In North America Jul 22–26, 2020

The 20th Annual Gimli Film Fest Kicks Off!

The acclaimed film fest runs until July 26 with virtual streaming options!

Manitoba’s premiere film festival, Gimli Film Fest, kicked off its 20th anniversary online with two exciting and impactful opening night films. Gimli Film Festival opens at 7:00 PM CDT with maverick Icelandic director Rúnar Rúnarsson’s highly acclaimed Echo, which draws a biting and tender portrait of modern Icelandic society through 56 scenes.

The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open follows at 9:00 PM CDT. Directed by Kathleen Hepburn and Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, the film weaves an intricate yet simple story of a chance encounter between two Indigenous women with drastically different lived experiences, navigating the aftermath of domestic abuse. The film is one of the most highly decorated Canadian films from the past year, picking up 3 Canadian Screen Awards in May 2020.

GFF 2020 is screening 200 films over the next six days – making it their longest and largest Festival ever! You’ll find 120 of those films on GFF On Demand – including both opening night features. GFF On Demand is a Netflix-styled film-viewing platform, available to Festival passholders and individual ticket buyers across Canada! Buy your pass now for only $60 per household with the promo code: $10off

Audiences can also tune into GFF Live Stream for free, sponsored by RBC, to watch 23 programs (over 80 films!) available anywhere across the globe. These schedule includes special guest masterclasses, filmmaker Q&A’s, competitions, and panel discussions.

Festival highlights for 2020 include In Conversation with Tim Heidecker & Gregg Turkington which will stream live on GFF’s website on Sat, July 25 at 4:00 PM CDT. The conversation will be a rare chance for audiences to catch Tim & Gregg out of character, as local hero Guy Maddin explores their infamous careers and bizarre collaborations, taking questions from those in attendance.

Megan Follows Masterclass Q&A is another GFF 2020 highlight! Canadian screen icon Megan Follows takes a look at her remarkable career including the unforgettable role as Anne in the TV mini-series Anne of Green Gables. This intimate Masterclass, takes place on GFF Live Stream on Sunday, June 26 at 12:30 PM CDT. This program is generously sponsored by ACTRA Manitoba & the Directors Guild of Canada.