UWPG Film Fest receives more than 160 submissions

UWPG Film Fest, photo supplied

UWPG Film Fest, photo supplied

WINNIPEG, MB – This year’s record-breaking UWPG Film Fest received more than 160 submissions, including out-of-province submissions from the University of Regina, York University, Concordia University, Carleton University, Ryerson University, Vancouver Film School, and the University of British Columbia.

The UWPG Film Fest will screen 26 of the films from Wednesday, October 17 – Friday, October 19, starting daily at 7:00 pm at UWinnipeg’s Asper Centre for Theatre and Film, 400 Colony Street. Along with screenings, the festival will host two panel discussions featuring industry professionals and prestigious Manitoba filmmakers. The event is free and open to the public. Please note there is a content warning: Parental Guidance (PG; language).

“For emerging filmmakers, this festival is a vital opportunity to showcase their work publicly” said Ian Bawa, Director of UWPG Film Fest. “This festival is about introducing emerging filmmakers to Manitoba’s vibrant and thriving film industry.”

Opening night starts with a panel, What is Producing/What is a Producer?
Wednesday, October 17 at 7:00 – 8:10 pm
This panel will define the role of a producer on small- and large-scale projects, and why every project should involve a producer. This panel features:  Jeff Beesley, Buffalo Gal Pictures – Director & Producer,  Janelle Wookey, Wookey Films –Director/Producer,  Libby Lea, Frank Digital – Head of Production, and Jeff Newman, Nüman Films – Director/Producer. The panel will be moderated by David Knipe.

Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 7:00 – 8:10 pm
A panel on When is a good time to put your film online?
A panel discussion hosted by Aaron Zeghers, Filmmaker & Gimli Film Festival – Festival Director, Scott Fitzpatrick – Filmmaker, Steph Berrington, Winnipeg Film Group – Distribution Coordinator, and Deco Dawson – Filmmaker. They will shed light on different options for distributing films.

Friday October 19, 2018 at 7:00 pm – Midnight
The final evening will host filmmaker Mike Maryniuk and wraps up with an award ceremony for the top films. There are 12 categories highlighting exceptional work from editing and directing, to acting and writing. 

Maryniuk was born in Winnipeg, but raised in the rural back country of Manitoba. His films have screened at Sundance, SXSW, TIFF, Hot Docs, and around the world. His feature film THE GOOSE, premiered in Rotterdam this year and will screen in Winnipeg in November.

About UWPG Film Fest
Since 2002, UWPG Film Fest has provided a venue for post-secondary student filmmakers from across North America to show their work to an audience – a key component to the filmmaking process. It has always been a free festival, in that there is no submission fee and no admission fee. uwpgfilmfest.com | @uwpgfilmfest

Ian Bawa, UWPG Film Fest Director
P: 204-996-3780 E: ian@uwpgfilmfest.com



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