New Name, New Logo, Same Festival!

GIFF 2022 announcement by Executive Director, Alan Wong With the expanded reach of virtual offerings these past two pandemic summers, the newly branded Gimli International Film Festival (GIFF) has truly tapped into a global audience. This change signifies a new era for Manitoba’s premiere film festival, which is also proudly the largest film festival in…

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Message From the New Executive Director

Hello! My name is Alan Wong and I’m excited and honoured to be the new Executive Director of the Gimli Film Festival. Before I started working for the festival at the beginning of the year, I had been attending as a fan, then a filmmaker, then as a sponsor representative. Each time, it was always…

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Welcome Stacha!

A warm welcome to Gimli International Film Festival’s new Communications Coordinator, Stacha Penner!  Stacha (stay-shah) has been immersed in the arts for as long as she can remember. Dancing, singing, writing, painting – you name it. If it allowed Stacha to be creative, she was crazy about it. Eventually, she focused on classical ballet, graduating…

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Farewell from Festival Director Aaron Zeghers

Dear Friends, Filmmakers and Colleagues, On this – my final day as GFF’s Festival Director – I wanted to take a moment to THANK YOU for your unwavering support of GFF over the past 8 years! This Festival of course means so much to me, and it is hard to imagine my life without being so intertwined with this penultimate summer event. …

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RBC Pitch Competition Finalists!

Please join GFF & RBC for the 10th annual RBC Pitch Competition, taking place on July 24 at 12 Noon, available via live stream directly on GFF’s Website Homepage. You watch as the five Pitch Finalists face off for $10,000 cash and over $5,000 in services! And don’t forget to vote for your favourite Pitch…

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“Everything in the End” Film Review – Film Critics Program #12

Everything in the End 2021 | Dir. Mylissa Fitzsimmons | 80 minutesFilm Reviewed by Josiah McClelland Everything in the End is a touching movie about the human necessity for connection in a truly bleak world.  Something that rings a little louder lately, due to COVID. An isolated Portuguese man is stranded in a small Icelandic…

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“Sweet Thing” Film Review – Film Critics Program #11

Sweet Thing 2020 | Dir. Alexandre Rockwell | 91 minutesFilm Reviewed by Vinicius Oliveira Childhood in the movies can be represented in many ways. Either they choose toportray the clichés, or comedic interactions, or situations that are considered “already seen before”. However, some of them choose to embrace their reality, bringing optics and looks to…

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“Golden Arm” Film Review – Film Critics Program #10

Golden Arm 2020 | Dir. Maureen Bharoocha | 93 minutesReviewed by Joel Larson A scrawny, timid baker doesn’t seem like a worthy opponent for a women’s arm-wrestling champ (especially one nicknamed “Bone Crusher”) but if the gangly pushover can roll up her sleeves and find her inner strength, she just might be. Maureen Bharoocha directs…

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“Mayor” Film Review – Film Critics Program #9

Mayor 2020 | Dir. David Osit | 89 minutesReviewed by Vinicius Oliveira “How do you run a city when you don’t have a country?”, this should be the main phrase to understand the whole “ungoverned” construction and the daily challenges of leading a city in the midst of occupation. Mayor, is a documentary directed by…

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“What We’ve Pulled Off… So Far” Film Review – Film Critics Program #8

What We’ve Pulled Off… So Far 2021 | Dir. Kevin Nikkel | 80 minutesReviewed by Cierra Bettens Kevin Nikkel’s What We’ve Pulled Off…So Far chronicles just over a century of Winnipeg’s film history in dreamy, bite-sized archival bits.  Narrated by Nikkel himself, the documentary begins with the pessimism of Guy Maddin’s My Winnipeg. It affirms…

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