Gimli Film Festival Staff

Aaron Zeghers
Festival Director

Zeghers is a filmmaker, film programmer and the Festival Director for the Gimli Film Festival.  As a film programmer, Zeghers is the founder and co-director of the Winnipeg Underground Film Festival and the Open City Cinema on-going film screening series. He also worked previously as the Senior Film Programmer for the Gimli Film Festival from 2014-17. As an experimental and documentary filmmaker, Zeghers’ films have screened at festivals and venues around the world including International Film Festival Rotterdam, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Festival du nouveau cinéma, DOXA Film Festival, and New York’s Mono No Aware. Zeghers has also toured widely with his work, performing his expanded cinema performances in Rotterdam, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Chicago, Vancouver, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Toronto and more.


Miranda Moroz
Communications and Event Planning Manager

Miranda Moroz is a writer, filmmaker and Festival Director of UWPG Film Festival in Winnipeg, MB. Moroz has an extensive background working for non-profit organizations in the arts and cultural industries. She currently fills the role of Communications and Event Planning Manager for the Gimli Film Festival. Previously, Moroz co-founded a Manitoba Film Festival I.O.U. Video Festival which ran for two successful years between 2017 and 2018. Moroz is also one of the producers that began The Manitoba Mystery Co. a non-profit production company which develops local true crime stories from Manitoba’s past in the form of theatrical productions, film productions and radio plays.

David Knipe
Fiction Film Programmer 

David Knipe is a film programmer, writer, and filmmaker with a bachelor’s degree in Film Studies from the University of Manitoba. In addition to programming for the Gimli Film Festival, he is the Winnipeg Film Group’s Cinematheque Operations Manager, Programmer of the Gimme Some Truth Documentary Festival, and a co-organizer and programmer of the first annual Afro Prairie Film Festival. He is consumed with the need to share his passion for films with others, and is motivated by the belief that film is the pre-eminent art form of the 20th and 21st centuries, and that the shared communal experience of watching a film together with other people, whether in a traditional cinema or in more liminal, loosely-defined spaces such as rooftops or alleyways, is the defining experience of personal, social, and political transformation through art that we can have.

Vivian Belik
Documentary Film Programmer

Vivian Belik has previously worked as a programmer at the Available Light Film Festival and has been involved with the Hot Docs Film Festival, Regent Park Film Festival, and Doc Now Festival in Toronto. She has an MFA in Documentary Media Studies from Ryerson University and has since directed two short documentaries and is currently producing a feature-length documentary through Telefilm’s Talent to Watch program. She’s originally from Winnipeg, a city she largely credits for shaping her taste in film and art, and now spends a large part of the year in the Yukon.

Photo of Steph BerringtonStephanie Berrington
Short Film Programmer

Stephanie Berrington is an arts manager, curator, and actor from Winnipeg. Steph got her start in film programming in 2014 through an outdoor, bike-powered screening series called Cinema Out of the Box, while she was completing a master’s degree in English, Film, and Cultural Studies at McGill. After moving back to her hometown in early 2016, Steph got involved with the Winnipeg Film Group, making popcorn in the Cinematheque Box Office before joining the WFG’s distribution department to oversee acquisitions and festival submissions. In 2019, Steph moved to Ottawa where she currently manages community and business partnerships for the Canadian Film Institute, the International Film Festival of Ottawa (IFFO), and the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF). She can occasionally be seen on big screens at festivals across the world, including Berlin and Slamdance, for her acting work.

Photo of Scott FitzpatrickScott Fitzpatrick
Special Project Programmer – The Manitoba Project

Scott Fitzpatrick is a visual artist and film programmer from Winnipeg, MB, whose film and video work has screened at underground festivals and marginalized venues worldwide. He studied film at the University of Manitoba and began conducting lo-fi moving image experiments in 2010. His films have received awards from the WNDX Festival of Moving Image, Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, Festival du Nouveau Cinema, FLEX Florida Experimental Film and Video Festival, the Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, and in 2018 he was the recipient of the 2018 Winnipeg Film Group Manitoba Film Hothouse Award. In addition to producing his own work, Scott presents the work of others through the Winnipeg Underground Film Festival and Open City Cinema, and has curated work for the Gimli Film Festival, Antimatter Media Art, Forthwith Festival, Send + Receive, San Diego Underground Film Festival, MIRE International Film Labs Meeting, and the PRISME Festival.




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