Jul 7, 2021
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WFG MFM 2021 SPRING POST / PRODUCTION FUND RECIPIENTS
We are excited to announce that these five filmmakers received the following funding as part of the 2021 Spring cycle of the WFG MFM Post/Production Fund:
Sheryl Peters was awarded $2,000 in cash for her documentary “VJK – Changing Education”.
Sheryl Peters is a co-producer of As It Happened Productions, specializing in socially-engaged documentary videos. Previous work has included: “Shining Armour: The Margaret Ann Armour Story”, “Chalk to Change”, “HoWS: House of Women Scientists”, and “Royal Grave: The Fridrika Bjorndottir Story”. Sheryl is also a social researcher with University of Manitoba and Brandon University, with a focus on health care, critical autism studies, and community-based, arts-engaged research.
Heidi Phillips was awarded $1,200 in WFG services for her feature film “To Wait.”
Heidi Phillips is an experimental filmmaker based in Winnipeg. Phillips constantly sifts and searches through old films, lifting imagery and sound to recycle into her own layered and loosely structured narrative works. She completed her MFA from Transart Institute Austria in August of 2008.
Murray Toews was awarded $2,000 in cash and $1,000 in WFG services to support his short film “The Strangeness Index”.
Murray’s creative work spans the disciplines and media of drawing, audio-art, interactivity, digital/analog hand-drawn animation, and filmmaking. He has been exploring inner landscapes with his animated films such as “Lost in Thought” and “10 Years Before Happiness”. His current project the “Strangeness Index” explores the world of the paranormal. You can watch the promo trailer for Strangeness Index here.
Rhayne Vermette was awarded $1,800 in WFG services for her feature film “Levers.”
Rhayne Vermette was born in Notre Dame de Lourdes, Manitoba. It was while studying architecture at the University of Manitoba, that she fell into the practices of image making and storytelling. Primarily self-taught, Rhayne’s films are opulent collages of fiction, animation, documentary, re-enactments and divine interruption. Ste. Anne is her first feature narrative.
Darcy Waite was awarded $2,000 in cash for his film “Serve and Protect.”
Darcy Waite is a Producer/Tv Host based in Winnipeg, MB, he’s currently the goofy host of ATPNs youth series THAT’S AWSM. He produced his first feature film through Telefilm’s Talent to Watch program – Ruthless Souls. The feature premiered at ImagineNATIVE in 2019. Darcy produced the award-winning CBC Short Docs film Zaasaakwe which played at the ImagineNATIVE Film Festival. Darcy won the 2017 Imaginenative Web Series Pitch Competition as the Producer of Madison Thomas’s web series Color of Scar Tissue. The series premiered at ImagineNATIVE 2018 before airing on APTN Digital. Darcy’s short Case Number #### was nominated for best narrative short at the 2018 LA Skins fest. His series DJ Burnt Bannock was a 2019 ImagineNATIVE Web Series Pitch Competition finalist. Darcy is currently in post-production with Eagle Vision co-producing his next two projects DJ Burnt Bannock (APTN/BELLFUND) and the Telefilm funded feature Finality of Dusk directed by Madison Thomas.
The peer selection committee was comprised of filmmaker and actor Chelsey Mark (former recipient of the Post/Production Fund), filmmaker Marc Greene and editor Janell Henry. The selection committee was chaired by WFG Production Coordinator, Karen Remoto.
A total of 10 submissions were received for this cycle of the award.
Congratulations to Sheryl, Heidi, Murray, Rhayne and Darcy! A big thank you to Manitoba Film & Music, who graciously furnished the cash component of the awards.