July 12-25, 2021


GFF On Demand

A Virtual Film Streaming Service available across Canada!

RBC Sunset Drive-In

A Special Drive-In Theatre in the Town of Gimli, Manitoba!

The 21st annual Gimli Film Festival will offer much of the same virtual programming as in 2020, with some new socially-distanced events! We are excited to announce the return of our virtual lineup of over 100 films on GFF On Demand, fuelled by Red River Co-op! Plus, don’t miss our first-ever RBC Sunset Drive-In Theatre. In 2021, take advantage of our brand new Super Pass that grants access to unlimited film unlocks, interactive workshops, and a VIP Virtual Opening Reception. GFF will align our operations to follow all public health and safety guidelines to ensure the safety of our community above all.


Virtual Festival Passes for GFF On Demand

Early bird Virtual Pass = $60 | Virtual Pass = $70

Early bird Super Pass = $80 | Super Pass = $90

**VIRTUAL FESTIVAL PASSES GO ON-SALE JUNE 1 @ NOON CDT**

For the 21st anniversary, we’re announcing an extended runtime for GFF On Demand. From July 12 – 25 enjoy watching double the amount of films with double the number of days this summer with GFF.

Want to watch MORE than the usual 20 film cap this summer? Well, you can! Buy a Super Pass and access unlimited film unlocks, interactive filmmaking workshops, as well as a VIP Opening Reception and concert in a VIRTUAL town of Gimli!


RBC Sunset Drive-In Theatre

Drive-In Ticket = $15 per vehicle

**REGISTRATION FOR DRIVE-IN TICKETS STARTS JULY 3 @ NOON CDT**

RBC presents a special Sunset Drive-In Theatre for this year’s 21st anniversary. Drive out to our Drive-In Theatre in Gimli from July 21 – 25 for evening screenings under the stars. Screenings begin at 10 PM with two additional midnight screenings on Friday and Saturday.

Tickets are $15 per vehicle and registration begins at noon on July 3. The first 200 patrons to sign up are guaranteed to receive a ticket to GFF’s Drive-In Theatre. For more info on the Drive-In and COVID-19 protocols, please take a look at our Drive-In Page or subscribe to our e-newsletter.


VIP Virtual Opening Reception

**AVAILABLE FOR SUPER PASS HOLDERS**

This year, we’re leveling up our virtual game! Purchase your Super Pass and join us this year for a VIP Opening Reception in the virtual town of Gimli, Manitoba powered by Gather.

Explore the breezy boardwalk by the beach or stroll through the stone streets of Downtown Gimli while chatting with other Festival-goers. Visit the Johnson Centre, get lost in a hedge maze, or watch an exclusive concert at the virtual Ship & Plough!


MB150 Film Retrospective

**KICKS THE FESTIVAL OFF JULY 12**

To open the Festival, we’re celebrating Manitoba’s hidden gems and new films from emerging filmmakers in a special Film Retrospective presented with MB150.

Kick off your GFF On Demand experience with a handful of local films that showcase the stories that matter most to Manitoba filmmakers.


Virtual Events & Livestreams

We will be hosting a handful of collaborative and interactive Virtual Workshops, events, and Livestreams including:

Take 5, an interactive film Workshop Series to hone your filmmaking prowess presented with Film Training Manitoba and Manitoba Film and Music.

Manitoba Shorts In Competition, a battle amongst some of Manitoba’s top short films and filmmakers to see who will take home the Short Film Competition crown. 

48 Hour Film Contest, a contest showcasing 18 new short films from local emerging filmmakers that were made in 48 hours or less.

  • Behind the Scene's photo of the production of short film Anak, by Joanne Roberts
  • Behind the Scene's photo of the production of short film Anak, by Joanne Roberts
  • 48 hour 2020

RBC $10,000 Emerging Filmmaker Pitch Competition

This year marks the 10th annual RBC $10,000 Emerging Filmmaker Pitch Competition, with a milestone of $100,000 raised for local emerging filmmakers. Submit your application by June 4 for your chance to win $10,000!

To celebrate the milestone of support for our pitch-winners, we are excited to announce a special Film Retrospective that will showcase the past 10 pitch-winning films.

Special thanks to our sponsor RBC for investing in our talented filmmaking workforce, so that they can pursue their dreams.

  • RBC Pitch Competition 2020 - Joanne Roberts winning prize
  • RBC Pitch Winner Mathew van Ginkle.
  • Winners of $10,000 RBC Emerging Filmmaker Pitch Competition - 2016
  • Erika Ulrich winning the 2018 RBC Emerging Filmmaker Pitch Competition!