2022 Pow Wow Pitch Winner is now a local presenting partner for excelling production company
On May 19th, Pow Wow Pitch, North America’s premier pitch competition and non-profit organization supporting emerging Indigenous entrepreneurs, announced its newest partnership with Kejic Productions, as a local presenting partner at the Manito Ahbee Festival in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Kejic Productions is a Winnipeg-based company owned and operated by Cree/Ojibway Producer and Director, Erica Daniels. Erica has been an entrepreneur for several years and founded the company in 2017. Kejic Productions creates, develops and produces films, community and corporate videos; as well, provides event photography and marketing services.
Last year, Erica Daniels won her first pitch competition at the Manito Ahbee Festival. She later went on to win the Pow Wow Pitch Finale and took home the grand prize of $25,000 to grow her company. Erica pitched several times before and her resilience is worth celebrating with this partnership.
This year, Pow Wow Pitch is proud to welcome Erica and her company as a local presenting partner at the Manito Ahbee Festival. Kejic Productions will spearhead the video production covering interviews with mentors, judges, entrepreneurs, and sponsors. Kejic Productions will also be working on a mini-documentary project at the event for Pow Wow Pitch. Erica will also be featured as a judge in the round one pitches at Manito Ahbee Festival.
“We could not be more proud of Erica and her team,” said Sunshine Tenasco, founder of Pow Wow Pitch. “Erica’s resilience and passion truly shines and watching her grow from a pitcher to a collaborating partner has been an incredible experience. We are so proud to welcome Kejic Productions and can’t wait to see them work their magic.”
“I am so grateful for Sunshine and the entire Pow Wow Pitch family for not only supporting the growth of Kejic Productions but for their dedication to uplifting Indigenous entrepreneurs all across Turtle Island,” said Erica Daniels. “I’m so excited to be able to give back in a way that is most special to me, by helping tell the story of Powwow Pitch and highlighting Indigenous entrepreneurs here in Manitoba! I look forward to seeing all the amazing pitches this year!”
Read more about Erica’s inspiring story
Award-winning Cree/Ojibway filmmaker, Erica Daniels is a documentary director, producer, entrepreneur and a proud mother of three from Peguis First Nation. Based in Winnipeg,
Erica’s media company, Kejic Productions (est. 2017), emerged from her passion to share the stories of her community through an Indigenous lens. She values heart-centered stories that amplify Indigenous voices, while focusing upon healing, cultural revitalization, knowledge preservation, education and social change. Erica’s journey began in JUST TV, a multimedia program for at-risk youth in Winnipeg’s inner city.
Through this program, she was able to better her life and gain extensive skills in the media industry. In turn, Erica continues to pursue her commitment of uplifting Indigenous youth by helping them reclaim their cultural identity. Erica currently runs a cultural program at the Broadway Neighbourhood Centre and is the co-creator and facilitator of Spirit of the Story, a film training program for Indigenous youth.
Inspired by the resilience of her community and the beauty of her culture, Erica shares her gift of storytelling through filmmaking. She embraces the important role of sharing Indigenous history, and values the preservation of cultural teachings shared by Elders in her community, in hopes to reach and inspire future generations.
About Kejic Productions
Kejic Productions is a multi-award-winning production company that is Indigenous owned and operated. We are located on an Urban Reserve in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Established in 2017 by Cree/Ojibway Director and Producer, Erica Daniels, Kejic Productions specializes in producing high-end, cinematic documentaries, and community and corporate and videos, music videos and live streaming; as well as marketing and event photography. We are dedicated to creating engaging, powerful stories and strive to deliver captivating and effective digital video content from an authentic Indigenous lens.
At Kejic Productions, we are dedicated to training the next generation of Indigenous storytellers. Through mentorship, we encourage and train Indigenous youth by providing on-the-job training opportunities such as working on a live set as well as post-production with industry-standard equipment.
Here at Kejic Productions, we believe that Indigenous stories should be told through an Indigenous lens. That way, we are ensuring that our culture, language and heritage is shared authentically in collaboration with the community to honour stories and protocol respectfully and truthfully.