We are pleased to announce that Kevin Nikkel is the recipient of the 2014 Manitoba Film Hothouse Award, an award of $15,000 in cash and services from the Winnipeg Film Group.

This award, designed to provide recognition to the depth of local film directing talent Manitoba has right here at home, is generously funded by the Province of Manitoba.

In conjunction with this award, Cinematheque will feature a retrospective look at Nikkel’s short film work with a screening on Thursday, July 3, 2014.

Kevin Nikkel is a film writer / producer / director based in Winnipeg. He completed a Bachelor of Education at University of Manitoba and a Master of Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. His dramatic, animated and documentary films have reached audiences internationally at festivals, on television and online. His first feature documentary, On the Trail of the Far Fur Country, which recently had its world premiere at the Gimme Some Truth documentary festival, depicts the journey of rediscovery of a lost Canadian classic silent film. He is active in the film community of Winnipeg, contributing to Playing in Traffic, Catacomb Microcinema, the Winnipeg Cinematheque, and the Winnipeg Film Group.

Nikkel will use his Hothouse Award to support the creation of a feature documentary, Under a Cold War Sky, telling the story of the people working on the Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line radar sites in northern Canada during the Cold War – reflecting on the coldest part of the cold war.

Established in 1974, the Winnipeg Film Group is a charitable, artist run media arts centre dedicated to promoting the art of cinema. For 40 years, we have served as a resource centre for independent Manitoba filmmakers working in all forms and media. Through our Cinematheque, we bring the works of independent filmmakers from right here at home and around the world to local audiences. For more information on our organization, please visit winnipegfilmgroup.com

The Winnipeg Film Group acknowledges the generous, ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council and the Winnipeg Arts Council.

Dave Barber
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