Gimli Film Festival Concludes with Record Attendance

July 27, 2015

The 2015 Gimli Film Festival marked the most successful year since its founding in 2000.  Between July 22-26, moviegoers attended screenings of over 70 films, including several Manitoba-produced films, as well 6 of RBC’s late-night Sunset Screenings on Gimli Beach, which saw an attendance of 5,000 people.  Overall, both indoor and outdoor screenings attracted a total of 9,400 moviegoers at this year’s festival.

“I am especially proud of this year’s festival.  Our dedicated group of volunteers and sponsors ensured that the 15th Annual Gimli Film Festival would be its greatest to date,” said Senator Janis G. Johnson, founder of the festival.

Icelandic-Canadian director Sturla Gunnarsson was presented with the inaugural Alda Award for Excellence in Circumpolar Filmmaking.  His latest film, the documentary Monsoon, was also screened at this year’s festival and captivated its audience.

“From the beginning, it has been one of our goals to carve a niche for the GFF as the Canadian film festival with a strong circumpolar component. There is just so much we can share with our northern neighbours!  For example, the small town of Tromso in Norway holds a film festival in mid-January and attracts international attention and large crowds. We can do the same in Gimli in the summer, and are well on our way,” stated Senator Johnson.

Another inaugural award named the Jack Clements “Livin’ the Dream” Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Michael Scott for his long career in film production.  For more information about these awards and to view the complete list of award winners, click here.

The Gimli Film Festival is widely recognized as the most successful film festival in Manitoba. Over the last fourteen years, its audience, sponsors and partners have supported and shaped the festival into what it is today.

It showcases fiction feature films, documentaries and short films from Manitoba, Canada and the world, that promise informative, fascinating and riveting entertainment.

Please visit the official website of the Gimli Film Festival for complete information about this year’s events.

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