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.

Henning Frederik Malz PhotoHenning Frederik Malz
Logistics Manager

Henning Frederik Malz is a video artist originally from the Ruhr area in Germany with a background in Media Arts from the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. He has organized, presented and curated film programmes and exhibitions both independently and as part of organizations such as Simultanhalle Cologne and Pleasure Dome Toronto. His video works have been shown and exhibited at the Images Festival Toronto, European Media Arts Festival Osnabrueck, Kassel Dokfest, Videonale Scope Bonn, PACT Zollverein Essen, MMK Frankfurt, Craig Baldwin’s Other Cinema San Francisco and at a number of Goethe Institutes around the world amongst many others.

Amanda Emms
Communications Manager

Amanda Emms is a communications manager with a background in film, art, and tech. She was the inaugural Program Manager for Tech Manitoba’s Maven initiative. The program focused on attracting, retaining, and advancing women in Manitoba’s tech community. Previous to Maven, she worked in the Winnipeg and Toronto film industries focusing on set design and art direction between 2014-2017. She continues her passion for rearranging plants, books, and furniture to this day. Amanda has been involved in presenting work from artists worldwide with the Winnipeg Underground Film Festival and participated as a juror for the UWPG Film Festival in 2019. Supporting and elevating all kinds of artists through communications is a driving force behind her work ethos. She studied film at the University of Manitoba and Creative Communications at Red River College.

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.

Ryley Livingston
Box Office Coordinator

Ryley Livingston is a student currently studying Computer Science with a Business Management minor at the University of Manitoba.  Ryley is the Box Office coordinator for the Gimli Film Festival returning for his third festival in the role. Previously Ryley was the Box Office coordinator assistant in 2016 and 2017. Spending his summers in Gimli, he first became involved with the festival as a volunteer allowing his passion for film to grow. When he isn’t stuck behind a screen, he enjoys staying active, listening to new music and drinking a great cup of coffee.

Rochelle Steinmetz
Volunteer Coordinator

Rochelle Steinmetz is returning to GFF this year as the Volunteer Coordinator and heading up the Future is Female Mentorship program as well. She has lived in Gimli all of her life and has been a part of the Gimli Film Festival for as long as she can remember, first as a little one on the beach with her dad, then as a volunteer and now as returning for her second year as staff. Rochelle just completed her second year of University at the University of Winnipeg studying in the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Education. Rochelle is excited to be a part of the festival again this year and to see what the 20th anniversary festival brings.

Nigel Webber
Sponsorship Coordinator

Nigel Webber is a documentary filmmaker and writer based in Winnipeg on Treaty 1 Territory.  A graduate of the University of Winnipeg’s Film Studies program, Nigel has self-produced several documentaries about Winnipeg’s art community under the series title, “City Specific.” Nigel’s true passion is writing. His TV writing credits include, “Cruise Ship Killers,” “Alive!,” and “I Hostage.” Nigel is also a long-time contributing writer to Stylus Magazine with his column “Winnipeg State of Mind,” focusing on local hip-hop music. Nigel is currently writing a book on the history of Winnipeg hip-hop music.

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