Gimli Film Festival

Movie night on the beach


The biggest film festival between Toronto and Vancouver takes place in Manitoba’s own Gimli.

“The initial appeal is being able to sit in such a cool little boutique, beach town,” Rick Kemp, Gimli Film Festival (GFF) executive director, says. “And being able to sit on the beach and watch a movie.”

From July 20 to 24, GFF will be screening movies at four indoor venues, plus on the beach.

“I’m going to be trying to dress up the street a little bit more to make it look more like a festival,” Kemp says.

Along with putting up more signs and encouraging local businesses to get involved, Kemp plans to do up the town to look a little bit more like a theatre district.

This is the only real change to the festival this year, besides the film line-up.

“It’s business as usual,” Kemp says. “It all ends up being which films we show.”

The GFF team puts a lot of time and thought into choosing the perfect line-up and, at press time, Kemp says they had not yet finalized the list.

He says it will be announced on its website,, before the festival.

“We also have an app that people can download,” Kemp says.

Through the app, attendees can check out the schedule and get more information about the films they’ll be enjoying from the comfort of their sandy seat.

Published in Volume 70, Number 27 of The Uniter (June 2, 2016)

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