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Welcome to the Barrie Film Festival

Discover unique films year-round through Barrie Film Festival programming. We provide film fans unique experiences and seek out the best of the best in Independent cinema, featuring films from Canada and around the world.

We have our popular Screen One monthly film series at the Uptown Theatre the first Wednesday and Thursday of every month, where we showcase an international line up of cinematic gems. On the third Thursday of the month there is our Dinner & Movie program which provides the opportunity to enjoy a special menu at one of the participating restaurants and an independent film (film tickets and meals sold separately). The Reel Stories winter mini-festival will be returning downtown February 3 to 5, 2017 where we present the most current in documentary and fact-based films. During the summer months we offer free outdoor screenings on Barrie’s waterfront. From October 13 to 22, 2017 we will be hosting our 20th annual ten-day festival at venues throughout the City of Barrie. This autumn film festival includes over 40 screenings, a Short Film Competition, guest Q&As and receptions

With over a 150 public events and screenings per year, there are many opportunities to enjoy award-winning and festival favorites on the big screen. Come see what the wide world of cinema has to offer.

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“Humble, well-acted and has its mind in the right perspective, and in a society that is eager to use political hyperbole as a weapon against the oppressed, how remarkable that any movie right now is content to be eloquent in that conviction.”
- David Keyes,

Screen One: DENIAL
Dec 7 - 4pm, 7pm, 9:15 pm
Dec 8 - 4pm, 7pm

Based on the acclaimed book Denial: Holocaust History on Trial, DENIAL recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt’s (Academy Award® winner Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (BAFTA nominee Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system, in cases of libel, the burden of proof is on the defendant; therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team, led by Richard Rampton (Academy Award® nominee Tom Wilkinson), to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred.

Directed by Emmy Award® winner Mick Jackson and adapted for the screen by BAFTA and Academy Award® nominated writer David Hare. This film is an especially timely and gripping reminder that history should never be taken for granted.

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Dec 7, 2016 – 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm and 9:15 pm
Dec 8, 2016 – 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Director: Mick Jackson
Cast: Rachel Weisz, Timothy Spall, Tom Wilkinson, Andrew Scott
Biography/Drama, 14A for mature thematic material/brief strong language, 110 minutes Language: English, Hebrew and German with English Subtitles
(USA/United Kingdom)

“Another illuminating performance by Rachel Weisz and a brilliant screenplay by the distinguished British playwright David Hare make ‘Denial’ one of the most powerful and riveting courtroom dramas ever made.”
- Rex Reed, New York Observer

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