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The Gim­li Film Fes­ti­val is proud to kicks off their 19th annu­al event today with the launch of a brand new fes­ti­val focus: Cin­e­ma Out­side the Box. This spe­cial focus for 2019 will explore cin­e­mat­ic works out­side of tra­di­tion­al sin­gle-chan­nel films by show­cas­ing expand­ed cin­e­ma per­for­mances, mul­ti-media instal­la­tions, per­for­mance art and vir­tu­al real­i­ty projects at this year’s fes­ti­val. The fes­ti­val runs Wednes­day, July 24 to Sun­day, July 28 in Gim­li, Manitoba.

Also new this year, the GFF’s famous RBC Sun­set Screen­ings on Gim­li Beach will host five free night­ly screen­ings under the theme Sum­mer School.” This theme plays on a uni­ver­sal expe­ri­ence —attend­ing high school. With films rang­ing from the 80s to 00s, this pop­u­lar genre explores com­ing-of-age expe­ri­ences audi­ences can relate to and will include includes clas­sic hits audi­ences of all ages can enjoy. The full line-up of beach films will be announced by June 1! This year, the Sun­day night beach movie will be the audience’s choice. GFF will poll films fans on social media to ask for their sug­ges­tions for Sum­mer School” themed movies to play as Sun­day night’s beach film. The audi­ence choice poll will take place in May on GFF’s Face­book and Insta­gram channels. 

GFF is also pleased to announce the con­tin­u­a­tion of the Future is Female* Men­tor­ship Pro­gram & Film Series, along with the con­tin­ued man­date to have women-direct­ed and/​or writ­ten films make up 40 – 60% of the 2019 Pro­gram. The Future is Female* Men­tor­ship Pro­gram is com­plete­ly free and will bring over 55 emerg­ing women direc­tors, actors, pro­duc­ers, writ­ers and media artists to GFF for an entire day of woman-dri­ven cin­e­ma and learn­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties. Appli­ca­tions for the pro­gram are now open!

GFF believes in cre­at­ing a film fes­ti­val that is respect­ful of all artists, pays prop­er artist fees to film­mak­ers and presents diverse and inclu­sive pro­gram­ming. Pass­es for the 2019 Gim­li Film Fes­ti­val are on sale now, be sure to tune into UMFM and fol­low our var­i­ous social media accounts to win tick­ets to some of our favorite screenings!