July 29, 2018
29 Jul 2018

2018 Survey

Take our 2018 GFF survey and let us know about your experience at the festival! By entering the survey, you will be entered to win a 2019 GFF Super Pass! Survey runs from the opening day (July 25) until August 30.


Click this link to take part in the survey.


July 29, 2018
29 Jul 2018

GFF 2018 – What to check out on the last day!

It’s the last day of the Gimli Film Festival and we are sad to see it go, but we wouldn’t want to close it out any other way than with a fantastic lineup. Here is what’s happening today:


At 10 am we have a screening of the dark Icelandic comedy Under the Tree at the Gimli Theatre, What Walaa Wants at the Aspire Theatre, and our MTYP Movie Magic Camp & Children’s NFB Films at the Lady of the Lake Theatre.










Following that there is a 12:30 pm screening of Shorts by the Indigenous Filmmakers Association at the Aspire Theatre, Exit Music screens at the Lady of the Lake Theatre, and The Rider screens at the Gimli Theatre.











At 3 pm you can check out a screening of Mankiller at the Aspire Theatre. This film is the story of the first women elected Chief of the Cherokee Nation. As well we have our Rinse & Repeat Shorts playing at the Lady of the Lake Theatre, and Three Identical Strangers playing at the Gimli Theatre!










This evening at 5:30 we have three more films screening. Sweet Country screens at the Aspire Theatre, Miseducation of Cameron Post plays at the Lady of the Lake Theatre, and Transformer, the documentary of former Marine and bodybuilder’s journey as a transgender women transitioning into Janine, screens at the Gimli Theatre.









At 8 pm we have a screening of Cocote in the Aspire Theatre, and a screening of Shirkers in the Lady of the Lake Theatre. We will also be announcing Audience Choice for Best of Fest presented by Outlet Collection Winnipeg, so don’t forget to cast your votes throughout the day!

















And to close out the festival we have our RBC Sunset Screening of family comedy, The Great Outdoors, screening on the beach at 10 pm.

July 28, 2018
28 Jul 2018

Ten things to take in on Saturday!

It’s are second last day of the Gimli Film Festival and if your anything like us your trying to get as much in as you can! Here are our top ten things you can check out today:


1. Check out the RBC $10,000 Emerging Filmmaker Competition at 10 am. To kick it off last year’s winners Miles Crossman and Nicola Baldwin will screen the world premiere of their film If It Ain’t Got. Once the competition gets underway the five finalists will pitch their concepts: Josh Benoit for the film concept of Melaleuca, Sage Daniels for Broken Glass, Frances Koncan for Trick or Treaty, Ryan Steel for Louis ‘David’ Riel, and Erika Ulrich for Palm House (Eternal Youth). Each finalist is given three minutes to pitch their short film idea and then five minutes of questioning from the jury.





2. Check out one of several series of short films including the Blood is Thicker Than Water series at 10 am, and the When You Light a Candle You Also Cast a Shadow series at 3 pm.










3. Go to the Gimli Theatre  at 3 pm for the Winnipeg Film Group’s screening of their 48 Hour Film Contest to premiere the 18 brand new Manitoba films produced in only 48 short hours! 










4. Take in an Icelandic film with a 10 am screening of 690 Vopnafjörður.










5. Watch a documentary on Lake Winnipeg. Aboard the Namao shows director Cam Patterson’s venture out onto the lake in search massive algae blooms. This film screens at 5:30 pm.






6. For those with a filmmakers pass they can attend a Filmmaker Meet and Greet at 5:30 pm for attending filmmakers.




7. Get rocking’ with our our much-anticipated Rock & Roll Movie Night at Johnson Hall at 9 pm. This evening features a screening of classic 1922 vampire film Nosferatu with a live soundtrack played by JUNO and Polaris Prize nominees Shooting Guns. GFF Super Pass and Filmmaker Pass holders have this evening included, for those without one of those passes tickets are purchased for $20 through the GFF Box Office.








8. Visit the Gimli Commons from 12:30 – 8:00 pm. Swing by the RBC Truck for a chance to win a fly-away trip for two to TIFF. Check out the GFF merchandise table while you’re there!












9. Check out the RBC Boardwalk from 7:30 – 9:30 pm before the Sunset Screening. There will be games, music and free stuff given away at the RBC table!











10. Close out the evening with the RBC Sunset Screening of the 1986 tale of four Oregon boys who set out to see the body of a stranger who died in an accident near their rural homes. This adventure becomes a defining event in the lives of these boys in the film Stand By Me.

July 27, 2018
27 Jul 2018

GFF featured as one of the top 20 Film Festivals in North America

Gimli Film Festival was featured second on FlightNetworks list of top 20 Film Festivals in North America. We are so honoured to have been included with so many amazing Festivals.


You can read the article here.

