Manitoba Film & Photography Production Services.
Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in Manitoba? We have fully vetted, locally based fixers, service producers, directors, DP’s, videographers, cameramen, photographers, sound operators, production drivers, and a range of other film crew. Contact us for referrals, questions, cost estimates and references.
Want to know more about shooting in Manitoba? See below for an introduction to Manitoba locations, permits, when to shoot, crew, equipment, studios, tax incentives, and film friendly hotels.
Film Locations. Manitoba is best know for its big skies, vast areas of wilderness, forests, thousands of lakes, sprawling rivers, Hudson Bay icebergs, prairies, and deserts. Wildlife of interest includes polar bears, wolves, elk, moose, bears, beavers, and whales. Agricultural film locations include fields of wheat, corn, barley, oats, canola and sunflowers. Winnipeg is Manitoba’s largest city. The Exchange District has doubled for many different American cities including New York, Chicago, New Jersey, and Baltimore. Other Winnipeg locations of interest include the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and Assiniboine Park. The northern town of Churchill is known as the Polar Bear Capital of the World.
Manitoba has hosted films including Capote, The Haunting in Connecticut, Goon, and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
Manitoba Film Location Permits. Depends on the size and scope of the shoot. Film permits are required for productions that interrupt traffic, lay track or other film equipment on public property, or affect public parking. Proof of insurance is required. Most permits take about 72 hours to process. Please contact us for location specific information.
When to shoot? Manitoba has a four-season climate with big blue skies all year round. Winter (December to March) has freezing cold temperatures and snow on the ground. Spring (April to May) sees the snow melting with green pastures and flowers in full bloom. Summers (June to September) are hot and humid with occasional tornadoes. Most crops are harvested in August and September. Fall (October to November) has mild temperatures with leaves changing colour. September and October are Churchill’s prime polar bear watching months.
The Northern Manitoba Trappers’ Festival and Festival du Voyageur both take place in February every year.
Crews and equipment. Manitoba has a small but good crew base that are experienced in working efficiently in cold weather conditions. Some standard equipment can be found locally and the rest can be brought in from Calgary or Toronto.
Contact us if you are looking for a director, DP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, or any other film crew for your shoot in Manitoba.
Studios. Winnipeg has a 15,000 sq/ft studio.
Tax Incentives. The Manitoba Film and Video Production Tax Credit offers qualifying productions a base rebate of 45% on approved Manitoba labor expenditures. An additional 5% Rural Bonus is available for projects that shoot at least 50% of their Manitoba shooting days outside of Winnipeg. An additional 5% Frequent Filming Bonus is also available for companies that shoot three projects in Manitoba within a two-year period.
Accommodation. Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson and other areas of Manitoba.
Projects. For an example of TV commercials, stills campaigns, online content, corporate videos, virtual reality 360 content, feature films, TV series and documentaries shot in Manitoba, please see below:
If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer in Manitoba, please contact us.
Down Time. Head up to Churchill to watch the northern lights, Polar bears and whales.