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July 20, 2016
20 Jul 2016

Don’t miss this one time only Filmmaker Panel and Reception!!

“For your exclusive chance to meet the out-of-town filmmakers that are attending the 16th Annual Gimli Film Festival, don’t miss our Filmmaker Panel and Reception on Friday night at 7pm.

Join us at the Lakeview Resorts ‘Banquet Hall C’ for an intimate reception with filmmakers, as well as a tell-all panel with the attending filmmakers about their experiences with the Canadian film industry. How did they get to where they are today, and what has worked for them in building their careers as renowned Canadian filmmakers and producers!!

Don’t miss this one-time-only conversation with Ryan McKenna (The Heart of Madame Sabali), Jonas Chernick (Borealis), Jay Cheel (How to Build a Time Machine), and Paul Barkin (Hevn).

Seats are selling fast! Book your tickets today!

A Conversation on the Canadian Film Landscape
w/ Ryan McKenna, Jonas Chernick, Jay Cheel and Paul Barkin
Friday, July 22, 7pm @ Lakeview Resort (Banquet Hall C)
$10, free for pass holders”

July 18, 2016
18 Jul 2016

News Flash: A Few Film Schedule Changes!

ramsDue to unprecedented demand, the Gimli Film Festival is happy to announce two exciting opportunities for passholders!

First, we will be moving our opening night screening of RAMS to our larger Gimli Lutheran Church Theatre (50 Third Ave). Anyone who already has tickets for this screening can use their existing tickets to enter this screening, now scheduled for the Lutheran Church Theatre. The screening change is as follows:

Wednesday, July 20th, 7PM at the Gimli Lutheran Church Theatre

Second, we will also be adding a THIRD screening of the very popular Canadian feature film INTO THE FOREST, starring Ellen Paige and Evan Rachel Wood. This added screening is as follows:

INTO THE FOREST – additional screening
Saturday, July 24th, 10AM at the Gimli Lutheran Church Theatre

Please contact our box office at 204-642-7790 to reserve tickets to these screenings!

July 12, 2016
12 Jul 2016


Manitoba is home to some of the most talented and hardworking creative filmmakers in the world! And so it is always our pleasure to be able to shine a spotlight annually on the best made-in-Manitoba films at the Gimli Film Festival!

With the help of On Screen Manitoba, we are proud to present six made-in-Manitoba feature films including, THE FORBIDDEN ROOM by Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson, 88:88 by Isiah Medina, WORLD TO COME by Trevor Mowchun, TO RUSSIA WITH LOVE by Noam Gonick and Sean Garrity’s BOREALIS!!

borealis still1
^still from Borealis by Sean Garrity

MB-born filmmaker Ryan McKenna will be in attendance with his latest award-winning feature filme THE HEART OF MADAME SABALI! Noam Gonick will also be in attendance with his exposé on LGBTTQ* rights (or lack there-of) during the Sochi Olympics, TO RUSSIA WITH LOVE. The Canadian-US coproduction shot in Manitoba – THE JOURNEY HOME – will also play.

MB-born Jonas Chernick (writer / producer / lead actor of BOREALIS) will be attending the festival to introduce his latest film and will also be teaching a TV & FILM ACTING WORKSHOP, sponsored by ACTRA Manitoba.

^still from Fabian Velasco’s THE CHAMP [MB Short Film Showcase]

Some of the best Manitoba short films from emerging directors are featured in the Manitoba Short Film Showcase, as sponsored by On Screen Manitoba. The program includes Trevor Kristjanson’s BOYS TOYS, Rachel Carlson’s BEAUTY IN FOCUS, Chloe Ross-Rogerson IN TRANSITION, Austin MacKay & Stuart Fletcher-Cook’s HOLD ON, Jenna Neepin & Justina Neepin’s THE LEAGUE, Christopher Paetkau
& Carlyle Paetkau’s OCEANS NORTH CANADA: PROTECTING MANITOBA’S BELUGA ESTUARIES, Christine Mazur’s OLIVIA, Nilufer Rahman’s LETTER TO A TERRORIST, and THE CHAMP – a film by Markus, Milos, Ian, Fabian.

