Celebrating and inspiring community through the shared experience of film, the Grand River Film Festival (GRFF) is an annual week-long festival dedicated to bringing bold, reflective and inspiring films to Waterloo Region (Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo).

GRFF offers the community a week of local, Canadian and international film hosted 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, and as part of our ongoing commitment to support and promote Canadian film talent, GRFF is proud to present the following programs:

  • MCAP SHORT Shorts: The highly successful competition is a forum for recognition and awards, and provides filmmakers an avenue to screen their films in a festival setting. Guest judges select the winning films awarded with cash and product prizing.
  • Industry Sessions: GRFF hosts a development program to provide resources and learning opportunities for filmmakers to grow artistically and deepen connections within the industry and across our community.
  • Cin-E-merge: This educational outreach series launched in 2013 to encourage an interest in the film industry with our region’s youth. Cin-E-merge is committed to offering exciting and accessible programming for students to screen independent projects, learn from captivating presentations, and network with leading local film and video industry professionals.
To celebrate and inspire community through the shared experience of film.
Waterloo Region leads community engagement through film