The Winnipeg Gay and Lesbian Film Society, Inc. was registered as a non-profit incorporation under Manitoba statutes on September 20, 1985. Between 1985 and 1989 the group organized monthly film series, bringing to Manitoba audiences gay and lesbian films otherwise not seen in Winnipeg. These were advertized to Winnipeg's Gay & Lesbian community by mailouts. The first film festival was produced in 1987 as a joint project of the Winnipeg Gay and Lesbian Film Society and Plug In, Inc. and named "Counterparts." All of the festivals that followed have been produced by the Society. Since 2000 the festivals have been known by the name "Reel Pride." 2005 marked the Society's twentieth year and twelfth festival.
Counterparts: International Festival of Gay and Lesbian Films: 1987 Apr 25 - May 03
In addition to film series and festivals, the Society has from time to time organized a variety of individual film-related events. These have included an independent filmmakers workshop (March 1988), many single-film events (June 1990, May 1993, September 1993, November 1994, December 1994, May 1995, and May 2003), and its highly successful "Reel Pride At Pride" film nights in 2004 and 2005.
Reel Pride Film Festivals are a project of the Winnipeg Gay & Lesbian Film Society, Inc. a Manitoba non-profit corporation.
Board of Directors
Karla Barnett, Lisa Bukoski, Raymond Geronimo, Carman Johnston, Kevin Maguire, Derek R.F. Pitre, Darla Stewert, David A. Wyatt