Gimli – July 30, 2017 – The 2017 Gimli Film Festival (GFF) wrapped up today after five full days of diverse and audience-friendly cinema. From July 26th – 30th GFF welcomed filmmakers and film fans to experience our 17th edition, featuring over 100 screenings, out-of-province guests, special events, unique industry and emerging talent programs, and all of the beautiful charm that Gimli has to offer. In total, over 10,800 attended this year’s films and events, with indoor screening attendance up 12% from 2016.
“The Gimli Film Festival is very pleased with the increase in attendance for the indoor screenings,” said Leona Johnson, Festival Director of the Gimli Film Festival. “The additional day of screenings on Wednesday to celebrate Canada 150 not only recognized the exceptional work of Canadian filmmakers that forged the way for the film industry in Canada, but also highlighted these brilliant classic productions that were so well received by the GFF audiences. The contemporary films from Manitoba, Canada, and around the world continue to draw large crowds to GFF. I am always amazed by the buzz and conversations in Gimli due to the power of film. Films inspire, engage, and empower.”
Highlights from this year’s Festival:
A number of films and events were at or near capacity at this year’s Festival, including the 48 Hour Film Competition; the Directing and Acting Workshop with Sean Garrity; The Salesman; Becoming Bond; A Better Man; and RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World.
The 2017 Gimli Film Festival Audience Award – Best of the Fest – went to Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro. The Social Justice Film Series fan-favourite profiles the impact of literary treasure James Baldwin and his Civil Rights contemporaries. Each feature-length film in the Gimli Film Festival is eligible to receive the Audience Award. The Festival-going public casts their vote to choose the most popular film in each year’s festival.
2017 Awards Reception:
A number of awards were handed out at the GFF Closing Reception, held at the Gimli Pavilion on Saturday. GFF was happy to once again congratulate RBC $10,000 Emerging Filmmaker Competition winners Miles Crossman and Nicola Baldwin; and 48 Hour Film Contest Audience Award-winning project As We Are from director Julie Epp. The Film Festival’s Founder and Chair The Honourable Janis Johnson presented the Alda Award to celebrated Manitoba director Norma Bailey. And Derek Mazur and Joan Scott were this year’s recipients of The Jack Clements “Livin’ the Dream” Lifetime Achievement Award.
A Thank you to our Sponsors and Volunteers:
The Gimli Film Festival would like to take a moment to thank our tirelessly dedicated volunteers. A team of nearly 100 volunteers contributed over 1,400 hours of time to support the Festival’s success.
The Gimli Film Festival is supported by The Burns Family Foundation, RBC Royal Bank, Telefilm Canada, the Province of Manitoba, the Canadian Government, the RM of Gimli, The Asper Foundation, BellMTS, ChangeMakers, Gimli Pharmasave, IBAM, and William F. White International.