Canadian Film Fest Round-Up

Some have gone, some are here, and some are on their way - here are just a few of the film festivals that invade the Great White North annually.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Canadian Film Fest

April  2-3, 2011

With nearly 30 official film viewings as well as slews of awards including the Rising Star and Royal Reel, the Canadian Film Festival, which was held last April in BC, may only be two days but it shows years worth of talented work.

The Canada International Film Festival has firmly established itself among the top film festivals in Canada. Held each year in the beautiful and cosmopolitan city of Vancouver, British Columbia, the festival brings the very best of world cinema to Canada from over 90 countries around the world. The 2012 Canada International Film Festival will be held March 24-25, 2012 at the beautiful Edgewater Casino in downtown Vancouver, and the program will showcase a wide variety of North American and International feature films to thought-provoking shorts, documentaries, music videos, animations, experimental films, student films, a screenplay competition, and more.


Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF)

September 9-18, 2011

The Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF), unique in North America, is a public film festival that reaches 1.3 million daily commuters on the ONESTOP TTC subway platform screens. Urban-themed films from across Canada and around the world play every 10 minutes on 300 screens in 60 subways stations across Toronto. This year's guest judge is Atom Egoyan. 

This September the 5th annual TUFF will take place on the ONESTOP Network of subway platforms screens throughout the TTC. Each year, at the same time as TIFF, TUFF screens the best films from of hundreds of submissions. In 2011 they raised the bar, showcasing truly unique and wholly creative film, video, and animation.


Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)

September 8-18, 2011

TIFF is dedicated to presenting the best of international and Canadian cinema to film lovers. What began as a ten-day film festival has grown to embrace programming 365 days a year. TIFF offers screenings, lectures, discussions, festivals, workshops, industry support, and the chance to meet filmmakers from across the country and around the world.

TIFF's mission is to transform the way people see the world and lead the world in creative and cultural discovery through the moving image. Last September TIFF Bell Lightbox opened, allowing the festival to expand and truly become a creative, community, and global leader, and one of the world’s premiere organizations in the discovery and understanding of film.


Whistler Film Fest

November 30-December 4, 2011

Founded in 2001, the Whistler Film Festival Society (WFFS) is a registered charity committed to celebrating, promoting, and developing a strong film industry in Western Canada, and to showcasing the best films from Canada and as well as the world. The organization is responsible for hosting one of Canada’s leading film festivals and plays a major role in offering professional development programs and opportunities for filmmakers. Under the umbrella of the WFFS, there are two main programs: the Whistler Film Festival – Whistler's annual celebration of film, and the Whistler Summit – Western Canada's premier industry forum organized to address filmmaking in the digital age.


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