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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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REEL STORIES Film Festival February 3-5
7 docs | 3 days

During this year's festival we are pleased to include two incredible Canadian documentaries, including our Festival Opener THE APOLOGY

“During the Second World War, more than 200,000 women were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army. A small handful of these women are still alive, referred to now as “grandmas” and many of them are in their 80s and 90s. All they want is an apology from the government, but that seems to be a dream that may never come true. The disrespect these women still face is astounding, and even government officials aren’t above slinging insults towards the women. Looking at the lives of three of the “grandmas,” The Apology is a shocking look at a practice that somehow still seems to be accepted by a government fearful of admitting their past mistakes.” William Brownridge, Toronto Film Scene

THE APOLOGY screens twice during Reel Stories
Fri Feb 3, 4 pm
Sun Feb 5, 3 pm

Directed by: Tiffany Hsiung
Documentary, 14A for mature content, 104 min. Languages: English and Korean, Chinese, Tagalog, Japanese with English subtitles (Canada)

Won, 2nd Place, Audience Award, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, 2016

Reel Stories is dedicated to presenting socially-conscious documentaries and fact-based films focussing on current issues in the world. As part of the City of Barrie Winterfest celebrations, REEL STORIES screens 7 films over three days at the Barrie Uptown Theater, beginning Friday February 3, 2017

Details & Tickets:

The BFF Box Office is open 1 hr prior to show times
The Reel Stories Film Festival is generously sponsored by Busch Systems, NetGain and Ingrid & John Van Der Marel

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How fitting that today is #NationalPopcornDay! We have 220 students in Screen One at @BarrieUptown for our Education Program double bill presentation of He Named Me Malala and Le Petit Prince.

Thank you to all of the schools from across Simcoe County who are joining us this week! Enhancing the cinematic experience of the youth in our community is a top priority for us. Our mission is “to provide local and global cinematic experiences through the medium of film to generate social awareness and stimulate discussion. We encourage multi-cultural perspectives through the exhibition and support of national, indigenous and international cinema”. This mandate weaves its way through all that we do and is especially important when selecting films to share with students.

Our Education Program is designed to incorporate the needs of current curricula and allows students the opportunity to view films which are often not available to see anywhere other than film festivals. We also provide education resources to the teachers, including background information on the films, pre and post viewing activities and curriculum links.

This program is most definitely one of our most anticipated annual events, we are thankful for the tremendous support we get from all schools who participate. Get in touch if you want to bring your students next year!

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Thursday, January 19, 2017
4 pm & 8 pm, Barrie Uptown Theatre

Directors: Zacharias Kunuk, Natar Ungalaaq
Cast: Benjamin Kunuk, Karen Ivalu and Jonah Qunaq
Drama, 14A, 94 minutes, Inuktitut with English subtitles,

Fifteen years ago, Inuk filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk won the prestigious Caméra d’or for Best First Feature at Cannes with Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner. His second feature, The Journals of Knud Rasmussen, opened TIFF in 2006. A decade later, Kunuk and collaborator Natar Ungalaaq have used the plot of John Ford’s 1956 western The Searchers as inspiration for a very different kind of revenge story, in which an Inuk man and his band of maliglutit ("followers") set out across the barren Arctic in search of the marauders who have ransacked his home and kidnapped his wife. Like Ford’s film, Kunuk's Maliglutit (Searchers) explores the repercussions of violence, asking whether these hunters have begun to act like those who have torn apart their family. Very unlike Ford, Kunuk questions not only the colonial ideology inherent to the western genre, but also the possibility of justice in a seemingly unjust world. With a tale as timeless as the landscape in which it is set, Canada’s foremost Inuk filmmaker has provided us with another classic.

Nominated, Platform Prize, Toronto International Film Festival, 2016

The 4pm/8pm show times are set to allow you the chance to enjoy Dinner and a Movie before or after the film, with a reservation for a special prix fixe at one of two incredible restaurants: The North Restaurant or Groovy Tuesday's Bistro

Details & Film Tickets >>
The Barrie Film Festival Box Office opens one hour prior to show times.
Dinner Reservations made separately
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