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Film Office

Welcome to the Film Office, a component of the Film and Special Events of The City of Winnipeg. Our commitment is to serve the needs of the expanding film industry.

If you are looking for a place to film we’ve detailed the reasons why Winnipeg should be on your short list. Climate, locations and Film Funding opportunities are among our assets along with experienced film crews ready to meet any challenge.

Once you’ve decided Winnipeg is where you want to film, this site offers information about City requirements for your shoot.

Browse through our site and contact The Film Office if there is anything we can do to assist. One phone call or email to us puts you in business. Make us prove our film-friendliness.

PDF Winnipeg Film Package

PDF Winnipeg Film Package for Independent Productions

Permits

While filming (feature films, commercials, music videos, one reels, student projects, television programming or PSAs) in Winnipeg, many activities will require a permit.

YOU WILL NEED A PERMIT IF:

  • Traffic will be interrupted on City streets.
  • Pedestrian traffic on sidewalks will be interrupted.
  • A dolly is used on streets or sidewalks.
  • Wires or cables run across or over sidewalks.
  • A generator is used on a sidewalk or street.
  • Filming takes place on Public property.
  • Public parking will be impacted.
  • For information on obtaining permits from various City departments please call our office.

The Film Office acts as a liaison between the arts community and City departments and will provide connections to specific departments as required for permits and information.

Film History

Winnipeg and Manitoba have rapidly developed a reputation as desirable locales for filmmakers from Canada and abroad.

A small sample of more recent films made in Winnipeg are as follows:

  • Goon
  • Capote
  • Shall We Dance
  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  • You Kill Me
  • My Winnipeg
  • The Saddest Music in the World
  • Faces in the Crowd
  • My Awkward Sexual Adventure
  • Less Than Kind
  • Todd And The Book Of Pure Evil
  • ATM
Why Film in Winnipeg
WE ARE VERY FILM-FRIENDLY!!

Winnipeg and Manitoba have rapidly developed a reputation as one of the most desired locales for film initiatives in Canada. Filmmaking is among the most dynamic and fastest growing industries in Winnipeg. Check out the list of recent films shot here for evidence.

Locations! Locations! Locations! Winnipeg can masquerade as many places: we’ve been Chicago, New Jersey, Soho, and Baltimore. You name it, we can become it. Our National Heritage Site, The Exchange District, is like no other neighbourhood in North America with over 140 outstanding architectural examples from the turn of the last century! Many of our museums and historic sites make excellent locations. Galleries of urban and rural locations can be viewed at the Manitoba Film and Music website

Our rural locations are just as spectacular. The eastern shores of our vast provincial lakes such as Lake Winnipeg can duplicate the rough Atlantic coastline while the southern and western shores can pretend to be the sandy beaches of the Pacific or Caribbean. In winter we can be the North Pole or the South Pole or any snowy place in between. We have vast wide-open prairie, deserts, tundra, mountains and some of the oldest rocks on the planet on the Canadian Shield. And a climate to match!

With many high quality, film-training programs in place Winnipeg can supply well-qualified crews with feature film and television experience who can fill all technical needs, and a variety of production support services. Winnipeg has sound stages, audio recording studios, animation and special effects companies, pre- and post-production facilities and accomplished professional crews.

Winnipeg is more cost-effective regarding crew and locations than many other centres in Canada. As added incentive, a competitive provincial tax credit program is in place to encourage film production in Manitoba.

Winnipeg is a clean dynamic city of over 750,000 people with much to offer filmmakers. We have parks and river walks, excellent cuisine from every corner of the world, a host of cultural activities ranging from world-class ballet to night clubs, professional sports teams, outdoor concerts and festivals. A wide range of appropriate accommodations are available for cast and crew. Our population is diverse and multicultural with a growing awareness of the benefits of co-operating with film production companies. To learn more about Winnipeg follow the links offered by the Winnipeg.ca Website or visit Economic Development Winnipeg.

Our location at the centre of the continent, our four distinct and beautiful seasons, our economic incentives, friendly citizenry and history of award-winning films all assure Winnipeg’s place in the international film community.

Winnipeg's Climate
Due to our position on the planet, Winnipeg has four very distinct seasons. All dates are approximate but here are some guidelines for our changes of season.

SPRING: the snow usually begins to melt in early to mid April and is gone by early May with green grass and leaves on the trees by mid to late May. Gardens are planted and bedding plants put out mid to late May. Ice on our rivers and lakes begins to break up in late April with clear water by mid May. Mean temperature in April is 4 degrees C/ 40 degrees F, in May 12 degrees C/ 55 degrees F.

