Gimli International Film Festival announces the 2023 Festival Program!
The highly anticipated 23rd annual Gimli International Film Festival (GIFF) is set to enchant audiences once again with a captivating lineup of films, marking a return to the festival’s pre-pandemic glory. Taking place in the scenic Interlake surroundings of Gimli, Manitoba, this year’s festival promises a very rich program running July 26 – 30.
One of the festival’s highlights is the spotlight on short films, championing the immense talent and innovation of emerging filmmakers. These curated short film programs are sure to captivate audiences with their brevity and creativity, showcasing compelling narratives and distinct artistic voices.
GIFF is proud to collaborate with multiple national-level organizations, bringing even more depth and excitement to the festival. These partnerships demonstrate the festival’s commitment to fostering collaboration within the Canadian film industry, while also providing a platform for filmmakers to showcase their work to a broader audience.
Fiction Feature Films
Fiction feature films will amaze audiences, highlighting the unique visions of their creators including compelling works from local filmmakers. “Diaspora” by Deco Dawson and “Arutinae” by Erin Buelow showcase the exceptional talent within Manitoba’s filmmaking community. Audiences can also look forward to captivating international films like “Beautiful Beings” from Iceland, “Pamfir” from Ukraine, and “Hello Dankness” from Australia and USA, transporting viewers into storytelling worlds both near and far. Another film garnering well-deserved attention is Canadian environmental-physological drama “Until Branches Bend”, by Sophie Jarvis.
This year’s strong lineup boasts engaging and thought-provoking documentaries that delve into a wide range of subjects. “Twice Colonized” takes audiences on a powerful journey, following the Greenlandic lnuk lawyer and activist as she defends the rights of Indigenous peoples in the Arctic. The documentary “Soviet Barbara” offers a satirical exploration of artist Ragnar Kjartansson’s life in Moscow, delving into a complex tale of artistry and political tension. Additionally, local filmmakers Ian Bawa and Quan Luong present “Seeking Fire,” an adjective documentary that takes viewers on a global exploration, examining the relationship between financial independence and passion.
RBC Sunset Screenings:
GIFF is thrilled to bring back its famous RBC Sunset Screenings on Gimli Beach, featuring a lineup of films centered around the theme “stars in your eyes.”
Wednesday, July 26 — 10pm — “Champions”: RBC Sunset Screenings begin with the Manitoba-shot sports comedy “Champions,” starring Woody Harrelson.
Thursday, July 27 — 10pm — “Song of the Sea”: Family night on the beach features the mesmerizing world of the animated film “Song of the Sea”.
Friday, July 28 — 10pm — “The Greatest Showman”: An original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. Starring Hugh Jackman.
Saturday, July 29 – 10pm — “Top Gun”: Relive the thrilling action and iconic moments of the classic film “Top Gun,” taking viewers on a high-flying adventure.
Sunday, July 30 — 9pm — “Buffy Ste. Marie: Carry it On”: The festival’s grand finale will be the captivating musical documentary “Buffy Ste. Marie: Carry it On,” directed by local filmmaker and Festival alumni, Madison Thomas, offering a profound and inspiring journey through music and storytelling.
In addition to the 90+ films programmed, GIFF is proud to present a crafted selection of other exciting events through the duration of the five days.
An integral part of this year’s festival is the special recognition of Elizabeth Klinck, a distinguished producer, researcher, and clearance specialist. Elizabeth’s contributions to award-winning documentary films and interactive projects have earned her acclaim from renowned broadcasters worldwide. GIFF is honoured to present Elizabeth as the Festival Guest of Honour and recipient of the Alda Award.
The mini retrospective of Guy Maddin’s films serves as a tribute to his unique style and homage to early cinema. Maddin’s work has garnered critical acclaim internationally, and this retrospective offers audiences an opportunity to revisit his exceptional storytelling and visual artistry.
In addition to film screenings, GIFF presents 11 Industry Sessions tailored for filmmakers and enthusiasts, providing invaluable knowledge and networking opportunities. The festival will also host various special film screenings, including:
Young Filmmakers Program –A screening of short films by students in selected high school film & video production programs from across Manitoba.
Winnipeg Indigenous Filmmaking Collective Screening - A screening of short films by members of the WIFC. This is a competitive program with a prize going to the winner.
Best of Manitoba Festivals Program — A screening of award-winning short films from the many niche film festivals in Manitoba! See what has been making an impact in those communities, as festival organizers gather to network and promote their events.
48 Hour Film Competition Screening — A screening of the entrants into this exciting contest organized by the 48 Hour Film Competition. Winners for various awards will be announced.
RBC 10K Pitch Competition
Finally, On Screen Manitoba, RBC, and Gimli International Film Festival are pleased to announce the finalists for the 12th Annual RBC $10,000 Emerging Filmmaker Pitch Competition. This year, the competition received a record-breaking number of 33 submissions from emerging filmmakers in Manitoba.
1. Catherine Dulude “Petit mollusque”
2. Sarah Luby- “Night Terrors”
3. Reed Makayev “Interloper”
4. Farrah Murdock “Regalia”
5. Ethan Stark “Haircut”
Don’t miss the chance to see these talented filmmakers pitch their ideas and vie for prizes such as production funds, mentorship, equipment grants, and more. An independent pre-selection jury selected five projects to move on to the live pitch competition, which will be held on Saturday, July 29 at The Gimli Theatre during the GIFF.
The full festival schedule is now live on gimlifilm.com. Visit the Gimli International Film Festival’s website for all festival news and ticket sales. Experience the power of cinema and join us at GIFF, bringing together filmmakers, enthusiasts, and audiences alike. Prepare to be inspired, entertained, and transported to new realms of imagination. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable celebration of the art of cinema.
Gimli International Film Festival (GIFF) is Manitoba’s premier film festival and the largest rural film festival in all of Canada. Since 2001, GIFF has welcomed thousands to the shores of Lake Winnipeg for its various film screenings of local, national, and international feature films, documentaries, short films, and media art. The festival’s premier event, the Beach Screenings, which take place every night of the five- day festival, have drawn people from all over the world to take in one of Manitoba’s most unique summer experiences