Doc Camp 2016 in Riding Mountain National Park

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If you’re a young, aspiring documentary filmmaker with some basic experience in writing, editing, shooting, directing or storytelling, then we’re looking for you!

MTS Stories From Home, in partnership with Assiniboine Community College and Dirty T-Shirt Productions, will stage Doc Camp 2016 in Wasagaming, Manitoba (Riding Mountain National Park) July 11 to July 15.

Led by award-winning director Andy Blicq, Doc Camp participants will team up to produce short documentaries touching on the themes, events, people, and history of Riding Mountain National Park. These program will screen at the Riding Mountain National Park Film Festival and be broadcast on MTS TV to a provincial audience.

This 5 day camp is an opportunity for you to use real TV production equipment under the mentorship of industry professionals. Doc Camp is free to attend but attendees must provide for their own transportation, accommodation and meals. Registration is limited to 15 and the age range is 14-19. Applicants under 18 years of age must seek permission from a parent or guardian. Further details can be found on the registration form below…

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Stories From Home Nominated

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We’re thrilled to announce that 4 Stories From Home projects from 2015 have been nominated for Golden Sheaf Awards at the 2016 Yorkton Film Festival.

Aboriginal: Brown Town Muddy Water

Producer, Jesse Green


Documentary Arts & Culture: Andrew Milne Dreams of Machines

Producer, Patrick Lowe


Documentary, POV: Drive For Free 2 – The Revolution Continues

Producers, Bruce Little and Noah Erenberg

Documentary, Social & Political: A Right To Eat

Producers, Janelle & Jeremie Wookey

Congratulations to all nominees, particularly those from Manitoba. The Yorkton Film Festival runs from May 26 to 29 and details can be found here.

Adventures North

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In just a few days, Stories From Home will again be visiting with producers in Thompson and The Pas. We’re looking forward to the 3rd annual Storyteller’s Film Festival, Sunday, March 20th. Times, location and the film line-up are as follows:

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Community producers from The Pas and OCN will be in attendance throughout in support of their films that are screening at the festival. We’re also excited to meet with producers to discuss future projects from The Pas.

The adventure continues on Monday, March 21st, when we depart for Thompson for two days. There we’ll meet with friends and producers in their community to chat about works in progress and to hear pitches for new programs.

Patchworks 3, Culture Days and Doc Camp Films – oh my!

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And…we’re back! The calendar says September and with autumn officially upon us, it must be time for a Stories From Home recap. Our first ever Doc Camp was held in Brandon in July and the 3 stories produced will get the big screen treatment this Sunday, September 27th at the Evans Theatre at Brandon University.

We’re expecting a great turn out as each of the organizations featured (Western Canada Air Training Plan Museum, Brandon Humane Society, Westman Immigrant Services) will all be in attendance.

Short speeches and a very special presentation will take place immediately following the screening and that’s just the warm up! Patchworks 3 will also premiere 5 new episodes that day at the Evans, following the Doc Camp films. Best to share the details on the full schedule directly from the Patchworks3 Press Release

As with previous screenings at the Evans Theatre, this event happens under the auspices of Culture Days Manitoba and admittance is free. That said, donations in support of the Evans Theatre will be gratefully received.

Happy fall all, it’s nice to be back.

Register for the MTS Future First Doc Experience!

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The MTS Future First Doc Experience will be held in Brandon from July 13 – 17. The camp will be led by award-winning documentary filmmaker Andy Blicq. Our goal is to create a series of short documentaries – intensely local stories with a common theme that will be premiered at the Evans Theatre at Brandon University in September. Afterwards, the films will be broadcast on MTS TV.

“In Partnership with Assiniboine Community College”


Registration Form can be downloaded here:

Future First ACC Doc Experience Registration Form

Enlightened Approach

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The TV and Film industry got a big vote of confidence from the Manitoba Government when the  Manitoba Film and Video Tax Credit and the Manitoba Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit were extended to December 31st, 2019.

This April 30th announcement, coinciding with the release of the MB Budget, is great news for content producers in Manitoba. The end of similar programs in Saskatchewan decimated the TV and Film Industry in that province.

Stories From Home programs are created by a wide range of producers in Manitoba, many of whom rely on tax credits to increase production values, hire crew, shoot more days, and augment modest budgets.

Stories From Home welcomes this announcement and share the confidence of the Manitoba Government for our industry. This is a critical element to job creation and the growth of our creative capacity. You don’t have to look very far West to see the devastation that can occur when support is removed.

Go here for more information.

Still Swinging

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Beginning in 1904, visitors to Souris, MB would be astounded at the sight of a long, swinging bridge over The Souris River. A local businessman built the bridge as a way to link his land on the North and South shores and the bridge would go on to become a local point of pride. When the bridge was intentionally destroyed during the flood of 2011, citizens in the area needed the bridge to return and filmmaker Glen Kirby (who grew up in Souris) knew he had to tell the story.

Kirby’s film, The Bridge will debut in Souris at the Avalon Theatre in Souris at 7:00 pm on April 22.  The Bridge will also be available to MTS Ultimate TV customers across Manitoba as part of Stories From Home (broadcast date TBA). Proceeds from DVD sales will go to a new scholarship in the Southwest Horizon School Division.

RRC Delivers The Goods

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Back in ‘the day’, MTS used to produce Manitoba Moose Games with Creative Communications students from Red River College. It was fun, fast-paced, and highly educational for students and staff alike. With the return of the NHL to our fair city, Stories From Home and CreComm faculty set about creating a new type of production partnership.

Based on our existing model (with IMA students from ACC Brandon) RRC students have begun producing short documentaries for Stories From Home. After watching the fine cuts with students yesterday, we’re really pleased to share their incredible work!

There will be a premiere at Cinematheque Winnipeg on April 7th and the shows will premiere on MTS Stories From Home shortly thereafter.