January 2, 2018
02 Jan 2018

**JOB OPPORTUNITIES** with the Gimli Film Festival

The Gimli Film Festival is hiring!

Are you a hard-working leader that wants to gain an incredible experience working in the arts and culture sector?  Are you a self-motivated creative type that would love to spend summertime in cottage country working for the largest film festival in Manitoba?

Then please consider applying for either of the following TWO POSITIONS:

Film Programmer – job description and full details

The Film Programmer reports to the Festival Manager and Senior Film Programmer and is responsible to research, curate, coordinate and execute selection of the Beach Films, the Icelandic Film Series and all short film programming for the 18th annual Gimli Film Festival, July 25-29, 2018.  This part-time position runs from March – August 2018.

As an additional contract, the Film Programmer will also be responsible for managing Guest Services for attending filmmakers, including communicating with filmmakers, booking flights and hotels for out-of-town guests and helping to coordinate all Q&As and special filmmaker meet-ups.

Marketing & Logistics Coordinator – job description and full details

The Marketing & Logistics Coordinator (MLC) reports to the Festival Director and Festival Manager and is responsible for a wide variety of responsibilities that change over this 6-month contract (March – August, 2018).

This part-time position would begin in March focusing on social media relations for the festival, as well as coordinating smaller (often local) sponsorships, as well as coordinating Gimli Film Festival printed program advertisements. In late May, the MLC would help prep, train and manager our incoming Communications Coordinator, who will take over social media responsibilities and press and publicity.

In June, the MLC will shift towards executing the overall logistics plan for the festival, which involves creating a master plan for logistics for all events at the Gimli Film Festival and coordinating staff, volunteers, resources and transportation of goods and services to and from the festival for all festival events.

For details on how to apply, please see the full job descriptions via the links above.

For any questions related to the above positions, feel free to contact us at jobs (at) gimlifilm (dot) com

January 1, 2018
01 Jan 2018

It’s time again to… SUBMIT YOUR FILM!!

The Gimli Film Festival is excited to announce that our annual call for film submissions is now OPEN!  Earlybird submission rates are in effect until the end of January, so act fast!  The 18th annual festival will take place in Gimli, Manitoba (just north of Winnipeg) from July 25th – 29th, 2018.

In 2017, the Gimli Film Festival (GFF) screened 151 films over the course of our 5-day festival, which included 92 short films and 59 feature films.  In 2018, GFF will continue our spotlights on the best contemporary Canadian, Icelandic and International cinema.  We will also continue our film series of Social Justice Documentaries, Indigenous Perspectives and a strong focus on Manitoba-Made Cinema.  In 2018, GFF plans to take strides towards gender parity at our festival, and so we are strongly urging all emerging and established female directors alike to reach out, contact us and submit their work!







Submissions also accepted via FilmFreeway :

As a festival we work hard to ensure that all films curated as part of the Gimli Film Festival are paid proper screening fees, and in 2017 we were delighted to be able to pay a travel stipend / speaking fee to all filmmakers traveling from across Manitoba and Canada to attend the festival.

We also do our best to provide affordable film submission fees despite the considerable costs of running our annual festival.  Filmmakers are encouraged to submit during the month of January, when our submission fees are at a reduced rate ($8 for short films / $20 for features)!

For questions, comments or concerns about the submission process, please contact our programming team at: submissions (at) gimlifilm (dot) com



Filmmakers are required to submit their feature film (75 mins or longer completed after Jan 1, 2016) using this online link by April 30, 2018. The submission fees are as follows:
$20 | Earlybird Deadline | Jan. 1 – Jan. 31, 2018
$35 | Regular Deadline | Feb. 1 – Mar. 31, 2018
$50 | Late Deadline | Apr. 1 – Apr. 30, 2018

Filmmakers/Producers/Distributors are encouraged to submit/pay for one film and then email us to discuss reduced rates for additional films: submissions@gimlifilm.com

You can also submit via FilmFreeway : https://filmfreeway.com/GimliFilmFestival

Only successful submissions will be contacted. We thank all who apply!


Filmmakers are required to submit their short film (completed after Jan 1, 2016) using this online link by April 30, 2018. Fees for the Gimli Film Festival 2018 are as follows:

$8 | Early Bird Deadline | Jan. 1 – Jan. 31, 2018
$15 | Regular Deadline | Feb. 1 – Mar. 31, 2018
$25 | Late Deadline | Apr. 1 – Apr. 30, 2018

If you have a number of very short films to submit, please contact us at submissions@gimlifilm.com to discuss a reduced rate.

You can also submit via FilmFreeway : https://filmfreeway.com/GimliFilmFestival

Only successful submissions will be contacted. We thank all who apply.

December 14, 2017
14 Dec 2017

GFF welcomes Aaron Zeghers as Festival Manager!

The Gimli Film Festival is proud to announce that Aaron Zeghers has been hired as our new full-time Festival Manager!

As Festival Manager, Zeghers will slowly but surely taking over for our outgoing Festival Director Leona Johnson, who will be leaving the Gimli Film Festival after our 2018 festival to pursue a well-earned life of leisure.

Since 2013, Zeghers has been the Film Programmer for the festival, alongside Johnson as Festival Director.  Together the two saw a 21% increase in overall festival attendance since 2014, with total attendance surpassing 11,000 in 2017.

Zeghers is the founder of the Winnipeg Underground Film Festival and the former Board President of the Winnipeg Film Group.  As a filmmaker, Zeghers’ films have screened at International Film Festival Rotterdam, DOXA Documentary Film Fest (Vancouver), Ann Arbor Film Festival, Mono No Aware (New York), Berlin Director’s Lounge and Montreal’s Festival du nouveau cinema among many others. In the past two years he has traveled extensively, performing his expanded cinema work live in New York, Rotterdam, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Toronto, Vancouver, Milwaukee, Chicago, Minneapolis and more.

