Gimli International Film Festival 2022

Shorts #6: New Works by the IFA

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GFF is excited to team up with the Indigenous Filmmakers Association for the fifth year in a row! This year, the IFA held a filmmaking challenge for their members in conjunction with GFF. The films in this program were created leading up to the 2021 Festival by the IFA’s local Indigenous filmmaker members, all shot right here in Manitoba and across Turtle Island. Thanks to all of the filmmakers for creating these wonderful films for this special screening!


Lost Moccasin

dir. Roger Boyer 

2021 | Manitoba | 12 min

Bradford Bilodeau, a Sixties Scoop survivor, goes on a journey to speak with his birth uncle about the day that Bradford and his siblings were all taken from their mother.

Songs in the Key of Cree – Manitoba Tour Documentary

dir. Rachel Beaulieu

2021 | Manitoba | 11 min

Songs in the Key of Cree is a behind the scenes look at Tomson Highway’s new cabaret that is currently being developed. The story follows Lynx, an aspiring country singer from Northern Manitoba and follows her struggles with disadvantages to be a country singer. The base of the show is a Cree language preservation project.


dir. Broden Halcrow Ducharme

2021 | Manitoba | 3 min

This film is about a young girl’s mother who recently passed away. With the help of her closest friend, she will begin to start her healing journey.

The Callback

dir. Chelsey Mark

2021 | Manitoba | 7 min

Failing a callback audition for a breakout role, Stew goes 48 hours off the grid reviving his actor mojo to return home discovering new messages on his answering machine.

Family Business

dir. Amanda Kindzierski

2021 | Manitoba | 5 min

After a woman suffers a tragedy, she must rely on family to clean up the problem.

Piyesis – Bird (Letting Go Ceremony) 

dir. Sarah Simpson-Yellowquill

2021 | Manitoba | 6 min

Part 1 of 4 teachings. We follow the main character Piyesis (Bird), on their discovery of who they are and their culture.


dir. April Johnson

2021 | Manitoba | 3 min

During the height of the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown, filmmaker April Johnson reflects on both the creation of a memorial blanket for her brother after his overdose and the importance of community. 

To Do List 

dir. Justina Neepin

2021 | Manitoba | 5 min

A working mom tries to maintain her routine while in isolation.

My son, My Father

dir. Steven Bignell

2021 | Manitoba | 13 min

Set during the winter of WW2, a father writes to his son back home and faults himself for leaving his son.

Please Note: This program has been rated 14A

A working mom tries to maintain her routine while in isolation.

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    Justina Neepin