WINNIPEG — Even the fussiest of film-goer will find something to enjoy at the 2017 Gimli Film Festival.
In what’s being billed as the largest program to date, with 134 diverse and acclaimed films making up this year’s lineup, featuring 72 short films, 26 documentary feature films, and 36 fiction feature films from all over the world.
Film buffs of all genres contributed to the record crowds attending this year’s Gimli Film Festival.
The 15th annual five-day event hit an all-time high of 3,853 patrons taking in indoor screenings, with a total of 9,400 attending in all venues, including more than 5,000 to the outdoor beach screenings.
Saturday night’s closing reception attracted 200 people, with the highlight of the night being the introduction of two new awards.
Tonight is all about horror at the 15th annual Gimli Film Festival.
A screening of “It Follows” will begin at 8 p.m. at Lady of the Lake Theatre. The film is a multi-layered horror flick that focuses on the lost innocence of a carefree teenager who becomes infected by a fatal curse.
“The Editor” runs at 10:30 p.m. at the Late Night “Pizza, Beer and a Movie” event in Johnson Hall. The slasher-gore film, produced by Winnipeg film collective Astron-6, centres on a once-prolific film editor who finds himself the prime suspect in a series of murders.
If horror films aren’t your thing, a more family-friendly kids’ night will include Jim Henson’s “Labyrinth.”
The 15th annual Gimli Film Festival begins Thursday, July 22 and some retro classics are in store for movie buffs on the beach.
The 35-foot outdoor screen on the shores of Lake Winnipeg will feature six films as part of the RBC Sunset Screenings.
Here’s what you can expect at this year’s film festival:
Wednesday, July 22, 10 p.m. — Rocky Horror Picture Show – 40th Anniversary – Opening night begins with a flamboyant bang, as cult-classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show, comes to Gimli Beach! Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick play newlyweds forced to pay a visit to the bizarre mansion of Dr. Frank-N- Furter (Tim Curry).
Thursday, July 23, 10 p.m. — Labyrinth – 29th Anniversary. Bring kids of all ages to the beach for Jim Henson’s classic adventure, Labyrinth. This mythical journey by the creator of the Muppets features musician David Bowie and a young Jennifer Connelly.
Film buffs to this year’s Gimli Film Festival have access to a new smartphone app packed with information to keep them in-the-know.
The new app includes a schedule of films, festival news, maps to venues and social integrations.
This year’s film schedule will be released June 25 at a news conference in Winnipeg and will include a Manitoba Short Film series, Canadian films, an Icelandic film series, a circumpolar series, a social justice film series, others.
There are more than 100 indoor screenings, plus the popular beach screenings on the shores of Lake Winnipeg.
As the Gimli Film Festival gears up for its 15th year, organizers are seeking volunteers to help pull off the five-day event.
“We need lively volunteers to help make our Festival a success,” said Emily Lair, logistics and volunteer coordinator. “Our volunteers will be involved at our box office, indoor screenings, free beach screenings, and hospitality events.”
Volunteer benefits include flexible hours, access to films and festival events, a volunteer T-shirt and hospitality. The 2015 Gimli Film Festival will be showcasing the best new films from Canada’s and Manitoba’s most promising directors and an exceptional selection of features, documentaries and shorts from around the world.
Local Winnipeg filmmakers will premiere their latest work at the Gimli Film Festival on July 25.
Antosia Fiedur, Natalia Longley and Ali Tataryn will screen “Bloody Mary,” centering around on Mary (played by Longley), who after months of stalking, finally succeeds in getting her hot neighbour’s attention.