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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.

June 30, 2018
30 Jun 2018

GFF Box Office is open!


You can now purchase tickets to our film screenings and pass holders can reserve their tickets!


You can purchase or reserve tickets online here!


Film fans can also purchase or reserve their tickets in-person at our GFF Box Office.

This year, our Box Office is fueled by Red River Co-op! Find us at 73 1st Ave. Our space is generously donated by Gimli’s Lakeview Resort.



GFF Box Office Hours:


Saturday, June 30 – Monday, July 2: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday, July 7 – Sunday, July 8: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday, July 14 – Sunday, July 15: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday, July 21 – Sunday, July 29: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


GFF Box Office: 

73 1st Ave – Lakeview Resort
Located in Tara’s Corner, entrance on 1st Ave.


For questions about our GFF Box Office, passes or tickets, email



Purchase your pass online!



June 21, 2018
21 Jun 2018

GFF announces its 2018 program!


GFF Board Member Rebecca Gibson speaking at the 2018 GFF Media Conference.

 We announced our 2018 lineup of 111 diverse and acclaimed films!

This year celebrates 18 years of showcasing critical, engaging and entertaining cinema. The 2018 Festival will host six world premieres, five Canadian premieres, ten Western Canadian premieres and 21 Manitoba premieres. The films are presented through eight distinct film series including The Future is Female, DOC35 Retrospective, Indigenous, Icelandic, LGBTTQ*, Northern Lights, Manitoba and Social Justice.

GFF is proud to announce that 46 per cent of this year’s program is made-up of films written or directed by women!

You can check out the 2018 film schedule here! And the list of films here!


Don’t miss out!

Get your Super Pass now to ensure your all-access pass to all films and special events!
You can purchase your pass online here.

Missed the action at our media conference? Read our news release here!


May 23, 2018
23 May 2018

A WORLD TO GAIN: Gender Parity at Gimli Film Fest 2018

Movies are a mirror to our world… nothing if not a reflection of the times. And it is the duty of good film programmers to consider what films reflect our current zeitgeist, what films make bold new innovations in the art of cinema, and what films help us envision a better and more equitable future for all of humankind.

At the same time, the film production industry is one – like many – that has seen injustice, imbalance of power, and unfair representation that has become shockingly obvious in recent years. In an effort to help right these historic wrongs and embrace a more inclusive future for cinema, the Gimli Film Festival is proud to announce today a series of new initiatives that are geared towards increasing representation of female-driven cinema at our festival.

In an effort to take serious strides towards gender parity, the Gimli Film Festival has pledged that 40-60% of all films screened at our 2018 festival will be directed or written by women. We hope this will ensure fair representation while still allowing our programming team flexible margins to program only the best films available.

Attiya Khan and moderator Rebecca Gibson in discussion about her film A Better Man at GFF 2017.

As part of this effort, the Gimli Film Festival is presenting The Future is Female* Film Series, which highlights brand new feature films by up-and-coming female directors from across Canada and the world.  This series will also feature a number of visiting woman filmmakers from Canada and beyond, yet TBA. This important new series has been made possible by a collaborative sponsorship from Manitoba’s film production companies, including Original Pictures, Inferno Pictures, Black Watch Entertainment, Buffalo Gal Pictures, Canadian Media Producers Association, Farpoint Films, Frantic Films, Media RendezVous, and Rebecca Gibson.

The Gimli Film Festival is also excited to announce a new emerging female filmmaker outreach project, called the The Future is Female* Mentorship Program – presented in part by Canadian women-in-media advocacy organization Women in View. Interested local emerging female directors, actors, producers, writers and media artists are encouraged to apply to this program through our website. Selected individuals will be offered free transportation to and from a bevy of events at the Friday of our festival, including a series of female-directed film screenings with filmmaker Q&As, a panel discussion about women in cinema, a networking reception to meet out-of-town guests, and more. This program is available to any woman-identifying persons that are interested and available to attend the festival on Friday, July 27th, 2018.

And while long overdue, these efforts to increase female representation in cinema are still desperately important today. In their latest 2015 study, Women in View –a Canadian not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening gender and cultural diversity on screen – found that of all Telefilm funded projects for 2013-14, women only accounted for 17% of directors (17 of 103); 22% of writers (29 of 133) and 12% of cinematographers (11 of 91) credited.

In Hollywood the stats are far worse. On the top 100 grossing films of 2017, women represented only 8% of directors, 10% of writers, 2% of cinematographers, 24% of producers and 14% of editors. And as American independent filmmaker Emma Piper-Burket notes in her film #bestdirectors, typical lists of “The Best Directors of All-Time” frequently are comprised of an all-male cast.

The good news is things are changing! In late-2016, Telefilm implemented new gender parity measures for their feature film production financing. The same time a year later in 2017, Telefilm announced that 44% of projects in production had a female director attached, 46% feature a female screenwriter and 51% had a female producer. This 12-month turnaround is obvious proof that change is as simple as making a conscious decision to implement it.