In a continuing effort to promote Manitoba’s past, present and future, MTS Stories from Home has sponsored an additional 5-part series ofMB documentaries. Part 1: First Nations First features MB-based indigenous stories from Janelle Wookey & Jérémie Wookey and Kristin Snowbird. Part 2: Winnipeg Love / Hate focuses on our fair city’s proud but self-depracating heritage, and includes films by Lorne Bailey, Angela Heck, Jeff Newman, and Gary Yates. Part 3: GFF Homegrown is a compilation of films created by festival board members and former GFF Pitch Contest winners, Orlando Braun & Jorge Requena Ramos’s THAT MENNONITE JOKE. Part 4: How to Save the World focuses on ecology, climate change and we can all help sustain the world around us. Included in the program is Bruce Little and Noah Erenberg’s DRIVE FOR FREE 2, and the audience is invited to check out three alternative fuel vehicles (electricty, propane and vegetable oil) outside the theatre, after the screening! Part 5: Outside the Perimeter features local underground film giant Mike Maryniuk’s latest short NO CULTURAL VALUE (HotDocs2016) and Mike Saunders’s THE PRIVATE LIVES OF WILD CREATURES.
Watch the trailer for Mike Maryniuk’s NO CULTURAL VALUE!

The Gimli Film Fest is once again proud to present the World Premiere of over 20 brand new films created by emerging Manitoba directors through through the Winnipeg Film Group‘s 48 Hour Film Competition! Two dozen teams are competing for a list of great prizes, after writing, shooting and editing a short film together in 48 Hours or less!

Also presented by the Winnipeg Film Group is a live poet / filmmaker collaborative performance, dubbed F-Wordz on Friday night at Kris’ Fish & Chips. In this intimate outdoor venue, you’ll watch as three poets and filmmakers team up to perform poetry accompanied by video, followed by AL PURDY WAS HERE, a post-humous documentary about the famed Canadian poet! Sign up now because there’s limited seating available!

Additional short films by Scott Fitzpatrick and Rhayne Vermette will also play during the festival!

All in all this means seven feature films and over 45 short films featuring Manitoba content will screen as part of Gimli Film Festival 2016!!
Watch the trailer for Guy Maddin & Evan Johnson’s THE FORBIDDEN ROOM

July 3, 2016
03 Jul 2016

ACTRA Film & TV Acting with Jonas Chernick: July 22

The Gimli Film Festival is pleased to present the following event:

ACTRA Film & TV Acting with Jonas Chernick


1pm – 5pm, Friday, June 22nd as part of the Gimli Film Festival

Up to 20 participants will have the chance to spend a unique and intimate afternoon focused on Film & TV acting with Canadian actor Jonas Chernick (Canadian Screen Award winner, Gemini winner, two time Toronto ACTRA Award nominee)!  In advance, participants will be sent a short scene from a film screenplay, and assigned a role. During the four-hour class, participants will be paired up with a partner and will run their scene for the group, followed by notes and discussion, with a focus on film acting as an expression of honesty and truth; how to access YOURSELF in your acting work, and deliver the most compelling performance possible. Sponsored by ACTRA!

Jonas Chernick is a Canadian actor and screenwriter. His credits as an actor include the films Borealis, How To Plan An Orgy in a Small Town, My Awkward Sexual Adventure, Blood Pressure, Lucid, Seven Times Lucky and Inertia and the television series Fargo, The Best Laid Plans, The Border, Covert Affairs, At the Hotel, Living in Your Car, Degrassi, and The Eleventh Hour. He wrote the screenplays for Lucid, My Awkward Sexual Adventure, and Borealis, which is the Opening Night Film of this year’s Gimli Film Festival. Originally from Winnipeg, Jonas is currently based in Toronto, where he runs his production company, Banana-Moon Sky Films.

Secure your spot today!  REGISTER HERE

June 23, 2016
23 Jun 2016

Join us under the stars for the 16th Annual Gimli Film Festival!

gff-presser2016At the 2016 GFF Press Conference, left to right: Michelle Aitkenhead-GFF Board of Directors, Rick Kemp-Festival Director, David Knipe-Logistics Coordinator, Marlene Ness-Communications Coordinator, Aaron Zeghers-Artistic Director, Terry MacLeod-GFF Board of Directors.