SUMMER: summers are long, hot and sunny in June, July and August July is our hottest month with an average temperature of 24 degrees C/ 72 degrees F. The average number of days per month with rainfall is 11, making Winnipeg one of the sunniest spots in North America.

AUTUMN: by mid September the weather begins to change with cooler nights and days, the mean temperature in September is 17 degrees C/ 66 degrees F. Leaves begin to change anywhere from mid September to mid October. The trees are usually bare for several weeks before the first snowfall. Farmers usually begin harvesting, depending on the crop, in late August with completion by mid September.

WINTER: the first snowfall can occur anytime after October 31, rarely before. Early snows are often just skiffs, serious ground-covering snowfalls occur by the end of November with December thru March our snowiest time. Mean temperature in January, our coldest month, is minus 20 degrees C/ 10 below zero F. Rivers and lakes begin to freeze up by mid November with solid ice, depending on fluctuations, by late December or early January. Precipitation days in winter are few, averaging about 9 days per month, giving us plenty of short, bright days.

For today’s weather in Winnipeg, visit Environment Canada's website.

Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)

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Anytime you will be using public thoroughfares (streets, sidewalks, alleys, parks), require police services or traffic coordination, you will need to contact our office for a permit. We require at least 72 hours notice in order for permits to be issued. Limited police services can be provided at a reduced fee schedule. Please contact our office for assistance.


We can. Winnipeg's film community has a wealth of talented experienced people who can provide services for every aspect of your production. Call our office with your specific requirements. We have a directory of service suppliers for the industry and would be happy to pass along their contact numbers. Please contact our office for assistance.


Since l997 the Manitoba Film and Video Production Tax Credit has provided incentives to the private film and television production industry to create economic development. Basically, the Tax Credit provides a base rebate of 45% calculated on approved Manitoba labour expenditures. An additional 5% Rural Bonus is available for projects that shoot at least 50% of their Manitoba shooting days more than 35 km from the centre of Winnipeg (corner of Portage Avenue and Main Street). Furthermore, an additional 5% Frequent Filming Bonus is also available for companies that shoot 3 projects in Manitoba within a 2-year period. The 5% bonus is applied to the third project and production companies can keep the 5% bonus on subsequent productions by maintaining their production activity so that there are always 3 films shot in Manitoba within any 2-year rolling period. It is therefore possible to qualify for a tax credit rate of up to 55% of the eligible Manitoba labour expenditures.

Eligible projects include fully financed television movies, documentaries, feature films, dramatic series, variety, multimedia, animation, children's programming, music programming and informational series, as well as digital and CD-ROM productions.

To find out more information about the Tax Credits, please view the Manitoba Film & Music Website. The Film and Cultural Affairs Office can arrange permits, coordinate traffic and police services, and assist with office space and locations. Please contact our office for assistance.


The Film and Special Events Office acts as a liaison between filmmakers and the private sector as well as city government so we would be the people to call if you have your eye on a specific private location. Winnipeggers have become a very film-friendly population in the last few years. Private locations are often used. Please contact our office for assistance.


The City has many suitable locations, indoors and out, that can be used for shooting. We even have underground locations available. Let us know your requirements. Please contact our office for assistance.


If required, The Film Office can arrange to have air space cleared for aerial helicopter shots. Weather, building heights, safety issues and other factors are taken into account when making these arrangements. Call our office well in advance of the required date for aerial shots, as they take longer to coordinate. Please contact our office for assistance.


The Film Office receives Call Sheets daily so we are aware at all times of filming activities and potential concerns that may arise. These can be faxed to us at 204-986-7673 or emailed to Film and Culture

Other Information When Filming in Winnipeg
  • The Film and Special Events Office requires adequate insurance coverage for each film being produced in Winnipeg. After receiving the insurance document we release a control number that is used throughout the shooting schedule to arrange other City services.
  • The Film Office offers vacant available civic accommodations to film companies for their production offices. Fees and/or leases are arranged independently with each production.
  • The Film Office arranges, through Police Services and Winnipeg Transit, to have streets closed and traffic re-routed to accommodate chase scenes and other street filming. Security issues, firearms usage and other Police Services are arranged through The Film Office. They have provided a fee schedule for the services they offer.
  • We can arrange to have parking meters bagged in the vicinity of the set to ensure that parking is made available for production vehicles, equipment and trailers.
  • When location filming is planned all residents and businesses in the area must be notified in writing that this event is going to occur, providing them with details in the missive. Notification should include the name of your company, the name of your production, the kind of production (MOW, TV pilot, etc.) and the type of activity and duration (times, dates, number of days including prep and strike, any traffic and parking restrictions, special effects, explosions, gunfire, etc.
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