Ex Machina at themuseum Mar 1


March 30, 2016

GRFF and THEMUSEUM invite you to join us for INTERcut

Still not convinced that we’re living in the future? Browse – and engage – with INTERACTION and then consider the role of technology in our everyday lives. Stay for a special screening of the futurist classic, Ex Machina. Watch the trailer here:

$7+HST|March 1st, 2018| Doors 6:00pm |Programming 7:00pm-9:00pm| 19+, must present a valid ID| Drinks can be purchased at B@THEMUSEUM

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2017 Festival Films

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She Started It – October 25

2016, USA, Documentary, 84 Minutes Director: Nora Poggi, Insiyah Saeed Starring: Christine Herron SHE STARTED IT gives a new face to the popular image of the tech entrepreneur: a female face. Following five women over two years as they pitch VCs, build teams, bring products to market, fail and start again, ...
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Geek Girls – October 26

2017, Canada, Documentary, 83 Minutes Director: Gina Hara Starring: Anita Sengupta, Stephanie Harvey GEEK GIRLS reveals the hidden half of nerd culture; a world of cute dresses, professional gamers, fake names and death threats. In the first feature-length documentary about ‘geeky’ women, filmmaker Gina Hara goes on a journey to ...
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Lost In Paris – October 26

2017, France, Comedy, 83 Minutes Directors: Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon Starring: Fiona Gordon, Dominique Abel, Emmanuelle Riva Filmed in Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon’s signature whimsical style, LOST IN PARIS stars the filmmakers as a small-town Canadian librarian and a strangely seductive, oddly egotistical vagabond. When Fiona’s (Gordon) orderly life ...
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Reengineering Sam – October 27

2016, USA,Documentary, 82 Minutes Director: Brian Malone Starring: Sam Schmidt Sam Schmidt lived out his boyhood dream as an IndyCar racer, winning races and earning the title of IndyCar "Rookie of the Year" along the way. That dream came to an abrupt end when Sam crashed into a wall at ...
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Integral Man – October 28

2016, Canada,Documentary, 62 Minutes Director: Joseph Clement Starring: Jim Stewart After Euclid, Toronto’s Jim Stewart is the most published mathematician in the world. Stewart spent a decade and a small fortune building the home of his dreams to reflect his two obsessions: curves and music. The completed home, called Integral ...
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Lucky – October 28

2017, USA, Drama, 88 Minutes Director: John Carroll Lynch Starring: Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch LUCKY follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off the map desert town. Having outlived and out smoked all of his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky ...
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Riverhead – October 28

2016, Canada, Crime/Drama, 90 Minutes Director: Justin Oakey Starring: Lawrence Barry, Stephen Lush, Des Walsh A blood feud divides a small town in rural Newfoundland. As winter creeps toward his rural Newfoundland community, local widower and workhorse Patrick Whelan finds himself at odds with a violent young man returning home from a ...
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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.

Download our sponsorship package

If you are interested in becoming a GRFF sponsor, please email Tamara Louks at

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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 for further information.

What type of volunteer position are you looking for?*
Tell us how you heard about GRFF and why you would like to volunteer:
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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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March 30, 2016

Advertise with us!

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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March 30, 2016

Waterloo Region



Mike Gallant (Toronto)


3:00pm Saturday, October 28 University of Waterloo School of Architecture, Cambridge

“A woman, in the midst of a deteriorating and tumultuous relationship, volunteers to test out a new neuro drug called “Narcoproxen.”

Narcoproxen gives its patients the ability to “drift”, ending a stream of memorable consciousness and then picking it up later on in life and avoiding potential trauma or other unwanted memories.

The more this woman needs Narcoproxen the more her relationship crumbles into darkness. Will she discover she should live her life and deal with the problems she faces, or continue to hide from her choices until the day she dies?”


Happy Face Hill

Samantha Chalmers (Cambridge)


1:00pm Saturday, October 28 University of Waterloo School of Architecture, Cambridge

“True Canadian Andrew Sitler was born, raised, and lives on a farm in Cambridge, Ontario.

His peaceful rural lifestyle came to a halt when the city of Cambridge approached the Sitler’s about building what is now known today as Hespeler Road, into their land.

This construction divided their property and rendered a portion of their land unusable. However, one thing that everyone knows about Andrew Sitler is that with him, nothing goes to waste. Thus Happy Face Hill.

As we reflect on Andrew Sitler’s experiences, we come to comprehend that happiness can be much more than just a happy face.”




Final Exam

Philippe Gosselin (Toronto)


Wednesday, October 25, 7:00pm @ Shopify, Waterloo

“Zaid, a university student, lingers after class to ask his philosophy professor some questions about death. At first she suspects that he’s merely cramming for the final exam, but it soon becomes clear that his need for answers is much more urgent.”

“Final Exam takes a philosophical look at identity, fear of death and how we proceed through life given our own mortality.”

“Final Exam is entirely philosophical in nature it does not provide any conclusive answers. My intention is that viewers will be entertained and maintain their position regarding death or be open to new possibilities.” 


Break Room

 Andy Hourahine (Paris)


7:00pm Saturday, October 28 University of Waterloo School of Architecture, Cambridge

“An ambitious, young teacher, trying hide a rough past, is offered her dream job at a prestigious, private school but finds the unique staff has something more in mind than hitting the books on her first day.”




Salar Pashtoonyar (Toronto)


Friday, October 27, 7:00pm @ Communitech, Kitchener

“Sahil, a young Afghan immigrant struggles to sustain a romantic relationship with his lover due to his overbearing Afghan father. “

“Sahil is a film about one’s inability to communicate with their elders due to respecting family values. Being an Afghan-Canadian, throughout my teenage and young adult life, I haven’t been able to share some of my happiest and saddest moments with my loved ones because it will hurt their values and sentiments. This film comes from those moments that I want to speak out but can’t.”


What About Shelley

Kyle Reaume (Toronto)


Thursday, October 26, 6:00pm @ THEMUSEUM, Kitchener

“Billy and Shelley are best friends, but their friendship is greatly tested when Shelley’s boyfriend, Adam, secretly comes out to Billy – the only other gay man he knows.”


André the Anti-Giant

Kim Saltarski (Toronto)


Thursday, October 26, 7:30pm @ Galaxy Cinemas, Cambridge

“A 3-foot-something actor/comedian/disability advocate strives to retake the stage following a life-endangering diagnosis.”

“The world needs more human beacons to show us how to live. Andre H. Arruda is one such beacon. Being a fly on the wall in his wondrous world was a fantastic experience that I know will affect many different people in many ways. Enjoy!



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