As seen in Flightnetwork’s Article –  The Top 20 Film Festivals In North America.

July 27, 2018
27 Jul 2018

Gimli Film Festival 2018 – Day three

The Festival is in full swing, and we don’t have any plans of slowing down! Here’s a breakdown of what’s going on today (For a list of each film screening click here):


At 10 a.m. we have four different films screenings. Our screening of Before Anything You Say brings viewers into the world of Isobel and Jack who are in love and in Paris. This film examines the two characters relationship as it changes when Jack receives a job offer that could take him away for five years and they have to work through hurt feelings. Director Shelagh Carter will be in attendance at the Festival!

The other screenings at 10 a.m. are Aboard the Namao, From Seed to Seed and Custody (Jusqu’a la Garde).





Festival goers are encouraged to attend the 12 p.m. Above The Line workshop with Rebecca Gibson, cost is $10 without a Filmmaker or Super Pass. In the evening we have a 5:30 p.m. FREE Women in View panel with women within the film industry. This is part of our Future is Female* initiative!









This afternoon is our DOC Day AfternoonTake in retrospectives of classic Manitoba-made short and feature documentaries presented by DOC Manitoba and celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Documentary Organization of Canada.  At 12:30 the afternoon picks of with documentary Fat ChanceAt 3 pm two films by this years Jack Clements “Livin’ the Dream Award”  Elise Swerhone will screen! Then at 5:30 pm take in classic short docs with The Way Things Were. 








As well we have our Gimli Commons going on from 12:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and the RBC Beach Boardwalk from 7:30 p.m. till 9:30 p.m.  Don’t miss out on free activities, games, the RBC Truck where you can enter win a trip to TIFF, and our GFF merchandise table where you can pick up your raffle tickets before the draw on Saturday. Tonight’s Sunset Screening is a double feature of Dazed and Confused and The Big Lebowski


July 26, 2018
26 Jul 2018

Gimli Film Festival – day two

Yesterday was a fantastic start to our 18th annual Gimli Film Festival and we can’t wait to continue the momentum with more exciting cinema today. You can no longer pre-reserve seats at any of the films today, but 50 percent of seats at each film are put aside as rush seating, cost is $10 cash only for this without a Film, Filmmaker or Super Pass.


Starting at 10 a.m. we are screening Bachman and The Miseducation of Cameron Post.

This afternoon we have a 12:30 p.m. showing of the dark Icelandic comedy Under the Tree. When two neighbours feud over the overstretched tree on the one side things take a more dramatic turn. Don’t forget to show up early for rush seating!

(Screening at the same time is Ava, Scotty & the Secret History of Hollywoodand Tales from the Winnipeg Film Group.)




At 3 p.m. the documentary on declining Indigenous languages in Quebec, Those Who Come, Will Hear screens at the Lady of the Lake Theatre.

(Also screening will be A Ciambra, Westernand The Swan (Svannurin) 








At 5:30 p.m. we have a must-see-documentary filmed on the road inside Elvis Presley’s old 1963 Rolls Royce that takes a look at Elvis’ transition from simple country boy to ‘The King‘.

(Also screening at 5:30 p.m. is Mankiller and A Song for John Ramsay)








At 7 p.m. join us for our Film Trivia Night at the Ship & Plough






Following that we have local favourite Guy Maddin introducing his film ArchangelThe film is of an
amnesiac soldier who arrives in Russia to help fight a war he is unaware has already ended.


(Also screening at this time is 690 Vopnafjörður and Roll Red Roll)











Tonight at 10 p.m. we have our RBC Sunset Screening of Phantom of the Paradise so grab a warm blanket and something to munch and head on down to Gimli Beach!


(Also screening at 10 p.m. is Terror Nullius and Aftermath)

July 24, 2018
24 Jul 2018

Opening Day 2018!

We officially kick off our 2018 Gimli Film Festival tomorrow! It is going to a great day of women-driven cinema that we can’t wait to share it with all of our film fans. Here’s what you need to know about our opening day:


The evening starts at 6 p.m. with Sandi Tan’s ShirkersSandi Tan revisits work she made as a teenager in 1992 with her friend and their mentor, Georges Cardona. The trio set out to make Singapore’s first indie road movie, but the original footage was lost along with her American mentor. Twenty years later the footage is rediscovered, and Tan, now a novelist in America, sets out across continents to find out what happened. Shirkers is the winner of the Sundance 2018 Documentary World Cinema Award.





Karna Sigurðardóttir’s documentary, 690 Vopnafjörður, will follow. This documentary follows the daily lives of the 645 inhabitants of a small village in Iceland where underpopulation puts pressure on the community. The film explores the societal reasons people stay or leave Vopnafjörður. Sigurðardóttir will be in an attendance and will introduce her film.




