With 2015 marking the Gimli Film Festival’s fifteenth year, it’s safe to say that the event has become a Manitoba institution. But unlike some long-running events that rest on their laurels, GFF always lives up to its pedigree. Last year’s lineup included several of 2014’s most acclaimed films, including Ida and Boyhood (both of which had their Manitoba premiers at the fest).

While the 2015 lineup won’t be announced until mid-June, festival director Leona Johnson promises that this year’s schedule will be on par with last year’s.

“We’re always looking for the best films from Manitoban and Canadian filmmakers, as well as international films,” Johnson says. “I can’t divulge [the line-up] yet, because at the beginning of June, a whole new slate of films become available to us. But we’re trying to get some of the award-winning films from Cannes, from Sundance, from TIFF and Hotdocs.”

With the fifteenth anniversary comes some changes that will make the festival more accessible to fans. In addition to a new box office location, GFF is launching a mobile app that will allow patrons to digitally purchase advanced tickets and passes. The app also allows users to the view the schedule and make searches filtered by content and showtimes.

Part of the series: The 7th Annual Summer Festival Guide

Published in Volume 69, Number 27 of The Uniter (June 3, 2015)

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