It’s also important to recognize that while these initiatives are aimed at increasing woman-identified representation in cinema, we will all gain by envisioning a more equitable world. In the recent study The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in the United States, the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) found that every US state and city can add at least 5 percent to their GDP by advancing the economic potential of women.

This is key to the Gimli Film Festival’s belief in creating a film festival that is respectful of artists, pays proper artist fees to all filmmakers and presents diverse and inclusive programming that reflects the cultural mosaic of Canada. By embracing and encouraging those historically marginalized from our cinematic institutions, we have a world to gain.



May 16, 2018
16 May 2018

Gimli Film Festival 2018

We’ve launched our new look for the 18th edition of the Gimli Film Festival! 

Join us for critical, engaging and entertaining cinema from the most promising Manitoban and Canadian filmmakers and an exceptional selection of feature films and documentaries from around the world! 
  • Five indoor venues and the popular RBC Sunset Screenings: Free on-the-beach movies!
  • Local and Canadian premieres of award-winning films from around the world
  • Over $11,000 awarded in pitch competitions & film competitions
  • Q & As with Icelandic and Canadian filmmakers
  • Workshop and panels for aspiring filmmakers
  • Special Events
 Stay tuned for the release of our 2018 program.  Join our Facebook event here!

GFF Festival Passes on sale online starting June 1! Individual film tickets on sale June 29 at our GFF Box Office.

Special thanks to our 2018 Gold Sponsor ChangeMakers for this year’s look! This is their second year designing our creative.


Visit our Box Office:

Our GFF Box office opens June 30!
June 30 – July 2: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
July 7 – 8: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
July 14 – 15: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
July 21 – 29: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
April 27, 2018
27 Apr 2018

We’re hiring summer students!

Photo by Andy Blicq

Are you a post-secondary student returning to school in the fall? 

Are you a hard-working leader that wants to gain incredible career experience while working in Gimli over the summer?

With the support of Canada Summer Jobs, we are hiring three summer student positions:
1) Volunteer Coordinator, 2) Sponsorship & Hospitality Coordinator and 3) Box Office Coordinator.

Check out the full job descriptions here!

April 23, 2018
23 Apr 2018

2018 GFF Raffles!


The annual Gimli Film Festival raffles are back!


Now is your chance to win a front row seat to explore the globe!

Raffle tickets are on sale now. The draw will be 9:45 p.m. Saturday, July 28, 2018 at GFF Beach Screen, Gimli Beach. Get your ticket now!

Enter GFF’s 2018 Icelandair Raffle and/or GFF’s 2018 WestJet Raffle!

Call GFF to purchase your tickets: (204) 642-8846

April 17, 2018
17 Apr 2018

National Canadian Film Day

Celebrate National Canadian Film Day from the comfort of your couch on Wednesday, April 18!
Classic Canadian films and The Filmmakers series are available to stream here on CBC!


Stay up-to-date with all of National Canadian Film Day’s events both online
and across the country on their website or Facebook page!

March 23, 2018
23 Mar 2018

Gimli Film Festival 2018 Team


As winter thaws, the Gimli Film Festival team is starting to assemble! On behalf of everyone at the Festival, I’m very excited to welcome a stellar core staff team for the coming season!

We are so very excited to welcome a brand new film programmer in 2018! Vivian Belik is an ex-pat Winnipegger who has most recently been a Film Programmer for the Available Light Film Festival in Whitehorse and previously has been involved with the Hot Docs Film Festival, Regent Park Film Festival, Doc Now Festival in Toronto and has an MFA in Documentary Media Studies from Ryerson University. Vivian will be programming our short films, Icelandic film series and Beach films at this year’s festival!

She’ll be working alongside David Knipe who is returning to the Gimli Film Fest this year as our Senior Film Programmer of feature-length fiction and documentary films. In 2017 David Knipe moved into a film programming role with the festival and quickly proved himself a dynamite programmer. Since then, David has proven to be Manitoba’s most prolific film programmer, continuing his work as Operations Manager of the Winnipeg Cinematheque, programming the 2017 Gimme Some Truth Documentary Film Festival, and assisting this past February in the first ever Afro Prairie Film Festival.

Last but certainly not least, is our brand new Communications & Logistics Manager, Cleo Curtis! Many of you may have already unwittingly recognized her impacts, as she has already taken measured control of GFF’s social media from my frantic and haphazard hands. Cleo has participated in GFF in the past as a filmmaker and a $10,000 Pitch Contestant, and will be assisting our admin team overall with most aspects of the festival including sponsorships, ad sales, and general logistical management of all of our festival events.

As I attempt to fill the very – figuratively – large shoes of our current Festival Director Leona Johnson in the coming months, it is incredibly encouraging to have such an incredible, experienced and diligent team shaping up for 2018 and hopefully for
years to come!

Stay tuned, as we already have a lot of exciting news about the 2018 Festival that we will be sharing in the coming weeks!

-Aaron Zeghers

Festival Manager
Gimli Film Festival

Check out our staff team here!