11th Annual Grand River Film Festival Announces Film Line-up, New Focus

September 20, 2017, Cambridge, ON – GRFF proudly announces its 2017 line-up featuring critically acclaimed films and a connection to the region’s tech hub, with the new tagline “Where Tech Meets Indie.”

The festival kicks off at Shopify in Waterloo on October 25th, with the screening of She Started It, a documentary focusing on women in tech. A panel of local female entrepreneurs will accompany the film to answer questions and provide insight on the topic.

“We’re very excited to be partnering with Shopify and screening this film,” said Kim Elworthy, Chair of the Board of Directors for GRFF. “Opening night represents the focus of this year’s festival; to celebrate the tech scene in the region while providing the community with compelling and entertaining indie films.”

This influence is also evident with the screenings of Geek Girls and Reengineering SAM, two films that take a look at how technology and new media are shaping the lives of two very different groups of people.

Though tech may be the focus of this year’s festival, GRFF continues to boast a well-rounded line-up. International films, Lost in Paris, a comedy from France, and Lucky, a USA drama, are two features that have drawn rave reviews from the likes of the Hollywood Reporter, Variety and Indiewire.

Hot Docs favourite, Integral Man, is an inspiring portrait about a man and his home, featuring Toronto’s Jim Stewart, the most published mathematician since Euclid, and a labour of love by Canadian director Joseph Clement.

GRFF’s closing film, Riverhead is the first feature length film from Newfoundland director Justin Oakey. His short Flankers received praise at TIFF in 2014 and his stylistic approach to filmmaking is a beautiful representation of his home province.

“This is a great opportunity for the region,” said Tamara Louks, GRFF’s Executive director. “These films share amazing stories and most people won’t get the chance to see them anywhere else.”

At GRFF, it’s more than just the film. Whether it’s director Q&A’s, panel discussions, exhibition tours or parties, GRFF attendees always get a little bit extra.

And at $15 a ticket, you don’t have to break the bank for a great night out.

For a complete schedule, access to trailers and to purchase tickets, please visit www.grff.ca.


About GRFF

Founded in 2007, the Grand River Film Festival (GRFF) is committed to celebrate and inspire community through the shared experience of film. Featuring compelling documentaries, engaging shorts and premiere features, GRFF presents an integrated cultural experience. The festival encourages community involvement through a shared love for cinema by offering unique and diverse programming with creative community partnerships. The festival takes place each fall at venues throughout Waterloo Region.

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