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3:00pm | Thurs, July 27 | FREE | Gimli Theatre

Best of Manitoba Festivals – Shorts Program

Join us for a free screening of some of the best short films from a variety of Manitoba’s film festivals! Participating festivals will present one of their award-winning or highly praised films, with many filmmakers attending to share more about their film. This screening will feature a diverse and unique selection of genres and styles, surely intriguing any audience member.

Participating festivals

African Movie Festival

The African Movie Festival in Manitoba invites film enthusiasts to indulge in the premier black film festival in Manitoba that celebrates the finest of African cinema. With a mesmerizing lineup of exceptional films from the African continent and talented Africans worldwide, this festival guarantees an immersive and unforgettable cinematic experience.
Embracing the vibrant tapestry of black culture and artistry, this fall extravaganza features not only captivating screenings but also a thought-provoking symposium. Esteemed keynote speakers and panelists delve into the profound impact of black cinema on society, enlightening attendees about its significant role in shaping culture. Join us for an awe-inspiring celebration of African cinema’s diversity, creativity, and captivating storytelling at the African Movie Festival in Manitoba every September.

Architecture + Design Film Festival

The Architecture + Design Film Festival (A+DFF) in Winnipeg presents critically acclaimed films focusing on the importance of architecture and design in everyday life. The films cover a range of design-oriented topics from architecture and urban design to graphics and product design. A+DFF ( is the only Canadian festival devoted solely to architecture and design.

FascinAsian Film Festival

The FascinAsian Film Festival is a culturally specific film festival based in the Prairie region of Canada. The festival celebrates Asian contributions to the film and media landscape and aims to showcase the talents of Asian-Canadian and Asian-American artists in film. We also hope to give local filmmakers and film professionals another place to connect with each other and gather as a community.

Freeze Frame

Freeze Frame is Manitoba’s Media Arts Centre for Young People. The Centre is a not-for-profit and charitable organization, offering workshops and programsthroughout the year, and organizes the International Film Festival for Kids of All Ageseach spring. Freeze Frame strives to be an international leader in providing an enriching cinematic and multi-media experience through the delivery of diverse and innovative programming that educates, inspires and empowers children and youth. 

Jewish Film Festival


OurToba Film Network is a community organization connecting, inspiring, promoting, and educating women, non-binary, and gender-diverse Manitobans in film. At its core, OurToba is a network built as a safe environment focused on respect, support, and privacy. We offer a variety of events, workshops, discussions, and a film festival.  These events have been educational, inspiring, and important for building community.

Reel Pride

Reel Pride Film Festival is an incorporated, not for profit, volunteer board arts organization, registered in 1985 as The Winnipeg Gay and Lesbian Film Society. Nearly a thousand LGBTTQ* films been screened. In 2000 “Reel Pride” became our brand name in recognition that our community included more than Lesbians and Gays.
Since 2003, the Canadian LGBTTQ* Short Films Competition showcases LGBTQ stories and themes shot on-sight across Canada. The “Official Selection” is screened by a Jury for several awards. On Competition Night at the GSAC, the Audience screens and votes for the Audience Choice Award. 

Best of Manitoba Festivals is generously sponsored by Creative Manitoba

5:00 PM | Lutheran Church Theatre | Fri, July 28 | 67m

Short Films By The Winnipeg Indigenous Filmmakers Collective

This short film program is a collection of films created by members of the Winnipeg Indigenous Filmmakers Collective (WIFC). The collective is made up of a diverse group of fiction and non-fiction artists, representing different lenses and perspectives of storytelling. Their deadly humor, imagination, and courage permeates the images as sounds of truth, medicine, and love seep through the echoes of their ethos. Step through the portal into an adventure into Indigenous excellence.


  • EPHEMERA by Olly King
  • Pile by Joe Courchene
  • The Fire by Roger Boyer
  • Nipi by Charlene Moore
  • In My Skin by Amanda Kindzierski
  • Walking Bull by Nathaniel Magbanua
  • Unless You Have Been There by Farrah Murdock
  • If You’re Looking for a Sign, This Is It by Fawnda Neckoway
  • The Dance Forgiving HER Finding ME by Sherry Cloutier
  • Camp Morning Star by Kevin SetteeCrush by Rachel Beaulieu

*screening followed by a Q&A with WIFC filmmakers and an awards presentation for the best WIFC Short, sponsored by Warner Bros Discovery Access Canada.

The Winnipeg Indigenous Filmmakers Collective has been meeting on a monthly basis since September 2014. This collective represents a community of Indigenous filmmakers from emerging to established professionals. This group occupies spaces from large star-studded sets to grassroots independent experimental studios. Individually, members of the collective have created award winning fiction and non-fiction films that have played internationally. Cody Halcrow directed the collective’s first short film “Remains, Human”, which won the “Emerging Director” award at LA Skins Film Festival. Recently, Rhayne Vermette directed, starred, edited, and wrote her feature length film Ste. Anne which is a critically acclaimed award winning film created through the collective.

