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2020 Audience Award Winners: VENGEANCE, MANDY and SERENA
The votes are in. The winners are announced.
First of all, based on the votes the 10 Best Films in order of audience preference are as follows:
Ten Best Films
Vengeance (Chelsey Mark, Melissa Van Soelen)
Serena (Lasha Mowchun)
Mandy (Renz Vallarta)
Hack Job (Adam Yarish)
Grandemic (Andrew Wall)
Self Isolating (Damien Ferland)
Dirty Laundry (Ethan Billard Dooley)
Plague Summer (Tiff Bartel)
Mort Through the Looking Glass (Luke Whitmore)
Ode to the Sole (Steve Passmore)
And now, here are the winners of the various categories for the Audience Awards. VENGEANCE, SERENA and MANDY scored the following awards:
Best Film
Vengeance (Chelsey Mark & Melissa Van Soelen)
Best Director
Chelsey Mark & Melissa Van Soelen (Vengeance)
Best Screenplay
Chelsey Mark & Melissa Van Soelen (Vengeance)
Best Performer/Actor
Shannon Loewen (Serena)
Best Performer/Actor
Chelsey Mark (Vengeance)
Best Cinematographer
Dylan Baillie (Serena)
Best Editor
Renz Vallarta (Mandy)
Best Sound
Clifford John Sonsona & Andrew Chiu (Mandy)
Best Original Music
Liam Carter Berry (Serena)
Best Production Design/Art Direction
Ryan Steel (Serena)
Congratulations to all participants in the 2020 SELF-ISOLATION COVID-19 PANDEMIC EDITION OF THE WFG 48 HOUR FILM CONTEST. You’re all winners for delivering such wonderful, cutting-edge work that speaks to the times we are living through.
We are thrilled to present this online ZOOM master class on Thursday, Sept. 24th, 2020 6:00-8:30 pm.
Alan Zweig (VINYL, WHEN JEWS WERE FUNNY, HURT, COPPERS) is one of Canada’s most acclaimed filmmakers. His work freshly escapes from the usual information and fact-based style of many documentary films and Zweig’s work bears his unique stamp. This special online Master Class will feature Zweig as he discusses his distinguished career and even addresses the issue of making his latest film (a sequel to his hit 2000 film about record collectors, VINYL) during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

For more information, visit HERE.

Fees are $20.00 for WFG members and $40.00 for non-members. Please Register HERE.

On Saturday, Oct. 17th | 1-4 pm, create fast & fun hand-drawn GIFs between 3s – 10s long during this remote online ZOOM workshop with filmmaker Leslie Supnet. Learn some of the basics of animation such as squash & stretch, easing, timing and more through the creation of animated GIFs. They will be uploaded to the web to share them with the world. No experience necessary. Just patience and willingness to learn!

For more information visit HERE.

Story boarding is a series of visual illustrations and is a graphic organizer that details how a film will be shown in chronological order. In this course, you will learn how to break your shots and scenes from your written script into visual thumbnails or storyboards, in preparation for your next animation or short film. It is an important step in pre-visualizing narrative concepts for film, animation, motion graphic or interactive media sequences and planning budgets for your production. It also serves as a reference to sell and pitch to producers and potential funders.

This online workshop will take place on ZOOM Tuesday, Aug. 25th & Thursday, Aug. 27th | 7pm-10pm. The Workshop will be taught by award winning filmmaker Murray Toews whose creative work spans the disciplines and media of drawing, print, film, audio-art, interactivity, and digital/analog hand-drawn animation. For further information, click HERE.

