GFFxWAG: Manitoba Premiere of The Grizzlies, a tale of resilience in Canada’s North

Winnipeg, Manitoba, April 9, 2019: The Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) and Gimli Film Festival (GFF) have teamed up to present the Manitoba premiere of The Grizzlies on Thursday, April 18 at the WAG.

Based on a true story, The Grizzlies follows a group of Inuit youth in a small community who gain a powerful sense of pride and purpose through the sport of lacrosse, in this account of tenacity, renewal, and inspiring resilience in Canada’s North.

Tickets are $20 for students and $30 for general admission. The event will be held at the WAG (300 Memorial Blvd.) with the screening starting at 7pm. Doors open at 5:30pm. Tickets can purchased online here, and include entry to WAG exhibitions. Cash bar.

Quick Facts:

The Grizzlies, directed by Miranda de Pencier and produced by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, had its world premiere at TIFF 2018 and was nominated for two Canadian Screen Awards.

• This event is a joint fundraiser for the WAG Inuit Art Centre, opening in 2020, and the 19th annual Gimli Film Festival, July 24-28, 2019.


“GFF is excited to kick-off the Festival season with a courageous tale from the North. It’s a great opportunity to connect with our Winnipeg audiences and give them a taste of what they can experience at the 19th annual Gimli Film Festival this summer.”
—Aaron Zeghers, GFF Festival Director

“This partnership with Gimli Film Festival is one of several initiatives raising awareness and support for the WAG Inuit Art Centre as we get closer to the opening in 2020. We are thrilled to host the Manitoba premiere of this must-see film celebrating a story from the North.”
—Lila Goodspeed Everett, Co-Chair, WAG Inuit Art Centre Community Campaign

Manitoba Indigenous owned and operated film and television production company, Eagle Vision, generously sponsored 100 tickets to be given out to emerging Indigenous filmmakers and organizations. Many thanks to the RBC Benevity Team who will be volunteering as part of the event.

Associated Links:
Winnipeg Art Gallery – Film Night: GFF x WAG present The Grizzlies
Gimli Film Festival
The Grizzlies
WAG Inuit Art Centre

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For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Amber O’Reilly
Engagement Officer
Winnipeg Art Gallery

Cleo Curtis
Communications & Logistics Manager
Gimli Film Festival


About the Winnipeg Art Gallery

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is a cultural advocate using art to connect, inspire, and inform. Playing a dynamic role in the community, we are a place for learning, dialogue, and enjoyment through art. The WAG holds in trust the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art on earth. To celebrate the art and to honour the Inuit, the WAG is building the Inuit Art Centre, the first of its kind in the world. Opening in 2020, the Centre will bridge Canada’s North and South through exhibitions, research, education, and art making.

About the Gimli Film Festival

The Gimli Film Festival is Manitoba’s premier film festival. The 19th edition of the Festival will showcase critical, engaging and entertaining cinema from the most promising Manitoban and Canadian filmmakers and an exceptional selection of feature films and documentaries from around the world! Join us this year Wednesday, July 24 to Sunday, July 28!



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