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July 15, 2015
15 Jul 2015

Countdown to the 2015 Gimli Film Festival:

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July 4, 2015
04 Jul 2015

The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Gimli Beach, July 22 10pm

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Yes, we will be doing the time warp again…

Just confirmed: the Gimli Film Festival will kick off the festival this year with a Wednesday night beach screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Wednesday, July 22nd at 10pm.

Bring your blanket or lawnchair, and get ready to re-live this cult classic, as sweethearts Brad and Janet (played by Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon) explore the eerie and wild mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a transvestite scientist.

Let’s do the time warp again!
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July 1, 2015
01 Jul 2015

THE GIMLI FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES RBC $10,000 EMERGING FILMMAKER COMPETITION FINALISTS

osm_logo-CMYK-fullcolourAlong with showcasing Manitoba-made films, the Gimli Film Festival helps to encourage new Manitoba productions. The RBC $10,000 Emerging Filmmaker Competition is managed by On Screen Manitoba and will be held during the Film Festival. Selected Manitoba filmmakers will go head-to-head to pitch their projects to a jury of industry experts before a live audience. Manitoba filmmakers were invited to submit a written concept to apply to the competition and the five finalists have been selected.

On Screen Manitoba and the Gimli Film Festival are pleased to announce the finalists for this year’s RBC $10,000 Emerging Filmmaker Competition: Jared Adams – Flicker;  Alex Kristiansen – Shieldmaiden;  Steve Schwartz – Graft;  Kevin Tabachnick – Annabelle;  Devon Unrau – The Family Recipe.

The filmmakers will have three minutes to pitch their short film ideas to a judging panel of industry professionals in front of a live audience at the Gimli Theatre (74 2nd Ave, Gimli) on Saturday, July 25. The pitch competition is free and open to the public and will begin at 10:30 am and will be finished by noon. The winning filmmaker will receive $10,000 to make their film courtesy of RBC Emerging Artists Project, a mentorship with industry professionals from the National Screen Institute, a $1,000 gift certificate courtesy of William F. White and a premiere screening of their film at next year’s Gimli Film Festival.

The Gimli Film Festival runs July 22-26, showcasing features, documentaries and short films from Manitoba, Canada and the world that promise informative, fascinating and riveting entertainment. For real-time updates of GFF schedule and news alerts, as well as direct links to online ticketing and film descriptions and trailers download our free app!

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Sonya Ballantyne won the 2014 RBC Emerging Filmmakers Competition at Gimli Film Festival.

On Screen Manitoba leads the development of a dynamic media production industry that is recognized for its world-class creative and technical talent.

For more information on the RBC Emerging Filmmakers Competition please contact:
Amy Rebecca Harrison, Industry Communications Coordinator
On Screen Manitoba
Email: amy@onscreenmanitoba.com
Phone: (204) 927 5898

 

June 29, 2015
29 Jun 2015

Box Office Opening July 1 for the 2015 Gimli Film Festival


The new location at 77B First Avenue in Gimli has been transformed by our volunteers!

(Winnipeg, Manitoba; June 26, 2015) –  Our fabulous new GFF Box Office located at 77B First Avenue in Gimli will be opening on July 1st at 10 am!

Festival Passes and Individual Tickets will be sold from our box office. The GFF Box Office hours are as follows:

July 1 (Canada Day from 10 am – 4 pm),

July 4 & 5, and July 11 & 12 (weekends) noon – 4 pm.

July 13 – July 26 the box office will be open daily from 10 am – 5 pm.

You can also purchase GFF passes on our website at www.gimlifilm.com , through our App, or by phone at (204) 642-8846.

Guarantee Your Seat –On July 1, 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.

  • 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

2015-tickets-passesVisit  www.gimlifilm.com for the most up-­‐to-­‐date information on everything about the Festival!  Our shiny new GFF APP is live, powered by Insurance Brokers of Manitoba– download and enter to win a 2015 GFF Film Pass!

