Grand River Film Festival to Celebrate Digitally

The festival will deliver its 14th season of programming as a virtual, at-home experience

WATERLOO, January 19, 2021 – Waterloo Region’s longest running film festival will celebrate its 14th season as a newly formatted at-home virtual experience.

The Grand River Film Festival (GRFF) is introducing the virtual festival experience, GRFF@Home, in May 2021 as a continuation of its annual film festival programming. “For GRFF, a virtual festival is a brave new world. But it has become the reality for festivals across the country and around the world, and the options available to us are quite impressive,” says Michael Clark, Programming Chair.

The virtual festival, GRFF@Home, will include an expanded selection of films available for online streaming. Viewers can expect interactive activities, such as live events and Q&As, allowing patrons to enjoy a variety of festival content from the comfort of their home. “Despite the challenges COVID-19 has erected, GRFF sees opportunities for more varied engagements with the film loving community,” says GRFF Chair, Paul Tortolo.

Film submissions are currently being received from local and international filmmakers, aligning with GRFF’s mission of “bringing films to the Waterloo Region that you wouldn’t be able to see anywhere else, in a theatre or at home,” says Clark. “We hope to see lots of local filmmakers put forward their films. Waterloo Region has an amazing arts community, and GRFF wants to give those artists the attention they deserve.”

The GRFF@Home festival will take place from May 5th to 8th, 2021 and will include an expanded selection of films available for online streaming.

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ABOUT GRAND RIVER FILM FESTIVAL – Founded in 2007, the Grand River Film Festival (GRFF) is committed to celebrate and inspire community through the shared experience of film. 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.