The Gimli Film Festival is proud to announce that Aaron Zeghers has been hired as our new full-time Festival Manager!
As Festival Manager, Zeghers will slowly but surely taking over for our outgoing Festival Director Leona Johnson, who will be leaving the Gimli Film Festival after our 2018 festival to pursue a well-earned life of leisure.
Since 2013, Zeghers has been the Film Programmer for the festival, alongside Johnson as Festival Director. Together the two saw a 21% increase in overall festival attendance since 2014, with total attendance surpassing 11,000 in 2017.
Zeghers is the founder of the Winnipeg Underground Film Festival and the former Board President of the Winnipeg Film Group. As a filmmaker, Zeghers’ films have screened at International Film Festival Rotterdam, DOXA Documentary Film Fest (Vancouver), Ann Arbor Film Festival, Mono No Aware (New York), Berlin Director’s Lounge and Montreal’s Festival du nouveau cinema among many others. In the past two years he has traveled extensively, performing his expanded cinema work live in New York, Rotterdam, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Toronto, Vancouver, Milwaukee, Chicago, Minneapolis and more.
Zeghers’ new position within the festival is part of the Gimli Film Festival‘s increased dedication to succession planning within the organization, which has been generously supported in 2017/18 by the Winnipeg Foundation.