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President’s Message – April 2018

Greetings members and welcome to Spring! If you haven’t read the Manitoba profile article in ACTRA Magazine’s 75th Anniversary Issue (written by Kevin Longfield) check it out here. Thank you Kevin for putting so much content into so few words. We have a lot to be proud of here in Manitoba.

Congrats to all who took part in the March 4th MIP Showcase – creators and attendees alike. It is so encouraging to see such strong member engagement, not to mention the high quality of the films being produced featuring our talented members. Announced at the MIP night (to over 200 attendees): Our DIVERSITY COMMITTEE has a new MIP initiative on the horizon, the details of which will be available soon on our website and from the office.

With the announcement of the Manitoba budget in March, it seems our government is intent on keeping the tax credit incentive structure in place for the time being. In a response to a letter from ACTRA Manitoba, the Minister of Finance replied with a thank you for our input and said, “Our government is committed to work in partnership with the sector to ensure its ongoing development and growth.” He further explained that a working group made up of industry leaders will be established to review the Manitoba Film & Video Production Tax Credit. We will do our best to keep providing input in order to ensure the longevity of our industry.

Finally, our AGM is fast approaching. Mark the date in your calendar: Monday, June 11 at the Radisson Hotel (288 Portage Avenue).  I look forward to a fairly compact meeting (this is a non-election year!) and then a chance to chat with fellow members at the reception afterwards. If it is a nice night, the outdoor deck awaits us!

Happy 60th ACTRA Manitoba – Happy 75th to ACTRA National!

Jan Skene

ACTRA Manitoba President

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