Celebrating and inspiring community through the shared experience of film, the Grand River Film Festival (GRFF) hosts both an annual festival and year-round film programs dedicated to bringing bold, reflective and inspiring films to Waterloo Region (Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo).
The festival hosts local, Canadian and international film throughout the region, pairing screenings with panels consisting of directors, film professionals, local interest groups and notable guest speakers. GRFF recognizes the power of film to connect people and is thrilled to act as a vehicle for the community to build relationships and host meaningful conversations within the Waterloo Region.
In addition to festival week, GRFF is proud to present and collaborate on the following programs:
- Youth Video Competition: In partnership with the City of Kitchener, Kitchener Public Library and the Commons Studio, this program offers youth filmmakers in our community, the opportunity to showcase their talents and win prizes. Winning videos will be screened at the Kitchener Public Library, main branch, and at the Grand River Film Festival in May 2020.
- CineSeries: GRFF is a presenting member of the TIFF Film Circuit, a national outreach programme that brings the best of Canadian and world cinema to over 170 locations in over 150 communities from coast to coast. This film program runs September through April at Cambridge Cineplex.
- CIGI Cinema Series: This thought-provoking documentary series is presented in partnership with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and THEMUSEUM to deliver free public film screening events at CIGI throughout the year.
GRFF is an incorporated not-for-profit and member of good standing with the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce and the KW & Cambridge Volunteer Action Centre. GRFF builds brand trust and loyalty across Waterloo Region through partnerships with local venues, organizations, academic institutions, the film community, events and other film festivals. Community partnerships are a dynamic way to increase outreach, remain relevant to our community’s needs and leverage shared resources. A short list of community partners includes Idea Exchange, THEMUSEUM, CIGI, City of Kitchener, Kitchener Public Library, Apollo Cinema, Wilfrid Laurier University Department of English and Film Studies, First Weekend Club, Hot Docs, and TIFF Film Circuit.