For Immediate release:
Prairie Boy Productions WINS MTS Stories From Home $20,000 Pitch!
Dozens of filmmakers send their best ideas every year to the MTS Stories From Home $20,000 Pitch Contest at the Gimli Film Festival in hopes of obtaining funding to make them come to life.
This contest, presented by MTS and On Screen Manitoba, gathered the 10 best projects, and allowed the filmmakers to present them in a LIVE head-to-head pitch in front of a live audience and a panel of three industry jury members. The industry professionals on the panel this year included CBC's Iris Yudai, NFB's Alicia Smith and MTS TV's Kim Bell. With a packed venue in GImli's the Aspire Theatre. The prize is worth the show, with a $20,000 broadcast license at stake. The jury took a number of factors into account to decide the winning project.
It was a massive task.
“We were looking for an intriguing story, featuring a compelling character, taking us into a community we don’t normally get to see, plus potential for surprise. We felt ‘That Mennonite Joke’ had all those elements, as well as a strong team behind it."
-Iris Yudai, [CBC] $20K Challenge jury member.
This year's Winner “That Mennonite Joke” a film about the complexities and secrecy of Mennonite humour. The idea was created by “Prairie Boy Productions” an Up and coming company from Winnipeg. The documentary follows comedian Matt Falk as he takes a journey through his heritage. It will be directed by Orlando Braun and Produced by Jorge Requena and it is slated to go into production in September.
For more photos or interview requests, please contact Jorge Requena [Producer] at jorge [at] prairieboyproductions.com or Orlando Braun [Writer/Director] at orlando [at] prairieboyproductions.com.
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