Gimli Film Festival Goes Online July 22-26



Are you passionate about film and the impact of GFF in the community of Gimli and across Manitoba’s filmmaking community at large? Are you a successful manager with strong leadership skills, strategic agility and financial acumen? Do you motivate, collaborate and encourage innovation? Do you strive for excellence? If so, perhaps this exceptional opportunity is for you!

The Board of the Gimli Film Festival is conducting a search for a Festival Manager, who will work closely with the Festival Director to oversee operations, fundraising and ensure that the policies of the Board are implemented.  The position is meant to be a succession position, with the Festival Manager eventually taking over the role of Festival Director.  The position of Festival Manager is a full-time position starting in January 2021.

The responsibilities of the Festival Manager are listed below. Interested parties are invited to send their resume by November 13, 2020 to with subject line: Festival Manager job posting


Gimli Film Festival is widely recognized as the only International Film Festival in Manitoba, and the largest rural Film Festival in all of Canada. Over the last 21 years, our audience, sponsors and partners have supported and shaped the Festival into what it is today.

The Festival showcases the best new films from Canada’s and Manitoba’s most promising directors and an exceptional selection of features, documentaries and shorts from around the world. The Festival also includes:

• Four indoor venues and the popular free on-the-beach screenings
• Industry workshops, seminars and mentorship programs
• Over $10,000 awarded in pitch competitions & awards
• Various short film screenings & awards
• Special events & receptions


Reporting to the Board of Directors and the Festival Director, the Festival Manager will be shadowing, learning and executing the job responsibilities of the Festival Director including:

• strategic planning and implementation of policies set by the Board of Directors to ensure the growth and profiling of GFF in Manitoba, Canada and internationally;
• managing GFF’s operations, including scheduling, organizing and attending all board meetings, executive committee meetings, the annual general meeting of the membership and any special events hosted by GFF;
• managing GFF’s offices and the day-to-day affairs of the organization, including management of staff and hiring of staff;
• preparing and managing the budget and financial resources of GFF, including drafting grant and funding proposals and initiating and managing fundraising activities;
• managing, scheduling and organizing all film festival events, including volunteers, workshops, sponsors and films;
• managing all internal communication, developing and managing media and other external communications, including GFF’s website, social media, public relations and community relationships;
• representing GFF at local, national and international events where GFF requires a presence and requests the Festival’s attendance.

The Festival Manager duties include:

• Familiarizing themself in the background, culture, and organization of the GFF, eventually becoming an expert and go-to person for all stakeholders
• Developing relationships with key stakeholders: sponsors, donors, partners, volunteers, filmgoers, industry actors
• Learning and understanding how capital and operating decisions are made, and providing input to the Board towards the financial success of the organization
• Working alongside the Board and Festival Director and is actively involved in the organization’s decisions
• Assisting with the management of GFF’s operations, including scheduling, preparing materials for, organizing and attending all board meetings, the Annual General Meeting, committee meetings, and special GFF events:
• Assisting in recruiting, hiring and managing staff and volunteers
• Preparing and managing a number of budget and financial resources, including drafting grant and funding proposals.
• Initiating and managing fundraising activities
• Managing, scheduling and organizing GFF events, including workshops, volunteer training, film selection and presentation, sponsor events
• Managing and developing internal communications, external communications, media and public relations and community relationships
• Representing the GFF at municipal, provincial, national and international events where GFF requires a presence
• Assisting and supporting the Festival Director in day to day operations and all duties, as determined by the Festival Director
• In the absence of the Festival Director, assumes responsibility for all the Director’s duties and responsibilities, under the guidance of the Board


• Possesses a degree or diploma in arts/business/administrative management, event management, recreation, communications/marketing, or film studies
• Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the local, national and international media arts landscape
• Demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills in English — French skills are an asset
• Demonstrate ability to multi-task and follow through tasks to completion
• Demonstrate ability to function in high-stress and quick-paced environments
• Ability to obtain and retain stakeholders through careful, respectful and clear communications
• Solid customer service orientation and skills
• Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Word + Excel, and social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram & Twitter
• Additional knowledge of Photoshop, WordPress, MailChimp, Survey Monkey, and video editing/conversion software a definite asset
• Additional audio/video or website design knowledge a definite asset
• Demonstrate attention to detail and organization
• Possess a valid Manitoba driver’s licence
• **Ability to work in Gimli from mid-May to July annually

Hours & Compensation:

• Festival Manager hours are 32-40 hours per week (negotiable), and the position must work in Gimli from mid-May to the end of July annually
• Festival Manager salary is commensurate with experience, ranging from $18-$25 per hour