CineSeries: Parasite – February 19


March 30, 2016

When: Wednesday, February 19, 7:30pm
Where: Galaxy Cinemas, Cambridge Centre
355 Hespeler Rd., Cambridge
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South Korea | 2019 | 132 mins

Director: Bong Joon-ho


Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival 2019

Winner Best Foreign Language Film, Golden Globes 2020

Winner Best Cast in a Motion Picture, Screen Actors Guild Awards 2020


A glorious success and smashing box-office hit for Korean auteur Bong Joon-ho — who returns home after his foreign adventures in Snowpiercer and Okja — PARASITE is a politically charged cinematic wonder.

Bong Joon Ho brings his singular mastery home to Korea in this pitch-black modern fairytale.

Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist, to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. The Kims provide “indispensable” luxury services while the Parks obliviously bankroll their entire household. When a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims’ newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out, threatening to destroy the fragile ecosystem between the Kims and the Parks. By turns darkly hilarious and heart-wrenching, PARASITE showcases a modern master at the top of his game.

Just when we think we know where the narrative is headed, Bong pulls the rug out from under us via turns that are occasionally dazzling, yet always organic, thanks to meticulous foreshadowing and his knack for slowly building an atmosphere of dread. – Phil Guie,


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CIGI Cinema Series: Through a Lens Darkly – February 25

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Tues, 25 February 2020

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT


CIGI Campus Auditorium

67 Erb St. W.

Waterloo, Ontario N2L 6C2

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About “Through a Lens Darkly”

The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations, and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, the award-winning film Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People probes the recesses of American history through images that have been suppressed, forgotten, and lost.

Bringing to light the hidden and unknown photos shot by both professional and vernacular African American photographers, the film opens a window into the lives of black families, whose experiences and perspectives are often missing from the traditional historical canon. African Americans historically embraced the medium as a way to subvert popular stereotypes as far back as the Civil War era, with Frederick Douglass photographed in a suit and black soldiers posing proudly in their uniforms. These images show a much more complex and nuanced view of American culture and its founding ideals.

Directed by Thomas Allen Harris and inspired by Deborah Willis’s book Reflections in Black, the film features the works of Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Willis Thomas, Coco Fusco, Clarissa Sligh and many others. Through a Lens Darkly introduces the viewer to a diverse yet focused community of storytellers who transform singular experiences into a communal journey of discovery – and a call to action.

Content Disclaimer: Due to the subject matter discussed, please be aware that images containing depictions of historical events (including the aftermath of violent crimes) as well as nudity are shown during this film.

About the Cinema Series

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Grand River Film Festival, and THEMUSEUM to deliver public film screening events throughout the year.

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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 2017 include:

Fundraising Committee Members
Role includes:
 attendance at meetings and active in planning/implementing the fundraising strategy. Great for those who are professional, out-going, comfortable talking on the phone and in-person, have a strong command of the English language, and respect confidentiality with information gathered. Experienced in Excel and Word a must.

Box Office – Be where the action happens – and keep track of it too!
Role includes: cash management, ticket sales, complimentary ticket and waitlist coordination, cash reconciliation, provide general information for festival events. Great for those who love interacting with the public and are good with numbers.

Theatre Ushers – The welcoming face of the festival!
Role includes: ticket taker, assist guests into the theatre, coordinate wait lines, provide general information for festival events, hand out surveys/film guides. Great for those who enjoy interacting with the public and providing a exceptional service.

Special Events – The life of the party!
Role includes: Set up, clean up, break down, hospitality, coat check, ticket taker, food and beverage service, bussing. Great for those who can shift from one job to the next and have a keen eye for detail.

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Film Submissions


March 30, 2016

Submit your film for consideration for inclusion in the Grand River Film Festival 2020!

Do you have a film, feature or short, that you would like to submit for consideration to screen at the 2020 Grand River Film Festival in Waterloo Region? The process is easy, and for the 2020 festival there are no fees associated with submission.
In your submission, please provide the following information:
  • Name, First and Last
  • Email
  • Film Type – Short/Feature
  • Run Time
  • Film Title
  • Production Year
  • GRFF only screens films which have not had a wide release as of the festival date. Please identify how many public screenings the film has had, or if this would be a premiere.
  • A link to a review copy of the film, and password. The film will be reviewed by our programming committee for consideration.
If you film is selected for inclusion in the festival, we will contact you for further details.
All submissions should be sent to Submissions will be accepted until February 29th, 2020.

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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

Paul Tortolo at

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Growth opportunity – Join our team!


March 30, 2016

Enriching Leadership Opportunity with GRFF!

Call for Board of Directors

Grand River Film Festival is seeking dedicated, driven and enthusiastic individuals to join the Board of Directors. This voluntary governing role is a challenging and rewarding way to apply your skills, meet and network with a variety of professionals, and support your local arts community.

Founded in 2007, the Grand River Film Festival (GRFF) is committed to celebrate and inspire community through the shared experience of film. Programming is curated  across three main platforms: an annual festival in May, year-round film screenings, and a youth video competition. GRFF recognizes the power of film to connect people and is thrilled to act as a vehicle for our community to build relationships and host meaningful conversations within the Waterloo Region.

Board Involvement, Duties & Obligations:

    • Prepare for and attend monthly board meetings and the annual general meeting at various locations across Waterloo Region
    • Understand and demonstrate a commitment to GRFF’s mandate, strategic planning and programs
    • As a working Board, Directors are expected to lend experience and expertise by actively participating in meetings and supporting sub committees
    • There is no expense reimbursement for GRFF directors, and no remuneration
  • GRFF maintains general liability insurance for the association, and Director and Officer Liability insurance for the Board of Directors. Coverage assumes due diligence in carrying out duties and obligations (meeting attendance, active participation, etc) and does not excuse negligence


Ideal candidates are practicing professionals in the required field and/or are community-minded persons who have a strong interest in arts and culture. Professional training in the arts is not required. 

We are currently seeking the following position: 

  •  Secretary
    ○ Work with the chair to send out the agenda prior to each meeting.
    ○ Ensures all rules and bylaws of the organization are adhered to by the board during meetings and the implementation of board decisions. The secretary is also
    in charge of the records and documentation for the organization.
    ○ Record the minutes of each board meeting. The secretary records everything that happens during the meeting including what was discussed, what actions were voted on and what actions are being taken as a result. Distributes the meeting minutes to the board members following the meeting.
    ○ Throughout the year, distribute documentation to the board and members as well as complete any legal filings on behalf of the organization on time. Ensures that all records are properly and safely stored.
    ○ In the event that neither the chair or vice chair can attend a board meeting, the secretary may temporarily step into their place. When this happens, call the meeting to order and preside over the function until another board member is temporarily appointed to the position.
    ○ The secretary makes sure that the board’s actions are in line with legal requirements and the organization’s bylaws.

Additional Info:

Please note that serving on the board is a volunteer commitment. Board terms are two years and the time commitment is approximately 8-12 hours per month. 

GRFF is committed to equity in all aspects of its operations. We encourage applications from indigenous people, persons with disabilities, ethnic or racial minorities, immigrants and refugees, Francophones, LGBTQI+ persons, women, and persons of all socio-economic walks of life. 

How to Apply:

Interested parties should submit their resume and letter of intent to Board Chair Paul Tortolo at with the subject Application to Board.

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