The Gimli Film Festival (GFF) will celebrate its 20th anniversary by launching The Manitoba Project, a year-long project focused on engaging Manitoba filmmakers and exploring the province’s history through film. GFF’s 20th anniversary coincides with Manitoba’s 150th celebration in 2020 and as such The Manitoba Project will serve to thoughtfully celebrate both milestones.

As part of this project, GFF would like to recognize that we are situated on Treaty 1 Territory, and that the lands on which we hold our annual festival have been home to the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples for far longer than 150 years, as well as being the homeland of the Métis Nation.  We hold this special project in the spirit of collaboration and reconciliation with the Indigenous peoples, and we encourage all local Indigenous filmmakers to please participate in this project, helping us to define and reflect on our collective history.

Part of this project will include The Manitoba Project’s Film Production Fund. These grants of $5,000 to $10,000 will commission six to eight new filmmakers currently living in Manitoba to create new cinematic works that celebrate, reflect upon and reconcile Manitoba’s past, present and/or future.  For more information on how to apply to this project, please visit Film Production Fund page hereThe deadline to apply is September 30th, 2019.

The Manitoba Project will also include an extensive retrospective of Manitoba-made cinema at our 20th annual Festival, July 22 to 26th, 2019!

More details will be rolled out throughout the remainder of 2019 and in 2020.  For more information on this project please contact us at

The Manitoba Project has been generously funded by…

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