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March 30, 2016

Grand River Film Festival announces TIFF’s Cineseries Partnership and revamped festival in 2019
Waterloo Region, ON – The Grand River Film Festival (GRFF) proudly announces its 2018 program will be focused on Cineseries, a monthly film screening in partnership with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Cineseries, previously administered by Cambridge Art Galleries, features critically acclaimed films as part of TIFF’s Canadian Film Circuit. The program will function under the new leadership of former GRFF Executive Director, Tamara Louks.
“We’re eager and ready to grow our popular festival screenings into a year-round program,” said Louks. “Cineseries has held a captive audience for 19 years in our community, and we were honoured to have both Idea Exchange and TIFF identify GRFF as the perfect partner to assume this program.”
 
As for GRFF’s annual week-long festival aptly titled, “Where Tech Meets Indie,” the festival is set to relaunch in May 2019, bringing together young, local, Canadian and independent filmmakers with Waterloo Region’s burgeoning tech companies. The festival’s 2017 partnership with tech giants such as Shopify Plus, proved that technology, film and community are ripe for exploration as the region continues to rapidly transform into a world-leader in technology and innovation. 
 
During last year’s festival screening of SHE STARTED IT, a panel of local female entrepreneurs accompanied the film to answer questions and provide insight on the topic of women-led startups. This mix of film screenings and topical discussion led by community leaders is what sets GRFF apart. 
 
“We’re very excited to explore even more opportunities that bring together a wide range of community members to embrace independent Canadian film and home-grown technology,” said Paul Tortolo, chair of the Board of Directors for GRFF. “GRFF will maintain and embrace new partnerships with Waterloo Region companies and organizations to create meaningful experiences around film, innovation and the stories that unite us.”
 
Though the traditional festival experience will be missed in 2018, the Festival’s Board is excited to strategically align the focus and future of GRFF with the incredible transformation that Waterloo Region has experienced since the festival launched in 2007.

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Join in a rich history of arts, culture and film in Waterloo Region!

GRFF is made possible through the dedicated partnership of our sponsors.  Through their generosity, more films and programming are made available to larger audiences.  Sponsorship supports:

  • promotion of local filmmakers
  • film competitions
  • workshops and educational programs
  • special events
  • volunteer program
  • community presentations

GRFF welcomes new ideas and partnerships, and would love to work with your organization if it shares an interest in providing a unique film experience that helps us celebrate and inspire our community.  We offer a diverse range of sponsorship opportunities at our annual festival and other events throughout the year.

GRFF approaches sponsors with an eye to long-term partnerships, designed to benefit everyone involved. We would be happy to customize a sponsorship package tailored to your business needs. Packages could include any of the following: branding, advertising, hospitality, product placement, and naming rights.

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If you are interested in becoming a GRFF sponsor, please email Tamara Louks at tamara.louks@grff.ca

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VOLUNTEER

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Application form

Each year, GRFF relies on volunteer film enthusiasts to present a festival of great film and programs. People are needed to assist in all areas of the festival – there is a role for everyone! As ambassadors for both the Festival and the Region of Waterloo, being pleasant, helpful and professional are key requirements for a GRFF volunteer.

Even though you are helping us out immensely, volunteering can also benefit you! These benefits can include real life skills for your resumé, tickets to GRFF screenings, the fabulous experience of taking part in a film festival, and high school community service hours.

If you are interested in lending your time and talents to GRFF, email volunteer@grff.ca for further information.

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Opportunities for 2017 include:

Fundraising Committee Members 
Role includes:
 attendance at meetings and active in planning/implementing the fundraising strategy. Great for those who are professional, out-going, comfortable talking on the phone and in-person, have a strong command of the English language, and respect confidentiality with information gathered. Experienced in Excel and Word a must.

Box Office – Be where the action happens – and keep track of it too!
Role includes: cash management, ticket sales, complimentary ticket and waitlist coordination, cash reconciliation, provide general information for festival events. Great for those who love interacting with the public and are good with numbers.

Theatre Ushers – The welcoming face of the festival!
Role includes: ticket taker, assist guests into the theatre, coordinate wait lines, provide general information for festival events, hand out surveys/film guides. Great for those who enjoy interacting with the public and providing a exceptional service.

Special Events – The life of the party!
Role includes: Set up, clean up, break down, hospitality, coat check, ticket taker, food and beverage service, bussing. Great for those who can shift from one job to the next and have a keen eye for detail.

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The Grand River Film Festival prints 3,000 programme guides each year, distributed before the festival, to various downtown locations and organizations across Waterloo Region. By advertising with GRFF, your organization will reach a community of loyal film fans and film industry professionals. 

