The Gimli Film Festival is widely recognized as the most successful film festival in Manitoba, Canada, and the largest rural Film Festival in all of Canada! It is our mandate to support filmmakers by paying minimum IMAA screening fees to ALL films that screen as part of our festival!

It is our aim to bring critical, boundary-pushing cinema to our local audiences in the beautiful summer lakeside community of Gimli, Manitoba. We annually showcase the best narrative, documentary and experimental feature and short films from around the world.

We have dedicated annual series focused on Icelandic cinema, social justice documentaries, Indigenous cinema, woman-driven cinema, films from the Circumpolar region, environmental films and in 2019 a new series of Director's of Colour. Our theme for 2019 is "Cinema Outside the Box", which will present a focus on expanded cinema, media arts installation, VR and other audio-visual experimentation that presses the bounds of traditional cinema.

**Please note, single-channel videos and films are NOT eligible for our "Cinema Outside the Box" category and will be disqualified.

For more information about the submission process or about the Festival in general, please feel free to contact our team at

-Best of Fest Award (for feature films)
-Best Canadian Short Film ($ prize TBA)
-Best Manitoban Short Film ($750)
-Best Manitoba Filmmaker (all Manitoba filmmakers eligible)
-RBC $10,000 Emerging Pitch Competition ($10,000 | must submit application via website)

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 Independent Media Arts Alliance 2019 Fee Schedule *OR* the fee/percentage agreed upon by the filmmaker/distributor:

*To apply to be a part of RBC's $10,000 Emerging Filmmaker Pitch Competition you must be a Manitoba resident and apply online here:

**Please note, the Gimli Film Festival DOES NOT offer refunds once a film submission fee has been paid.**

Overall Rating
  • Trevor Kristjanson

    Amazing festival in my hometown! Prompt and professional with all communication, accommodation and needs of the visiting filmmakers. A highlight of the summer and festival scene!

    August 2019
  • Vado Vergara

    Great festival with incredible communication and excellent film programs! Unfortunately I couldn't attend this year, but they gave me all the support!

    Thanks for the affect and long life to GFF! <3

    August 2019
  • Anita Lebeau

    Wonderful festival. Had a fabulous time! Looking forward to the 20th next summer :0)

    August 2019