-Like us on Facebook -­‐   https://www.facebook.com/gimlifilmfestival
-Follow us on Twitter #gimlifilm, -check out our YouTube Channel:  “Gimli Film Festival – Official Site”

“See you under the stars July 22-26, 2015 for the 15th edition of GFF!”

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June 29, 2015
29 Jun 2015

Join us under the stars for the 15th Annual Gimli Film Festival, July 22-26

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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.”

BEACH SCREENINGS

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 AnniversaryDinosaurs 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.

LOCAL FILM:

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

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

Visit  www.gimlifilm.com for the most up-­‐to-­‐date information on everything about the Festival!  Our shiny new GFF APP is live, powered by Insurance Brokers of Manitoba– download and enter to win a 2015 GFF Film Pass!

-Like us on Facebook -­‐   https://www.facebook.com/gimlifilmfestival
-Follow us on Twitter #gimlifilm, -check out our YouTube Channel:  “Gimli Film Festival – Official Site”

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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!”

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June 28, 2015
28 Jun 2015

The 2015 Gimli Film Festival launches first app, new website and eye-catching poster

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Download the GFF App today, for a chance to win a 2015 Film Pass!

The approach of the 2015 Gimli Film Festival is brighter and edgier than ever, with the release of this year’s boldly coloured GFF poster, a freshly designed website, and a shiny new app to keep film fans up-to-date with all the latest Festival info across devices.

Our official film schedule was released on June 25 at a media conference in Winnipeg. This year’s exciting lineup of films include a Manitoba Short Film series, Canadian films, an Icelandic film series, a circumpolar series, a social justice film series, and many, many more! The GFF boasts over 100 indoor screenings in unique venues. Of course our popular beach screenings will be underneath the stars, on the shores of Lake Winnipeg.

Festival passes are now on sale, available online at www.gimlifilm.com, by phoning 204-642-8846, or dropping by the Festival office at Suite 101 – 94 1st Ave. Waterfront Centre. Individual tickets go on sale on July 1, at our new box office location at 77B First Avenue in Gimli and online.

The redesigned GFF website is a comprehensive hub of all Festival information, providing festival-goers with the latest news, schedules, online sales, volunteer forms, all in one convenient, user-friendly spot. As well, we’re very excited to launch our first ever GFF APP. It’s live now and gives the pulse of the Festival at your fingertips. Download the app today at www.gimlifilm.com, on Google Play or iTunes.

Enter our ‘Grab-the-App!’ contest by downloading our GFF App for a chance to win a 2015 GFF Film Pass. Details and entry forms are available exclusively through our app; winner drawn on July 1.

Stay tuned in July for the exciting details on our cool ‘Frame-the-Festival’ photo contest and the 2015
Sneak-Peek Podcast as the Festival draws closer!

Visit www.gimlifilm.com for the most up-­‐to-­‐date information on everything you need to know about the Festival! Our shiny new GFF APP is available NOW, powered by Insurance Brokers of Manitoba – download and enter to win a GFF Film Pass!

Like us on Facebook -­‐ https://www.facebook.com/gimlifilmfestival
Follow us on Twitter @gimlifilm or check out our YouTube Channel: “Gimli Film Festival – Official Site”

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June 18, 2015
18 Jun 2015

The 2015 Gimli Film Festival seeks volunteers for its 15th annual Festival July 22-26

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RBC Day of Service volunteers present a cheque for $1,000 to GFF staff, at their new box office on Friday, June 12.

(Gimli, Manitoba; June 15, 2015) -­‐-­‐ The Gimli Film Festival (GFF) is considered by many to be Manitoba’s premier film industry event, offering a combination of amazing films, unique venues, and lakeside verve that keeps film fans flocking back.

Now in its fifteenth year, GFF is gearing up to once again transform the picturesque lakeshore community of Gimli into a film-lovers’ paradise for five days; on July 22-26 2015 the GFF comes to life! But this transformation can only take place with the hard work of volunteers, who are the drive behind the festival.

