Manitoba Calendar

Manitoba Calendar

The top two films from each province and territory will be selected to screen at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto in March 2022. All participating films will have an online screening shortly after the Gimli Film Festival (GFF). Also a jury selection of top films in Manitoba will premiere at GFF in 2021.

Manitoba Announcement 2021:
When: Monday, February 1st – COMPLETED

Manitoba Registration 2021: When: Open till Monday, May 10th
Where: send email to

Manitoba Info-Session (Meet-N-Greet) 2021: When: Thursday, May 13th at 7:00pm
Where: via this Filmocracy link

This is an online event, we will open our (virtual) doors open at 6:20pm for those who wish to mingle or avoid technical difficulties.

Canada-wide COVID Package 2021: When: May 2021
Where: Online links TBA

This will be a recorded video along with downloadable COVID PDF available to all participants. This is a mandatory viewing and downloadable signed document to keep folks safe on and off set during their productions for this project. It provides safety tips and information regarding on-set COVID protocols and our expectations during the duration of this 2021/22 program.

Indiegogo Campaign Spring 2021 – Phase 1: When: May-June 2021
Where: Online links TBA

Local 48 Film Challenge 2021: When: (6pm) Fri, June 11th – (6pm) Sun, June 13th
Where: The email will go out at 6pm and where you decide to make your film is up to you – please be mindful of COVID protocols and safety on set.

Gimli Film Festival Premiere 2021: When: Late-July 2021
Where: GFF online link TBA

Manitoba (local) Online Screening 2021: When: Late-July 1 week after GFF
Where: Online link TBA

Indiegogo Campaign Winter 2021 – Phase 2: When: Oct-Nov 2021
Where: Online link TBA

TIFF Bell Lightbox Screening 2022: When: Spring 2022 (likely in late March 2022)
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto

Public Canada-wide Screening 2022: When: TBA
Where: TBA

The National Announcement

In late January or February, 2021, each participating province/territory will make a public announcement on their participation in The 48 and provide details of the timeline leading to local screenings in 2021 and the Canada-wide screening of finalists at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Spring 2022.

At present, seven provinces and two territories are involved — we want them all! Stay tuned for registration, info sessions and instructions leading up to the Challenge. Coming in 2021, on this website, you will be able to look to see which province/territory or city is participating closest to you.

The Registration Period

In March, 2021, participating provinces and territories will host a registration period. There may be some regional variation, so check with organization(s) managing the event closest to you. Please pay attention to announcements, as registration will be on a first come, first served basis. We anticipate a very competitive festival with a limited number of entries, so be ready to register early. Entry fees will be set on a uniform national basis.

The Info-session

In April or May, each participating province and territory will host an info-session (online or in person depending on health/safety conditions) explaining the updated rules and details about the festival. This will be a time to ask questions and connect with local composers, trained actors and extra crew members.

The 48 Challenge

In May or June, for one weekend, each participating province or territory will host The 48 in their locality. The rules and instructions will be similar across all areas, but you will need to inquire and confirm with the organization(s) managing the event closest to where you reside. You will need The Key to begin!

The KEY... Typically on a Friday, participants will receive an email that the challenge has begun. For example, the challenge may go from 5pm on Friday to 5pm on Sunday. That email will contain your contest key which may include several items mandatory for your film. These could be a theme, the use of a particular camera angle or editing technique, the use of a particular phrase in the script, etc. You will also be provided instructions for film format, export of files and documents that must be handed in with your film.

The Local Screening(s)

In July or August, each participating province and territory will host a local screening of all completed films. This will typically take place in the city in which the managing organization resides. There will likely be some local variation in details, so be sure to check with the organization(s) managing the event that is closest to where you reside.

The National Screening

The national screening will feature selections from each participating province and territory. In Spring 2022, The TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto will host Canada’s, first national 48-hour film festival. Each participating locality will select two films for screening at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Spring 2021.