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Exploration of southern Sask. leads to award for Regina filmmakers

Motus, a film about the visual exploration of southern Saskatchewan's landscape, took home the Best of Saskatchewan award at the Yorkton Film Festival on Saturday.

Filmmakers Allan Roeher, Mike Maekelburger gathered footage while exploring over 4-year period

Saskatchewan film Motus takes award at Yorkton Film Festival

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Motus, which is a visual exploration of southern Saskatchewan, has taken home the Ruth Shaw Award for Best of Saskatchewan. 0:34

A group of Saskatchewan filmmakers has taken home an "unanticipated" win at the Yorkton Film Festival.

The filmmakers behind Motus were given the Ruth Shaw Award for Best of Saskatchewan film on Saturday at the festival's award show.  

Producer Allan Roeher said they didn't anticipate the win because the film is so different from their usual style. 

"Our film is a visual exploration of southern Saskatchewan, so it's not your typical narrative or even documentary where there's like dialogue or voice to tell the story," Roeher said.

"It's all just imagery, sound and music." 

The filmmakers' adventures took them to unique locations all across southern Saskatchewan. (Courtesy of Mike Maekelburger)

Exploring southern Saskatchewan

The film was about exploration for Roeher and cinematographer Mike Maekelburger. The team, which also includes editor Chris Miller, all graduated from the University of Regina's film program in the past five years.  

The team has been travelling to unique areas around the province for the past four years, including Castle Butte, the Great Sandhills and numerous other spots in southern Saskatchewan.

Filmmaker Allan Roeher said that some of the footage in the film was from trips that were planned, while some just came from scenes they came across spontaneously. (Courtesy of Mike Maekelburger)

All that work came together to form the film, which is about 13 minutes long. 

"There's definitely lots of beauty to capture in this province and we're definitely proud of the images we were able to capture and also where we're from," Roeher said. 

Hopefully when people see this film it inspires them to go out and travel a bit more and find some of these gems for themselves.- Allan Roeher, Motus producer

The exploration doesn't stop there for the team, though. 

Roeher said they've already started filming the sequel to Motus, and this time hope to show off more of what northern Saskatchewan has to offer. 

The hope is that the film inspires its viewers to do some exploring of their own. 

"Hopefully when people see this film it inspires them to go out and travel a bit more and find some of these gems for themselves." 

Filmmakers Chris Miller, Allan Roeher and Mike Maekelburger took home the Best of Saskatchewan award for their film Motus at the Yorkton Film Festival on May 28, 2016. (Courtesy of Allan Roeher)

Four other films nominated

Motus was up against four other Saskatchewan films in the province for the award: A Chance to Speak, Alexander, Assini and Dancing the Space Inbetween

Roeher said the win was an exciting moment.  

"We had some friends and family there, so it was fun to share that moment with them."

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