join me for a diversion to the Gimli Film Fest
In this post, I invite you to join me on a cultural diversion to the community of Gimli, Manitoba. You won’t find fine chocolate at the Gimli Film Festival (GFF), but you will find an amazing array of about 110 films to nurture your spirit, entertain, educate, and challenge you.
The 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. So sad to recently hear that the band is calling it quits.
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. 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 master 3-star chef, 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.
So please join us in Gimli from July 24-28th, 2019 for the Gimli Film Fest. You’ll be glad you did! They have a really great vibe in a beautiful lakeside environment.
There are four indoor venues in addition to the free beach venue where you can watch classic feature films such as Phantom of there 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 the palate of absolutely 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!