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GIFF 2022 Special Events:

**listed in chronological order**

RBC Beach Boardwalk

FREE | Gimli Beach, Before the RBC Sunset Screenings

Join us for FREE fun: a brand-new Big Games Zone, face painting for kids, free giveaways, family friendly activities, and more!  Don’t miss the GIFF table for your 2022 merchandise, 50/50 tickets and more!

Every evening of the festival!

GIFF Info and Merch Tent

  • Popcorn available for purchase!
  • Big Games!

Canadian Parks and Wildlife Society Info Tent

Thursday, July 21st

Wave Artists – Family Night

  • Face painting and other activities for kids!

Friday, July 22nd

Wave Artists – Pottery Demo and Play

Special Event: Ice Vikings Panel Discussion on the Beach!

  • An intimate discussion with the producers and some of the local stars of the hit reality show, ICE VIKINGS! Hear them talk about their experiences creating the show and what’s in store for the future! Hosted by Michael Petrow and Jimmy Skinner from the Reel Debaters Podcast!

Saturday, July 23rd

Wave Artists – Creative Demonstrations!

Special Event: RBC Emerging Artists Alumni Concert Series!

Presented in partnership with Manitoba Arts Network

GIFF Global Industry Sessions
professional development interviews and discussion panels featuring established experts and cutting-edge filmmakers. For anyone interested in the craft, impact, and business of film. More info to come!

7pm-10pm | Wednesday, July 20

Opening Night Reception

Johnson Hall, 5th Floor, Waterfront Centre, 94 First Ave.

Super Pass and Film Community Pass holders are invited to join our VIPs, sponsors, volunteers, and filmmakers to kick off our 22nd annual Festival at this very special opening reception.  Special thanks to our hospitality partners Mad Dash Catering for their delicious catering, and Interlake Brewing, the Official Beer of Gimli International Film Festival 2022!

3:15pm | Thursday, July 21 | Gimli Lutheran Church

Young Manitoba Filmmakers Screening

Join us for the screening of films by aspiring young filmmakers from various High School programs! Witness the next generation of media artists in this exciting showcase!

Presented with support from the Winnipeg Foundation and the Thomas Sill Foundation.

3:15pm | Friday, July 22 | Aspire Theatre

Winnipeg Indigenous Filmmakers Collective Shorts Screening

Join us for a screening of exciting new films by members of the WIFC, sponsored by Warner Brothers Discovery! This is a competition screening, with one film winning a cash prize of $750!

7:00 pm | Friday, July 22nd | Gimli Beach – FREE!

Special Event: Ice Vikings Panel Discussion on the Beach!

An intimate discussion with the producers and some of the local stars of the hit reality show, ICE VIKINGS, produced by Manitoba’s Farpoint Films! Hear them talk about their experiences creating the show and what’s in store for the future! Hosted by Michael Petrow and Jimmy Skinner from the Reel Debaters Podcast!

9:00pm – Midnight | Friday, July 22nd | Johnson Hall

Friday Night Filmmaker Mingle

For all Filmmakers, join us for a casual get together! Food will be provided with a cash bar! Sponsored by Farpoint Films.

10am | Sat, July 23 | Gimli Theatre

RBC $10,000 Emerging Filmmaker Pitch Competition

FREE | Gimli Theatre, 72 Second Ave

Please join us to watch the five finalists of this year’s Competition pitch their story ideas to a jury in front of a live audience! Participants will describe their story idea, justify their budget, describe their ideal cast and crew and talk about their overall vision for the project.

The event will also feature the world premiere of Stay by Elena Sturk Lussier, winner of the 2021 competition. Thanks to RBC, On Screen Manitoba, the National Screen Institute, and the Winnipeg Film Group for their generous support of this competition!

In 2022, the filmmaker(s) behind the winning project will receive:

1:15 pm | Sat, July 23 | Gimli Theatre

Manitoba Shorts in Competition
sponsored by Johnston Group

Come celebrate and be marveled by the boundless creativity of Manitoba’s filmmakers at GIFF’s annual Manitoba Shorts in Competition.  Our team has compiled the best Manitoba-made short films from the past year, and selected the best Manitoba Short Film, which will be announced at the screening!

Thanks to this year’s Peer Jury that selected the Manitoba Shorts in Competition, including Gwendolyn Trutnau, Nikki Little & Leslie Supnet.

Manitoba Short Films

  • The Road Back To Cowessess, Sean Parenteau
  • Ori Mi Agbe, Iyunade Judah
  • waawiyebii’ige: She Draws a Circle, Jaime Black
  • Grand Mother Tongue, Chanelle Lajoie
  • Dam’d, Tracy Peters
  • Shoot Your Shot, Madison Thomas, Meegwun Fairbrother
  • Container, Erin Hembrador, Quan Luong
  • To All That We Are, Kristian Cahatol
  • Kokum, with love., Kim Stadfeld
  • When Land and Body Merge, Jaime Black, Lindsay Delaronde

Thanks to Johnston Group, the official sponsor of GIFF’s Manitoban and Canadian short films!

4:30pm | Sat, July 23 | Gimli Theatre

The 48 Hour Film Contest

Join us for the World Premiere of 15 brand new MB-made films, all produced in just 48 short hours! 

In partnership with the 48 Hour Film Festival.

7pm – 10pm | Sat, July 23 | Johnson Hall, 5th Floor, Waterfront Centre

Awards Reception

Super Pass & Film Community Pass holders, attending filmmakers, sponsors and volunteers are invited to join us for this very special reception with appetizers and a cash bar.  Join us and our award winners for a night of celebration and recognition.  This year’s honourary award winners include Executive Producer, Lisa Meeches of Eagle Vision, acclaimed documentary filmmaker, Nettie Wild, and more!

Learn more about our 2022 awards here.

11am – 1pm | Sun, July 24 | Gimli Park Pavilion

Volunteer Appreciation Pancake Breakfast

Festival Volunteers, Staff, Board and Committee members are welcome to attend this special volunteer appreciation event. There will be a door prize, and the Betty Schwartz Memorial Volunteer Award (sponsored by Dave and Diane Johnston) will be presented to a deserving volunteer of the festival. Thank you to Manitoba Liquor Marts for sponsoring our volunteer appreciation event!

1:00pm | Sun, July 24 | Lady of the Lake Theatre

The Director/ AD Relationship – Workshop with Norma Bailey and Richard Duffy

Join us for an exploration of the working relationship between the Director and the Assistant Director, a crucial collaboration on most productions!

Facilitated by prolific film and television Director Norma Bailey (Superman & Lois, Star Trek Discovery, Anne with an E) and established Assistant Director Richard Duffy (The Ice Road, Nobody, Burden of Truth)

Norma and Richard will dissect the process and give valuable insight to how these roles work together for the best outcomes!

Sponsored by the Directors Guild of Canada – Manitoba District Council.

6:30pm | Sun, July 24 | Gimli Theatre

Grand Jury Prize – Encore Screening

Join us for a reprise screening of the winner of GIFF’s Grand Jury Prize, as chosen by our Programming Committee. Thanks to Eagle Vision for supporting the GIFF 2022 Grand Jury Prize Award!