Awards & Contests



10 am | Sat, July 28
FREE | Gimli Theatre, 72 Second Ave

Emerging MB-based filmmakers with an idea for a short dramatic film are invited to compete for $10,000 courtesy of RBC, in-kind services from William F. White International Inc. and mentorship from the National Screen Institute.

Join us Saturday morning as five finalists present their pitches to our jury, organized by On Screen Manitoba. The event kicks off at 10 am with the World Premiere of If It Ain’t Got by Miles Crossman and Nicola Baldwin, our 2017 RBC Pitch Winners.






12:30 pm | Sat, July 28 | Gimli Theatre

Join us at the Manitoba Shorts in Competition screening for the presentation of three special awards for excellence in Manitoban short filmmaking including:







3 pm | Sat, July 28 | Gimli Theatre

Join us for the World Premiere of 18 brand new Manitoba-made films, all produced in just 48 short hours!  Participants are tasked to write, shoot, edit, score and complete an original short film in just two days! Awards and prizes presented live at the screening, plus you are invited to cast your vote for the Audience Choice Award. Huge thanks to the Winnipeg Film Group for organizing this annual challenge!






7 pm | Sat, July 28 | Johnson Hall, 5th Floor, Waterfront Centre


The Alda Award – Guy Maddin

Join us in congratulating Guy Maddin in recognition of his outstanding career and continually pressing the bounds of the art of cinema since he released Tales from the Gimli Hospital in 1988.  We are pleased to be welcoming Guy to our Awards Reception this year to accept this award.  We will also be presenting a reprise screening of his classic 1990 feature film Archangel on Thursday, July 26th at the Aspire Theatre (Unitarian Church).


The Jack Clements “Livin’ the Dream Award” – Elise Swerhone

For her outstanding and long-term contributions to the rich cinematic history of Manitoba, we are proud to announce that Elise Swerhone is the winner of the Jack Clements Award in 2018.  Also, check out a retrospective of her work playing at this year’s fest, including her 1986 documentary Tommy Douglas: Keeper of the Flame!


Best Manitoban Director Award

This brand-new award will go to the most deserving Manitoban director screening work as part of our 2018 Festival. The award is announced live at our Awards Reception, so don’t miss out!  The nominees for 2018 are:

Presented by the Directors Guild of Manitoba




Best of Fest  & Audience Choice Awards

Don’t miss your chance to cast a ballot for our coveted Audience Choice Award! All feature films at GFF 2018 are eligible for this award, and audience members are invited to rate the film at the exit of the theatre after each screening.

For every vote you cast, you are eligible to receive a $10 coupon for Outlet Collection Winnipeg, Manitoba’s ONLY fashion outlet. The winning film screens on Sunday at 8 pm!   Thanks to Outlet Collection Winnipeg for sponsoring this seminal award.