MTS supports Manitoba filmmakers at Gimli Film Festival

Company holds MTS Stories From Home $20,000 Pitch! Contest for Manitoba filmmakers

Stock Symbol:  MBT

GIMLI, MB, July 24, 2013 /CNW/ -  MTS, Manitoba's leading full-service communications provider, is proud to support Manitoba's film industry through its sponsorship of the Gimli Film Festival.  For the first time at the Gimli Film Festival, MTS, together with On Screen Manitoba, will be holding a pitch contest for filmmakers to compete for the chance to win $20,000 to put towards the creation of their film. Ten finalists, comprised of aspiring and established filmmakers, will pitch their projects to a panel of industry professionals before a live audience for the chance to be awarded a $20,000 license fee to produce their film for MTS TV's Stories From Home.

Stories From Home is an MTS Video on Demand collection of new, original and local programming. Funding for the pitch contest is provided by the MTS Local Expressions Fund, which is dedicated to help create community programming in Manitoba. The contest will take place at the Aspire Theatre at the Gimli Film Festival on Friday, July 26.

In addition to the pitch, MTS hosted the 2nd annual MTS Digital Media Camp, a five-day, hands-on, film immersion program for youth dedicated to learning how to create a short film. The camp's final production, Good Intentions, will premiere at the festival on Sunday, July 28. For a behind-the-scenes look at the camp, click here.

"The MTS Digital Media Camp offers an extraordinary opportunity to the participants," said Gimli Film Festival Director Cheryl Ashton. "The camp provides 10 young people the chance to work with some of Manitoba's notable filmmakers, including Cinematographer Kim Bell from MTS TV and Director and Mentor Danishka Esterhazy."

The Gimli Film Festival runs from July 24 to 28 in Gimli, Manitoba. Since 2010, MTS has sponsored the festival through monetary and in-kind support and MTS is pleased to announce that four films produced for MTS TV's Stories From Home will be featured at this year's festival. The films include: Packing Up The Wagon, Chasing A Song, Urbee and May We Grow.

"The camp and the pitch contest are great ways to put the spotlight on Manitoba talent," said Kelvin Shepherd, President of MTS. "A strong arts and culture community is good for the province and as the hometown communications provider, we're pleased to support the Manitoba film industry and its local talent through the Gimli Film Festival."

About MTS

MTS is the leading full-service communications provider for residential and business customers in Manitoba. The company's suite of products and services include the latest in wireless technology, high-speed Internet, an award-winning IPTV service, voice services, home security, and an extensive range of business solutions.  A technology leader, MTS operates advanced wireless networks delivering the best coverage for Manitobans with its 4G, CDMA and Wi-Fi wireless networks and is investing to build out its extensive fibre-to-the-home network in over 20 Manitoba communities. MTS's momentum is fuelled by the knowledge, skills and spirit of its 3,000 Manitoba-based employees. With over 100 years of operations, MTS is rooted firmly in the community and is a proud sponsor of the MTS Centre, home to the NHL's Winnipeg Jets. MTS is wholly owned by Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. which is listed on the TSX (trading symbol: MBT). For information on MTS's products and services, please visit

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Image with caption: "Participants of the MTS Digital Media Camp on set in Gimli, Manitoba. The camp, a film immersion program for Manitoba youth dedicated to learning how to create a short film, ran from July 15 to 19 (CNW Group/MTS Allstream)". Image available at:

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