Still image from Bachman (2018)

Ten ways to celebrate and experience Manitoba-made cinema!

This year’s program is made-up of 59 Manitoba-made films! Here are ten ways you can check out the exceptional talent coming out of this prairie province.

1. Check out the Manitoba Film Series

With over half of the films screening the best from Manitoba, there is bound to be something for everyone. Take in the world premiere of Aboard the Namao directed by Cam Patterson, a locally shot documentary on the state of Lake Winnipeg. Or if you feel like experiencing something on the other side of the world, check out the Canadian premiere of Manitoban director Shelagh Carter’s Before Anything You Say.This film takes place in Paris and tells the story of a couple reconciling both their lives and love after a job opportunity in Bangkok threatens to separate them.




2. Check out a screening with a Manitoba filmmaker in attendance!

Part of our favourite thing about screening local filmmakers is getting to have them attend our Festival and interact with our film fans. This year, we are pleased to have a fantastic lineup of local filmmakers coming out to Gimli!

Local favourite Guy Maddin will be in attendance, as well as Andy Blicq for his film A Song for John Ramsay, Cam Patterson director of Aboard the Namao, John Barnard director of Bachman, Shelagh Carter director of Before Anything You Say, Katharina Stieffenhofer director of From Seed to Seed, and Dave Barber co-director of Tales from the Winnipeg Film Group.






 3. Indigenous Filmmakers Associations’ Short Films

On Sunday afternoon, we are showcasing a series of shorts films from Manitoba’s own Indigenous Filmmakers Association (IFA) sponsored by Eagle Vision. The series features both documentaries and fiction films which range from two to twenty-one minutes in duration. Experience IFA’s filmmaker talent during this short film program.






4. RBC $10,000 Emerging Filmmaker Pitch Competition

If you want to watch a film that hasn’t been made yet? (Okay hear us out…) Why not watch the RBC $10,000 Emerging Filmmaker Pitch Competition where five jury-selected finalists will pitch their film concept on-stage in front of a panel of judges for a chance to win $10,000 to create it! You can also check out the world premiere of last year’s winners Miles Crossman and Nicola Baldwin film, If It Ain’t Got.






5. Manitoba Short Films in Competition

If you ever watched Simon Cowell as a judge on America’s Got Talent and thought, “I could do that” then on Saturday afternoon check out the Manitoba Shorts in Competition program and vote for your favourite to win Manitoba Film & Music’s Audience Choice Award. New this year will be an Audience Choice Award for Best Actor and Best Actress, presented by ACTRA Manitoba!






6. Women in View Panel Discussion

One of our favourite things has to be women supporting other women and helping them reach their goals. Which is why we are so excited to be bringing in 50 emerging woman-identified filmmakers for a day full of women-driven cinema events.

Included in this is the Women in View Panel Discussion moderated by Jill Golick, the executive director of Women in View, as she hosts a panel featuring Ellen Vanstone, Ása Hjörleifsdóttir, Elise Swerhone and Rebecca Gibson. These women filmmakers will discuss their lives, careers and the importance of women-driven cinema.






 7. Awards Ceremony

On Saturday evening, we will be hosting our Awards Ceremony which is open to all our Super Pass and Filmmaker Pass holders. This year The Alda Award will be presented to Guy Maddin for his outstanding career and the Jack Clements “Livin’ The Dream Award” will be presented to Elise Swerhone for her outstanding contributions to the Manitoba film industry.

We are excited to be present two new awards for Best Manitoban Director presented by the Directors Guild of Canada and Best Actor & Actress in a Manitoba Short Film. And of course, the Best of Fest and Audience Choice Awards presented by Outlet Collection Winnipeg. Be sure to cast your vote for the Audience Choice Award whenever you’re leaving a film screening!





8. Winnipeg Film Group’s 48 Hour Film Competition

“Time flies when you’re having fun,” but how about when you’ve got 48 hours to create a film from start to finish? We could always ask the 18 groups who created films for the Winnipeg Film Group’s 48 Hour Film Competition. If you want to see what the result of a tight deadline looks like, check out the premiere of all of these films presented by the Winnipeg Film Group on Saturday at the Gimli Theatre!









9. Check out two Manitoba short films playing before RBC Sunset Screenings on Friday and Saturday!

Instead of previews before our films on the beach we have just have more films!  Check out screenings of two Manitoba short films. Alex Ateah’s HOT-HOT-HOTT plays Friday before the screening of Dazed and Confused, and JJ Neepin’s Laundry Day plays Saturday before Stand by Me.





10. Manitoba short films playing alongside acclaimed Canadian shorts!

You can find Manitoba short film cinema under other film series other than just the Manitoba Short Films in Competition program. Three Manitoban short films can be found in the When You Light A Candle You Also Cast A Shadow series amongst other talented Canadian made films. Check out Breakfast an experimental short shot on film, Trigger Warning an examination of everyday household objects, and Echoes in the Ice a fictional story of four men exploring an abandoned research facility.