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The 18th annu­al Gim­li Film Fes­ti­val (GFF) is gear­ing up to go in one week! This year, GFF will screen 59 Man­i­to­ba films that show­case the amaz­ing tal­ent com­ing out of the prairies.

The film com­mu­ni­ty in Man­i­to­ba is extreme­ly sup­port­ive and con­sis­tent­ly pro­duces cap­ti­vat­ing and dynam­ic cin­e­ma that we can’t wait to share with our film fans,” says GFF Fes­ti­val Direc­tor Leona John­son. With the Fes­ti­val only a week away, we’re look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing all of our guests to Gim­li.”

Many local film­mak­ers will be in atten­dance includ­ing Guy Maddin whose film Archangel will be screen­ing on Thurs­day at 8 p.m. at the Aspire The­atre. Maddin will receive the Alda Award this year rec­og­niz­ing his dynam­ic career that start­ed with the release of Tales from the Gim­li Hos­pi­tal in 1988. Elise Swer­hone will receive the Jack Clements Livin’ the Dream” Award for her out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the Man­i­to­ba film indus­try.

Oth­er Man­i­to­ba film­mak­ers in atten­dance include direc­tor Andy Blicq for his film A Song for John Ram­say, and Cam Pat­ter­son direc­tor of Aboard the Namao, a doc­u­men­tary on the state of Lake Win­nipeg. 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 will also be in atten­dance.

This year, GFF will present two new dis­tinct awards cel­e­brat­ing Man­i­to­ba film excel­lence. The first award for Best Man­i­to­ban Direc­tor is pre­sent­ed by the Direc­tors Guild of Man­i­to­ba and will be announced at the Awards Recep­tion on Sat­ur­day evening. Nom­i­nees include She­lagh Carter for her fea­ture-length film, Before Any­thing You Say, Erin Hem­brador for her short-film Piece of Mind, and Ryan Steel for his short film The Bird­watch­er.

Also new this year is an award for Best Actor and Best Actress in a MB Short Film pre­sent­ed by ACTRA Man­i­to­ba dur­ing the Man­i­to­ba Short Films in Com­pe­ti­tion pro­gram along­side Man­i­to­ba Film & Music’s Audi­ence Choice award for best Man­i­to­ba Short Film.

GFF con­tin­ues to be a des­ti­na­tion for film­mak­ers. This year, the fes­ti­val wel­comes two Ice­landic film­mak­ers: Kar­na Sig­urðardót­tir (690 Vop­nafjörður) and Ása Hel­ga Hjör­leifs­dót­tir (The Swan). Cana­di­an direc­tors Kath­leen Hep­burn (Nev­er Steady, Nev­er Still), Simon Plouffe (Those Who Come, Will Hear) and Christy Gar­land (What Walaa Wants) will also be attend­ing the fes­ti­val to intro­duce their films along with Trans­former pro­duc­er Paul Kemp. All of these film­mak­ers will be on hand to intro­duce their films and answer audi­ence Q & As.

Film fans can see the full fes­ti­val pro­gram or pur­chase their pass­es and tick­ets online at gim​li​film​.com, through the GFF APP or at the GFF Box Office. The GFF Box Office is open next on Sat­ur­day, July 21 and will be open for the dura­tion of the festival.