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Cambridge, ON – April 25, 2023 – The Grand River Film Festival (GRFF), Waterloo’s longest running independent film festival announces their showcase of films for their milestone 15th season. The 2023 festival will return May 9 to 13 and will return to its festival roots as a fully in-person experience featuring events throughout Waterloo Region. “We are thrilled to bring these amazing films to local venues once again including a return to the City of Cambridge where it all began”, says Michael Clark, Festival Chair. Clark adds “We’re celebrating 15 festivals of GRFF as Cambridge celebrates a huge milestone of their own with their 50th anniversary.”

The milestone 15th season will showcase 9 features and an impressive 39 shorts throughout the week-long festival. Film selections come from 12 countries and in 11 languages, all available for the first time in the Waterloo Region. “We have an outstanding lineup for our 15th anniversary. GRFF 2023 will be showcasing the work of a diverse pool of exceedingly talented filmmakers, highly creative storytelling, and excellent local and international films. I am particularly excited that this year we will be screening various Indigenous films from Turtle Island as well as global communities,” shares Ileana Diaz, Director of Programming. Tickets for the in-person feature events can be purchased individually at $12 through the website or as one of four combos at a discounted price of $20.

Following its tradition of promoting local filmmakers, the festival will offer a free screening of locally made shorts in Cambridge on Saturday. The Cambridge Community Players and the KPL Theatre will also see free screenings of Indigenous, Canadian, and International shorts throughout the afternoon on May 13. GRFF is also proud to showcase the winners from the Hospice of Waterloo Region’s #YouOnlyDieOnce contest, and the winners of the City of Kitchener Youth Video Competition both of which will be featured ahead of ticketed films at the Princess Twin.”

Founded in 2007, the Grand River Film Festival (GRFF) is committed to celebrate and inspire community through the shared experience of film and is in part supported by a grant from the Ontario Trillium Resilient Communities Fund. 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.


Organization Contact for Media Inquiries:
Michael Clark
Grand River Film Festival (GRFF)