Staff


 

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.

 


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.

 


Stephanie Berrington
Short Film ProgrammerPhoto of Steph Berrington

Stephanie Berrington is an arts administrator, book editor, and curator. While completing a master’s degree in English, Film, and Cultural Studies at McGill, Steph got her start in film programming through a bike-powered, outdoor screening series called Cinema Out of the Box. She’s a member of the curatorial collective behind the Winnipeg Underground Film Festival and is one of two representatives from the Prairies and Northwest Territories on the Independent Media Arts Alliance board of directors. Steph was previously the Distribution Coordinator at the Winnipeg Film Group.

 


Photo of Scott FitzpatrickScott Fitzpatrick
Special Project Programmer – Cinema Outside the Box

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.

 


Cleo Curtis
Communications & Logistics Manager

Cleo Curtis is a communications manager and filmmaker. She graduated from the Creative Communications program at Red River College (2015) as well as the University of Winnipeg (2012).  As a communications manager, Cleo has worked with numerous non-profits in Winnipeg. As a filmmaker, her work has screened at festivals throughout Canada including the Gimli Film Festival in 2015. At the 2017 Gimli Film Festival, she was a finalist in the RBC $10,000 Pitch Competition. She joined the Gimli Film Festival team in 2018.

 

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