Jul 12, 2021
The 21st annual Gimli Film Festival kicks off this week, featuring a robust and dazzling virtual program of over 100 films and events. This year’s slate is surely one to marvel at and there is extra reason to get excited as the offerings include a multitude of made-in-Manitoba content, including over 25 films made by Winnipeg Film Group members.
If you’re looking for that Manitoba connection, you can check out these and other programs of interest during the festival (July 12-25):
FRIENDLY MANITOBA presents a diverse and eclectic vision of Manitoba’s collective self-consciousness, as told by a motley crew of Manitoba’s finest. Who will complete their films to premiere at this year’s Gimli Film Festival? Well you’ll have to tune in to find out, because WE don’t even know at this point.
The completed films will kick-off the 21st annual Gimli Film Festival via free live stream on Monday, July 12, 2021 (all live stream content available on GFF’s Homepage). The films will also be available to Passholders and Individual Ticket Buyers on GFF On Demand for the entire duration of the Festival, July 12-25.
Manitoba Shorts in Competition will premiere via free live Stream on Saturday, July 17th on GFF’s Website Homepage! Join us for a screening of all the selected films, and stick around for a post-screening Q&A with the filmmakers and the live announcement of the Audience Choice Award for Best Manitoba Short Film (sponsored by Eagle Vision) and the Jury Prize for Best Manitoba Short Film (sponsored by Manitoba Film & Music).
The Manitoba Shorts in Competition will also be available to all passholders and individual ticket buyers on GFF On Demand from July 19-25th.
10-Year RBC Pitch Competition Retrospective takes place via free live stream on Saturday, July 24 at 3pm, available for free on GFF’s Website Homepage. The Retrospective will also be available for the duration of the Festival (July 12-25) to passholders and ticket buyers on GFF On Demand.
The 48 Hour Film Contest will see the World Premiere of many brand new MB-made short films, all produced in just 48 short hours! Due to Manitoba’s evolving public health orders, this year’s 48 Hour Film Contest, run by The 48 Film Festival, will occur during GFF on the weekend of July 16-17.
This year, the 48 Hour Films will stream via free Live Stream on Friday, July 23 at 7pm on GFF’s Homepage! Tune in for free, and see what Manitoba’s incredible filmmaking talent can come up with in just 48 Hours!
What We’ve Learned So Far
Manitoba master documentarian Kevin Nikkel explores the roots of filmmaking in his home province. Through the decades, we see the film and community that has given Winnipeg and Manitoba notoriety as the underground filmmaking hotbed of Canada. An archival documentary providing a survey of Manitoba’s cinematic family tree, Nikkel’s film showcases work that is rooted in persistence, resistance, and experimentation.
We’d like to extend a big congratulations to all of the Winnipeg Film Group members and the other Manitoba filmmakers whose films have been selected to the 21st annual Gimli Film Festival!
For the full festival lineup and more info, please visit www.gimlifilm.com