1:30 PM | Gimli Theatre | Sun, July 30

Award Winning Shorts + Unarchive

Award Winning Shorts from the festival! This program will feature the short films that won:

  • Best Manitoban Short Film (Juried Award and Audience Choice)
  • Best Canadian Short Film (and an honourable mention)
  • Best International Short Film
  • Best WIFC Short

Also featuring the Barry Lank Award Winner, Cecilia Araneda’s short film, Unarchive.

Film Synopsis:

Unarchive juxtaposes the filmmaker’s father’s life with the political history of Chile – his birthplace – over the past century. It reflects on how we remember and how we forget, and the role of the camera in transcending the complex space in between.


Winnipeg-based Chilean-Canadian filmmaker and curator Cecilia Araneda’s works have screened at venues such as Visions du Reél, Ann Arbor, Images, RIDM, Documenta Madrid, Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano, Uppsala Short Film Festival, Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento, TIFF Wavelengths, Film Anthology Archives and Maysles Documentary Center. Araneda’s debut feature film, Intersection (starring Carmen Aguirre), was released in fall 2022. Aesthetically, Araneda’s film practice is strongly rooted in the examination of private and public memory as it connects to identity, consciously working against the idea of the fully controlled image. Most well-known her work in analogue film, Araneda works in experimental, documentary and fiction forms.

Araneda is also a nationally-recognized media art curator and is a past recipient of the national Canada Council for the Arts Joan Lowndes Prize for curation in the visual and media arts – the only prairie region curator to have ever received this prize. In 2005, she co-founded the WNDX Festival of Moving Image (jointly with filmmaker Solomon Nagler) and served as Executive Director of the storied Winnipeg Film Group / Winnipeg Cinematheque from 2006 to 2017, when she left the organization to focus on her independent filmmaking and curatorial practices. 

Araneda holds a BFA (hons) from York University and an MFA from the University of British Columbia.

Unarchive is presented in partnership with DOC Manitoba

Guy Maddin – A Mini Retrospective

No other Manitoba filmmaker has become more internationally known as the enigmatic Guy Maddin. WIth a career that spans 35 years, Guy’s films have been shown around the world, studied and dissected in film courses, and written about in countless publications. Join us as we celebrate Manitoba’s auteur filmmaker at GIFF 2023!

Filmmaker Bio:
Guy Maddin is a Canadian filmmaker with numerous shorts and 11 feature films to his credit, including the Emmy Award-winning ballet film Dracula — Pages From A Virgin’s Diary (2002); The Saddest Music in the World (2003); My Winnipeg (2007); and US National Society of Film Critics Best Experimental Film Prize-winners Archangel (1990) and The Heart of the World (2000). He is also a member of The Order of Canada & The Order of Manitoba.

12:30 pm | Friday July 28th | Lady of the Lake Theatre

Brand Upon the Brain!

Guy and his sister grow up on an island. His domineering mother keeps watch over everything from the tip of a lighthouse, his eccentric father experiments in the basement laboratory. Then there are the orphans, on whose heads the adoptive parents later find puzzling wounds. Another brother and sister pair is sent to the island: the Lightball Kids, two detectives that are meant to bring light into the darkness. The brothers and sisters are all yanked into the emotional roller coaster of first love, while something cryptic comes to light in the parents’ house.

8:30 pm | Friday July 28th | Lady of the Lake Theatre

Tales From the Gimli Hospital REDUX

While their mother is dying in the modern Gimli, Manitoba hospital, two young children are told an important tale by their Icelandic grandmother about Ainar the lonely, his friend Gunnar, and the angelic Snjofrieder in a Gimli of old.

1:00 pm | Sunday July 30th | Lady of the Lake Theatre

The Green Fog

A tribute to a fascinating film shot by Alfred Hitchcock in 1958, starring James Stewart and Kim Novak, and to the city of San Francisco, California, where the magic was created; but also a challenge: how to pay homage to a masterpiece without using its footage; how to do it simply by gathering images from various sources, all of them haunted by the curse of a mysterious green fog that seems to cause irrepressible vertigo…

*Presented in partnership with Manitoba Film & Music

4:00 pm | Sunday July 30th | Johnson Hall – Waterfront Centre

Tales from Guy Maddin: A Fireside Chat about the Challenges and Pitfalls of Indie Filmmaking

Guy Maddin has had a unique journey in his filmmaking life, from his first project to the latest, his films have always had a certain element of controversy. But why listen to us when you can hear the stories from the lips of this renowned auteur himself? Join us to hear some of the most interesting and outright bizarre things to happen in his 35 years of filmmaking.