The short film Stay premieres at GIFF on July 23




The curtain will soon be lifted on the short film by Elena Sturk-Lussier Staywhich will officially premiere at the Gimli International Film Festival this year.

The 28-year-old Winnipegger won the 10th annual RBC $10,000 competition for emerging filmmakers at last year’s festival, and the film will now premiere at this year’s festival on July 23.

Since winning the prestigious competition last year, Sturk-Lussier has had a busy time growing up in Norwood Flats and is an alumnus of College Louis-Riel.

” It was great. Creatively, I’ve been very, very busy,” Sturk-Lussier said as his film’s premiere approached. “It’s been very intense, but very rewarding.”

In the past 12 months, Sturk-Lussier has written an episode of the French-language children’s animated series Squadwhich is produced by Manito Media, based in St. Vital.

And with filmmaker Danielle Sturk, who is also her mother, and producer Katy Slimmon, Sturk-Lussier has developed a French-language children’s animation series titled Aanya and our found stories with TFO, the French-language educational television channel, which is produced by Ray Films of Saint-Boniface.

In addition, Sturk-Lussier — who currently works full-time as production manager at Wookey Films — directed, shot and edited a never-before-seen music video for Franco-Manitoban artist Félixe.

As for the upcoming premiere, Sturk-Lussier looks forward to the occasion with a mixture of emotions.

“I’m so excited this year as my film opens in front of a live audience and jury. I’m very excited, but also a little nervous to know that I will be in a theater when it premieres publicly. times. Even my husband and mother didn’t see it,” she said.

“It’s also a big deal for me, and a big step for me, because the film is in English, and I usually work in French.”

The film Stay — which stars Brandon McEwan, Madison Chevrefils and Shannon Loewen — is described as a coming-of-age drama. As part of her win last year, Sturk-Lussier received $10,000 in production funds through the RBC Emerging Artists Project.

The Gimli International Film Festival will take place July 20-24. Go online to for more information on the Gimli International Film Festival.

Simon Fuller

Simon Fuller
Community journalist

Simon Fuller is a reporter/photographer for the Free Press Community Review. Email him at [email protected] or call him at 204-697-7111.

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