Submissions are OPEN for 20th Annual Gimli Film Festival!


Earlybird Deadline : January 15, 2020
Regular Deadline : March 15, 2020
Final Deadline : April 15, 2020

Submissions for the 20th annual Gimli Film Festival – July 22 to 26, 2020 – are now open!  In an effort to support local creatives, the Festival has eliminated submission fees for all Manitoba-based filmmakers.

The GFF programming team is once again looking for the best contemporary cinema from Manitoba, Canada and around the world, both feature and short films. This International Open Call includes narrative, documentary and experimental films, as well as feature films and short films from anywhere in the world!  GFF would also encourage submissions of expanded cinema, media arts installations and virtual/augmented reality projects.

Interested filmmakers are invited to submit their work online via FilmFreeway, or contact the GFF Submission Team for more information :

Gimli Film Festival is committed to paying all filmmakers minimum artist fees who are selected to screen at our Festival, and we actively work to keep our submission fees low to encourage accessibility and inclusion from low-income and marginalized communities.

Lights on Gimli Beach


The Gimli Film Festival (GFF) annually screens over 100 films, and in 2019 we saw our largest attendance ever, with over 13, 000 filmgoers attending the Festival’s events.  In 2020, GFF will continue our spotlights on the best contemporary Canadian, Icelandic and International cinema.  We will also continue our focused series on Woman-driven Cinema, Social Justice Documentaries, Indigenous Perspectives and of course a strong focus on Manitoba-made cinema.

In celebration of our 20th anniversary and Manitoba 150, GFF will be presenting a Manitoba film retrospective at our 2020 Festival. Anyone with suggestions for Manitoba-made retrospective film content is welcome to contact our Programming Team at :

As an organization, GFF is actively working to promote accessibility for all and inclusion that accurately represents our diverse culture. We also are working hard to ensure our organization is employing an ethical business model, which includes proper treatment and payment of all staff and contributing artists, as well as being an active contributor to the local community and the greater Manitoba film community.

In addition to paying all filmmakers proper artist fees (either IMAA fees or fees dictated by film distributors), we also do our best to provide affordable film submission fees to encourage participation from low-income and marginalized communities.  If finances are prohibiting you from applying to our festival we encourage you to contact our programming team.

For questions, comments or concerns about the submission process, please contact our programming team at:

Audience watching film



Filmmakers are required to submit their feature film (45 mins or longer completed after Jan 1, 2017) via FilmFreeway by April 15, 2020. The submission fees for Feature Films are as follows:

$15 | Earlybird Deadline | Dec. 5, 2018 – Jan. 15, 2020
$30 | Regular Deadline | Jan. 15, 2019 – Mar. 15, 2020
$50 | Late Deadline | Mar. 15 – Apr. 15, 2020

*Fees are waived for Manitoba filmmakers!

Filmmakers/Producers/Distributors are encouraged to submit/pay for one film and then email us to discuss reduced rates for additional films:


Filmmakers who were born in or are living in Manitoba are eligible to submit their Manitoba short film (completed after Jan 1, 2018) via FilmFreeway by April 15, 2020. Submissions are free for Manitoba filmmakers!!

$0 | Early Bird Deadline | Dec. 15, 2018 – Jan. 15, 2019
$0 | Regular Deadline | Jan. 15 – Mar. 15, 2019
$0 | Late Deadline | Mar. 15 – Apr. 15, 2019

If you have a number of very short films to submit, please contact us at to discuss a reduced rate.


Filmmakers from outside of Manitoba are required to submit their short film (completed after Jan 1, 2018) via FilmFreeway by April 15, 2019. Fees for Canadian / International Short Films at the Gimli Film Festival 2019 are as follows:

$5 | Early Bird Deadline | Dec. 15, 2018 – Jan. 15, 2020
$12 | Regular Deadline | Jan. 15 – Mar. 15, 2020
$25 | Late Deadline | Mar. 15 – Apr. 15, 2020

If you have a number of very short films to submit, please contact us at to discuss a reduced rate.

All entries will be contacted in June regarding your submission status. We thank all who apply.


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