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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!

FEATURE DOC / FICTION FILMS:

 

 

MANITOBA / CANADIAN SHORT FILMS:

 

 

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

2018 GIMLI FILM FESTIVAL – SUBMISSION FEE DETAILS

-FEATURE FILMS-

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!

-SHORT FILMS-

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 MuseumSyndi Prokopich – Your Personal Travel ConciergeRM 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

$50

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 RED AND WHITE GLAM ON FOR THE RED CARPET!

Get your tickets here.

August 27, 2017
27 Aug 2017

Job Posting: Festival Manager

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!

The Board of the Gimli Film Festival is conducting a search for a Festival Manager, who will work closely with the Festival Director to oversee operations and ensure that the policies of the Board are implemented.

Click for the full job description of the Festival Manager position. Interested parties are invited to send their resume by Sept 1, 2017 to info@gimlifilm.com with subject line: Festival Manager job posting. We thank you for your interest in GFF. Only successful applicants will be contacted for interviews which will be held Sept 7, 2017.

 

August 23, 2017
23 Aug 2017

Acting Workshops with Rebecca Gibson

100% of the funds support Gimli Film Festival.

Register by email: livefromwinnipeg@gmail.com

OR

Register on Facebook:

KIDS workshop

TEENS workshop

ADULTS workshop

 

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.

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