The Gimli International Film Festival is Manitoba's premier film festival, and the largest rural film festival in all of Canada! We are once again looking for the best contemporary cinema from Manitoba, Canada and around the world. This includes narrative and documentary, live action and animated, in short, mid-length, and feature film formats from across the globe.

All films which screen at the Gimli International Film Festival are paid standard rate screening fees as outlined in the IMAA Fee Schedule.

*GIFF has eliminated submission fees for Manitoba-based Filmmakers.
**For 2023, submissions from Ukrainian-based Filmmakers are free. Please submit via the FREE submission category for Shorts from OUTSIDE Manitoba.

What to Expect:

GIFF annually screens over 100 films, in the lakeside community of Gimli, Manitoba. A festival with strong Icelandic ties, GIFF is proud to highlight Icelandic film, but also be representative of the diverse communities that make up Manitoba. Wherever you are or wherever you are from, there is always something to enjoy at our festival!

If your film is selected for our festival, we welcome filmmakers to join us and participate in a post-screening Q&A, take in one of our industry sessions, watch other films, network at our many social events, and enjoy the natural beauty of the Interlake region.

This year, GIFF will continue to feature the best in contemporary independent cinema with a strong focus on Canadian and Manitoba-made films. We will also continue to curate film series based on the themes of social justice, under-represented voices, women filmmakers, Indigenous perspectives, and environmental issues.

As an organization, GIFF is actively working to promote accessibility for all and inclusion that accurately represents our diverse culture. We also are working hard to ensure our organization is employing an ethical business model, which includes proper treatment and payment of all staff and contributing artists, as well as being an active contributor to the local community and the greater Canadian film community.

In addition to paying all filmmakers proper artist fees, we also do our best to provide affordable film submission fees to encourage participation from low-income and marginalized communities.

*There is a FREE option for short film submissions from OUTSIDE OF MANITOBA. PLEASE read the details carefully before submitting.

For questions or more information about the submission process, please contact our programming team at:

Grand Jury Prize (feature films) - the Top Prize for a feature film at our festival
Best of Fest Audience Choice Award (feature films) - Selected by the Audience for their favourite feature film at our festival
Indigenous Spirit Award - awarded to an Indigenous Filmmaker whose film best represents Indigenous perspective and culture
Rising Star Award - given to a filmmaker who shows exceptional promise
Best Manitoba Filmmaker (all Manitoba filmmakers eligible) - given to a filmmaker from Manitoba for their outstanding work
Best Manitoban Short Film
Best Canadian Short Film
Best International Short Film

*all award winners are selected either by an independent jury or our programming team.

All films submitted will be screened by our programming team and all films accepted will be paid a base artist fee as dictated by the current Independent Media Arts Alliance Fee Schedule *OR* the fee/percentage agreed upon by the filmmaker/distributor:


**Please note, we do not offer refunds once a film submission fee has been paid.**

Overall Rating
  • Mackenzie Leigh

    We loved screening at Gimli Film Festival! The programming team was great to communicate with and the staff were incredibly warm and thoughtful. Our team had an amazing time and highly recommend the festival to other filmmakers!

    November 2022
  • Sean Parenteau

    Very humbled and honored to have our short on IRS truth "The Road Back To Cowessess" selected at GIFF 2022 as Manitoba's Best Short Film. We look forward to sharing more truth very soon and Miigwetch/thanks for choosing our film GIFF🎥❤️

    October 2022
  • Joel Penner

    I had a great time at the GIFF with my film Wrought. It was in such a beautiful setting and I really enjoyed meeting staff and other filmmakers.

    August 2022
  • Mackenzie Reid Rostad

    The Gimli Film Festival pays proper artist fees, and in so doing, actually values the labour of filmmakers. This and the stance against premiere statuses make Gimli a festival that all others should aspire to.

    September 2021
  • Thanks GFF for selecting My short film into the was a honor to be part of this fantastic festival.. I look forward into next year's festival.

    August 2021