Film festival to show case local talent

Everyone has a story and this summer, we want to hear yours! A partnership between three Neepawa-based organizations, Neepawa Theatre Centre (Roxy Theatre), ArtsForward and NACTV, the Neepawa Film Festival is looking to bring prairie stories to the big screen and showcase local talent. 

The committee will be accepting entries until July 12.  Entries must be between 5 and 30 minutes and can be any genre, including fiction, non-fiction or animated. Those entering submissions must be from within 100km of Neepawa, or the entries must be shot within that area. Finally, with all partners having a family focus, entries must be suitable for a family audience.

“With modern technology, it’s never been easier for a member of the public to put their own film together. This is their chance to put a film together and have it shown on the state-of-the-art equipment at the Roxy Theatre,” said Film Festival chair Jamie Willis.

The film festival will take place in Neepawa on August 10, with entries to be screened in blocks at the Roxy Theatre and ArtsForward. During the screenings, audience members will vote of their favourite films, with an overall best in show and category winners announced at a community event that evening. Following the festival, entries will be shown on NACTV for the following year. “NACTV is all about local programming so tagging local filmmakers with an historic venue such as the Roxy theatre is a very good fit. We can’t wait to see the results,” said NACTV chair Don Walmsley.

“There’s a lot of local talent and people doing really interesting things. I’m excited that we have this opportunity to share them with a wider audience,” said Kate Jackman Atkinson, Neepawa Theatre Centre chair.


 Jamie Willis 
Chair, Neepawa Film Festival