2023 Manitoba Film Hothouse Award Guidelines
Deadline: August 1st, 2023
There are no application fees, but you must be a current member in good standing of the Winnipeg Film Group to apply.
The Manitoba Film Hothouse Award is designed for an established Manitoba filmmaker to develop their career by providing them with this award for self-directed development.
This award includes $10,000 in cash, $5,000 in Winnipeg Film Group (WFG) services, $2,500 in William F. White in-kind services and a WFG General Membership and WFG Production Add-On. Additionally, the award-recipient will be provided with a special retrospective screening of their work as a director-creator at the WFG Cinematheque.
There is one award annually.
A filmmaker can receive the Manitoba Film Hothouse Award only once.
THE WINNIPEG FILM GROUP ACKNOWLEDGES THE MINISTRY OF SPORT, CULTURE AND HERITAGE OF THE PROVINCE OF MANITOBA FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THIS AWARD FOR 11 YEARS.
THE WINNIPEG FILM GROUP ACKNOWLEDGES THE MANITOBA ARTS COUNCIL FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THE MANITOBA FILM HOTHOUSE AWARD IN 2020, 2021 and 2022.
THE WINNIPEG FILM GROUP ACKNOWLEDGES WILLIAM F. WHITE FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THE MANITOBA FILM HOTHOUSE AWARD IN 2022.
- Eligible applicants are Manitoba filmmakers who have been working as directors/creators in film or video for a minimum of five years and who have produced a recognizable body of independent work. Independent work, for the purposes of this program, means work where the director retains full editorial control and copyright.
- Eligible applicants must have a history of public presentation for their independent film and/or video work (selected by a third-party professional programming/curatorial process), spanning a minimum of five years – at recognized film festivals, art galleries, broadcasters, artist-run centres, cinematheques, independent cinemas, etc. Applicants should demonstrate this eligibility through both their résumé and their statement of recently completed artistic work.
- Applicants should be able to articulate self-directed development work that they seek to engage in over a four to five month period supported by this award, including any project-related expenses. Examples of self-directed development work include – but are not limited to – research, experimentation, script writing and process-based development.
- Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents, and have lived in Manitoba for at least one year prior to submitting an application for this award.
- Applicants must be 18 years of age and over and cannot be full time students.
- Applicants can hold a Manitoba Film Hothouse Award concurrent with a Post/Production Fund and/or Marketing Fund Award.
The Selection Process
The award recipient will be selected by a committee of experienced independent filmmakers and other professionals in the field, such as programmers, curators and arts administrators. The committee will base its decision on the following criteria:
- The historic artistic achievement of the filmmaker, as demonstrated by a history of professional presentation and awards and other distinctions, as well as the overall quality of their body of work.
- The artistic merit of the self-directed work proposed and its connection to the filmmaker’s artistic career trajectory.
- The capacity of the resources of this award to assist the filmmaker in their overall career development objectives.
The Application Process
Interested Manitoba filmmakers are invited to apply with the following submission package:
- A completed application form, via https://form.jotform.com/231774750662259
- A statement of artistic work completed over the past 12 to 18 months (max 2 pages; pdf format)
- An artistic résumé (max 5 pages; pdf format)
- A description of the self-directed development work that will be supported by this award, including a work timeline/schedule and any applicable budget notes (3-5 pages; pdf format)
- A sample of three independent, professional (non-student) films or videos completed as director/creator (full works required)
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