To register for the workshop, click HERE.
This online workshop will outline some of the steps needed to identify, build, reach, and activate audiences for marketing & engagement, starting in development. Festivals and industry conferences present both a challenge and an opportunity for emerging filmmakers to advance and monetize their projects. Jeff Chiba Stearns will describe his experience using a successful hybrid distribution strategy for his award-winning feature documentary Mixed Match.
This workshop will cover:
– Audience Development
– Marketing and Promotion
– Self Distribution
– Commercial Distribution & Sales Agents
– Educational Distribution
– Distribution Windows
– Film Festival Strategies
– Monetization
– Social Media
– Publicity and Press
Jeff Chiba Stearns is an Emmy® nominated and Webby award winning animation and documentary director and producer. Based in Vancouver, BC of Japanese and European ancestry, Jeff’s work often focuses on themes of diversity and multi-ethnic identity. This special online workshop is being offered Wednesday, Sept. 9th | 7pm-10pm.

For more information and to register, visit HERE. The cost is $20 for WFG members and $40 for non-members.
One on One with Gary “Litefoot” Davis at 2020 Summit

The 2020 Indigenous Film Summit will be going online August 24 - 27, 2020. Some of the exciting guests include Actor Crystle Lightning, Filmmaker Blackhorse Lowe, Actor Michaella Shannon, Filmmaker Alex Lazorwich, Producer Effie T Brown, Producer Steve Sxwithul'txw and many more! There will also be One-on-One interviews with Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, ICEISE Rain, and Gary "Litefoot" Davis.

For more information, check out their website HERE.
All Manitoba film professionals of colour are invited to visit Film in Colour and register for this Canadian database created by acclaimed independent Canadian filmmaker Pavan Moondi. There are over 300 people registered for this important database already. Many of them are from Ontario and since this is open to the whole country, it would be wonderful to have all of our talented BIPOC key creatives in Manitoba sign up. This site is also a great resource for all creators – whether they be producers or directors or writers or key decision-makers – to seek out film and television professionals of colour as collaborators. Pavan’s site also has a page devoted to posting and viewing open calls. Let’s get on this, Manitoba!

Sun Raven Arts and the Toronto Indigenous Filmmakers Collective is now offering stunt training in the Toronto and Niagara regions of Canada. Their goal is to create more visibility of indigenous women and peoples in film and media and creating new educational programs and job opportunities. The attached call out poster from Sun Raven Founder and Artistic Director Rhonda Lucy invites participants to join these new workshops led by industry professionals. For more information, please contact

NSI Business for Producers is a distance learning and mentorship program designed to help up to 20 emerging producers nurture creative ideas (of all genres) while navigating the logistics and legalities of screen-based storytelling. Specifically created for emerging producers who want to learn the essential elements of producing, this program will provide instruction on the basic skill set producers need in a COVID-19 environment and beyond. For more information visit the NSI website HERE. Application deadline is Friday, August 14 at 5 p.m.

In celebration of National Indigenous History Month, WFF has opened the call for applications for our annual Indigenous Filmmaker Fellowship, which supports up to six Indigenous Canadian creators with short-form film concepts or web series in development at the script stage. 
New for this year, the creative and business immersion experience will take place virtually over five months. The Fellowship will begin in November, with workshops and meetings leading up to participating in the Whistler Film Festival & Content Summit. The program will continue with three months of project mentorship and a series of online workshop sessions until the end of March 2021. Content in all genres can be submitted for consideration.

Application Deadline: September 10. Apply HERE.
One of three great films on the WAG rooftop
The Winnipeg Film Group (WFG) Cinematheque and the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) will be presenting the WAG Rooftop Retreat where you can experience a trio of contemporary and classic art docs and films! This will be a great chance to enjoy summer nights and amazing skyline views as you support local artists, performers, and other groups on the WAG’s stunning Rooftop Sculpture Garden! You’ll have the amazing opportunity to enhance your rooftop experience with a dinner from SMITH, the award-winning restaurant from Inn at the Forks. Inspired by the artists, performers and groups that will grace the WAG rooftop this summer, Executive Chef Barry Saunders has curated a selection of menus that are big on flavour and fun, using the best local suppliers. A cash bar featuring select beer, wine and specialty cocktails will be available.

