CIGI Cinema Series: Human Flow – Oct 17

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October 20, 2018

Wed, 17 October 2018
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
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CIGI Campus Auditorium
67 Erb St. W.
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 6C2
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About Human Flow

Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II. Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Captured over the course of an eventful year in 23 countries, the film follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretches across the globe in countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Greece, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, and Turkey.

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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.




Film Partnership logos

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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Rider and the Wolf – News Update


June 17, 2016

Breaking news: The Grand River Film Festival screened THE RIDER & THE WOLF in 2015. The film told the story of Mike Rust, the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame cyclist who disappeared without a trace in Colorado. As of festival time, Mike’s disappearance was a cold case with little hope. However, in early January, an anonymous tip prompted by a film screening, led the local authorities to a spot on private land just a few miles from Mike’s house. There, five feet down, they found a body and officially identified the remains as those of Mike Rust just last week. The mystery of Mike’s disappearance has switched from a missing person case to a homicide case. Follow for developments and join the Rust family as they fight for Justice for Mike Rust. The power of film! – by Director Nathan Ward

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Call for Board Members


May 2, 2016

The Grand River Film Festival is looking for leaders in the Waterloo Region to join the Board of Directors and talented individuals to contribute to the ongoing planning of the festival. If you’re interested in sharing your skills in communications, sales, fundraising or volunteer management, contact Kim Elworthy at for more information.

 We’re looking for volunteers with experience:

  • Event Planning

  • Volunteer Managing

  • Arts Programming

  • Grant Writing

  • Fundraising and soliciting sponsorships

  • Leading within an arts organization

  • Working within a team

  • Managing multiple tasks within a short timeline

  • Reporting to senior leaders, board or committee chairs on a monthly basis

  • Using Google docs, correspondence writing, note taking etc.

  • Learning quickly and adapting to emerging trends and technologies

  • Passionate about Waterloo Region, Arts and Film


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Waterloo Record Reader Awards


April 30, 2016

We’ve been nominated! This year (alongside some truly awesome festivals) GRFF has been nominated for a Waterloo Region Record Reader Award for Favourite Festival/Community Event. You probably already know about us: we’re not in it for accolades and awards, BUT it sure is nice to be nominated!

As valued film fans we would sincerely appreciate – if you want to show us a little love – if you could click ‘Nominate’ beside our festival name HERE.

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Congratulations to Tim Hutchison


April 30, 2016

Congratulations to our Board member and DP Tim Hutchison on his Canadian Screen Award nomination! Best Photography in a Documentary Program or Factual Series, The Secret Science of the Dog Park

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Canadian National Film Day


April 30, 2016

GRFF Executive Director Tamara Louks and HURT director Alan Zweigat the post-screening Q&A. Photo credit: Brian Duggan
Thank you to Idea Exchange and those who joined us at our first National Canadian Film Day screening! We were honoured to partner with Idea Exchange and invite award-winning director Alan Zweig and his film HURT to Cambridge. It was a powerful film exploring the life of Canadian hero Steve Fonyo, who ran coast to coast raising $13 million for cancer research, was named to the Order of Canada and then spent the next 30 years in a downward spiral. Through the film and the post-screening Q&A, we spent a year with Steve and witnessed how the run impacted his life.
This year for National Canadian Film Day, Canadians from coast to coast to coast celebrated films made by your fellow Canucks at 415 events, in 217 communities, in every province and territory across the country! We even created a Twitter moment when #CanFilmDay trended on Twitter, reaching 20 million users! National Canadian Film Day is an initiative of REEL CANADA, a non-profit organization that brings Canadian films to high school students, new Canadians, and Indigenous communities across the country throughout the year. Supporting Canadian film isn’t just a one-day thing, so make sure to watch great Canadian films year-round!

TIFF POSTERAcclaimed documentary filmmaker Alan Zweig (When Jews Were Funny) profiles one-time Canadian national hero Steve Fonyo, who raised millions of dollars for cancer research with his 1984-85 coast-to-coast run and was subsequently disgraced by numerous troubles with the law. Winner of the Platform Prize, TIFF. Rated 14A.

Three decades ago, Steve Fonyo, an 18-year-old who’d lost a leg to cancer, became both a national hero and the youngest recipient of the Order of Canada when he ran across the country to raise funds for research. His life since has been no fairy tale. Substance abuse, jail time, and the government’s decision to strip him of his Order of Canada left Fonyo publicly disgraced and forgotten. (The only attendee at an anniversary celebration of his epochal run was the cop who busted him.) Yet he soldiers on, eventually giving us glimpses of the teenager who had the perseverance to complete such a feat back in 1985. Though Fonyo’s story is transfixing, it is director Alan Zweig’s empathy and wit that lift this documentary to the level of contemporary classics like . Zweig shows us a Canada seldom seen onscreen — and rarely with such impact. – Steve Gravestock, TIFF

For more information about National Canadian Film Day, visit

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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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