(Winnipeg, Manitoba; June 23, 2016) – Film fans and filmmakers will soon unite upon the shores of Lake Winnipeg for the 2016 Gimli Film Festival (GFF). Celebrating 16 years of film festival excellence, the annual five-day Festival will take place in Gimli, Manitoba from July 20 to 24.

The Gimli Film Festival has cultivated a reputation for bringing enlightening, thought-provoking, and entertaining cinema to Manitoba. The 2016 GFF features a phenomenal array of films and film series, including our Circumpolar film series, Icelandic film series, French Cinema series, Environmental film series, Social Justice film series, RBC Sunset Screenings, and Kids’ Cuts.

Making a debut at this year’s festival are several first-time series—including a fascinating Ukrainian film series which delves into Canada’s vibrant Ukrainian heritage; ‘Next Wave Docs’ – boundary-pushing films that experiment with documentary tradition, in collaboration with Winnipeg Underground Film Festival; an indigenous series called ‘Coming Home: Indigenous films from around the world’; and the Reel Pride Series, a series of LGBTTQ* films in collaboration with Reel Pride Film Festival.

Overall, the 16th Annual GFF marks an exciting year of change and expansion for the Gimli Film Festival. 2016 will introduce the opening of a 6th film venue at GFF, a new lineup of stylish clothing and merchandise based on a delightful 2016 GFF design created by talented UK children’s book illustrator Gillian Johnson; as well, a new executive director is captaining this year’s festival—Rick Kemp.

In Kemp’s words, increased sponsorship of this festival has allowed GFF to branch out and flourish. “The Gimli Film Festival is fueled by our sponsors’ passion for film, culture and heritage,” stated Kemp. “Their generous support not only provides a stage for Manitoba’s filmmakers to showcase their talents, but a chance for all Manitobans to view otherwise inaccessible works of art.”


Sitting in the sand, beneath a canopy of stars, film-goers will experience the magic of cinema on a one-of-a-kind 35-foot outdoor screen that rises up out of the waters of Lake Winnipeg. GFF’s highly popular RBC Sunset Screenings proudly presents six films at this year’s festival, beginning at sunset every night.

WEDNESDAY: BOREALIS, by Sean Garrity (a made-in-Manitoba film)
Borealis is the emotionally-layered journey of an unemployed gambler who takes his estranged teenage daughter on a dangerous road trip up to Churchill, MB to show her the Northern Lights before her vision disorder renders her blind. This film is directed by Manitoba filmmaker Sean Garrity and written, produced and starring Jonas Chernick. (Chernick will be attending a 2nd indoor screening of Borealis on the Friday of GFF)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a romantic sci-fi comedy-drama about an estranged couple who have erased each other from their memories; this film explores the nature of memory and romantic love. (GFF is also thrilled to be screening the Canadian premiere of Gondry’s latest film Microbe et Gasoil at GFF this year)

FRIDAY: RAIDERS! sweeps the beach with a double feature:

(10pm) RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK In this classic adventure by Steven Spielberg, archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.

(l12am) RAIDERS! THE STORY OF THE GREATEST FAN FILM EVER MADE In 1982, three 11-year-old boys in Mississippi decided to film a shot-for-shot remake of their favorite blockbuster, Raiders of the Lost Ark. Over the course of seven summers, they risked their lives and their mother’s house, finishing all but one scene. Years later, blood brothers reunite to shoot that scene they could never nail: the airplane sequence. Uproariously funny and achingly sweet, three grown men risk everything to achieve their childhood dream.


(10pm) DAVID BOWIE AND PRINCE SING-A-LONG Bring your beach towel and your singing voice to this unique event where the audience is invited to sing-a-long with their favorite David Bowie and Prince songs!