This special movie-viewing co-venture between WFG and WAG, the WAG Rooftop Retreat will feature screenings of the acclaimed Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Thursday, August 20, 2020. Doors Open at 7pm, Film at 8:30pm), the visionary short films of The Brothers Quay (Thursday, September 3, 2020. Doors Open at 7pm, Film at 8:30pm), and the classic Jean-Michel Basquiat documentary Downtown 81 (Thursday, September 17, 2020. Doors Open at 7pm, Film at 8:30pm).

Please note: In the event of inclement weather, the Rooftop Retreat will relocate to an indoor space in the WAG and refunds will not be issued. For all the latest updates, check this page.
Thursday, August 20
Doors at 7 pm, Film at 8:30 pm

Girlhood director Céline Sciamma returns with this beautifully calibrated, incandescent romance which took home both Best Screenplay and the Queer Palm at last year’s Cannes. Marianne (Noémie Merlant), a young painter in 18th-century France, has been commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse (Adèle Haenel), a soon-to-be bride who refuses to sit for her portrait and so must be studied in secret. Intimacy and attraction swiftly develop between the two women, even as circumstance conspires to drive them apart. 

Thursday, September 3
Doors at 7 pm, Film at 8:30 pm

Since the late 1970’s the identical twins Stephen and Timothy Quay have created an eerie series of short films using puppetry and stop motion animation that have spawned an enormous cult following. Their brilliant use of camera movement, typography, lighting and set design create a disturbing, unforgettable landscape. With chilling soundtracks and use of music they create a mysterious world of long repressed childhood dreams. This mesmerizing program includes some of their remarkable works including their masterful film Street of Crocodiles which Terry Gilliam selected as one of the ten best animated films of all time.

Thursday, September 17
Doors at 7 pm, Film at 8:30 pm

In 1981, writer and Warhol associate Glenn O’Brien, Swiss photographer Edo Bertoglio, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, a graffiti innovator and noise music artist who’d just begun to exhibit his paintings, hit the streets of lower Manhattan to make a movie about the bombed out bohemia that they knew, with a script by O’Brien, Bertoglio directing, and Basquiat, a naturally compelling presence, starring. Left incomplete due to money problems and assembled for release in 2000, Downtown 81, which follows Basquiat trying to move a painting while hustling for a place to sleep, became a window on a lost world of life on the margins and crazy creative ferment. Featuring John Lurie, Fab Five Freddy, and Debbie Harry, with musical performances by DNA, James White and the Blacks, and Kid Creole and the Coconuts—and Manhattan in all its mangy glory.

WFG Cinematheque is back
Welcome back to the movies! The Winnipeg Film Group (WFG) Cinematheque will be reopening Friday, August 14, 2020. Yes, you will soon be able to see movies again on the big screen. The stellar WFG  programming team of Jaimz Asmundson, David Knipe and Dave Barber have been hard at work putting together an exciting program of new films for the Cinematheque.
Keep an eye on our website for upcoming programming, which we’ll be updating weekly. Stay informed by subscribing to our weekly e-newsletter HERE. Of course, the cinema will not be back to full capacity. The number one priority is the safety of our staff and guests. We thank you in advance for helping us to ensure a safe atmosphere for everyone.
Safety Notification:
- Do not attend if you are feeling ill, have recently travelled outside of Manitoba, have been in close proximity to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or are awaiting COVID-19 test results.
- If you have purchased advance tickets and develop flu-like symptoms or have come into contact with someone who is ill, we would be happy to refund your ticket. Please contact  for a refund.

