Breaking news: The Grand River Film Festival screened THE RIDER & THE WOLF in 2015. The film told the story of Mike Rust, the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame cyclist who disappeared without a trace in Colorado. As of festival time, Mike’s disappearance was a cold case with little hope. However, in early January, an anonymous tip prompted by a film screening, led the local authorities to a spot on private land just a few miles from Mike’s house. There, five feet down, they found a body and officially identified the remains as those of Mike Rust just last week. The mystery of Mike’s disappearance has switched from a missing person case to a homicide case. Follow www.facebook.com/gritandthistlefilm for developments and join the Rust family as they fight for Justice for Mike Rust. The power of film! – by Director Nathan Ward
May 2, 2016
The Grand River Film Festival is looking for leaders in the Waterloo Region to join the Board of Directors and talented individuals to contribute to the ongoing planning of the festival. If you’re interested in sharing your skills in communications, sales, fundraising or volunteer management, contact Kim Elworthy at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We’re looking for volunteers with experience:
Fundraising and soliciting sponsorships
Leading within an arts organization
Working within a team
Managing multiple tasks within a short timeline
Reporting to senior leaders, board or committee chairs on a monthly basis
Using Google docs, correspondence writing, note taking etc.
Learning quickly and adapting to emerging trends and technologies
Passionate about Waterloo Region, Arts and Film
April 30, 2016
We’ve been nominated! This year (alongside some truly awesome festivals) GRFF has been nominated for a Waterloo Region Record Reader Award for Favourite Festival/Community Event. You probably already know about us: we’re not in it for accolades and awards, BUT it sure is nice to be nominated!
As valued film fans we would sincerely appreciate – if you want to show us a little love – if you could click ‘Nominate’ beside our festival name HERE.
April 30, 2016
GRFF Executive Director Tamara Louks and HURT director Alan Zweigat the post-screening Q&A. Photo credit: Brian Duggan
Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Alan Zweig (When Jews Were Funny) profiles one-time Canadian national hero Steve Fonyo, who raised millions of dollars for cancer research with his 1984-85 coast-to-coast run and was subsequently disgraced by numerous troubles with the law. Winner of the Platform Prize, TIFF. Rated 14A.
Three decades ago, Steve Fonyo, an 18-year-old who’d lost a leg to cancer, became both a national hero and the youngest recipient of the Order of Canada when he ran across the country to raise funds for research. His life since has been no fairy tale. Substance abuse, jail time, and the government’s decision to strip him of his Order of Canada left Fonyo publicly disgraced and forgotten. (The only attendee at an anniversary celebration of his epochal run was the cop who busted him.) Yet he soldiers on, eventually giving us glimpses of the teenager who had the perseverance to complete such a feat back in 1985. Though Fonyo’s story is transfixing, it is director Alan Zweig’s empathy and wit that lift this documentary to the level of contemporary classics like . Zweig shows us a Canada seldom seen onscreen — and rarely with such impact. – Steve Gravestock, TIFF
For more information about National Canadian Film Day, visit canadianfilmday.ca.
March 30, 2016
Single tickets are your best option if you want to keep it simple or you just want to attend a few films at the festival. Plus with single tickets, you are guaranteed a seat until 10 minutes before show time. In order to ensure that seat is not in the front row, we encourage you to arrive well in advance of show time.
ALL ACCESS PASS:
For those who want to experience all aspects of the festival from Opening Night festivities to the Closing Night screening including Industry Day! The ALL ACCESS PASS allows you to attend any public GRFF event during October 25 – 28, 2017. Passes offer guaranteed seating up to 20 minutes in advance of the show time on a first come, first serve basis. After this time, general rush tickets go on sale. If a passholder arrives late and the theatre is full, seating may not be available. Once a theatre is at capacity, we are unable to admit additional people. ALL ACCESS PASS is non-refundable.
General Admission $15
Students $10 – type code STUDENT at check out for discount. Valid student ID is required.
Seniors $10 – type code SENIOR at check out for discount.
All Access Pass $75
All pricing plus hst. Service charges apply to online purchases.
Rush tickets are only available at the box office for your selected film on the day of screening. If a film screening is rush seating only, we will announce this on our website and social media channels. Please arrive a minimum of 45 minutes in advance of your film and join the rush line to be the first to purchase released tickets. Rush tickets can be purchased with cash only.
NOTE: The screening schedule is subject to change. Please visit grff.ca for up-to-date schedules.