(12am) NUTS! is a documentary directed by Penny Lane, about Dr. John Romulus Brinkley, an eccentric genius who built an empire in Depression-era America with a goat testicle impotence cure and a million watt radio station. This Sundance Award-winning film traces Brinkley’s rise from poverty and obscurity to the heights of celebrity, wealth and influence. NUTS is a form-bending documentary explores how “truths” can be invented by crafty storytellers, and what responsibility nonfiction filmmakers have to reveal the tricks of their craft.

SUNDAY: THE GOONIES! Sunday is kids’ day at GFF, and the Sunday night beach screening of The Goonies! will wrap up the festival with a classic 80’s adventure film. In order to save their home from foreclosure, a group of misfits set out to find a pirate’s ancient treasure in this classic tale by director Richard Donner.


Aaron Zeghers, GFF Artistic Director, is excited about the diversity and the quality of the 2016 film lineup, which includes many Manitoba, Canadian and World film premieres.

One highlight of particular note is the Canadian festival premiere of esteemed director Michel Gondry’s latest film Microbe et Gasoil; Gondry is best-known for his film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, which will screen under the stars on the Thursday night of this year’s festival.

“I have been a fan of Michel Gondry’s films for years, specifically his inventive, DIY aesthetics,” noted Zeghers. “I’m very pumped that we’re able to present the Canadian festival premiere of Gondry’s latest film Microbe et Gasoil, with much help from our sponsors Alliance Francaise Manitoba and Cinemental!” Zeghers added that the writer of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Charlie Kaufmann, also has his latest stop-motion animated film Anomalisa screening in GFF this year.

Below is a list of the amazing variety and scope of film series you’ll find at GFF this year! (for full listings, including synopses and trailers, view -new films being added weekly):

Circumpolar Film Series – Cinema from the North
The Circumpolar Film Series – sponsored by Pharmasave Gimli – shines a spotlight cinema from the world’s most northern regions, including Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Russia, Greenland and northern Canada!


Icelandic Film Series
Gimli’s Iceland roots have shaped this beautiful lakefront community known as “New Iceland”, and so once again the Gimli Film Festival is proud to present the best contemporary cinema from Iceland. This series is generously sponsored by Pharmasave Gimli.

Social Justice Documentaries
Gimli Film Festival believes in the power of cinema to change society and expand the minds of all! Through the support of The Mauro Family Foundation, we bring you ground-breaking documentaries that will stir you from your seat, and into action!

Parler Le Français – French language cinema
A series of French-language films, primarily from France and Quebec.

Sólveig Anspach Retrospective
In collaboration with Alliance Francaise Manitoba and Cinémental, the Gimli Film Festival is honoured to present a retrospective on the late Icelandic/French filmmaker Sólveig Anspach, whose life was cut far too short in 2015 after a long battle with breast cancer. As part of this retrospective, GFF will present the Western Canadian theatrical premiere of her 2013 film LULU IN THE NUDE (LULU FEMME NUE) and her 2012 film QUEEN OF MONTREUIL.

Reel Pride Film Series
In collaboration with the local Reel Pride Film Festival, the Gimli Film Fest is proud to present a series of films that explore and uncover GLBTTQ* issues.

Ukrainian Film Series
Gimli Film Fest is proud to announce a brand new film series this year, that takes aim at one of Manitoba’s most vibrant cultures: the Ukrainian community!

Next Wave Docs – boundary-pushing films that experiment with documentary tradition… Cinema is truly an ever changing and evolving language unto itself. To highlight some of boldest new documentary films of 2016, the Gimli Film Festival is excited to present this series of boundary pushing docs! Presented in collaboration with the Winnipeg Underground Film Festival.

Kid’s Cuts – movies for this kid in us all
(Long Way North, The Boy and the World, Saturday Morning Cartoons with the NFB, MTYP Kids Film Camp Screening, The Journey Home)

ᐅᑎᕐᖃᑐᖅ (Coming Home) – indigenous films from around the world
Touching portraits of indigenous peoples from around the world, from right here in Canada to Central and South America.

The Final Frontier – inspiring docs about human ingenuity in the modern age and into the future
A film series that ventures into the great beyond, testings the endurance of the human species. From travelling through time, to setting foot on Mars, to sustaining “Spaceship Earth”, this documentary series is sure to inspire!