Zeghers’ new position within the festival is part of the Gimli Film Festival‘s increased dedication to succession planning within the organization, which has been generously supported in 2017/18 by the Winnipeg Foundation.

December 7, 2017
07 Dec 2017

‘The Red & White’ Fundraiser Raises Over $3,000!

The Gimli Film Festival is ecstatic to have raised over $3000 at our 1st annual Red & White Fundraiser, and it’s all thanks to the amazing support of our fans and sponsors from Gimli and across Manitoba!

The event took place in Gimli’s historic Johnson Hall on November 16th and included complimentary wine sampling, a five-course menu from Urban Prairie Cuisine, performances by local tango dancers, raffles, prizes, drinking, dancing and so much fun.

The festival sends its huge heartfelt thanks to local community for coming out and supporting this first annual event.  Big thanks to Chef Craig Guenther from Urban Prairie Cuisine and Flavia Fernandez Fabio of Escalade Wine & Spirits for her excellent selection of wines.  Special thanks to Royal Bank of Canada for their support of this event and ongoing dedication to the festival.  And last but not least a huge thanks to all of the board members, staff, volunteers and other supporters who made the event possible!

The evening wrapped up with the raffle prize draw, with spectacular gifts care of Glen Martin, Eagle Vision, Norma Bailey, Sandstone Gift Essentials, Suzanne Barrow, Steinunn Bessason, the Gibson Family, Olive Hnatiuk (Gimli Art Club), Terry Mellway (Gimli Art Club), Gimli Ice Festival, Lakeview HotelPackers Women’s FashionSugar Me Cookie BoutiqueNew Iceland Heritage Museum, Syndi Prokopich at Ixtapa TravelRM of Gimli, H.P. Tergesen & Sons General Merchant, Steinunn Bessason, My Sole’s Pathuuyoga Studio, Terry MacLeod, Flatland Coffee RoastersIcelandic Festival of ManitobaSandy Hook Soap Factory, Claire Gillis & Ernest Stefanson, Gimli Pharmasave, Manitoba Liquor Mart and Gloria Gathercole.

All proceeds will be contributed towards the 18th Annual Gimli Film Festival, running from July 25th – 29th, 2018!

October 12, 2017
12 Oct 2017

The Red and White – November 18, 2017

The glamour of the cinema and the magic of GFF come together in one unforgettable night for this wine tasting event!

Join us for the first annual:

The Red and White

7 pm – 11 pm, Saturday, November 18, 2017

Johnson Hall, Waterfront Centre, 94 First Ave, Gimli


Red carpet, 4 rounds of tapas with wine tasting, unique raffles, exciting surprises.

Hosted by Terry MacLeod and world-class sommelier Flavia Fernandez Fabio.


Get your tickets here.

August 11, 2017
11 Aug 2017

GFF 2017 Raffle Winners

Winner of the Icelandair raffle (RM Gimli No. 2017-14):

  • ticket #012 W. Johannson

Winner of the WestJet “gift of flight” voucher (RM Gimli No. 2017-15):

  • ticket #207 A. Gretchen

Winners of the GFF $2 raffle (RM Gimli No. 2017-33):

  • Prize #1   ticket #103 M. Derwin
  • Prize #2   ticket #095 R. Fontaine
  • Prize #3   ticket #001 N. Laing
  • Prize #4   ticket #084 Zumba Jan
  • Prize #5   ticket #081 H. Bazilewich

Thank you to everyone who supported GFF by purchasing raffle tickets.

July 30, 2017
30 Jul 2017

Best of Fest – I Am Not Your Negro

Join GFF for the Best of Fest 2017!

$10 cash at the door, rush seating of 220 seats available for those without tickets.


I Am Not Your Negro

8 pm, Sunday, July 30

Gimli Theatre

June 14, 2017
14 Jun 2017

GFF Passes Now On Sale Now – Individual Tickets July 1! Film Schedule Is Live Now!

This could be you! Are you ready to get your GFF pass? Passes on sale here.

Individual film screening tickets go on sale in July.

April 8, 2017
08 Apr 2017

Free screening of My American Cousin – Wed, April 19

Join GFF on Wednesday, April 19 as we partner with TIFF Film Circuit to screen My American Cousin for free in celebration of National Canadian Film Day. Seating is limited so arrive early to guarantee your seat.

3 free screenings: 2pm, 4pm & 7pm
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Lady of The Lake Theatre, New Iceland Heritage Museum, Gimli

Also join us for the GFF Volunteer Appreciation and Recruitment Reception
5:30 – 7:00 pm, April 19
New Iceland Heritage Museum
Generously supported by RBC.

February 6, 2017
06 Feb 2017

6th Annual RBC Emerging Filmmaker Competition – Calling All Aspiring Filmmakers!

Are you an emerging filmmaker? Do you have an idea for a short film you are desperate to make? Are you over the age of 18 and a resident of Manitoba? Are you prepared to complete your 3 – 5 minute short film in one year’s time for a premiere screening at the 18th edition of the Gimli Film Festival? If yes, we want you!


RBC offers the chance at $10,000 to make your short film!

Fill out and send in the application by June 16th, 2017 to have a shot at winning the dream budget for your short film!

Finalists will be announced June 29th, and will have the chance to pitch their film live in front of a panel of industry professionals at this year’s Gimli Film Festival

Enter now!