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The Gimli International Film Festival is NOW accepting submissions for feature and short films!!!

Early Bird Deadline : January 23, 2023

Regular Deadline : February 28, 2023

Final Deadline : March 31, 2023


Submissions to the 23rd Annual Gimli International Film Festival (GIFF)

July 26-30, 2023

The Gimli International Film Festival is Manitoba’s premier film festival, and the largest rural film festival in all of Canada! We are once again looking for the best contemporary cinema from Manitoba, Canada and around the world. This includes narrative and documentary, live action and animated, in short, mid-length, and feature film formats from across the globe.

All films which screen at the Gimli International Film Festival are paid standard rate screening fees as outlined in the IMAA Fee Schedule.

*GIFF has eliminated submission fees for Manitoba-based Filmmakers.
**For 2023, submissions from Ukrainian-based Filmmakers are free. Please submit via the FREE submission category for Shorts from OUTSIDE Manitoba.


If you have any questions about the film submission process or require more information, please feel free to reach out to our programming team:

What to Expect:

GIFF annually screens over 100 films, in the lakeside community of Gimli, Manitoba. A festival with strong Icelandic ties, GIFF is proud to highlight Icelandic film, but also be representative of the diverse communities that make up Manitoba. Wherever you are or wherever you are from, there is always something to enjoy at our festival!

If your film is selected for our festival, we welcome filmmakers to join us and participate in a post-screening Q&A, take in one of our industry sessions, watch other films, network at our many social events, and enjoy the natural beauty of the Interlake region.

This year, GIFF will continue to feature the best in contemporary independent cinema with a strong focus on Canadian and Manitoba-made films. We will also continue to curate film series based on the themes of social justice, under-represented voices, women filmmakers, Indigenous perspectives, and environmental issues.

As an organization, GIFF 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 Canadian film community.

In addition to paying all filmmakers proper artist fees, we also do our best to provide affordable film submission fees to encourage participation from low-income and marginalized communities.

*There is a FREE option for short film submissions from OUTSIDE OF MANITOBA. PLEASE read the details carefully before submitting.

For questions or more information about the submission process, please contact our programming team at:





Filmmakers are required to submit their feature film (45 mins or longer completed after Jan 1, 2021) via FilmFreeway by March 31, 2023. The submission fees for Feature Films are as follows:

$20 USD | Earlybird Deadline | January 23 2023
$30 USD | Regular Deadline | February 28, 2023
$50 USD | Late Deadline | March 31, 2023

*Fees are waived for Manitoba filmmakers and films from the Ukraine (*for 2023)

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



**Submissions for Manitoba-based filmmakers are always FREE!!

Filmmakers who are currently living in Manitoba are eligible to submit their Manitoba short film (completed after Jan 1, 2021) via FilmFreeway by March 31, 2023. 

Contact us at if you require special consideration.



Filmmakers from outside of Manitoba are required to submit their short film (completed after Jan 1, 2021) via FilmFreeway by March 31, 2023. Fees for Canadian / International Short Films at the Gimli International Film Festival 2022 are as follows:

$10 USD | Early Bird Deadline | January 23 2023
$15 USD | Regular Deadline | February 28, 2023
$25 USD | Late Deadline | March 31, 2023

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


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