join me for a diversion to the Gimli Film Fest
In this post, I invite you to join me on a virtual cultural diversion to the community of Gimli, Manitoba, Canada, for the Gimli Film Festival (GFF), where you’ll find an amazing array of films to nurture your spirit, entertain, educate, and challenge you.
Unfortunately, the in-person 2020 GFF has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the good news is that 100 films are being offered virtually beginning July 22nd through to the 26th. For a full festival pass of $70, you and members of your household can access a wide range of films and documentaries. If you’re only interested in one or two of the films on offer, you can purchase individual film passes for $8 each. This is a great way to access a palette of world films from the comfort of your own home at a very reasonable cost.
And from July 27–Aug 9, 2020, GFF is offering a special Extended Run of selected films for $10 per viewing of a film. Details on site.
The full repertoire of GFF offers a collection of obscure, eclectic, thought-provoking, and enticing short films, documentaries, and feature films from Canada and around the world.
In the past, I’ve been privileged to attend the Opening Reception in celebration of the festival. I’ve also enjoyed several beach screenings, including the Weakerthans documentary and The cult favourite Phantom of the Paradise.
A few years ago, I attended the afternoon screening of a documentary on El Bulli, said by many to be the world’s best restaurant at that time. I missed the opportunity to visit this landmark eating establishment when I was in Spain as it was too far from Barcelona to make it work for our itinerary, but I really enjoyed the documentary.
Where or how else would you be able to get inside the head of a master 3-star chef like Ferran Adria? I’m sure all mouths in the room were watering as we watched a film documenting this culinary mastermind’s sources of inspiration.
In ‘normal’ years, there are several indoor venues in addition to the free beach venue where you can watch classic feature films such as Phantom of the Paradise, Dr. Strangelove, Jurassic Park, and Monty Python’s Holy Grail. The photo above shows the frame for the 36-foot (11-metre) wide screen mounted in the water just off the shores of Gimli Beach, where you can watch the film of the evening from the comfort of a low beach chair, or by stretching out on a blanket.
The GFF offers something to please any film buff. Check the website or Gimli Film Festival Facebook page for the complete program and festival updates. They also have an Instagram page!
I’d love to hear your best GFF memories, or any experiences you may have had at other film festivals around the world. Hope to see you in Gimli in the future. 😊