Both films’ pre-reserved tickets are sold out. Half of the tickets are reserved for rush seating and will be available for purchase at the door. Films fans are encouraged to line-up early to get a seat.


Super Pass holders will have the added opportunity to attend the Opening Reception at 7 p.m. in Johnson Hall. The event will include a mix and mingle with Film Festival staff and board as well sponsors, visiting filmmakers and community representatives. The Opening Reception will feature appetizers and dainties provided by Bergmann’s on Lombard and Afi’s Baking, wine by De Luca Fine Wines and beer provided by Nonsuch Brewing Co.


The day closes out at 10 p.m. with Penny Marshall’s A League of Their Own. This is the first of six RBC Sunset Screenings on Gimli Beach. This women-directed feature tells the story of two sisters playing in the first women’s professional baseball league, while facing their own growing rivalry.

The first day of the Festival highlights GFF’s initiative to bolster women-driven cinema. GFF is excited to celebrate the work of women filmmakers by opening the Festival with three women-directed films. Forty-six per cent of this year’s program is made up of films written or directed by women.



Passes and Tickets:

Passes are still available online and through our box office!

GFF Box Office:

Guarantee your seat. Individual film tickets are on sale through the GFF Box Office and online.
73 1st Ave – Lakeview Resort
Located in Tara’s Corner, entrance on 1st Ave.


July 19, 2018
19 Jul 2018

RBC #Someday Seating Contest Winners!

The winners for our RBC #Someday VIP Seating have been selected!


We want to thank everyone who entered and also thank RBC for putting on this contest as well as our RBC Sunset Screenings. Winners have been messaged with the details. If you are one of our winners please check your messages for more information!






Our two Instagram winners are:

Our Facebook comment winner is:

And our Twitter winner is:

July 18, 2018
18 Jul 2018

Ten ways to celebrate and experience Manitoba-made cinema!

This year’s program is made-up of 59 Manitoba-made films! Here are ten ways you can check out the exceptional talent coming out of this prairie province.

1. Check out the Manitoba Film Series

With over half of the films screening the best from Manitoba, there is bound to be something for everyone. Take in the world premiere of Aboard the Namao directed by Cam Patterson, a locally shot documentary on the state of Lake Winnipeg. Or if you feel like experiencing something on the other side of the world, check out the Canadian premiere of Manitoban director Shelagh Carter’s Before Anything You Say.This film takes place in Paris and tells the story of a couple reconciling both their lives and love after a job opportunity in Bangkok threatens to separate them.




2. Check out a screening with a Manitoba filmmaker in attendance!

Part of our favourite thing about screening local filmmakers is getting to have them attend our Festival and interact with our film fans. This year, we are pleased to have a fantastic lineup of local filmmakers coming out to Gimli!

Local favourite Guy Maddin will be in attendance, as well as Andy Blicq for his film A Song for John Ramsay, Cam Patterson director of Aboard the Namao, John Barnard director of Bachman, Shelagh Carter director of Before Anything You Say, Katharina Stieffenhofer director of From Seed to Seed, and Dave Barber co-director of Tales from the Winnipeg Film Group.






 3. Indigenous Filmmakers Associations’ Short Films

On Sunday afternoon, we are showcasing a series of shorts films from Manitoba’s own Indigenous Filmmakers Association (IFA) sponsored by Eagle Vision. The series features both documentaries and fiction films which range from two to twenty-one minutes in duration. Experience IFA’s filmmaker talent during this short film program.






4. RBC $10,000 Emerging Filmmaker Pitch Competition

If you want to watch a film that hasn’t been made yet? (Okay hear us out…) Why not watch the RBC $10,000 Emerging Filmmaker Pitch Competition where five jury-selected finalists will pitch their film concept on-stage in front of a panel of judges for a chance to win $10,000 to create it! You can also check out the world premiere of last year’s winners Miles Crossman and Nicola Baldwin film, If It Ain’t Got.






5. Manitoba Short Films in Competition

If you ever watched Simon Cowell as a judge on America’s Got Talent and thought, “I could do that” then on Saturday afternoon check out the Manitoba Shorts in Competition program and vote for your favourite to win Manitoba Film & Music’s Audience Choice Award. New this year will be an Audience Choice Award for Best Actor and Best Actress, presented by ACTRA Manitoba!






6. Women in View Panel Discussion

One of our favourite things has to be women supporting other women and helping them reach their goals. Which is why we are so excited to be bringing in 50 emerging woman-identified filmmakers for a day full of women-driven cinema events.

Included in this is the Women in View Panel Discussion moderated by Jill Golick, the executive director of Women in View, as she hosts a panel featuring Ellen Vanstone, Ása Hjörleifsdóttir, Elise Swerhone and Rebecca Gibson. These women filmmakers will discuss their lives, careers and the importance of women-driven cinema.






