“Land, ho!” at Gimli Film Fest

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Good news for local filmmakers wanting to be a part of Gimli Film Festival 2013!

The Gimli Film Fest and their partners the NSI announced on April 15th that they would open a “special call” for local films, with an all online submission process that is open until May 15th. The films will be eligible for a special one-hour short film program of “exclusively Manitoba films completed within the last year”, in addition to the other 6 hours of shorts programs that will be culled from the NSI’s Online Film Fest.

The festival’s director said this added “special call” was a response to the recent reaction by local filmmakers to news that Gimli would be closing their short film open call for the first time in the festival’s history.

“It’s an attempt to acknowledge the feedback we’ve received,” said Gimli Film Fest director Cheryl Ashton in a phone interview with Cineflyer.

Ashton said it was money matters that forced the festival to choose between dropping their short film programs entirely, and partnering with an outside organization that could handle the task of programming 7 hours of short films.

“We’re doing this out of necessity, not out of want,” said Ashton, the festival’s sole year-round employee. “This is a year that we’ve kind of had to adjust, and at the same time there is no new funding being announced anywhere. It’s tough times out there. Just hanging onto the sponsors we have had has been tough enough.”

Ashton said it has been challenging to raise money for the festival because it’s currently not eligible for public sector funding because of the cash prizes offered by the festival. Ashton said the organization is hoping to make changes to their structure so they may become eligible for arts council funding in the future.

But for local filmmakers who felt their participation in the festival was seemingly ousted, this announcement is a sweet victory and proof that local stink-raising can pay off.

See more about this ordeal in this previous Cineflyer post.

And if you’re a local filmmaker, why not submit to Gimli Film Fest!

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Originally published on the NSI website, on April 15, 2013

Special call for Manitoba-only short film submissions for the Gimli Film Festival 2013

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Manitoba short filmmakers – you could win up to $2,000 in prize money at the Gimli Film Festival which takes place from July 24 to 28. Submit your film – which must have been completed after January 1, 2012 – through the National Screen Institute. Submissions are being accepted until Wednesday May 15, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. CT.

Get the submission form and details.

NSI has partnered with the Gimli Film Festival to deliver seven hours of shorts programming for their annual festival in Gimli, Manitoba, 90 kilometres north of Winnipeg.

Six hours of programming, including comedy, drama, animation, documentary and more will be selected from the NSI Online Short Film Festival archives.

The seventh hour will be exclusively Manitoba films made up of submissions received as part of this call.

Entries cannot be longer than 30 minutes – the shorter the better. Drama, comedy, animation, documentary, sci-fi, horror, music video and experimental films are all eligible.

Films must be produced by Manitoba filmmakers, completed after January 1, 2012 and have not previously been programmed at the Gimli Film Festival. There is no submission fee. Your screener must be available online for the jury to review. DVD submissions will not be accepted.

Two $1,000 audience awards are up for grabs – the Shaw Media Audience Choice Award for Best Canadian Short Film, and Shaw Media Award for Best Manitoba Short Film.
About the Gimli Film Festival

The Gimli Film Festival, now in its 13th year, showcases features, documentaries and shorts from Manitoba, Canada and the world, that promise informative, fascinating and riveting entertainment. In addition to the indoor venues, the popular, free on-the-beach screenings will be back for 2013. Gimli, Manitoba is located about 90 kilometres north of Winnipeg, on the west shore of Lake Winnipeg.
About the National Screen Institute

The National Screen Institute is renowned for having given many emerging filmmakers, television writers and producers their first breaks, and for providing training and production support through courses like NSI Totally Television, NSI Drama Prize, NSI New Voices, NSI Features First, NSI Lifestyle Series Producer, Movie Central Script to Screen and NSI Aboriginal Documentary. NSI also offers national exposure through the NSI Online Short Film Festival and provides vast resources and support to those in the film, television, and digital media industry at nsi-canada.ca.

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Originally published on the NSI website, on April 12, 2013

NSI partners with Gimli Film Festival

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is proud to announce its new partnership with the Gimli Film Festival.

NSI is programming seven themed hours of short films for the Gimli fest, which takes place from July 24 to 28, selected from the NSI Online Short Film Festival archives. Comedies, documentaries, drama, animation and more will be presented.

One of the programs will contain exclusively Manitoba films completed within the last year, and NSI is opening a special call for submissions, starting Monday April 15. Details will be available on the NSI website at that time.

“We are very excited to be working with NSI on this year’s festival,” said Gimli Film Festival director Cheryl Ashton. “Their extensive archive from the NSI Online Short Film Festival provides a wide range of films from across Canada, and we also want to give Manitoba filmmakers the opportunity to get their latest and greatest projects on the Gimli big screen.”

A jury will select the Manitoba films chosen for the Gimli Film Festival.

Two $1,000 audience awards are up for grabs – the Shaw Media Audience Choice Award for Best Canadian Short Film, and Shaw Media Award for Best Manitoba Short Film.

“Although NSI is a national organization, it’s very important to us to support regional events in our home province,” said NSI CEO John Gill. “NSI has been attending and participating in the Gimli Film Festival for years and it’s great to see it grow in popularity. This new endeavour is a wonderful chance for us to work with them and extend a specific invitation to Manitoba filmmakers to submit their shorts.”
About the Gimli Film Festival

The Gimli Film Festival, now in its 13th year, showcases features, documentaries and shorts from Manitoba, Canada and the world, that promise informative, fascinating and riveting entertainment. In addition to the indoor venues, the popular, free on-the-beach screenings will be back for 2013. Gimli, Manitoba is located about 90 kilometres north of Winnipeg, on the west shore of Lake Winnipeg.
About the National Screen Institute

The National Screen Institute is renowned for having given many emerging filmmakers, television writers and producers their first breaks, and for providing training and production support through courses like NSI Totally Television, NSI Drama Prize, NSI New Voices, NSI Features First, NSI Lifestyle Series Producer, Movie Central Script to Screen and NSI Aboriginal Documentary. NSI also offers national exposure through the NSI Online Short Film Festival and provides vast resources and support to those in the film, television, and digital media industry at nsi-canada.ca.

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~ by cineflyer on April 16, 2013.

2 Responses to ““Land, ho!” at Gimli Film Fest”

  1. [...] **Addendum, April 15, 2013 : As a reaction to a filmmaker outcry regarding the issues discussed in the article below, the Gimli Film Fest and the NSI have opened up a “special call” for local films. For more on this announcement, please see this Cineflyer article. [...]

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