Audience at the Gimli Theatre in 2017

Friday & Saturday – Gimli Film Fest 2017


Gimli – July 28, 2017 – Friday and Saturday are our two biggest days at the 2017 Gimli Film Festival. Attendees will be treated to great films, exciting competitions and special receptions and awards ceremonies.

The Festival experience spills outside and into the street, with First Avenue closed off to motor traffic and transformed into a pedestrian corridor for everyone to enjoy. Visitors can grab a bite at one of Gimli’s many snack spots, or relax with other festivalgoers in one of the temporary seating areas.

On Saturday, passersby can experience virtual reality at the On Screen Manitoba VR Showcase. Three Manitoba-made projects will be on display and free for the public to try from 1:00 – 4:00pm at two locations: The GFF box office and the First Avenue pedestrian corridor. Keep an eye out for On Screen Manitoba representatives, who will be handing out free tote bags full of industry goodies.

Friday and Saturday only, join us before the RBC Sunset Screenings for activities, displays, music and fun at the RBC Beach Boardwalk, 7:30 – 9:30 pm on Gimli Beach. On Friday night, the beach will host a double feature of Twister at 10:00 pm and The Birds at midnight. The 1981 fanfavorite Footloose screens on Saturday at 10:00 pm.

The RBC $10,000 Emerging Filmmaker Competition takes place Saturday at 10:00 am at the Gimli Theatre. Watch up-and-coming filmmakers pitch their short film ideas for a chance to win $10,000 courtesy of the RBC Emerging Artists Project. Winners will also receive a mentorship with industry professionals from the National Screen Institute, a $2,500 gift certificate courtesy of William F. White, and a one-year membership to industry association On Screen Manitoba. The completed film will premiere at the 2018 Gimli Film Festival.

Also on Saturday, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at Gimli Theatre, the Winnipeg Film Group 48 Hour Film Contest will premiere 18 short films all created in just 48 hours. Participants were tasked to write, shoot, edit, score and complete an original short film in just two days. Awards and prizes will be presented and audience members will have their chance to cast a vote for the Audience Choice Award.

Immediately following the 48 Hour Film Contest, the Manitoba Short Film Program takes over Gimli Theatre, with the Manitoba Film and Music Audience Choice Award cash prize up for grabs. Over 60 Manitoba filmmakers will be with us on Saturday to present their films. All visiting filmmakers are invited to attend a special Filmmakers Reception, sponsored by Integro Entertainment.

Festivalgoers have a unique opportunity to hear visiting filmmakers speak about their craft, their characters, and their inspirations. Don’t miss this rare chance to attend Q&As with our featured guest filmmakers:
• A Moon of Nickel and Ice Friday July 28, 10:00 am Gimli Lutheran Church Theatre
* Filmmaker François Jacob will be in attendance
• My American Cousin Friday, 5:30 pm Gimli Lutheran Church Theatre
*Filmmaker Sandy Wilson will be in attendance
• Duke and Battersby: 3 Videos Saturday, 3:00 pm Gimli Unitarian Church Aspire Theatre
*Filmmakers Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby will be in attendance
• Mike Hoolboom: 6 Films Saturday, 5:30 pm Gimli Unitarian Church Aspire Theatre
*Filmmaker Mike Hoolboom will be in attendance
• A Better Man Saturday, 5:30 pm Lady of The Lake Theatre; July 30, 12:30 pm
*Filmmaker Attiya Khan will be in attendance

Media representatives are invited to attend the 2017 Gimli Film Festival Awards Reception on Saturday at 8:00 pm at the Gimli Dance Pavilion (1 Fourth Avenue). A number of awards will be announced at the event, including:
• The Alda Award for excellence in Circumpolar filmmaking: NORMA BAILEY
• The Jack Clements “Livin’ the Dream” Lifetime Achievement Award: DEREK MAZUR & JOAN SCOTT
• RBC $10,000 Emerging Filmmakers Competition Award
• The 48 Hour Film Competition awards
• The Manitoba Film & Music Audience Choice Manitoba Short Film Award

A special thank you to Gled Vid Investment Company for supporting the closing reception.