Canadian film fests

This city is blessed with an abundance of film festivals.

This city is blessed with an abundance of film festivals.

Apart from the obvious one, there’s HotDocs, Inside Out, Reel Asian, Reel World, Toronto After Dark, the Canadian Film Fest — the list goes on and on.

But what about the rest of the country? Turns out, there are plenty of Canadian film festivals that are either worthy destinations of themselves, particularly if you want to know what’s happening regionally, or worth knowing about in case your travel schedule coincides fortuitously with them. Here’s a quick rundown:

St. John’s

• 20th Annual St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival (Oct. 20 to 24). Approximately 80 works by women directors, producers and writers.

• Nickel Independent Film Festival (June 22 to 26, 2010). An independent film and video festival supporting local, Canadian and foreign works.

• 29th Atlantic Film Festival and Music & Image Program (Sept. 17 to 26). This year’s program includes more than 225 titles from around the world. It kicks off with an opening night gala party to celebrate the world premiere of Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day.

• 9th Annual Silver Wave Film Festival (Nov. 5 to 8). Screens feature films, documentaries and short films shot in the province and produced by New Brunswick filmmakers.

• 12th Montreal International Documentary Film Festival (Nov. 11 to 21). Each year, the festival brings over 100 documentaries from around the world to Montreal.

• Ottawa International Animation Festival (Oct. 14 to 18). This fest is the largest of its kind in North America, attracting film buffs, art lovers, filmmakers, and cartoon fans from around the world to the nation’s capital.


• WNDX — Winnipeg’s Festival of Film and Video Art (Oct. 8 to Oct. 11). Established in 2006, WNDX features ground-breaking work by Canadian filmmakers and video artist.

• ReelPride (Oct. 13 to 17). Winnipeg’s gay and lesbian film festival.

• 10th Anniversary Calgary International Film Festival (Sept. 25 to Oct. 4). With 188 films from 100 countries including features, shorts and documentaries. This year sees the launch of Mavericks, whereby 10 ground-breaking films from around the globe will compete for a $25,000 cash prize.

• The 23rd Annual Edmonton International Film Festival (Sept. 25 to Oct. 3). Screening approximately 50 features and 100 shorts at Empire Theatres in Edmonton City Centre.

• The 28th Annual Global Visions Film Festival (Nov. 5 to 8). This festival shows the work of documentarians from Canada and around the world.

• 2009 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festivals (Oct. 31 to Nov. 8). An international film competition featuring the world’s best footage on mountain subjects. This year marks the 34th anniversary of the festival.

• The 28th Annual Vancouver International Film Festival (Oct. 1 to 16). VIFF presents more than 350 films from more than 70 countries. The 2009 lineup will be posted on as of Sept. 12.

• 13th Annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival (Nov. 5 to 8). Watch for this year’s program to be announced at

• Antimatter Film Festival (Oct. 9 to 17). Dedicated to the exhibition and nurturing of film and video as art, Antimatter bills itself as the premier showcase of experimental cinema in the West.