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.

National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) operates with ongoing funding from Core Funders: Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council; Benefactors: Shaw Media and Telefilm Canada; Patrons: CTV and the CTV/CHUM Benefits and Corus Entertainment; Builders: Rogers, The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation and NBCUniversal; Contributor: Women in Media Foundation; Friends: ZoomerMedia, Blue Ant Media, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries and APTN.

All media enquiries

Chris Vajcner – Director, Communications & Revenue Development
Tel: 204.957.2998 or email: chris.vajcner@nsi-canada.ca

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