For the first time in two years, the Gimli International Film Festival is back in-person.

Executive Director Alan Wong says it's been a long time and the community -- as well as the organizers and volunteers -- was excited to have this event back. He says there have been plenty of films to see.

"Well, combined with short films and feature films, it's over 70 total films, about 30 feature films, and the rest are short films, which is quite a lot," says Wong. "It is less than in previous years. In the past, we've been able to show over 100 films, combination of features and shorts. This year is a little bit less, just because we are coming out of a pandemic, and we didn't want to pack the schedule too too much. We wanted to give some space in-between the screenings for venue cleanings and stuff like that."

Kids watching a film on the beach,The free film on the beach event returned this year. 

One of the films that featured Manitoba talent was "Anything Can Happen" by Portage la Prairie's own Chase Gouthro. The 40-minute feature film directed and produced by Gouthro takes the audience through the world of pediatric cannabis patients and how life-changing that process can be for kids and families. Another Manitoba film was "Cliff: a Portrait of an Artist", a portrait of one of Winnipeg’s most successful visual artists, Cliff Eyland.

If you were unable to catch the festival this year, or you were unable to see all of the films, there will still be some virtual options for you starting Monday.

"We'll be showing a select amount of our films online on demand through our festival portal for about 2 weeks, until August 7th," says Wong. "We have probably around 20 films. So, that's a pretty good deal for anyone wanting to check out any of the films that they may have missed during the actual festival. Anybody with a festival pass will still be able to access the digital festival after."

You can find more information online here.