Kingston Canadian Film Festival

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Kingston Canadian Film Festival
Location Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Founded 2001
Language English

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 2017 festival took place on March 2-5[1]

The Kingston Canadian Film Festival is held annually in late February to early March and is a registered not-for-profit organization.[2]


The Kingston Canadian Film Festival was launched in 2001 by Alex Jansen, who was then studying film at Queen's University.[3] 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.[4] The Festival was launched with assistance from Moving Pictures: Canadian Films on Tour[5] (who were replaced by the Toronto International Film Festival Group in 2003).[6] 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.[7]

  • 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.[8]
  • 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.[9]
  • 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 icreased 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.


Local Filmmaking Initiative[edit]

The LFI includes numerous internships in partnership with the Queen's University Department of Film Studies, an annual seminar, various workshops, and one-on-one mentoring sessions between attending industry professionals and area filmmakers. The Festival also continues to present one locally produced short film before each feature.[10]

French Community Outreach Program[edit]

This program consists entirely of non-subtitled French language films. These films would otherwise be unavailable to local audiences.[11]

One-on-One Sessions[edit]

This program offers local filmmakers the opportunity to meet industry professionals one-on-one. These meetings are an hour long each. The local filmmaker is matched with an industry guest who is most able to be of assistance to them.[12]

Editions and selected films[edit]


The 2017 edition of the Kingston Canadian Film Festival included four 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.

2017 feature films[edit]

  • All Governments Lie
  • Angry Inuk
  • Bitter Harvest
  • Boneyard
  • Boundaries (Pays)
  • Celtic Soul
  • Jean of the Joneses
  • Jerusalem, We Are Here
  • Live In Kingston
  • Nirvanna The Band The Show
  • Nelly
  • Old Stone
  • Operation Avalanche
  • Prank
  • Searchers (Maliglutit)
  • Sir John A, And The Curse of The Anti-quenched
  • Still Night, Still Light (Mes nuits feront écho)
  • The Intestine
  • The Lockpicker
  • The River of My Dreams
  • The Secret Path
  • The Stairs
  • Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves
  • We Can't Make The Same Mistake Twice
  • Weirdos
  • Werewolf
  • Window Horses

2017 shorts programs[edit]

  • C Is For Canada
  • Canadian Shorts
  • Local Shorts: Epics
  • Local Shorts: Minutes
  • Ontario Shorts
  • Youth Shorts

2017 special events[edit]

  • Ben Caplan
  • Cathy Jones
  • Damian Abraham
  • Forty Seven Teeth
  • Mother Mother
  • P.S. I Love You

2017 film lab workshops[edit]

  • Breaking In: Starting A Career In Film & Media
  • Digital Media Showcase
  • Kids' Animation Workshop
  • Make A Pitch
  • One On One Mentorship Sessions

2017 guests[edit]

Find out the list of guests on:

KCFF 2017 award winners[edit]


  • A Nerd’s Guide to Getting the Girl dir. Annika Broadhead


  • Ty Conn: My Brother the Outlaw dir. Adam Gray


  • Operation Avalanche dir. Matt Johnson