Environmental Film Series
This program reflects the passion of filmmakers who want us to look at, think about and get involved with the ecosystem we all share. These films explore the possibilities and realities of our ever changing environment.

The Seniors’ Special – some compelling yarns from those 55+
This new series focuses on the true and fictional stories of fascinating characters that are 55+

MANITOBA SHORT FILMS – GFF will be playing an intriguing cross-section of short films, including the Manitoba Short Films sponsored by On-Screen Manitoba, the 48 Hour Film Contest sponsored by Winnipeg Film Group, and the 2015 RBC $10,000 Pitch Winner Kevin Tabachnick’s film Annabelle.


Wednesday, July 20: OPENING DAY – GFF’s 2016 VIP Opening Reception at 7pm, and two opening night films: RAMS by Icelandic filmmaker Grímur Hákonarson and BOREALIS by
Thursday, July 21: ICELANDIC DAY – our outstanding Icelandic film series!
Friday, July 22: FRENCH CINEMA DAY, and BRAND NEW DOCS DAY straight of the Hot Docs press
Saturday, July 23: MANITOBA DAY, a Saturday jam-packed with industry events and films having a Manitoba focus, with the 2016 GFF Awards Gala capping off the day.
Sunday, July 24: KIDS DAY, many kids films & activities on Sunday, in honor of our youngest film-fans.


• RBC 5th Annual $10,000 Emerging Filmmaker Competition – Saturday 23 July 2016
• The 48 Hour Film Competition, Winnipeg Film Group – Saturday 23 July 2016
• Manitoba Theatre for Young People, kids camp – Sunday 24 July 2016
• Manitoba Short Films, On-Sreen Manitoba – Saturday 23 July 2016
• ACTRA Film & TV Acting workshop with Jonas Chernick – Friday 22 July 2016
• Sat morning cartoons, National Film Board – Saturday 23 July 2016
• F-WORDZ top 3 poets and filmmakers, Al Purdy documentary sponsored by Winnipeg Film Group – Saturday 23 July 2016
• Live Music on Friday & Saturday night, hosted by our new venue partner, the Ship & Plough Gastropub – Saturday 23 July 2016 and Sunday 24 July 2016
• RBC Beach Boardwalk, daily 7:30-10:pm on Gimli Beach


Festival Passes are now on sale! – Purchase your passes on website at , by phone (204-642-8846), or drop by the GFF Box Office

Box Office Location: 41 Centre St (beside Pharmasave) in Gimli
Box Office Hours: 11-7pm Tuesday – Saturday **Opens Friday June 24**

Guarantee Your Seat – In July, individual film tickets will go on sale and pass holders will be able order tickets to secure their seats. 50% of tickets to all films will be available in advance up to 5 pm the day before the screening. The remaining 50% will be rush seating on a first come first served basis at the door.

• Super Pass – $100
Access to all films plus the hospitality events
100 Super Passes available

• Film Pass – $75
Access to films only
150 Film Passes available

• Filmmakers Pass – $75
This includes Access to all films and filmmakers networking events, including Filmmakers Reception on Sat July 25
50 Filmmakers Passes available

• Individual Film tickets – $10

We invite you to experience our incredible festival in 2016! …See you under the stars July 20-24, 2016 for the 16th edition of GFF.

The GFF is proud to acknowledge the cooperation and generous financial support of the following sponsors, whose enthusiastic support has made the 2016 Gimli Film Festival possible:

Premiere Sponsors: RBC Royal Bank, Province of MB – Major Arts Festivals Grant, Telefilm, William F White International Gold Sponsors: Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, On Screen Manitoba, Winnipeg Foundation, RM of Gimli, Insurance Brokers Association of Manitoba, Winnipeg Free Press, Canada Summer Jobs, Gimli Lakeview Silver Sponsors: The Richardson Foundation, MTS, Icelandair, Iceland Naturally, Donald K. Johnson O.C., LL.D., Mauro Family Foundation Inc, Opus VFX, Pharmasave, TIFF Film Circuit Bronze Sponsors: Mauro Foundation, Your Community Newspapers – The Express Weekly News, The Stonewall Teulon Tribune, The Selkirk Record and the Winkler Morden Voice, Changemakers Festival Partner: Manitoba Film & Music, IcelandNaturally, TIFF Film Circuit, Travel Manitoba, GD Accounting Festival Friend: Westshore Foundation, National Film Board, Icelandic Film Centre, National Screen Institute Venue Partners: Gimli Theatre, Lakeview Resort, Ship & Plough Gastropub, Lady of the Lake Theatre, Gimli Lutheran Church, Aspire Theatre, Kris Fish & Chips, Gimli Yacht Club Festival Sponsor Service Partner: Guppy Graphic Design, AVentPro, Winnipeg Film Group, Consulate General of Iceland Winnipeg Festival Sponsor Hospitality Partners: Spirits Canada, Bergmann’s on Lombard, Farmery Estate Brewery, Festival Friend Hospitality Partners, Lifa Home, Flatland Coffee Roasters, Super A Foods, Sobeys in Gimli, Water Source – Gimli Water Hus, Gimli Ice Festival, Sugar Me Cookies, Gimli Yacht Club


For events information, media accreditation, interviews or any festival questions, contact

Marlene Ness – Gimli Film Festival Communications Coordinator
Mobile: (204) 971-0039 Phone: (204) 642-8846 (Festival Office)

Email: Website:
GIMLI FILM FESTIVAL, Suite 101 – 94 1st Ave. Waterfront Centre, Gimli, Manitoba R0C 1B0

Visit for the most up-­‐to-­‐date information on everything about the Festival!

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“See you under the stars July 20-24, 2016 for the 16th edition of GFF!”

June 14, 2016
14 Jun 2016

Media Release: The 2016 GFF unveils unique poster and fascinating film peeks!

(Gimli, Manitoba; June 14, 2016) The 2016 Gimli Film Festival has just released a vibrant, new poster, and a tempting sneak-peek of their 2016 film lineup, leading up to the festival’s official film schedule release on June 23rd.

The charming poster for the 16th Annual Gimli Film Festival was designed by Gillian Johnson, an internationally-renowned children’s book writer and illustrator now living in the UK. This year’s poster, in deep indigo and lemon yellow, depicts a night scene with tiny whimsical Vikings seated on Gimli’s shores, watching a beach screening by the light of the full moon. The artist (originally from Winnipeg) is sister to Festival founder and Chair, Senator Janis Johnson, and captures GFF’s nighttime magic in a poster that is sure to become a collector’s item.

The full GFF film schedule is set to be released on June 23 at a media conference held at 11:30 am at Manitoba Theatre for Young People in Winnipeg. This year’s fascinating lineup of films will include a Manitoba film series, an Icelandic film series, a Northern Lights series, an Indigenous film series, a French film series, a Reel Pride series and many more thought-provoking films. GFF boasts over 100 indoor screenings in unique venues, and are thrilled to be adding a sixth indoor venue this year!

The popular beach screenings beneath the stars on the shores of Lake Winnipeg, will kick off Wednesday, July 20 with Borealis, directed by Manitoba filmmaker Sean Garrity and written, produced and starring Jonas Chernick. Borealis is the emotionally-layered journey of an unemployed gambler who takes his estranged teenage daughter on a dangerous road trip up to Churchill, MB to show her the Northern Lights before her vision disorder renders her blind.

On Friday night of this year’s festival, Raiders of the Lost Ark will sweep the beach, thrilling crowds with a Raiders double feature: the original Raiders of the Lost Ark at 10pm, followed by the critically acclaimed documentary Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made at midnight.

This year’s festival will boast an amazing film Icelandic series, including a special Icelandic Cinema Day on Thursday, July 21. Our Icelandic series will kick start opening night with RAMS, by director Grímur Hákonarson which focuses on two Icelandic sheep farmers whose decades-long feud comes to a head when disaster strikes their flocks. Other Icelandic films this year include Virgin Mountain by director Dagur Kári, and Sparrrows, a film by festival alumni Runar Runarsson. As well, a retrospective of Icelandic/French filmmaker Solveig Anspach (sponsored by Alliance Francaise and Cinemental) who tragically passed away in 2015, will feature Anspach’s films Lulu in the Nude and Queen of Montreuil.

