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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

GFF2017 Wraps with Stellar Overall Attendance

Gimli – July 30, 2017 – The 2017 Gimli Film Festival (GFF) wrapped up today after five full days of diverse and audience-friendly cinema. From July 26th – 30th GFF welcomed filmmakers and film fans to experience our 17th edition, featuring over 100 screenings, out-of-province guests, special events, unique industry and emerging talent programs, and all of the beautiful charm that Gimli has to offer. In total, over 10,800 attended this year’s films and events, with indoor screening attendance up 12% from 2016.

“The Gimli Film Festival is very pleased with the increase in attendance for the indoor screenings,” said Leona Johnson, Festival Director of the Gimli Film Festival. “The additional day of screenings on Wednesday to celebrate Canada 150 not only recognized the exceptional work of Canadian filmmakers that forged the way for the film industry in Canada, but also highlighted these brilliant classic productions that were so well received by the GFF audiences. The contemporary films from Manitoba, Canada, and around the world continue to draw large crowds to GFF. I am always amazed by the buzz and conversations in Gimli due to the power of film. Films inspire, engage, and empower.”

Highlights from this year’s Festival:

A number of films and events were at or near capacity at this year’s Festival, including the 48 Hour Film Competition; the Directing and Acting Workshop with Sean Garrity; The Salesman; Becoming Bond; A Better Man; and RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World.

The 2017 Gimli Film Festival Audience Award – Best of the Fest – went to Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro. The Social Justice Film Series fan-favourite profiles the impact of literary treasure James Baldwin and his Civil Rights contemporaries. Each feature-length film in the Gimli Film Festival is eligible to receive the Audience Award. The Festival-going public casts their vote to choose the most popular film in each year’s festival.

2017 Awards Reception:

A number of awards were handed out at the GFF Closing Reception, held at the Gimli Pavilion on Saturday. GFF was happy to once again congratulate RBC $10,000 Emerging Filmmaker Competition winners Miles Crossman and Nicola Baldwin; and 48 Hour Film Contest Audience Award-winning project As We Are from director Julie Epp. The Film Festival’s Founder and Chair The Honourable Janis Johnson presented the Alda Award to celebrated Manitoba director Norma Bailey. And Derek Mazur and Joan Scott were this year’s recipients of The Jack Clements “Livin’ the Dream” Lifetime Achievement Award.

A Thank you to our Sponsors and Volunteers:

The Gimli Film Festival would like to take a moment to thank our tirelessly dedicated volunteers. A team of nearly 100 volunteers contributed over 1,400 hours of time to support the Festival’s success.

The Gimli Film Festival is supported by The Burns Family Foundation, RBC Royal Bank, Telefilm Canada, the Province of Manitoba, the Canadian Government, the RM of Gimli, The Asper Foundation, BellMTS, ChangeMakers, Gimli Pharmasave, IBAM, and William F. White International.

We look forward to seeing everyone next year for the 18th annual Gimli Film Festival, July 25 – 29, 2018.

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

July 28, 2017
28 Jul 2017

Friday & Saturday – Gimli Film Fest 2017


Gimli – July 28, 2017 – Friday and Saturday are our two biggest days at the 2017 Gimli Film Festival. Attendees will be treated to great films, exciting competitions and special receptions and awards ceremonies.

The Festival experience spills outside and into the street, with First Avenue closed off to motor traffic and transformed into a pedestrian corridor for everyone to enjoy. Visitors can grab a bite at one of Gimli’s many snack spots, or relax with other festivalgoers in one of the temporary seating areas.

On Saturday, passersby can experience virtual reality at the On Screen Manitoba VR Showcase. Three Manitoba-made projects will be on display and free for the public to try from 1:00 – 4:00pm at two locations: The GFF box office and the First Avenue pedestrian corridor. Keep an eye out for On Screen Manitoba representatives, who will be handing out free tote bags full of industry goodies.

Friday and Saturday only, join us before the RBC Sunset Screenings for activities, displays, music and fun at the RBC Beach Boardwalk, 7:30 – 9:30 pm on Gimli Beach. On Friday night, the beach will host a double feature of Twister at 10:00 pm and The Birds at midnight. The 1981 fanfavorite Footloose screens on Saturday at 10:00 pm.

The RBC $10,000 Emerging Filmmaker Competition takes place Saturday at 10:00 am at the Gimli Theatre. Watch up-and-coming filmmakers pitch their short film ideas for a chance to win $10,000 courtesy of the RBC Emerging Artists Project. Winners will also receive a mentorship with industry professionals from the National Screen Institute, a $2,500 gift certificate courtesy of William F. White, and a one-year membership to industry association On Screen Manitoba. The completed film will premiere at the 2018 Gimli Film Festival.

Also on Saturday, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at Gimli Theatre, the Winnipeg Film Group 48 Hour Film Contest will premiere 18 short films all created in just 48 hours. Participants were tasked to write, shoot, edit, score and complete an original short film in just two days. Awards and prizes will be presented and audience members will have their chance to cast a vote for the Audience Choice Award.

Immediately following the 48 Hour Film Contest, the Manitoba Short Film Program takes over Gimli Theatre, with the Manitoba Film and Music Audience Choice Award cash prize up for grabs. Over 60 Manitoba filmmakers will be with us on Saturday to present their films. All visiting filmmakers are invited to attend a special Filmmakers Reception, sponsored by Integro Entertainment.

