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Festival Overview

2019 marks the 12th season of the Grand River Film Festival (GRFF), and a move from the historic fall presentation to spring.

Celebrating and inspiring community through the shared experience of film, the Grand River Film Festival hosts an annual 4-day festival dedicated to bringing bold, reflective and inspiring films to Waterloo Region (Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo).  The festival encourages community involvement through a shared love for cinema by offering unique and diverse programming with creative community partnerships.

GRFF programs local, Canadian and international films, pairing screenings with panels consisting of film directors, industry 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.

Notable past guests include Academy Award director Yojiro Takita and actress Susan Sarandon, Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, Juno award winners Rita Chiarelli, Paul James and Sylvia Tyson, prima ballerina Veronica Tennant, award winning Canadian directors Sturla Gunnarson, Charles Wilkinson, Bruce McDonald, and many other directors, actors, writers and producers in the film industry.

GRFF is an incorporated not-­for­-profit and member of good standing with the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce and the KW & Cambridge Volunteer Action Centre. GRFF builds brand trust and loyalty across Waterloo Region through partnerships with local venues, organizations, academic institutions, the film community, events and other film festivals. Community partnerships are a dynamic way to increase outreach, remain relevant to our community’s needs and leverage shared resources. A short list of community partners includes Idea Exchange, THEMUSEUM, CIGI, Kitchener Public Library, Apollo Cinema, UW School of Architecture, Wilfrid Laurier University Department of English and Film Studies, First Weekend Club, Hot Docs, Reel Canada and TIFF Film Circuit.

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