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Cardinals – April 26

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When:
Thursday, April 26, 2018, 7:30pm
Where:
Galaxy Cinemas, Cambridge Centre
355 Hespeler Rd., Cambridge
See Map: Google Maps
Description:

Canada, 2017, Director: Grayson Moore, Aidan Shipley. English, 84 minutes

After years in prison for a drunk driving accident causing death, former convict Valerie Walker (Sheila McCarthy; Algonquin, TV’s Little Mosque on the Prairie) returns home.  She is greeted by her daughters, Eleanor (Katie Boland, Daydream Nation) and Zoe (Grace Glowicki, Suck It Up), and the three hit a burger joint before returning to their suburban home.  The community keeps to itself and Valerie plans on moving on without revisiting any of the events she has had years to ponder.  But the deceased man’s son Mark (Noah Reid; Old Stock, Score: A Hockey Musical) soon shows up at Valerie’s door. He comes for closure, but makes his suspicions about Valerie’s motives crystal clear as he does his intention to dig until he hits the core. Exasperated, Valerie needs to keep at bay past witnesses, an inquisitive therapist, and a creeping Mark, all while protecting her daughters.  The acerbic wit of the script by directors Grayson Moore and Aidan Shipley is astonishing.  Tonally, Cardinals’ razor-sharp dark humour permeates through a genuinely gripping psychological thriller. McCarthy’s towering performance is at the centre of it all, as her character navigates the palpable malaise that her return has triggered while testing whether what goes around always comes around.

Cast: Sheila McCarthy, Katie Boland, Grace Glowicki, Noah Reid


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Ages:
Ages 18+
Cost:

ADMISSION

Adults $11.06 + HST


Where to Purchase

IN ADVANCE

Online: VISA and MasterCard. Please note an email address is required.

By phone: Call 519.621.0460. We accept VISA and MasterCard.

In person: Visit any Idea Exchange location to purchase tickets. We accept cash, cheque, Interac, VISA, MasterCard.
NIGHT OF THE FILM

At the Box Office (box office open from 6:30 – 7:30pm): Subject to availability using cash, Visa or Mastercard.

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Don’t Talk to Irene – May 16

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When:
Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 7:30pm
Where:
Galaxy Cinemas, Cambridge Centre
355 Hespeler Rd., Cambridge
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Description:

Please note this Cineseries date is on a Wednesday, not the usual Thursday. It is also on the third week of the month instead of the fourth.

Canada, 2017, Director: Pat Mills, English, 90 minutes

An overweight teenage girl follows her passion for cheerleading and signs up for a talent-search reality show in order to prove that “physical perfection” isn’t everything.

Irene Willis (Michelle McLeod) lives in a town deemed the most insignificant geographical location in North America. The cycle of life is predictable and bland, something 15-year-old Irene, “the fattest girl in high school,” might just be able to shake up. Fuelled by the dream of becoming a cheerleader, but constantly told by both her overprotective mother and society that she isn’t exactly a fit for the role, Irene turns to her confidante and all-around god: Geena Davis. Speaking to Irene via the A League of Their Own poster on her bedroom wall, Geena provides the inspiration and tough no-nonsense motivation she needs to face her bullies and follow her passions.

When Irene gets suspended and is forced to do community service at a retirement home — run by discipline freak Barrett (Scott Thompson)  alongside her bullies and her new friend, Tesh (a gender non-conforming, glitzy dreamer), an opportunity arises. If she can’t be a high-school cheerleader, maybe she can turn her new-found circle of elderly friends into an unlikely dance troupe.

Pat Mills established himself with his dark comedy Guidance (TIFF ’14) and brings to Don’t Talk to Irene his smart, sly, and sharp humour. This is an empowering comedy about acceptance on your own terms. Disarmingly honest, Irene goes through the world with no filter, quick repartee, and an underlying sense of potential achievement. She just needs a bit of a lift to soar. You go, girl!

Cast: Michelle McLeod, Scott Thompson, Geena Davis


Check out a review of the movie.

Ages:
Ages 18+
Cost:

ADMISSION

Adults $11.06 + HST


Where to Purchase

IN ADVANCE

Online: VISA and MasterCard. Please note an email address is required.

By phone: Call 519.621.0460. We accept VISA and MasterCard.

In person: Visit any Idea Exchange location to purchase tickets. We accept cash, cheque, Interac, VISA, MasterCard.
NIGHT OF THE FILM

At the Box Office (box office open from 6:30 – 7:30pm): Subject to availability using cash, Visa or Mastercard.

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