2018 Award Winners!

Congrats to our 2018 Award Winners:


Best of Fest Award

(sponsored by Outlet Collection Winnipeg)

WINNER:  Minding the Gap, dir. Bing Liu

A note from the GFF Programming Committee: “The programming committee decided to award this year’s Best of Fest award to a documentary film that hits on a lot of issues rarely discussed in mainstream society. It’s an impressive story by a young first-time feature filmmaker who – in the process of this film – must confront his friends and his own history in this fascinating portrait of masculinity and violence in middle America.  The exceptional elements of this story are three disparate men from very different backgrounds with a willingness to be emotionally bare and bluntly honest. You get coming of age stories about young men frequently, but never like this.”

Best of Fest – Honourable Mentions
The Rider, dir. Chloe Zhao
Exit Music, dir. Cameron Mullenneaux


Audience Choice Best of Fest Award

(sponsored by Outlet Collection Winnipeg)

WINNER: Bachman, dir. John Barnard (Farpoint Films)


Best Manitoba Director Award

(presented by the Directors Guild of Canada – Manitoba)

WINNER: Shelagh Carter (Before Anything You Say)


RBC $10,000 Emerging Filmmaker Pitch Competition

WINNER: Erika Ulrich for Palm House (Eternal Youth)


Manitoba Shorts in Competition

Best Manitoba Short Film (presented by Manitoba Film & Music)
WINNER: Run As One – The Journey of the Front Runners, dir. Erica Daniels

Best Performance by a Female Artist (presented by ACTRA Manitoba)
WINNER: Samantha Cahatol (Piece of Mind, dir. Erin Hembrador)

Best Performance by a Male Artist (presented by ACTRA Manitoba)
WINNER: Alfonso Lora (Piece of Mind, dir. Erin Hembrador)


Alda Award

An annual lifetime achievement award presented to a filmmaker / actor from the circumpolar regions for outstanding contributions to the art of cinema

WINNER: Guy Maddin


Jack Clements “Livin’ the Dream” Lifetime Achievement Award

An annual award in the memory of Jack Clements, presented to a Manitoban for their impact on the local film industry and filmmaking community.

WINNER: Elise Swerhone

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