As winter thaws, the Gimli Film Festival team is starting to assemble! On behalf of everyone at the Festival, I’m very excited to welcome a stellar core staff team for the coming season!
We are so very excited to welcome a brand new film programmer in 2018! Vivian Belik is an ex-pat Winnipegger who has most recently been a Film Programmer for the Available Light Film Festival in Whitehorse and previously has been involved with the Hot Docs Film Festival, Regent Park Film Festival, Doc Now Festival in Toronto and has an MFA in Documentary Media Studies from Ryerson University. Vivian will be programming our short films, Icelandic film series and Beach films at this year’s festival!
She’ll be working alongside David Knipe who is returning to the Gimli Film Fest this year as our Senior Film Programmer of feature-length fiction and documentary films. In 2017 David Knipe moved into a film programming role with the festival and quickly proved himself a dynamite programmer. Since then, David has proven to be Manitoba’s most prolific film programmer, continuing his work as Operations Manager of the Winnipeg Cinematheque, programming the 2017 Gimme Some Truth Documentary Film Festival, and assisting this past February in the first ever Afro Prairie Film Festival.
Last but certainly not least, is our brand new Communications & Logistics Manager, Cleo Curtis! Many of you may have already unwittingly recognized her impacts, as she has already taken measured control of GFF’s social media from my frantic and haphazard hands. Cleo has participated in GFF in the past as a filmmaker and a $10,000 Pitch Contestant, and will be assisting our admin team overall with most aspects of the festival including sponsorships, ad sales, and general logistical management of all of our festival events.
As I attempt to fill the very – figuratively – large shoes of our current Festival Director Leona Johnson in the coming months, it is incredibly encouraging to have such an incredible, experienced and diligent team shaping up for 2018 and hopefully for
years to come!
Stay tuned, as we already have a lot of exciting news about the 2018 Festival that we will be sharing in the coming weeks!
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