1st Break is like no other film festival in Manitoba. The main focus will be on independently produced and financed short films made by local emerging filmmakers. The festival will take viewing films to a whole new level by hosting events in non-traditional, community owned venues in Winnipeg’s downtown core. 1st Break will also bring together the highly creative but usually separate film and music communities by hosting several events that incorporate both mediums in a unique fashion.
1st Break will take place May 24th to May 26th. This month has been chosen because many filmmakers and artists will have just finished works that were in progress over the dreary winter months and will be eager to show them.
1st Break will be the missing link in the otherwise functioning chain that is the Manitoba film, music and arts community. While there are several outstanding film festivals held in Manitoba there is no festival that caters to emerging filmmakers. The lack of exposure for emerging talent means many brilliant artists dwell in obscurity. 1st Break will give those artists a place to showcase their work in an atmosphere that is unassuming and welcoming. 1st Break is open to every genre, any style of film will be considered for exhibition. 1st Break looks for strong story telling, well-rounded characters and powerful uniqueness.
1st Break will be held in non-traditional venues across Winnipeg’s downtown core area. Our vision is to prove that films do not need to be shown in traditional movie theatres, especially now with digital technology. Promoting the use of the downtown area and its businesses is now more essential than ever with many strong independent businesses closing recently.
Our venues are The Edge Gallery at 611 Main Street and The Frame Arts Warehouse at 318 Ross Avenue!
1st Break is the brainchild of young emerging and student filmmakers who are also active on the local music scene. There will be a concerted effort to provide an arena for artists, actors, filmmakers and musicians to meet. The festival will be inclusive for all but our goal is to show the many talented filmmakers, visual artists, actors and musicians in Winnipeg that there is an outlet for their highly creative works to be shown and how others can be involved in similar projects that are showcased.
Scott is a graduate from the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba. Scott is passionate about working on local projects that build a sense of community and use creative arts as a learning tool. He spends his time sharing his skill set coaching football and working with local youth organizations.