“We need lively volunteers to help make our Festival a success,” said Emily Lair, Logistics and Volunteer Coordinator for the 2015 Gimli Film Festival. “Our volunteers will be involved at our box office, indoor screenings, free beach screenings, and hospitality events.”

Lair stressed that volunteering at the Gimli Film Festival is truly an experience like no other, having been intimately involved with the behind-the-scenes workings of the festival herself since the tender age of fourteen. “Being a GFF volunteer formed an unforgettable part of my own childhood memories,” said Lair, “and until you’ve sat in the sand and watched a movie, you haven’t experienced Gimli or the GFF!”

Volunteer benefits include flexible hours, access to films and Festival events, a volunteer T-Shirt and hospitality. The 2015 Gimli Film Festival will be showcasing 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.

boxoffice1This year, the GFF also has a new box office location at 77B First Avenue in Gimli, Manitoba, which will double as volunteer headquarters for the duration of the festival. Recently GFF sponsor RBC donated a Day of Service —with RBC employees mopping floors, scrubbing windows, and lining the walls with film posters—to help redesign the retail space into the official 2015 GFF Box Office.

“Today we’re here for RBC, doing whatever we can to make this a great-looking box office,” smiled Michelle Aitkenhead, RBC employee and Development Chair for GFF. “Volunteering is the best way to experience the Festival! And with this being our fifteenth anniversary, THIS is the year you want to volunteer for Gimli Film Festival—it’s going to be big! Very, very big.”

If you are interested in volunteering for the Gimli Film Festival, call the Festival office at 204-642-8846 or visit our website at gimlifilm.com.

Visit www.gimlifilm.com for the most up-­‐to-­‐date information on everything you need to know about the Festival! Our shiny new GFF APP is available after June 17 – download and enter to win a GFF Film Pass!

Like us on Facebook -­‐ https://www.facebook.com/gimlifilmfestival
Follow us on Twitter @gimlifilm or check out our YouTube Channel: “Gimli Film Festival – Official Site”

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Marlene Ness – Communications Coordinator

GIMLI FILM FESTIVAL
P.O. Box 1225, Suite 100 – 94 1st Ave. Waterfront Centre
Gimli, Manitoba R0C 1B0
Mobile: (204) 971-0039
Phone: (204) 642-8846 (Festival Office)
Email: media@gimlifilm.com
Website: www.gimlifilm.com

“See you under the stars July 22-26, 2015 for the 15th edition of GFF!”

May 15, 2015
15 May 2015

2015 Volunteer Registration Now Open!

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THIS COULD BE YOU!

Registration is now open to all who are interested. GFF volunteers are an enthusiastic bunch. Join our team and receive free tickets to great films, access to Festival events and more!

Volunteer Information

Register here

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May 14, 2015
14 May 2015

Congratulations to students at Gimli High School.

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Congratulations to BAZA Productions and LEA Productions, for winning the Gimli Film Festival Winter Short Film Competition. This project is a partnership with Gimli Ice Festival, Gimli High School and Gimli Film Festival to introduce students to the art of film making while collecting historical footage of the Gimli Ice Festival. The winning teams received a merchandise package and shared $400 of prize money PLUS the two films will be premiered at the 2015 Gimli Film Festival, July 22 – 26.

May 8, 2015
08 May 2015

Be part of the 2015 GFF staff team!

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Do you believe in the power of film? Are you media savvy? Do you live on social media? Are you experienced in writing & producing marketing materials?

Gimli Film Festival is looking for a Communications Coordinator to manage the marketing and public relations for the 2015 Festival. This contract position will focus on all communication avenues needed to successfully connect with the media and our film fans.

Please send your resume to by May 15th to info@gimlifilm.com with the subject line:Communications Coordinator.

You could be part of a dynamic results-orientated team. Only selected applicants will be contacted for interviews. Preference may be given to Gimli area candidates. We thank all who apply.