Manitoba Film Series

Manitoba Film Series - Graphic

The Gimli Film Festival is proud to present our annual overview of the best in Manitoban cinema.  As Manitoba’s premiere film festival for emerging and established filmmakers alike, we work hard to provide local filmmakers a platform to showcase their work to a diverse and engaged audience.

In 2019, we proud to once again offer the DGC’s Best Manitoba Director Award, courtesy of the Director’s Guild of Canada. This year’s nominees are Jesse Green/Vanda Fleury-Green, Mike Maryniuk & Danielle Sturk and the award will be presented by 2018 winner Shelagh Carter at our Awards Reception on Saturday, July 27th!

Manitoba Feature Films: Narrative & Documentary


Still image from film, El ToroEl Toro
dir. Danielle Sturk
2018 | Manitoba | 44 mins | G

Danielle Sturk crafts a whimsical documentary history of her family’s St. Boniface truck stop diner, El Toro, located between Canada Packers and the Union Stockyards in the 1960s and 70s. The film rebuilds the walls, stools, and atmosphere of the restaurant, recreating a surreal, rich, and imaginative world, evoking a lost time and place through the lens of memory, nostalgia and love.


Still image film, The GOOSEThe Goose
dir. Mike Maryniuk
2018 | Manitoba |  68 mins | PG

The Goose is a mute young man who attempts to regain his voice and escape his oppressive surroundings with the help of The Travel Agent. The Goose must traverse a gauntlet of miscommunication, small town bravado and snowbird weirdos to achieve his goal. He meets The Escape Artist in the hospital and they hatch a plot to migrate to Arizona, where The Goose can receive voice therapy and The Escape Artist can escape winter’s clutches.


Still image from film, Into Invisible LightInto Invisible Light
dir. Shelagh Carter
2018 | Canada | 99 mins | PG

When Helena’s husband dies and she is unexpectedly drawn into an encounter with a past lover, she is inspired to reawaken a long-buried desire to write.




Urban Eclipse: Rising Tides of Kekekoziibii (Shoal Lake 40) still image from the film

Urban Eclipse: Rising Tides of Kekekoziibii (Shoal Lake 40)
dir. Jesse Green & Vanda Fleury-Green
2019 | Manitoba | 77 mins | G

The Shoal Lake aqueduct is a major artery piping drinking water to homes in Winnipeg. But its history speaks to a dirty truth for Kekekoziibii, the Shoal Lake 40 First Nation who was displaced, isolated and robbed of its own drinking water. Filmmaker Jesse Green travels back to his home community interviewing people about the impacts of the aqueduct in the 100 years since it was built.