 7. Awards Ceremony

On Saturday evening, we will be hosting our Awards Ceremony which is open to all our Super Pass and Filmmaker Pass holders. This year The Alda Award will be presented to Guy Maddin for his outstanding career and the Jack Clements “Livin’ The Dream Award” will be presented to Elise Swerhone for her outstanding contributions to the Manitoba film industry.

We are excited to be present two new awards for Best Manitoban Director presented by the Directors Guild of Canada and Best Actor & Actress in a Manitoba Short Film. And of course, the Best of Fest and Audience Choice Awards presented by Outlet Collection Winnipeg. Be sure to cast your vote for the Audience Choice Award whenever you’re leaving a film screening!





8. Winnipeg Film Group’s 48 Hour Film Competition

“Time flies when you’re having fun,” but how about when you’ve got 48 hours to create a film from start to finish? We could always ask the 18 groups who created films for the Winnipeg Film Group’s 48 Hour Film Competition. If you want to see what the result of a tight deadline looks like, check out the premiere of all of these films presented by the Winnipeg Film Group on Saturday at the Gimli Theatre!









9. Check out two Manitoba short films playing before RBC Sunset Screenings on Friday and Saturday!

Instead of previews before our films on the beach we have just have more films!  Check out screenings of two Manitoba short films. Alex Ateah’s HOT-HOT-HOTT plays Friday before the screening of Dazed and Confused, and JJ Neepin’s Laundry Day plays Saturday before Stand by Me.





10. Manitoba short films playing alongside acclaimed Canadian shorts!

You can find Manitoba short film cinema under other film series other than just the Manitoba Short Films in Competition program. Three Manitoban short films can be found in the When You Light A Candle You Also Cast A Shadow series amongst other talented Canadian made films. Check out Breakfast an experimental short shot on film, Trigger Warning an examination of everyday household objects, and Echoes in the Ice a fictional story of four men exploring an abandoned research facility.



July 4, 2018
04 Jul 2018

Top 10 things to do at GFF 2018

With over 100 films to see (not to mention all the extra events), it can be overwhelming to pick and choose which ones to take in. So, we’ve compiled a list of our top ten must see things during this year’s Film Festival!


#1. It goes without saying that people love our RBC Sunset Screenings. Every night at 10 p.m. make your way down to Gimli Beach, BYOB (bring your own blanket) and take in a free movie on the big screen in the water. Wednesday night’s kick off film A League of Their Own is sure to be a homerun hit.









#2. Our Northern Lights Film Series and Icelandic Film Series highlight some of the amazing films that come out of Iceland and other circumpolar nations. This series connects viewers to the town of Gimli’s Icelandic heritage.
Don’t forget to reserve your tickets.







#3. On Sunday at 10 a.m. watch the screening debuts for many young filmmakers who took part in the Movie Magic Camp put on by Manitoba Theatre for Young People here in Gimli.










#4. Sink your fangs into our special event: Rock & Roll Movie Night. This is a screening of the classic 1922 vampire film Nosferatu with a live soundtrack played by JUNO and Polaris Prize award nominated band Shooting Guns. If you are a Super Pass or Filmmaker Pass holder this event is free. For people who don’t have one of these passes the cost is only $20 a ticket.










#5. Watch any (or all) of the 18 films made for the WFG 48 Hour Film Contest. Each film was made with a 48-hour time constraint and what we can only assume was a lot of caffeine. The final product… nothing short of spectacular. Reserve your ticket now!










#6. On Sunday make your way to Gimli Theatre for a re-screening of the film voted Best of Fest by our movie-goers and presented by Outlet Collection Winnipeg! At the end of each film audience members are encouraged to rate the movie on their way out to be eligible for a $10 coupon to Outlet Collection Winnipeg!









#7. Check out the RBC Beach Boardwalk from 7:30 – 9:30 on Friday and Saturday. Activities, giveaways and free kid’s games will be available during this time before the RBC Sunset Screenings. GFF will also have a table with our 2018 merch and raffle tickets. Check out more of our free stuff here.










#8. Watch five finalists battle it out at the RBC $10,000 Emerging Filmmaker Pitch Competition! Each finalist will pitch for a chance to win funding to make their short film idea come true. The competition is free to watch, takes place on Saturday at 10 a.m. and hosts the world premiere of last year’s winners Nicola Baldwin and Miles Crossman’s film If It Ain’t Got.









#9. Watch films from our The Future is Female Film Series. This year 46 per cent of films we screen are directed or written by a woman! The work of these women represents some of the best talent in the film industry and we are proud to showcase these works.








#10. Lastly, but not least, take in the quaint town of Gimli. Gimli Film Festival is lucky to be located in a supportive and beautiful community. Make sure you visit the Viking statue, eat some Lake Winnipeg pickerel, or just take a walk down the pier.

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