2022 Riding Mountain National Park Film Festival Confirmed Movie Schedule

Tuesday July 5th: Opening Reception: 7:30 PM
Venue: Visitors Centre Cinema

The Opening Reception is a one of a kind event that features three short films followed by live music and drinks in the Vistor’s Centre.

This years featured musician is Deandra Dey.

Movie: Guardians of the Grasslands
Director: Ben Wilson – Canada
Length: 16 minutes
Synopsis: Guardians Of The Grasslands explores the current state of one of the world’s most endangered ecosystems, the Great Plains grasslands, and the role that cattle play in its survival.


Movie: Joe Buffalo
Director: Amar Chebib
Length: 16 Minutes

Synopsis: Joe Buffalo is an Indigenous skateboarder and a survivor of Canada’s notorious Indian Residential School system. Following a traumatic childhood and decades of addiction, Joe must face his inner demons to realize his dream of turning pro.


Movie: The Potter – Jeff Bettle
Director: Shaun Cameron
Length: 11 Minutes

Synopsis: Story of Jeff Bettle from The Old Church Pottery + Gift on HWY 10 north of Minnedosa.

Wednesday July 6th: Sunrise Credit Union Toonie Matinee: 2:00 PM
Venue: Park Theatre
Movie: Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Length 122 minutes

Synopsis: When the manic Dr Robotnik returns to Earth with a new ally, Knuckles the Echidna, Sonic and his new friend Tails is all that stands in their way.


Thursday July 7th – 7:30 PM Screening
Venue: Vistor’s Centre Cinema
Movie: Mayday on the Mountain
Length: 36 Minutes
Director: Chris Bayette – Canada
Synopsis: A documentary about 4 airforce trainees that crash their plane into the wilds of Riding Mountain and how 3 of them survived the ordeal.


Movie: The Strongest Man in the World
Length: 29 Minutes
Director: Vincent McEveety – Canada
Synopsis: This film tells the bittersweet story of strongman and magician Mike Swistun who, for thirty days in 1923, was the strongman with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Born in Olha, Manitoba, Swistun was a Ukrainian farm boy, who, for a short moment in time, achieved fame and fortune only to lose it. Narrated by the Ukrainian Hollywood actor Jack Palance, this film won the prestigious Genie Award.

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Thursday July 7th – 9:00 PM Screening
Venue: Vistor’s Centre Cinema
Movie: LFG
Length: 105 minutes
Director:  Sean Fine & Andrea Nix – USA
Synopsis: You may know them as record-breakers. Now learn why they’re game-changers. LFG is a no-holds-barred, inside account of the U.S. women’s national soccer team’s ongoing fight for equal pay as told by Megan Rapinoe, Jessica McDonald, Becky Sauerbrunn, Kelley O’Hara, Sam Mewis, and others. #LFGTheMovie


Friday July 8th. 7:30 + 9 PM Screenings
Venue: Vistor’s Centre Cinema
Movie: Wiemeng Zhao – The Painter
Length: 12 Minutes
Director: Colin Corneau – Canada
Synopsis: Weiming Zhao is a Brandon Manitoba based artist who has practiced plein air painting on a daily basis for 18 years. Instead of painting in a studio setting, Weiming takes his easel right outdoor almost daily throughout the four seasons, rain or shine.

Movie: The Steve Langston Show
Length: 5 episodes. Total run time is 50 Minutes
Director: Steve Langston & Chris Mitchell
Synopsis: Old friends Steve Langston and Joel McPhail work together to turn an unloved building into a cafe and coffee shop and improve the community of Erickson, Manitoba at the same time.