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Gimli Waterfront Preparing for Annual Film Festival

Gimli Waterfront Preparing for Annual Film Festival

By Tyler Sutherland

Gimli Film FestivalThe lineup for the 14th annual Gimli Film Festival has been revealed, preparing film-goers for five days of documentaries, dramas and short films on the Lake Winnipeg waterfront July 23-27.

This year’s festival includes the Western Canadian premieres of the film adaptation of Jonas Jonasson’s best-selling book, The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, directed by Felix Herngre, Land Ho! by Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens, Doug Block’s 112 Weddings, Ida by Pawel Pawlikowski and The Overnighters by Jesse Moss.

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Filmmaker’s Pitch Wins $20K in Gimli

Filmmaker’s Pitch Wins $20K in Gimli

By David Klassen

Gimli Film FestivalKelly-Anne Reiss is the big winner of the “MTS Stories From Home Pitch” at the Gimli Film Festival.

Reiss walked away with $20,000 for her project “Artist by Night,” which was selected in a live pitch environment of industry professionals at the Aspire Theatre.

Reiss earns her license fee to produce her film for MTS TV’s “Stories From Home” — a collection of new original and local programming.

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Dauphin Filmmaker Wins $10K Prize at Gimli Film Fest

Dauphin Filmmaker Wins $10K Prize at Gimli Film Fest

By Sarah Klein

Gimli Film FestivalA six-minute film won the RBC Emerging Filmmaker Award at the Gimli Film Festival on Thursday night.

Filmmaker Kyle Sanderson of Dauphin won $10,000 for his project, “Black Rainbow” — a dark comedy set in the village of Caledonia, where a cluster of jagged, black clouds appear without warning.

“This is the first time that I have been awarded any money to make one of my projects,” Sanderson said. “I am excited by the opportunity and grateful to RBC and the Gimli Film Festival. I have been coming to Gimli since I was a kid and really love this Festival. I am very excited to premiere it here next year.”

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Filmmakers in Gimli Compete to Produce Made-for-TV Flick

Filmmakers in Gimli Compete to Produce Made-for-TV Flick

Gimli Film FestivalTen filmmakers are warming up to pitch their projects this week at the Gimli Film Festival for a shot at $20,000.

The festival, MTS and On Screen Manitoba are throwing the pitch contest, which will be comprised of both aspiring and established filmmakers. Pitches will be judged by a panel of industry professionals before a live audience on Friday.

The winner will be awarded a $20,000 license fee to produce their film for MTS TV’s “Stories From Home” — a collection of new original and local programming.

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Gimli Film Fest to Feature Eight Manitoba-Made Titles

Gimli Film Fest to Feature Eight Manitoba-Made Titles

By Brian Schultz

Gimli Film FestivalEight locally-produced Manitoba films have been added to this year’s Gimli Film Festival.

From July 24-28, Gimli will be a buzz with a variety of film types and subject matter that has something for everybody, from documentaries to dramas to comedies.

“Winnipeg has produced some of the most creative and ingenious people in the Canadian film industry,” said festival director Cheryl Ashton. “We are excited to be able to feature such a large and diverse variety of locally produced films at this year’s Gimli Film Festival.”

The films include “Chasing A Song” directed by Charles Konowal, “The Sheepdogs Have At It” by John Barnard, “URBEE” by Doug Howe, “We Were Children” by Eagle Vision Inc., the National Film Board and EOne, “Packing Up the Wagon” by John Scoles and Mike Maryniuk, “Euphoria” by Paula Kelly, “Mad Ship” produced by Buffalo Gal Pictures, and “My Awkward Sexual Adventure” by Sean Garrity.

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Gimli Film Festival Lineup Packed with Love, Music

Gimli Film Festival Lineup Packed with Love, Music

By Tyler Sutherland

Gimli Film Festival

The lineup for the 13th annual Gimli Film Festival has been announced, setting the stage for five days of film screenings in the lakefront community.

