigiBeta, Beta SP, HDV, Mini DV, DVcam, Bluray, DVD and VHS.
The Winnipeg Film Group’s programming focuses on Canadian artists as our priority, though we will consider works by international artists. We are especially interested in programs that provide a critical context to the work of Aboriginal and culturally diverse artists, Franco-Manitoban artists, as well as programs that look at the history of independent cinema in Canada, in all of its manifestations including single-channel works, installations and expanded cinema.
As a Manitoba-based organization, we are keenly interested in programs that provide attention to the work of Manitoba filmmakers, video artists and other artists working in moving image art practices.
The Winnipeg Film Group is also interested in programming collaborations with other organizations and in receiving touring programs.
Cinema Lounge: Critical Dialogue on Canadian Cinema
The Winnipeg Film Group has an ongoing series designed to provide greater awareness and context to Canada’s vast filmmaking history, entitled Cinema Lounge: Critical Dialogue on Canadian Cinema. This free admission program provides room for Canadian filmmakers to select a work or works of influence to their careers, to present the work(s) to an audience, and to write and speak about its importance.
Curators for this series are expected to provide a 1,250 word essay on the selected work(s) to accompany the presentation.
Feature Film Submissions
The Winnipeg Film Group welcomes one-off feature film submissions on an ongoing basis from individual filmmakers or their distributors. Filmmakers need not provide a full curatorial submission for the consideration of individual feature films for traditional theatrical presentation.
Curatorial Submission Guidelines
1. The works included should be Canadian independent works; if works are international, this must be clearly identified in the submission proposal.
2. All ideas should be presented in a concise, well written document including:
- a curatorial statement with a 500 word summary introduction
- a list of films / videos (including name, title, length, year and city of artist)
- if the program features the work of one or two artists only – a resume, press kit or bio on the artists (not required if three or more artists are included)
- the curator’s CV (no longer than three pages)
- video support material (accepted on DVD or online links)
3. For programs that are selected by the WFG, the curator will be expected to provide the following:
- research and assemble a curatorial / critical program of films or video
- provide a 100-150 word program synopsis for our bi-monthly Cinematheque catalogue
- provide a minimum of two high resolution digital quality images representing the program for inclusion on our website and in our printed catalogue
- support print traffic management by identifying print sources and / or directly booking works on behalf of the Winnipeg Film Group
4. Media Artwork Rental Fees: The Winnipeg Film Group pays artist fees in accordance with the standards of the IMAA (Independent Media Arts Alliance) rates or CARFAC rates in applicable situations.
Please send all submissions to:
Cinematheque Programming Director
Winnipeg Film Group
304-100 Arthur St
Winnipeg MB R3B 1H3
Inquires can be directed to
204) 925-3456 ext. 114