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 www.gimlifilm.com -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 www.gimlifilm.com , 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: media@gimlifilm.com Website: www.gimlifilm.com
GIMLI FILM FESTIVAL, Suite 101 – 94 1st Ave. Waterfront Centre, Gimli, Manitoba R0C 1B0

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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 http://gimlifilm.deco-apparel.com/shop
• a community fundraising page at https://www.generosity.com/community-fundraising/help-the-gimli-film-festival-outfit-a-new-venue/ to help outfit a new venue for GFF
• easy online registration for Volunteers at http://gimlifilm.com/online-registration-volunteer/

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 http://gimlifilm.deco-apparel.com/shop, 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 www.gimlifilm.com for the most up-­to-­date information on everything about the Festival!

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-Follow us on Twitter #gimlifilm https://twitter.com/GimliFilm
-Visit our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpKp6pgg68XaXTaRV9Jtd8Q
-Check us out on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/gimlifilm/


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

Email: media@gimlifilm.com Website: www.gimlifilm.com

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 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 http://ow.ly/4nlw2j)

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

February 18, 2016
18 Feb 2016

GFF Announces 2016 Dates: Gimli Film Festival – July 20-24, 2016

The Board of Directors, headed by Chair Senator Janis Johnson, along with the new Executive Director Rick Kemp are pleased to officially announce the 2016 dates for the Gimli Film Festival.

This year’s festival will take place on the beach and streets of Gimli, Manitoba on July 20-24, 2016. Exciting new announcements and Calls for Submission will be posted on this website and our social media pages in the coming weeks.

Please stay in touch by following us on Facebook, Twitter and by frequenting this website. The 2016 Gimli Film Festival will hot, sunny & sensational!!


September 21, 2015
21 Sep 2015

Join us for Nuit Blanche Gimli – Sat, Sept 26!

Check out a number of free events throughout Gimli. GFF presents the free film screening of:

Ken Leishman: The Flying Bandit
9:45 pm – 10:45 pm, Sat., Sept 26
Lady of The Lake Theatre
NIHM, Waterfront Centre
#108 94-1st Ave., Gimli

Flying Bandit Photo

Family man. Escape artist. Bank robber. Ken Leishman: The Flying Bandit tells the amazing story of the man who masterminded both the biggest gold heist and the biggest jailbreak in Canadian history. A 1960’s character who became a Canadian folk hero.
2005 | Documentary | 60 mins
Director & Co-Script Writer: Norma Bailey – Gimli Filmmaker

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September 15, 2015
15 Sep 2015

GFF searches for new Festival Director

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Are you passionate about film and the impact of GFF in the community of Gimli? Are you a successful change manager with strong leadership skills, strategic agility and financial acumen? Do you motivate, collaborate and encourage innovation? Do you strive for excellence? If so, perhaps this exceptional opportunity is for you!

Following the announcement that Leona Johnson will resign as Festival Director of the Gimli Film Festival, Chair Janis Johnson and the Board of the Gimli Film Festival are conducting a search for a new Festival Director, who will oversee operations and ensure that the policies and strategic plans of the Board are implemented.

The responsibilities of the Festival Director are listed below. Interested parties are invited to send their resume by September 30, 2015 to submissions@gimlifilm.com.

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August 26, 2015
26 Aug 2015

Record crowds enjoy a 2015 GFF weekend

The 15th Annual Gimli Film Festival was a memorable five-day Festival. The rain showers on Thursday did not dampen the spirits of film goers as indoor attendance hit an all-time high of 3926 throughout the Festival. Hot, humid weather dominated the last three days of this year’s Festival, causing the total beach attendance at the RBC Sunset Screenings to swell to over 6,000 people. When a rain storm hit the beach halfway through Sunday’s film, Dr. Strangelove, it resulted in a record breaking tear down. In total, over 10,100 attended this year’s dynamic lineup of films and events.

Most Talked-About Films at the Festival
A number of indoor films attracted very large crowds.

  • Amy, is a sad, riveting, and brutally honest film about the life of Amy Winehouse that examines the complex balance between art and celebrity.
  • Red Army, a documentary about the USSR hockey team also included an in-depth panel discussion with three NHL hockey players from that era.
  • Monsoon is Sturla Gunnarrson’s visually striking, award-winning documentary about India’s weather system.
  • Iris, the story of 93-year-old fashion diva Iris Apfeld of New York played to rave reviews for three packed screenings… we are now looking for our Gimli maven.

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July 26, 2015
26 Jul 2015

Best of Fest: “Amy” documentary – encore screening 7:30pm tonight!

amyBest of Fest is based on ticket sales, sell outs, and buzz around Festival!  An encore screening of one of the Festival’s most popular film will be offered on the last day of Festival… this year it’s Amy!

This year’s was a close race between the documentaries “Iris” and “Amy”…. documentaries about two very different women, each distinct & talented, who touched thousands of people in their own way.

Amy starts at Gimli Theatre at 7:30pm Sunday, July 26.