This year’s offerings will present a mix of documentaries, dramas, and beach films, including the Canadian premiere of two Icelandic films — “Black’s Game” and “A Boy Like Her: A Personal Story About an Unavoidable Journey.” Festival-goers will also be treated to the Western Canadian premier of “Allez Eddy,” and the Manitoba premieres of “The Act of Killing” and “Muscle Shoals.”

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Gimli Film Festival Partners with NSI

Gimli Film Festival Partners with NSI

By David Klassen

Gimli Film FestivalThe Gimli Film Festival has a new partnership in the National Screen Institute — Canada (NSI) this year.

NSI has signed on program seven themed hours of short films for the Gimli fest, which takes place from July 24-28, selected from the NSI Online Short Film Festival archives.

“We are very excited to be working with NSI on this year’s festival,” said Gimli Film Festival director Cheryl Ashton. “Their extensive archive from the NSI Online Short Film Festival provides a wide range of films from across Canada, and we also want to give Manitoba filmmakers the opportunity to get their latest and greatest projects on the Gimli big screen.”

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Winner Crowned in $10,000 Film Pitch

Winner Crowned in $10,000 Film Pitch

By Tyler Sutherland

On Screen Manitoba chose its winner of the Rogers $10,000 Pitch late Friday at the Gimli Film Festival.

Quinn Greene won the big award for his project “Brad Even Paler”

Greene was crowned the winner after delivering a three-minute pitch to a panel of industry professionals and a packed house at the Gimli Theatre.

“I feel amazing, it was a lot of hard work to get here, I can’t even describe it,” Greene said in a statement. “It’s amazing! I’m so excited to start working.”

“Brad Even Paler” is a six-episode comedic horror web series about Bradley Tepid, an agoraphobic geek who lives a simple life of avoiding responsibility and beating his own Mario Brothers High Scores — until an accident leaves him with a rare disease of Vampirism. Not only is Brad still the same lazy, sickly loser he always was, now he’ll stay that way forever.

Seven finalists also pitched their works.

Gimli Film Festival to Begin on Wednesday

Gimli Film Festival to Begin on Wednesday

Pack your favourite beach blanket and head to Gimli this week.

The annual Gimli Film Festival kicks off Wednesday, showcasing more than 80 features, documentaries and shorts from Manitoba, Canada and the world.

Celebrating the art, education and entertainment of film, the festival will run until Sunday, July 24, with indoor venues, industry workshops and seminars.

Of course, schmoozing with industry elite is also a big part of the festival, as there will be no shortage of networking events and parties.

Many who make the drive north of Winnipeg will be drawn to the Cinema Under the Stars series, screening films on a giant screen on Gimli Beach.

Awards will be handed out to short films and audience favourites.

To see a list of films screening this year — and there’s a lot of them — visit GimliFilm.com.

Finalists Selected to Win $10K at Gimli Film Fest

Finalists Selected to Win $10K at Gimli Film Fest

Eight projects have been shortlisted by a jury of broadcasters and industry professionals for a chance to win $10,000 at the Gimli Film Festival.

On Screen Manitoba is leading the 2011 Rogers $10,000 Pitch, which awards the winner of the best project with some hard-earned cash.

The finalists are:
Arranged — Hersh Seth
Art School Warrior — John B. Lowe
Brad Even Paler — Quinn Greene
Dances With Daughter — Carson Nattrass
Legacies — Adam Bumbolo, David Evans
Man In The Trunk — Benjamin Aytona, Aaron Graham, Adam Smoluk
Sketchy — Shannon Guile, Jane Testar, Garth Merkeley, Ryan Miller, Jacqueline Loewen
Small Balls –John B. Lowe

Participants will have only three minutes to convey a compelling story and convince the jury that their idea should win. Following each pitch the jury will have four minutes to offer feedback and ask questions. After all the pitches are completed the jury will deliberate and announce the winner.

The public can watch and cheer on their favourite project on Friday, July 22 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Gimli Theatre.