Moviegoers flock to Gimli for the film festival –

For the first time in two years, the Gimli International Film Festival is back in person.

Executive Director Alan Wong says it’s been a long time and the community – as well as organizers and volunteers – were thrilled to have this event back. He says there were a lot of movies to see.

“Well, combined with shorts and features, that’s over 70 films in total, about 30 features, and the rest are shorts, which is a lot,” Wong says. “It’s less than in previous years. In the past, we were able to show more than 100 films, a combination of feature films and short films. This year it’s a little less, simply because we are coming out of a pandemic, and we didn’t want to fill the schedule too much. We wanted to leave some space between screenings for cleaning rooms and stuff like that.

The free beach event movie returned this year.

One of the films featuring Manitoba talent was “Anything Can Happen” by Chase Gouthro of Portage la Prairie. The 40-minute feature film directed and produced by Gouthro takes audiences through the world of pediatric cannabis patients and how life-changing this process can be for children and families. Another Manitoba film was “Cliff: a Portrait of an Artist,” a portrait of one of Winnipeg’s most famous visual artists, Cliff Eyland.

If you couldn’t make it to the festival this year, or couldn’t see all the films, there will still be virtual options for you starting Monday.

“We will be showing a selection of our films online on demand through our festival portal for approximately 2 weeks, until August 7,” Wong said. “We probably have around 20 films, so this is a really good deal for anyone who wants to check out one of the films they may have missed during the festival. Anyone with a festival pass will still be able to access the digital festival after.”

You can find more information online here.

Darcy J. Skinner