July 26, 2015
26 Jul 2015

Awards presented at the 2015 GFF Closing Reception

(Winnipeg, Manitoba; July 25, 2015) – Numerous awards were handed out at 2015 Gimli Film Festival’s Closing Reception on Saturday, July 25 at Johnson Hall.


In recognition of 15 years of Gimli Film Festival success, founder Janis Gudrun Johnson presented the inaugural Alda Award to Sturla Gunnarsson at today’s closing ceremonies. Gunnarsson is the Iceland-born Canadian filmmaker who wowed audiences at this year’s Festival with his documentary “Monsoon”.

The Alda Award –a word which means ‘wave’ in Icelandic—has been generously donated by Janis G Johnson and will be an annual award at GFF, in celebration of outstanding filmmakers from the circumpolar nations (including Canada, the United States, Russia, the Baltics and all four Nordic countries). With the increasing importance of the Arctic and our northern regions in the world today, the Alda is representative of the close relationship which has evolved between GFF and the circumpolar world.
Gunnarsson was one of the filmmakers to attend the very first Film Festival in Gimli in 2000. Born in Iceland but living in Canada since the age of seven (first in Vancouver and later in Toronto), Sturla Gunnarsson has produced work in film that is truly universal in its appeal, having won awards internationally that include an International Emmy Award, a Genie, Prix Italia, and Prix Villes de Cannes.

Gunnarsson’s 2015 film about India’s vast weather system, the monsoon or ‘soul of India’, was one of the most popular hits at the Gimli Film Festival this year. The visually stunning documentary was filmed over the course of India’s 2013 monsoon season in ultra-high definition 4K, with Gunnarsson following the monsoon on its annual journey.

In regards to the Alda Award, Janis G Johnson, GFF founder, explained: “From the beginning, it has been one of our goals to carve a niche for the GFF as the Canadian film festival with a strong circumpolar component. There is just so much we can share with our northern neighbours! For example, the small town of Tromso in Norway holds a film festival in mid-January and attracts international attention and large crowds. We can do the same in Gimli in summer, and are well on our way.”


The inaugural Jack Clements “Livin’ the Dream” award has been established by his friends in his memory to recognize Clements’ contribution to the rich history of film in Manitoba. Jack Clements started his career as a sound engineer, eventually formed John Aaron Productions with Kim Johnston, and went on to produce many award-winning films such as The Last Winter and For The Moment starring Russell Crowe.

The GFF is pleased to announce Michael Scott as the first recipient of the Jack Clements “Livin the Dream Award. Michael became the executive producer of the new National Film Board office in Winnipeg in 1975 and then became a partner in CREDO Entertainment. Michael mentored a generation of exceptional filmmakers who went on to create a thriving Manitoba Film Community.


Kevin Tabachnick is the recipient of year’s 2015 RBC $10,000 Emerging Filmmaker Competition! His pitch “Annabelle” was deemed to be #1 at today’s competition which took place at Gimli Theatre. Tabachnik’s film is told through the eyes of Annabelle, a dying dog, and was inspired by his work in Winnipeg’s inner city.

MFM Audience Choice Manitoba Short Film Award for $1000

At the Manitoba Short Films screenings, James McClellan won the Manitoba Film & Music Audience Choice Manitoba Short Film Award for $1,000.00 for his short film called “Period Piece”. McLellan accepted his award from MFM’s Louise O’Brien-Moran.


The following awards were handed out at the exciting 48 Hour Film Contest screenings, organized by Winnipeg Film Group.

Best Film, Best Director, Best Editor: “Meteorite Before Prom Night” BJ Verot and Ian Bawa Best Cinematography: “The Island”, Trevor Kristjanson, Kevin Tabachnick and Chaz Beaudette Best Sound: “What Happened After”, Nicola Baldwin Best Actress: Lorraine James from “Cuddle Me” Best Actor: BJ Verot from “Meteorite Before Prom Night” Audience Choice: 1st Place: “Meteorite Before Prom Night” BJ Verot & Ian Bawa, 2nd Place: “The Island”, Trevor Kristjanson, Kevin Tabachnick and Chaz Beaudette

Great prizes given to all the winners for studio time, workshops, and valuable industry services.


A number of fabulous prize draws were also drawn at tonight’s reception.

Women’s Electra Townie 7D Step-through Bike (value $565) was won by T. Kubalcik. Men’s Electra Ticino 8D Bicycle (value $1200) was won by M. Charlet. 2016 Gimli Film Festival Package (value $300) was won by T. Mitchell. RBC Prize Package $500 Gift Card and two 2015 TIFF tickets Sept 10-20 won by G. Hollinger.

The grand prize of a Trip for 2 to Iceland (courtesy Icelandair) was won by B. Hnatyshyn.

Sunday –the final day of the 15th Annual Gimli Film Festival—promises to be another balmy day in Gimli with temperatures in the 30s and a full slate of films on the agenda in air conditioned theatres, including a re-screening of the Best of Fest pick (to be announced Sunday morning), and the final RBC Sunset Screening, Dr. Strangelove, on the beach at 10pm.