The Winnipeg Film Group and the motion picture technicians labour union IATSE Local 856 are working together to support emerging BIPOC filmmakers with funding and mentorship.
Winnipeg Film Group and IATSE 856 Establish BIPOC Artist’s Film Fund
Design made by Tamiko Chase
November 12, 2021
WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Film Group and the motion picture technicians labour union IATSE Local 856 are working together to support emerging BIPOC filmmakers with funding and mentorship.
The inaugural BIPOC Artist’s Film Fund will award $10,000 in cash, plus equipment rentals, training and memberships, to a novice BIPOC filmmaker creating an original short film. The award will be administered by the Winnipeg Film Group and adjudicated by a peer assessment committee made up solely of BIPOC artists and arts professionals. IATSE 856 is the fund’s founding partner.
“There has historically been a lack of major funding opportunities for BIPOC filmmakers in Winnipeg”, said the Winnipeg Film Group’s Interim Executive Director David Knipe. “We are hoping that with the creation of this $10,000 cash award and attendant mentorship, BIPOC artists in the city will have access to the support they need to continue to create new work.”
“IATSE 856 is proud to be joining forces with the Winnipeg Film Group as the founding partner of the BIPOC Artist’s Film Fund,” said Monique Perro, Business Agent for IATSE 856. “Our community has so many stories to tell and this will allow these filmmakers to share their perspective. We are excited to be part of this initiative that supports the creative and diverse talent in our filmmaking community.”
As part of the BIPOC Artist’s Film Fund, the selected recipient will receive:
- $10,000 in cash.
- $2,000 in WFG services (can be applied to gear, editing suite and studio rentals).
- General WFG Membership + Production Add-On (valued at $127).
- Free access to 2 WFG workshops anytime up to 1 year after being awarded.
- Free access to 2 IATSE 856 workshops anytime up to 1 year after being awarded.
- Access to all of the networking and industry connection opportunities afforded by WFG and IATSE 856.
- A screening of their funded film at the Cinematheque and online through Cinematheque at Home.
- Opportunity to be mentored by an established BIPOC artist.
For information on eligibility and application requirements, please visit the BIPOC Artist’s Film Fund page.
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Draft Facebook Post:
@Winnipeg Film Group and @IATSE 856 Manitoba have announced a new fund for emerging BIPOC filmmakers. The BIPOC Artist’s Film Fund awards $10,000, plus equipment rentals, training and memberships, to a novice BIPOC filmmaker creating an original short film. Deadline is Dec. 31, 2021. Visit https://winnipegfilmgroup.com/winnipeg-film-groups-bipoc-award/ for details.
Draft Twitter Post:
The new BIPOC Artist’s Film Fund established by @WinnipegFilm and @IATSE856 awards $10,000 plus rentals, training and memberships to an emerging BIPOC filmmaker from Manitoba. Deadline Dec. 31, 2021. Apply today at https://winnipegfilmgroup.com/winnipeg-film-groups-bipoc-award/
Questions can be directed to:
Production Training Coordinator
(204) 925-3456, ext 111