2019 Festival

Audience watches a screen

GFF kicks off the 19th annual festival with the launch of the 2019 Festival’s focus: Cinema Outside the Box.

This special focus for 2019 will explore cinematic works outside of traditional single-channel films by showcasing expanded cinema performances, multi-media installations, performance art and virtual reality projects at this year’s festival.

The festival runs Wednesday, July 24 to Sunday, July 28 in Gimli, Manitoba.

Join us for critical, engaging and entertaining cinema from the most promising Manitoban and Canadian filmmakers and an exceptional selection of feature films and documentaries from around the world!

  • Four indoor venues and the popular RBC Sunset Screenings: Free on-the-beach movies!
  • Local and Canadian premieres of award-winning films from around-the-world
  • Over $11,000 awarded in pitch competitions & film competitions
  • Q & As with out-of-town filmmaker guests
  • Special Cinema Outside of the Box performances
  • Workshop and panels for aspiring filmmakers
  • Special Events

Passes are now on sale!

GFF Festival passes are now available for purchase online. Read more about our passes here!

2019 Program

The 2019 GFF line-up of films and schedule will be available on Saturday, June 29 when the GFF Box Office opens!

GFF is also pleased to announce the continuation of our mandate to have women-directed and/or written films make up 40-60% of the 2019 Program! At the 2018 Festival, GFF launched initiatives to bolster women-driven cinema and the Festival is excited to continue all of them at the 2019 Festival.

GFF will showcase over 100 films over 5 days. Individual tickets for screenings will go sale online at the GFF Box Office sponsored by Red River Co-op! The GFF Box Office will be located in the Gimli Lakeview Resort, 73 1st Ave.

GFF 2018 Beach Screening on Gimli BeachRBC Sunset Screenings: Free movies on Gimli Beach!

New this year, GFF’s famous RBC Sunset Screenings on Gimli Beach will host five free nightly screenings under the theme “Summer School.” With films from the 80s to 00s, this popular genre explores coming-of-age experiences all audiences can relate to and will include includes classic hits audiences of all ages can enjoy. The full line-up of beach films will be announced by June 1!

This year, the Sunday night beach movie will be the audience’s choice. GFF will poll films fans on social media to ask for their suggestions for “Summer School” themed movies to play as Sunday night’s beach film. The Audience Choice poll will take place in May on GFF’s Facebook and Instagram channels.

Head over to the GFF’s Facebook event to comment what fav Summer School themed movie you would like to see on the beach to be considered as part of the audience poll!

GFF 2018 - Short Film Award Winners on stageCompetitions, Programs & Workshops:


  • Future is Female* Mentorship Program
    The Future is Female* Mentorship Program is back and applications are now open! GFF will provide up to 45 applicants with free transportation to the festival via charter bus from Winnipeg to Gimli for a full day of inspiring and educational woman-driven film programming on Friday, July 26th. This includes woman-directed film screenings, Q&As with out-of-town filmmakers, panels and more! Read more about the program and how to apply here!


  • Winnipeg Film Group’s 48 Hour Film Challenge:
    The Winnipeg Film Group’s annual 48 Hour Film Challenge is back! Teams will create a short film in 48 hours and top 18 films will premiere at the Gimli Film Festival on Saturday, July 27! Stay tuned to the Winnipeg Film Group’s Facebook page for upcoming details!


  • Workshop:
    SHOOT Super 8 mm film with the creators of The GOOSE –Mike Maryniuk & Josh Marr! This workshop is on Friday, July 26 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. No experience required. Sign-up here!


  • Panels & Masterclasses:
    GFF will host activities with special guests and out-of-town filmmakers at the 2019 Festival. The full line-up of workshops, panels and masterclasses will be released in our 2019 Program!

Questions about the Festival?

Email info@gimlifilm.com or call the GFF Office at 204-642-7790.