Kingston Canadian Film Festival
|Location||Kingston, Ontario, Canada|
The Kingston Canadian Film Festival is an annual celebration of the best in Canadian cinema held in Kingston, Ontario. It is the largest stand-alone showcase of feature films from across Canada. The 2020 festival takes place March 11-15, downtown Kingston.
In addition to the best new Canadian films of the year, KCFF presents workshops, panels, live music and podcasts, plus lots of special guests, with past appearances by Ellen Page, Gordon Pinsent, Deepa Mehta, Cathy Jones, plus cast from Kids in the Hall, Letterkenny, Mr. D, and The Trailer Park Boys.
The Kingston Canadian Film Festival is held annually in late February to early March and is a registered charity. The Festival Director is Marc Garniss, Associate Director is Megan Sirett, Features Programmer is Jason Anderson, and Chair of the Board of Directors is Blaine Allan.
The Kingston Canadian Film Festival was launched in 2001 by Alex Jansen, who was then studying film at Queen's University. It was a three-day event held at the Screening Room Movie Theater, a two screen repertory cinema which Jansen was managing at the time. The Festival was launched with assistance from Moving Pictures: Canadian Films on Tour (who were replaced by the Toronto International Film Festival Group in 2003). In 2002, the Festival added a second, larger venue on the Queen's University campus, increased the number of screenings substantially and added a fourth day to the event, becoming the largest stand-alone showcase of feature films from across Canada.
- In 2003, the Festival launched its ongoing "Local Filmmaking Initiative" (LFI), a multi-tiered program focused towards nurturing the local film making community, through the City of Kingston's Healthy Community Fund.
- In 2004, the Festival added a fourth venue by temporarily re-opening the Princess Court Cinema.
- In 2005, Alison Migneault became Co-Director of the Kingston Canadian Film Festival. The Festival moved its main venue to the Empire Theatre and added a fifth day to the event.
- In 2006, Migneault became full Director of the Kingston Canadian Film Festival and Jansen moved into a consulting position. The Festival launched a new French Community Outreach program aimed at Kingston's sizeable French-speaking population.
- In 2007, the Kingston Canadian Film Festival launched its first-ever retrospective series, around the 50th anniversary of film making by the acclaimed Canadian director Allan King.
- In 2008, the Kingston Canadian Film Festival staged high school outreach in partnership with Reel Canada.
- In 2009, the Festival held a local short film competition (10 Years, 10 Minutes) and awarded $5,000 cash and professional mentorship for a local team to produce a short film to br premiered at the 2010 festival.
- In 2010, the Kingston Canadian Film Festival celebrated its 10th anniversary, premiered the winner of the 10 Years, 10 Minutes Award and hosted a special screening of the silent film Carry On Sergeant!.
- In 2012, the Festival hosted another silent film screening – Back to God’s Country - at the Grand Theatre. Attendance at the festival increased by 11% over the 2011 event.
- In 2013, the Kingston Canadian Film Festival hosted the Oscar winner Mychael Danna (Life of Pi) at the Filmmakers’ Reception.
- In 2014, the Festival increased box office by 25% and surpassed the attendance record set in 2010.
- In 2015, box office increased by 21% over 2014 with a total audience of 5,750. Dedicated showcases for youth filmmakers were established. KCFF introduced a music in film program. There were appearances by Paul Spence (Deaner from FUBAR), Greg Keelor of Blue Rodeo, Don McKellar, and over 50 other special guests.
- In 2016, the Festival increased box office for the third successive year, surpassing 2015 by 15%. KCFF: Interactive introduced video game development workshops. Guantanamo's Child: Omar Khadr won the Eye on Canada People's Choice Award. There were special guest appearances by Scott Thompson, K Trevor Wilson, Jess Allen, Brian D. Johnston, Sarah Harmer, Conner Jessup, and over 60 other industry guests.
- In 2017, Operation Avalanche was awarded the Limestone Financial People's Choice Award.
