Gimli Film Festival (Dave McKnight)
I'm so happy to have won the RBC $10,000 Pitch Competition but overall I'm just thrilled to be given the opportunity to make my short film, Mark, which I hope will be the first of many in my career.
—Justina Neepin, winner of RBC Emerging Film Competition
The Gimli Film Festival kicked off with a screening of Jaws 2 and wrapped up with a successful screening of Blue Hawaii despite a severe thunderstorm.
But audiences weren't scared off by any of this. In fact a new attendance record was set - at the combined screenings both on the beach and indoors. The total number of people who attended the 12th annual festival reached 13, 500.
It wasn't only festival attendees who left with a smile.Filmmaker Justina Neepin won the $10,000 RBC Emerging Film Competition. She was unanimously chosen by a panel of judges for her film Mark which will be shown at next year's festival. Mark tells the story of a bus stop encounter between a beautiful woman and an optimistic young man. Here's Justina Neepin's pitch:
Neepin will co-produce Mark with her sister Jenna who fully expected to be a part of the high-pressured pitch until the last minute.
"We were both so nervous," said Jenna Neepin. "Moments before the pitch, Justina looked at me and said, 'I've got this.' And she did. She nailed it. I am so proud of her."
"I'm so happy to have won the RBC $10,000 Pitch Competition but overall I'm just thrilled to be given the opportunity to make my short film, Mark, which I hope will be the first of many in my career," said Justina Neepin.
Also worth noting - High Fidelity TV, Canada's leading all-HD broadcast and production company acquired the documentary Soul of the Sea, co-produced by Winnipeg-based Fringe Filmworks and Mustard & Co.