- Masks may be worn in the theatre at your own discretion. We will have a hand sanitizing station at the entrance and our staff will all be equipped with masks, gloves and a safety barrier. We have added hands-free paper towel dispensers to both washrooms on the main floor.
- Before each screening, our staff will be cleaning and sanitizing the theatre, all shared surfaces, door handles, and common areas.
Purchasing tickets and concessions:
- For the time being, all tickets must be purchased in advance using our new ticketing system. Click the ‘buy tickets’ button on each film page and you will be redirected to purchase your ticket(s). Tickets can only be booked through our website. We cannot accommodate walk up tickets, or purchasing advance tickets to future screenings at our box office.
- Any concession purchases must be made with debit or credit cards. We are not accepting cash at this time.
- We will have 12 pre-determined, socially distanced groups of 2 seats available in the theatre. We ask that you only join us in groups of 2 at this time. You will be able to select your seats at the time of booking your tickets. We cannot accommodate a change in seat selection once purchased, and it is mandatory to sit in the seats you have selected to ensure we are following social distancing guidelines.
- We will open the doors 15 minutes before each screening. The doors at Arthur Street will be locked. Please enter through the doors at the corner of King Street and Bannatyne Avenue. We are following social distancing guidelines in our lobby, so if the lobby is full you will be let in once another group of patrons enters the theatre. 

Fri, Aug 14 / 7 pm
Sat, Aug 15 / 8:45 pm
Fri, Aug 21 / 6 pm
Sat, Aug 22 / 3 pm

Kelly Reichardt once again trains her perceptive and patient eye on the Pacific Northwest, this time evoking an authentically hardscrabble early nineteenth century way of life. A taciturn loner and skilled cook (John Magaro) has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon Territory, though he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant (Orion Lee) also seeking his fortune; soon the two collaborate on a successful business. From this simple premise Reichardt constructs an interrogation of foundational Americana that recalls her earlier triumph Old Joy in its sensitive depiction of male friendship, yet is driven by a mounting suspense all its own. Reichardt again shows her distinct talent for depicting the peculiar rhythms of daily living and ability to capture the immense, unsettling quietude of rural America.


Sat, Aug 15 / 3 pm
Tue, Aug 18 / 7 pm
Sun, Aug 23 / 8:30 pm

The year is 1845, the earliest days of the Oregon Trail, and a wagon train of three families has hired mountain man Stephen Meek to guide them over the Cascade Mountains. Claiming to know a shortcut, Meek leads the group on an unmarked path across the high plain desert, only to become lost in the dry rock and sage. Over the coming days, the emigrants face the scourges of hunger, thirst and their own lack of faith in one another’s instincts for survival. When a Native American wanderer crosses their path, the emigrants are torn between their trust in a guide who has proven himself unreliable and a man who has always been seen as a natural born enemy.


Sat, Aug 15 / 6:15 pm
Sun, Aug 23 / 6 pm

Kelly Reichardt’s darkly funny debut feature, brought the writer/director back to the setting of her adolescence, the suburban landscape of southern Florida, where she grew up with her detective father and narcotics agent mother. Shot on 16mm, the story follows the misadventures of disaffected house-wife Cozy, played by Lisa Bowman, and the aimless layabout Lee, played by up and comer Larry Fessenden, who also acted as a producer and the film’s editor. Described by Reichardt as “a road movie without the road, a love story without the love, and a crime story without the crime,” River of Grass introduces viewers to a director already in command of her craft and defining her signature style.


Sun, Aug 16 / 3 pm
Sat, Aug 22 / 6 pm
Tue, Aug 25 / 7 pm

Wendy Carroll is driving to Ketchikan, Alaska, in hopes of a summer of lucrative work at the Northwestern Fish cannery, and the start of a new life with her dog, Lucy. When her car breaks down in Oregon, however, the thin fabric of her financial situation comes apart, and she confronts a series of increasingly dire economic decisions, with far-ranging repercussions for herself and Lucy. Wendy and Lucy addresses issues of sympathy and generosity at the edges of American life, revealing the limits and depths of people’s duty to each other in tough times.


