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What’s New at GRFF

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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