Festivalgoers have a unique opportunity to hear visiting filmmakers speak about their craft, their characters, and their inspirations. Don’t miss this rare chance to attend Q&As with our featured guest filmmakers:
• A Moon of Nickel and Ice Friday July 28, 10:00 am Gimli Lutheran Church Theatre
* Filmmaker François Jacob will be in attendance
• My American Cousin Friday, 5:30 pm Gimli Lutheran Church Theatre
*Filmmaker Sandy Wilson will be in attendance
• Duke and Battersby: 3 Videos Saturday, 3:00 pm Gimli Unitarian Church Aspire Theatre
*Filmmakers Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby will be in attendance
• Mike Hoolboom: 6 Films Saturday, 5:30 pm Gimli Unitarian Church Aspire Theatre
*Filmmaker Mike Hoolboom will be in attendance
• A Better Man Saturday, 5:30 pm Lady of The Lake Theatre; July 30, 12:30 pm
*Filmmaker Attiya Khan will be in attendance

Media representatives are invited to attend the 2017 Gimli Film Festival Awards Reception on Saturday at 8:00 pm at the Gimli Dance Pavilion (1 Fourth Avenue). A number of awards will be announced at the event, including:
• The Alda Award for excellence in Circumpolar filmmaking: NORMA BAILEY
• The Jack Clements “Livin’ the Dream” Lifetime Achievement Award: DEREK MAZUR & JOAN SCOTT
• RBC $10,000 Emerging Filmmakers Competition Award
• The 48 Hour Film Competition awards
• The Manitoba Film & Music Audience Choice Manitoba Short Film Award

A special thank you to Gled Vid Investment Company for supporting the closing reception.

July 26, 2017
26 Jul 2017

Opening Day! – Gimli Film Fest 2017

Gimli – July 26, 2017 – Manitoba’s largest film festival returns for its 17th year today. The 2017 annual Gimli Film Festival kicks off with a full day of programming and a special opening reception. A spotlight will shine on great Canadian cinema, with many classic Canadian films screening throughout the day.

The Festival opens with Goin’ Down the Road, a realist dramatic portrait of two young men from Canada’s Maritime Provinces who come to the big city, Toronto, looking for good jobs and good times. The 1970 film is widely regarded as the marker for the beginning of the film industry in English Canada, and is often referred to as one of the best Canadian films of all time.

In 2016, it was named one of 150 essential works in Canadian cinema history by the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). In the afternoon, discover the work of fearless Canadian filmmaker Frank Cole, who entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the first man to cross the Sahara on foot. On November 29, 1989, Cole began another tormenting journey across Sahara by camel, filming his experiences in the dangerous climate and region. In Life Without Death the filmmaker as he confronts his fascination with dying. Life Without Death was the filmmaker’s final film before his 2000 murder by bandits on a return trip to the Sahara.

For family fun for all ages, join us for a curated retrospective of films from legendary award-winning Canadian filmmaker, Norman McLaren. McLaren was a pioneer in several areas of animation and filmmaking, including hand-drawn animation, drawn-on-film animation, visual music, abstract film, pixilation and graphical sound. His awards included an Oscar for the Best Animated Short in 1952 for Neighbours, and a 1969 BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film for Pas de deux.

Super Pass holders will have the added opportunity to attend a special opening reception at 7pm at Johnson Hall. Mingle with Film Festival staff and board as well as some visiting filmmakers and community representatives. Sponsored by Catherine Filmon and Elsebeth and Andre Kriening, the opening reception will feature appetizers from Bergmann’s on Lombard, Sugar Me Cookies dessert and Icelandic vinarterta from Afi’s Baking, wine from De Luca Fine Wines and beer from Brazen Hall. To preserve the memory, guests will be treated to caricature artist drawings, courtesy of RBC.

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!

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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!

December 12, 2016
12 Dec 2016

Join us July 26 – 30, 2017 for the 17th annual Gimli Film Festival!

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September 22, 2016
22 Sep 2016

GFF searches for new Executive Director

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!

Chair Janis Johnson and the Board of the Gimli Film Festival are conducting a search for a new Executive Director, who will oversee operations and ensure that the policies of the Board are implemented.

The responsibilities of the Executive Director are listed below. Interested parties are invited to send their resume by September 30, 2016 to submissions@gimlifilm.com.

The Gimli Film Festival is widely recognized as the most successful film festival in Manitoba. Over the last sixteen years, our audience, sponsors and partners have supported and shaped the Festival into what it is today.

The Festival showcases the best new films from Canada’s and Manitoba’s most promising directors and an exceptional selection of features, documentaries and shorts from around the world. The Festival also includes:

  • Four indoor venues and the popular free on-the-beach screenings
  • Industry workshops and seminars
  • Over $10,000 awarded in pitch competitions & film competitions
  • Manitoban Short Film Awards
  • Networking events

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director’s responsibilities include:

  • strategic planning and implementation of policies set by the Board of Directors to ensure the growth and profiling of GFF in Manitoba, Canada and internationally;
  • managing GFF’s operations, including scheduling, organizing and attending all board meetings, executive committee meetings, the annual general meeting of the membership and any special events hosted by GFF;
  • managing GFF’s offices and the day-to-day affairs of the organization, including supervision of staff, hiring of staff and disciplining staff;
  • preparing and managing the budget and financial resources of GFF, including drafting grant and funding proposals and initiating and managing fundraising activities;
  • managing, scheduling and organizing all film festival events, including volunteers, workshops, sponsors and films;
  • managing all internal communication, developing and managing media and other external communications, including public relations and community relationships;
  • representing GFF at provincial, national and international events where GFF requires a presence and requests the Executive Director’s attendance.