The GFF website remains a central hub of all Festival information, providing festival-goers with the news, schedules, ticket sales, volunteer registration, and merchandise. New online features this year include:

• online merchandise sales at
• a community fundraising page at to help outfit a new venue for GFF
• easy online registration for Volunteers at

As well, our popular GFF APP will once again be providing the “pulse of the Festival” at film-goers’ fingertips.

Early-Bird Festival Passes are on sale now at, Our new box office, located at 41 Centre Street in Gimli is opening soon! Individual tickets and passes will be made available at box office, by phone, or online.

Visit for the most up-­to-­date information on everything about the Festival!

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For more information, contact Marlene Ness – Gimli Film Festival Communications Coordinator
Mobile: (204) 971-0039 Phone: (204) 642-8846 (Festival Office)

Email: Website:

GIMLI FILM FESTIVAL, Suite 101 – 94 1st Ave. Waterfront Centre, Gimli, Manitoba R0C 1B0
“See you under the stars July 20-24, 2015 for the 16th edition of GFF!”

June 12, 2016
12 Jun 2016

Countdown Clock

We’re counting down!…to the 2016 Gimli Film Fesitval


June 11, 2016
11 Jun 2016

Sneak Peek: Opening night films at the 2016 GFF

Wednesday, July 20th, is opening night at the 16th Annual Gimli Film Festival!  This year, we’ll be featuring both an outdoor beach film AND an indoor screening on the Wednesday night, to kick off our exciting 2016 lineup.


borealisOur first film shown under the stars this year will be Borealis, directed by Manitoba filmmaker Sean Garrity and written, produced and starring Jonas Chernick.

In this emotionally-layered journey, an unemployed gambler takes his estranged teenage daughter on a dangerous road trip up to Churchill, MB to show her the magnificent Northern Lights before her vision disorder renders her completely blind. With a volatile bookie in hot pursuit, Jonah (Jonas Chernick) and his daughter Aurora are forced to finally confront each other, their tragic pasts, and their respective love of poker and weed.

Of special note: Borealis will have a second indoor screening on the Friday evening of GFF, with writer/producer/actor Jonas Chernick in attendance at the film; as well, Chernick will be offering an acting workshop on the Friday during the day of the festival. (-details and registration to be released soon!)

OPENING NIGHT INDOOR FILM: ‘RAMS’, the Manitoba premiere of this award-winning Icelandic film!

ramsWinner of the Un Certain Regard prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, as well as the Best Narrative Feature at the Hampton’s Film Festival, RAMS is a film that straddles the line between absurdity and tragedy.

Icelander Grímur Hákonarson directed this stunningly shot drama, which focuses on two Icelandic sheep farmers whose decades-long feud comes to a head when disaster strikes their flocks. In a secluded valley, estranged brothers Gummi and Kiddi live side by side tending to their prized ancestral sheep stock, despite not having spoken in 40 years. When a lethal disease suddenly infects Kiddi’s sheep, all the animals in the area are culled to contain the outbreak, with many farmers abandoning their land. However, these brothers don’t give up so easily! Each tries to stave off the disaster in his own fashion: Kiddi by using his rifle, and Gummi by using his wits. As authorities close in, the brothers must unite to save their special breed -and themselves- from extinction.

Stay tuned in coming weeks, as we release more films in our excellent 2016 GFF lineup!

June 6, 2016
06 Jun 2016


scaffoldWould you like to part of the most innovative film festival in Manitoba, which draws over 10,000 film-goers to the town of Gimli each summer?

Are you passionate about film and the impact of GFF in the community of Gimli, and Manitoba?

GFF needs dynamic people to fill the following positions for the 2016 festival:

GFF Box Office Coordinator (Job description at

Apply to the Festival director by email (include resume):

April 10, 2016
10 Apr 2016

Latest News:

Festival tops 10,000 in attendance!

Read the wrap-up on GFF 2016: Indoor screenings record, festival highlights… 10000 attend GFF

Manitoba Films Shine Bright at GFF

Amazing made-in-Manitoba films at the 2016 Gimli Film Festival!…