The 2015 Beach Films will include Jurassic Park, Labyrinth, Monty Python & the Holy Grail, Alien, and Dr. Strangelove.
(Winnipeg, Manitoba; June 25, 2015) – Film fans and filmmakers will soon converge on the shores of Lake Winnipeg for the 2015 Gimli Film Festival (GFF). Celebrating 15 years of film festival excellence, the annual five-day Festival will dazzle the picturesque lakeshore community of Gimli, Manitoba from July 22 to 26.
The GFF will feature a diverse range of films and film series, including the RBC Sunset Screenings, Rogers Documentary Film series, MTS TV Stories From Home Documentaries, the Social Justice Film series, the Icelandic Film series, the Northern Lights (circumpolar) Film series, and much more.
We are proud to present two World Premieres [Crash Site, The Mennonite Joke], four Canadian premieres [And We Were Young, Paris of the North, The Grandad, and Echos], four Western Canadian premieres [Life in a Fishbowl, (T)error, Of Them, and Period Piece] and 14 Manitoba premieres [A Pigeon Sat on a Branch and Reflected on Existence, Back Streets, Flankers, Fred Heads, Me and My Moulton, Rinse, She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, The Valley Below, Elephant Song, World of Tomorrow, A Brilliant Young Mind, How to Change the World, and Iris]. Stay tuned in coming days, as we roll out more titles!
“As the film programmer for Gimli it’s really a treat to be able to sift through literally hundreds of films and pick out the best, the most moving, the most entertaining to bring to Manitobans. It’s an incredibly daunting task but one that is also thoroughly enjoyable,” commented Aaron Zehgers, GFF Film Programmer.
“This year I’m really excited to be able to have the Canadian premiere of American animator Andy Smetanka’s Super 8 animated documentary about the hardships of The Great War, And We Were Young. I’m also very pumped to be curating a retrospective of animator Don Hertzfeldt, including his new film World of Tomorrow. This is it’s first time playing in Manitoba, hot off winning Best Short Film at Sundance and I can’t wait for people to see it! It’s great.”
Zehgler also mentioned that for the first time, GFFF is helping to host the Winnipeg Film Group’s 48 Hour Film Contest. “It’s a great excuse to get off your butt and try making a film for yourself,” says Zehler. “You have just two days to make the film, and in the end you get to see it play for the first time during the Festival! It’s a fantastic opportunity for local filmmakers and film tinkerers alike!”
This year, Festival goers will also enjoy the cutting-edge technology of the newly released GFF App. The App provides full festival scheduling and film details at people’s fingertips, and will be available for download at www.gimlifilm.com, as well as on Google Play and iTunes.
This year’s GFF also saw an expanded list of sponsors. “We are honoured by the continued support of our ongoing sponsors and funders, plus welcome our new supporters and partners this year,” says GFF’s Festival Director, Leona Johnson. “We are very pleased that so many share our vision of the power of film to inform & inspire, and engage & entertain.”
The FREE, highly popular beach screenings will feature a one-of-a-kind 35-foot outdoor screen on the lovely shores of Lake Winnipeg. The RBC Sunset Screenings will present six films, beginning at sunset.
Wednesday, July 22, 10 pm The Rocky Horror Picture Show – Opening night kicks off with one of the oddest, most off-the-wall cult films ever made. This kinky rock’n’roll science fiction horror satire stars Tim Curry and a young Susan Sarandon.
Thursday, July 23, 10 pm Labyrinth – Kids night is Thursday eve with Jim Henson’s (creator of The Muppets) Labyrinth, starring musician David Bowie and a young Jennifer Connelly.
Friday, July 24, 10 pm Monty Python and the Holy Grail – 40th Anniversary – Still hilarious after four decades, this classic stars John Cleese and is directed by iconic film director Terry Gilliam.
Friday, July 24, LATE NIGHT Alien – As our late night chiller, we will be playing Ridley Scott’s Alien as a midnight movie, starring Sigourney Weaver. Prepare to get spooked!
Saturday, July 25, 10 pm Jurassic Park – 15th Anniversary – Dinosaurs invade the beach on Saturday night with the original Jurassic Park, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Laura Dern and Jeff Goldbloom.
Sunday, July 26, 10 pm Dr. Strangelove – 50th Anniversary – This classic dark comedy is a cold war parody by director Stanley Kubrick, starring the comedic genius Peter Sellers in multiple roles.
WORLD CLASS CINEMA:
A small sampling of this year’s line-up of thought-provoking films from across the globe includes:
RED ARMY – An inspiring hockey tale about the Cold War played out on the ice rink. On hand for Q&A after the film, former professional hockey players Ted Irvine (New York Rangers), Bobby Leiter (Boston/Atlanta) and Ken Stephanson (Team Canada/ Winnipeg Jets) will attend the Sat screening.
IRIS – This film is about Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old fashion icon of New York, and is the last film ever made by the iconic godfather of documentary cinema, Albert Maysles.
AND WE WERE YOUNG – the Canadian Premiere of this animated documentary uses verbal accounts from soldiers of WWI and beautiful hand-made silhouette cut-out animation to illustrate the horrors and hardships of ‘The Great War’.
