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June 14, 2016
14 Jun 2016

Media Release: The 2016 GFF unveils unique poster and fascinating film peeks!

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(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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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 12, 2016
12 Jun 2016

Countdown Clock

We’re counting down!…to the 2016 Gimli Film Fesitval

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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.

OPENING NIGHT BEACH FILM: ‘BOREALIS’

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

GFF 2016 IS NOW HIRING!…

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):
festivaldirector@gimlifilm.com

April 10, 2016
10 Apr 2016

Latest News:

Festival tops 10,000 in attendance!

Read the wrap-up on GFF 2016: Indoor screenings record, festival highlights… 10000 attend GFF

Manitoba Films Shine Bright at GFF

Amazing made-in-Manitoba films at the 2016 Gimli Film Festival!…

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February 24, 2016
24 Feb 2016

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – Gimli Film Festival 2016

CallforSubmissionsOur call for submissions has been extended to May 15, 2016.

Click here for more details

The Board of Directors, headed by GFF Chair & Founder 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 be hot, sunny & sensational!!

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

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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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