Four Manitoba Projects Set To Screen at The 2011 Toronto International Film Festival

Aug 16, 2011 | Corporate Member News

On Screen Manitoba and Manitoba Film & Music would like to congratulate the following Manitoba industry professionals with projects selected to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), September 8-18, 2011.

The Special Presentation programme will present two Manitoban project:

Keyhole (directed by Guy Maddin; produced by Jody Shapiro and Jean du Toit; Executive produced by Phyllis Laing).

Keyhole may be Guy Maddin’s boldest film yet. Described as a surreal indoor odyssey of one man, Ulysses Pick (Jason Patric) struggling to reach his wife (Isabella Rosellini) in her bedroom upstairs, this hypnotic dreamlike journey bewilders and captivates.

Goon (directed by Michael Dowse and starring Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel and Eugene Levy).

Goon was co-produced by Ian Dimmerman of Winnipeg’s Inferno Pictures and explores the violence in Canada’s one true obsession; hockey. The film has been described as the Canadian comedy counterpart to Jimi Hendrix’s version of the The Star Spangled Banner: sacrilegious, twisted and, somehow, perversely patriotic.

Short Cuts Canada programme will present two Manitoban short film projects:

The Yodelling Farmer (directed by Mike Maryniuk and John Scoles).

Stu Clayton of Manitou, Manitoba is the yodelling farmer, portrayed with humour and wit in this fantastic animated documentary that looks the way yodelling sounds.

Tabula Rasa (directed and produced by Matthew Rankin).

A surrealist tale of loss and longing finds forlorn Fernand succumbing to the rising flood waters of the Red River. Slumped in his recliner, he is resigned to nature’s fate.

On Screen Manitoba and Manitoba Film & Music will celebrate the screenings of these Manitoba films during TIFF and all the Manitoban productions that went to camera this year with our renowned Manitoba Party on September 11, 2011 in Toronto. This event highlights Manitoba’s talented filmmakers and provides networking opportunities with hundreds of industry VIP’s from around the globe.

For additional festival information and screening times please visit

About On Screen Manitoba:

On Screen Manitoba is an innovative non-profit, membership-driven association that leads, builds and represents Manitoba’s screen-based media industry. Our association has grown and evolved over its 22 years into a vital force in the industry. We lead our community in setting common goals and in building a stronger industry. Our membership represents the full spectrum of individuals and organizations (production companies, labour groups, distributors, broadcasters, suppliers and supporting organizations) that make up the screen-based media industry in Manitoba. On Screen Manitoba membership totals nearly 300 but reaches more than 1,500 individuals. 

To find out more about On Screen Manitoba visit its website here.

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