MONSOON – Part road movie, part spectacle, part drama– the subject of Sturla Gunnarsson’s documentary is the monsoon, an incomparably vast weather system that permeates and unifies the culture of India.
This year we are proud to be screening three local feature films:
– FM Youth is a French language film by local filmmaker Stéphane Oystryk, set in St. Boniface.
– The Editor, made by local Winnipeg-based film collective Astron 6, is a slasher horror film inspired by Italian films of the same genre.
– Good Madness: The Dance of Rachel Brown is by local filmmaker Danielle Sturk who lived seasonally in the area at her cottage on Willow Island.
In the Canadian Short Films program, we also have local filmmaker Mike Maryniuk’s latest short film Home Cooked Music about Lorne Collie, a man from the Interlake region, who turns everyday household objects into instruments.
MANITOBA SHORT FILMS – We will be playing 10 Manitoban short films, including the Gimli Film Fest 2014 RBC $10,000 Pitch Winner Sonya H. Ballantyne’s Crash Site and a brand new film Walter by Curtis L. Wiebe who won the $1000 audience choice award for his previous film Of Truth and Magic. Also included are films by local filmmaking heroes Jaimz Asmundson, Rory Fallis, BJ Verot & Brad Crawford, Alison James, James McLellan, Dion Telesky and Cleo Leslie.
MTS TV STORIES FROM HOME – GFF is excited to present this series of home-grown documentaries, which all been commissioned and produced through MTS TV Stories from Home. These films are intensely local in flavour, created by Manitoba filmmakers with a wide range of experience including students and first time producers.
Films included are A Good Madness: The Dance of Rachel Brown by Danielle Sturk, Andrew Milne Dreams of Machines by GFF alumni Patrick Lowe (which recently won best documentary at Los Angeles Independent Film Festival), Adventures with the Movie Club by GFF alumni Kevin Nikkel, Some Lots by Lorne Bailey, One Gay City: A History of LGBT Life in Winnipeg by Aaron Floresco, Eric. One Bussker’s Vision of Success by Amy Simoes, and Brown Town Muddy Water by Jesse Green. Also playing as part of this series is That Mennonite Joke by Orlando Braun and Jorge Requena who won the MTS Stories From Home $20,000 Pitch at GFF 2014.
AMAZING FILM SERIES! The eclectic range of film series at this year’s festival provide something for every film-goer’s palette. (-For detailed descriptions and listings of all our Film Series, go to www.gimlifilm.com or our GFF App)
FREE / SPECIAL EVENTS AT GFF:
- RBC Sunset Screenings
- RBC Beach Boardwalk
- RBC 4th Annual $10,000 Emerging Filmmaker Competition – Saturday 25 July 2015, 10:30 am
- “Action! – You be the Director” – FTM Interactive
- Making Movies with Your Smart Phone workshop
- Pick Up Street Hockey Game – Saturday 25 July 2015, 2:00 pm
- 48 Hour Film Contest – Saturday 25 July 2015, 3:00 pm
- Late Night Movie, Pizza, & Beer– Thursday 23 July 2015, 10:30pm
- Music and more!
Festival Passes are now on sale! – Purchase your passes on website at www.gimlifilm.com , by App, by phone (204-642-8846), or drop by GFF Box Office at 77B First Avenue in Gimli, Manitoba
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. Log on for more details.
- 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
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The 2015 GFF staff thanks the sponsors of the 15th Edition of the Gimli Film Festival.
The GFF is proud to acknowledge the cooperation and generous financial support of the following sponsors, whose enthusiastic support has made the 2015 Gimli Film Festival possible:
Platinum Sponsors: RBC Royal Bank, Province of MB – Major Arts Festivals Grant, Telefilm. Gold Sponsors: Rogers Group of Funds, Insurance Brokers of Manitoba, On Screen Manitoba, RM of Gimli, William F White International. Silver Sponsors: Asper Foundation, Canada Summer Jobs, Manitoba Arts Council, 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: Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, Catherine & David Filmon. Gled Vid Investment Company, Johnston Group Inc., Lake Winnipeg Foundation, Multimedia Risk Insurance Brokers, Icelandic Film Centre, Your Community Newspapers – The Express Weekly News, The Stonewall Teulon Tribune, The Selkirk Record and the Winkler Morden Voice. Festival Sponsors: Manitoba Film and Music, Manitoba Hydro, Eimskip, Bonnie & John Buhler, National Leasing. Festival Sponsor Service Partner: Guppy Graphic Design, AVentPro, Winnipeg Film Group, Consulate General of Iceland Winnipeg, Powerland. Festival Sponsor Hospitality Partners: Spirits Canada, Bergmann’s on Lombard, Farmery Estate Brewery. Festival Friends: The Honourable Janice & Gary Filmon, Film Training Manitoba, GD Accounting, National Film Board of Canada, Rona Gimli, Taylor McCaffrey, Video Pool Media Arts Centre. Festival Friend Hospitality Partners: Lifa Home, Flatland Coffee Roasters, Chicken Chef Gimli, De Lucas Fine Wines, Sobeys in Gimli, Water Source – Gimli Water Hus, Gimli Ice Festival, Sugar Me Cookies.
“See you under the stars July 22-26, 2015 for the 15th edition of GFF!”