- In 2018, Don't Talk To Irene was awarded the Limestone Financial People's Choice Award.
- In 2019, The Grizzlies was awarded the Limestone Financial People's Choice Award. Special guests included Miranda de Pencier, Gerry Dee, Aurora Browne, Jennifer Whalen, K. Trevor Wilson, Bif Naked, Maxime Giroux, Kim Nguyen, Phillipe Lesage, Darlene Naponse, Caloline Bartczak, Robert Budreau, Piers Handling, Alison Reid, and many others.
The Kingston Canadian Film Festival showcase 30-40 of the best Canadian features of the year. Features include work from first-time filmmakers, as well as Oscar winners. The Canadian Features also have a strong focus on French filmmaking, and films created by indigenous directors.
Every year, KCFF generally display 3 distinct Canadian short programs. Each program presents its own theme. Typically, the festival plays 50-75 short films.
In addition to the movies, KCFF showcase live music and comedy, podcasts, receptions, awards and parties. These program offer local filmmakers the opportunity to meet industry professionals. Notable guests include Ellen Page, Gordon Pinsent, Deepa Mehta, Cathy Jones, plus cast from Kids in the Hall, Letterkenny, Mr. D, and The Trailer Park Boys.
Editions and selected films
The 2018 edition of the Kingston Canadian Film Festival included short film programs (with dedicated slots for local artists and youth), free workshops and networking, industry guest appearances and talks, receptions, special events, music, comedy, and awards.
2018 Feature Films
- Adventures in Public School
- Birth of a Family
- Black Cop
- Clearing The Way: Combat Engineers in Kandahar
- Cross My Heart
- Don't Talk to Irene
- Expo 67: Mission Impossible
- Fake Tattoos
- Indian Horse
- Let There Be Light
- The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches
- Living Proof
- Maison du Bonheur
- Mary Goes Round
- Never Steady, Never Still
- Ninth Floor
- Ordinary Days
- Our People Will Be Healed
- Room for Rent
- Someone Else's Wedding
- Spotlight On: Amanda Strong
- Sweet Virginia
- The Road Forward
- Tragedy Girls
- Unarmed Verses
- Virginia To Vegas
2018 shorts programs
- Canadian Shorts: Defining Moments
- Canadian Shorts: Here and Now and Then
- Canadian Shorts: The Whole Shebang
- Local Shorts: Epics 1
- Local Shorts: Epics 2
- Local Shorts: Minutes
- Youth Shorts
2018 special events
- Grown Ups Read Things They Wrote as Kids
- Lowest Of The Low
- An Evening With Deaner of Fubar
- Mix & Mingle
- SOMEONE KNOWS SOMETHING
2018 film lab workshops
- Breaking In: Starting A Career In Film & Media
- Kids' Animation Workshop
Find out the list of guests on: https://kingcanfilmfest.com/2019-festival/guests/
KCFF 2018 award winners
BEST YOUTH SHORT
- Tallulah dir. Freddy VanCamp
BEST CANADIAN SHORT
- Newborn dir. Ray Savaya
STEAM WHISTLE HOMEBREW AWARD FOR BEST LOCAL SHORT - MINUTES
- No Distance dir. Erika Weir & Julia Carrie
STEAM WHISTLE HOMEBREW AWARD FOR BEST LOCAL SHORT
- Three Sisters dir. Josh Lyon
LIMESTONE FINANCIAL PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
- Don't Talk To Irene dir. Patt Mils
- Kingston Canadian Film Festival
- Playback Magazine: Kingston - the true Canadian festival
- Movies in Kingston - The Screening Room
- Moving Pictures
- Film Circuit - A Division of TIFFG
- Kingston Canadian Film Festival
- City of Kingston Healthy Community Fund
- Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund
- Kingston Canadian Film Festival
- The Community Foundation of Greater Kingston
- KingCanFilmFest - One-on-One Sessions