Sun, Aug 16 / 5:30 pm
Thu, Aug 20 / 9 pm

Two old friends reunite for a quietly revelatory overnight camping trip in this breakout feature from Kelly Reichardt, a microbudget study of character and masculinity that introduced many viewers to one of contemporary American cinema’s most independent artists. As expectant father Mark (Daniel London) and nomadic Kurt (Will Oldham) travel by car and foot into the woods in search of some secluded hot springs, their fumbling attempts to reconnect keep butting up against the limits of their friendship and the reality of how much their paths have diverged since their shared youth. Adapted from a short story by Jonathan Raymond and accompanied by an atmospheric Yo La Tengo score, Old Joy is a contemplative, wryly observed triumph whose modest scale belies the richness of its insight.


Sun, Aug 16 / 8 pm
Sat, Aug 22 / 8:30 pm

Night Moves follows three passionate environmentalists whose homegrown plot to blow up a controversial dam unravels into a journey of doubt, paranoia and unintended consequences. Set against the threatened natural beauty of Oregon, the film tracks quiet organic farmer Josh, high society dropout Dena, and adrenaline-driven ex-Marine Harmon as they prepare, carry out, and then experience the shocking fallout of what they hoped would be an attention-grabbing act of sabotage. As the tension mounts, the film touches on provocative moral questions about the underside of idealism and the modern collision of values and violence. But the story also veers increasingly inward, into the maelstrom of remorse, fear and panic that seeps through Josh, Dena and Harmon’s lives.


Wed, Aug 19 / 7 pm
Thu, Aug 20 / 6 pm
Sun, Aug 23 / 3 pm
Wed & Thu, Aug 26 & 27 / 6 pm
Fri, Aug 28 / 6 pm
Sun, Aug 30 / 7 pm
Tue, Sep 1 / 6:30 pm


Opening Night Wednesday, August 19 / 7 pm includes exclusive Live Skype interview following the film with Director Dawn Porter & Producer Laura Michalchyshyn.

 *Immediately following John Lewis: Good Trouble on August 20- September 1 there will be a pre-recorded discussion between John Lewis and Oprah Winfrey, filmed last month a wide-ranging, informal, 16-minute conversation. 

Shortly before his death, the legendary Black activist John Lewis wrote an essay for the New York Times. “Though I am gone, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe.” Using interviews and rare archival footage, John Lewis: Good Trouble chronicles Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration. Using present-day interviews with Lewis away Porter explores his childhood experiences, his inspiring family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King 1957. Porter’s cinéma verité film also includes interviews with political leaders, colleagues like Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton.


Fri, Aug 21 / 9 pm
Wed & Thu, Aug 26 & 27 / 9 pm
Sat, Aug 29 / 9 pm

Skype Interview following the opening night screening on August 21 with Ron Sanders, editor of Crash (Film editor Ron Sanders and has won several editing awards and has edited most of David Cronenberg’s films including A History of Violence, Scanners, Videodrome, Dead Ringers and Crash).

Cannes Award winner of a special jury prize for “originality, daring and audacity” David Cronenberg’s film Crash outraged Ted Turner owner of the film’s distribution company who held it up in its initial release. British film critic Alexander Walker declared Crash “beyond the bounds of depravity.” Now a newly digitally restored version is being released which premiered at the 2019 Venice Film Festival. Based on the 1973 novel by British novelist J.G. Ballard (“Empire of the Sun”) this controversial film features James Spader (Sex Lies and Videotape) as James Ballard, a TV commercial producer who engages in kinky sex with his wife, Catherine (Deborah Kara Unger). They eventually join a cult crash survivors led by cult’s leader Vaughan (Elias Koteas) who restages celebrity car crashes.


Thank you for your continued support with donations, DVD purchases, Cinematheque passes and memberships to both WFG and Cinematheque. Just so you know:

Membership renewals made during this challenging time will be honoured until June 30 2021 or until the end of the month that we officially reopen.  

  • All new memberships and membership renewals include Bonus Gifts for renewing now – a Single Cinematheque Pass and Member Combo.

If you have not done so yet, please visit HERE to find out all the options available to you to continue supporting The Winnipeg Film Group.

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