You Only Die Once: #YODOContest 


March 30, 2016

Hospice of Waterloo Region is proud to be partnering with the Grand River Film Festival for the first time to present a short film competition that aims to get community members talking about what it means to live well until you die.

You Only Die Once: #YODOContest calls on filmmakers and storytellers in Waterloo Region to tell stories that to focus on death as a part of living. The short films are expected to be 3-5 minutes in length, and will explore and educate others about death, dying, and grief in a personally unique way that has a positive influence on the community.

HWR is currently accepting applications for film proposals. Submissions are due Sept. 15. If you would like to share information about this film contest with your online community, we have provided sample graphics and posts that you may want to choose from.

Please check back soon for another exciting short film contest offered by GRFF!”

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Lights, Camera, Connection – a short film competition 

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March 30, 2016

The Grand River Film Festival is excited to offer a short film competition to the Region of Waterloo community. 

GRFF wants your submissions of original short films to showcase at the Lumen light festival on September 26th in uptown Waterloo. GRFF will be projecting your films onto the side of a building in uptown all evening of the festival. 

Lumen seeks to explore the interplay of light, art, and technology. Film is the child of those three criteria. GRFF seeks to encourage and develop local film making talent, and to inspire alternative story telling. And to showcase that talent and those stories in venues such as Lumen. 

To be included, your submissions must meet the following criteria:

  • Films must be silent, as this is a visual-only exhibit.
  • Films should endeavor to make creative use of light or technology in the creation of their films. 
  • Films must be no shorter than 30 seconds, and no longer than 3 minutes.
  • Submissions must include a title card, black background with white Ariel text, stating the name of the film and the name of the artist. 
  • No pixel quality no lower than 1080P.
  • Artists must reside in the Region of Waterloo.
  • Artists must be 12 years or older. 
  • Your film must be a completely original work.
  • You must agree that the film submitted may be shown publicly at Lumen 2020 by GRFF, and footage may be used by GRFF in advertising material.

Submissions chosen to be part of the exhibition will receive an artist’s fee, proportional to the number of chosen entries. 

Deadline for submissions is Sept 18th at 5pm.

Submissions should be made to, via Dropbox or Google Drive.

Questions regarding this competition can be directed to

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March 30, 2016

Application form

Each year, GRFF relies on volunteer film enthusiasts to present a festival of great film and programs. People are needed to assist in all areas of the festival – there is a role for everyone! As ambassadors for both the Festival and the Region of Waterloo, being pleasant, helpful and professional are key requirements for a GRFF volunteer.

Even though you are helping us out immensely, volunteering can also benefit you! These benefits can include real life skills for your resumé, tickets to GRFF screenings, the fabulous experience of taking part in a film festival, and high school community service hours.

If you are interested in lending your time and talents to GRFF, email for further information.

What type of volunteer position are you looking for?*
Tell us how you heard about GRFF and why you would like to volunteer:

* Indicates required fields

Opportunities for 2020 include:

1. Board of Directors opportunity – Secretary

Board involvement, duties and obligations are to participate in monthly board meetings and the annual general meeting at various locations across Waterloo Region. You should understand and demonstrate a commitment to GRFF’s mandate, strategic planning and programs.  As Secretary you will:
  • Work with the Chair to draft and distribute an agenda prior to each meeting.  Ensure all rules and bylaws of the organization are adhered to by the Board during meetings and advise on the implementation of Board decisions.
  • Record the minutes of each board meeting, distribute to Board members and file for future reference.
  • Support the Board’s work through maintenance of Board documents and folders.
  • Distribute documentation to the Board and complete filings regarding the Annual General Meeting. Ensure that all records are properly and safely stored.
2. Programming Committee
Do you have a passion for film? Would you like to help bring amazing films to the Waterloo Region? The Grand River Film Festival is looking for diverse perspectives to join its Programming Committee. This volunteer position would consist of watching, reviewing, and recommending films to be considered for GRFF. Duties include attending a monthly meeting and some outreach throughout the month. We are especially looking for female, Black, Indigenous, people of colour, and minority

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The ALARM Dialogues: Beyond Crisis


March 30, 2016

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BEYOND CRISIS is a story of hope for a rapidly changing world: a meditative call to action that explores what it means to be living in this new era of climate change, as told by over fifty diverse voices from across Canada, the U.S. and beyond.

A hand-crafted portrait of a growing social movement united by our shared crisis, this film empowers YOU to continue the world’s tough climate discussions at home, in school and in your community – to build a #SafeClimateFuture for all of us.

Pre-register by September 23, 2020, to receive a link to view the film in advance of the event on October 7. Join us virtually on THEMUSEUM’s Facebook page to ask questions, and hear more about the film, as well as some of the local activism efforts for climate justice in Waterloo Region.

This event is in partnership with THEMUSEUM & Grand River Film Festival (GRFF).

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Newsletter Signup


March 30, 2016

Stay up to date with the latest local film industry happenings by signing up for our monthly e-newsletter!

We’ll keep you in the know on:

  • GRFF news
  • Film production in Waterloo Region
  • Local film premieres and events
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Inspired film picks

Sign-up is free!  Just fill out the form below with your name and email address!

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Become a Sponsor


March 30, 2016

Join in a rich history of arts, culture and film in Waterloo Region!

GRFF is made possible through the dedicated partnership of our sponsors.  Through their generosity, more films and programming are made available to larger audiences.  Sponsorship supports:

    • promotion of local filmmakers
    • film competitions
    • workshops and educational programs
    • special events
    • volunteer program
  • community presentations

GRFF welcomes new ideas and partnerships, and would love to work with your organization if it shares an interest in providing a unique film experience that helps us celebrate and inspire our community.  We offer a diverse range of sponsorship opportunities at our annual festival and other events throughout the year.

GRFF approaches sponsors with an eye to long-term partnerships, designed to benefit everyone involved. We would be happy to customize a sponsorship package tailored to your business needs. Packages could include any of the following: branding, advertising, hospitality, product placement, and naming rights.

Download Our Sponsorship Package

GRFF Sponsorship Package 2020

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Youth Video Competition 2020


March 30, 2016

Deadline for entry extended to Sept. 18, 2020, 5 p.m.

Every spring we partner with the Kitchener Public Library (KPL) and The City of Kitchener to offer young, budding filmmakers in our community, the chance to showcase their talents and win some extra spending money.

Youth between the ages of 12 and 25 are invited to share their original short films and animations for a chance to win cash prizes in three age categories: 12-14, 15-17 and 18-25. Two $300 prizes are available in each category. Up to ten honourable mentions are also chosen.

Apply at

Visit our website for updates about the screening of the winning videos with our great partners, the KITCHENER PUBLIC LIBRARY and THE CITY OF KITCHENER.

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