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Canada – Manitoba

Manitoba Film & Photography Production Services & Camera Crews

Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in Manitoba? Contact us for trusted fixers, producers, directors, DoPs, videographers, photographers, and full shooting crews tailored for the specific needs of your project.

Filming in Manitoba

For an introduction to shooting in Manitoba see below notes on film locations, permits, when to shoot, unique local stories, costs, tax incentives, crews, talent, equipment, communications, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits for filming, transport, film-friendly accommodation, and safety advice.

Manitoba 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 Exchange District, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Precious Blood Parish, St. Boniface Cathedral, and Assiniboine Park. The Winnipeg Art Gallery houses the world’s largest collection Inuit art.

Pisew Falls-Kwasitchewan Falls.

Pinawa Dam ruins make for an interesting film location.

The northern town of Churchill is known as the Polar Bear Capital of the World.

Manitoba has hosted films including Look Away, Capote, The Haunting in Connecticut, Goon, Storm of the Century, 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.

Each spring (April / May), tens of thousands of red-sided garter snakes come out to mate in an area just outside of Narcisse.

Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Canada.

Unique Local Stories

Brands are looking for local stories that match their brand narrative. Our local teams are a great lead for sourcing those unique stories and characters.

If you are looking for stories for your next shoot, send us your brief and we will pitch you ideas.

If you have a unique story you would like to pitch to a brand anywhere in the world, pitch us your idea. We have well-established processes to ensure that your ideas are properly seen and protected.

Manitoba Tax Incentives For Filming

Tax Incentives. The Manitoba Film and Video Production Tax Credit offers qualifying productions a base rebate of 45% (up to 65% with bonuses) on approved Manitoba labor expenditures. Bonuses include a 5% Rural Bonus, 10% frequent filming bonus, and a 5% Manitoba producer bonus.

Manitoba Film Crews & Talent

Crews. Manitoba has a small but good crew base that are experienced in working efficiently in cold weather conditions. 

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.

Talent. The province’s population is predominately Caucasian with sizeable Asian and First Nations communities. There are 63 First Nations groups in Manitoba. Winnipeg offers a small pool of multicultural talent looks. Additional casting may be required out of Toronto or abroad. Film characters synonymous with Manitoba include wheat farmers, big game hunters, and hockey players.

Manitoba Film Equipment

Equipment. Some standard camera, lighting and grip equipment can be found locally and the rest can be brought in from Toronto.

Communications. Communication is key. Our agility and global experience allows us to customise the right communications systems for every shoot.

Web posted casting, scouting, and videoconferencing.

For clients that are unable to attend set we offer a virtual video village solution. This dedicated and secure high-resolution video streaming platform allows clients from one or multiple timezones to view setups without compromise and to participate in real-time with the team on set. Separate systems can be set up for the discrete conversations that are required to make a job run right. Working remotely with our local teams reduces your content production costs, turnaround times, carbon footprint, and risks associated with unpredictable global events.

Manitoba Studios

Studios. Winnipeg has a 15,000 sq/ft studio.

Manitoba Film-Friendly Accommodation

Accommodation. Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson and other areas of Manitoba.

Final Notes

Safety. Manitoba is a very safe and reliable filming centre. See here for up to date travel advice.

Down Time. Head up to Churchill to watch the northern lights, Polar bears and whales.

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:

Hire Manitoba Production Support & Shooting Crew

If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for your shoot in Manitoba, please contact us.

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Manitoba, such as a director, DoP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, please contact us.

We are able to provide you with answers, references and bids quickly.