Gimli is the best place to have a film festival. There are tons cool stuff to do between films and the beach atmosphere makes the festival unique and laid back. Make sure to spend some time at the beach before the evening beach film. It’s great to hang out and have a swim to break up a day full of movies. There are also some great places to eat during your action-packed day. Check out http://gimlifilm.com for screening information and more!
I love seeing the amazing independent films and hanging out in one of Manitoba’s coolest towns. While you’re taking in all the cool films, make sure you have time to check out the town of Gimli. There are a lot of things to do and places to go.
Like Kris’ Fish and Chips.
If you’re looking for somewhere to eat, Kris’ Fish and Chips is just awesome. With pickerel, mackerel, cod, and haddock, your options are wide open. If you don’t like fish and chips, then you’re weird. Also, there are burgers and ice cream so you’re covered.
Beach Boy’s Restaurant is very close to the beach and has a patio (if you’re into that kind of thing). It’s the place for many families to go for a bite to eat before the film festival!
When heading out to Gimli Film Fest there are some essentials that you need to bring:
- Water and snacks. Stay hydrated and energized throughout your action-packed day of movies.
- Some beach gear. You’ll want to frolic Lake Winnipeg.
- Some friends. It’s fun to have some people to talk with after seeing some great films. Get your friends out of their basement.
I recommend finding a map of all the theatres in town. The first time I went to the festival, I was a little lost. Head out to Gimli early early to get a lay of the land and enjoy the town.
Here are the movies I’m not going to miss at this year’s festival:
- Home Cooked Music Performance: Mike Maryniuk is making some of the most amazing films in Winnipeg! It’s no wonder he won the Manitoba Film Hothouse Award this year. His latest film, “Home Cooked Music” is playing during the Canadian Short Films programming. Afterward, there’s a performance by the subject of Mike’s movie, “Lorne Collie.” He’ll be playing some of the amazing instruments showcased in the film!
- MTS Stories From Home: MTS Stories From Home is an amazing opportunity for Manitoba filmmakers. Anyone can pitch a documentary with a Manitoban subject. Then, if it’s accepted, MTS will showcase the film on demand. This year there are three different MTS Stories From Home films.
- Making Movies With Your Smartphone: Do you want to learn how to make movies with your smartphone? The GOOTB team sure does! We’ll definitely be at this free workshop. Join us!
- FM Youth: This movie was filmed in Winnipeg’s St.Boniface and I’ve heard nothing but great things about it. I missed the screenings at Cinematheque earlier this year but I’m not going to miss it this time.
If you see the GOOTB team at the Gimli Film Festival this year, come say hi!