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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 3rd Thursday program which provides an additional opportunity to enjoy a special BFF selection. The Reel Stories winter mini-festival will be returning downtown February 20-23, 2020 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 16 to 25, 2020 we will be hosting our 23rd 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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3 months ago

Barrie Film Festival

Join us again tonight for FROM THE VINE, Q&A to follow both screenings with Director Sean Cisterna!

Repost: @seancisterna: Our film plays again tonight at 4pm and 7pm at the historic Uptown Theatre as part of the @barriefilmfest and TIFF Film Circuit. Thanks to @julinda_morrow for the photos of me and talented producer/actor @pbrancs during our Q&A.
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3 months ago

Barrie Film Festival

Did you know that this week begins our 25th Year for the BFF Screen One Series?! What began as a small monthly film group has grown to what we are today and we could not have been able to do that without loyal patrons and community support. Thank You!


Join us for a Q&A following each film - not only do we have the Director, Sean Cisterna attending all four screenings of FROM THE VINE this week, Actor/Producer Paula Brancati will also be at our Wednesday 7pm screening!

Also of Local Note, we wanted to share that Larissa Mair, co-founder for Theatre by the Bay, was the Casting Director for the film.

Wednesday Jan 8 – 4pm, 7pm⁠⠀
Thursday Jan 9 – 4pm, 7pm⁠⠀


‘From the Vine is what every Italophile, and food and wine lover dreams of doing.. escaping to the Dolce Vita and the magic that can only be found in Italia’ - David Rocco, celebrity chef, broadcaster

Director: Sean Cisterna⁠⠀
Cast: Joe Pantoliano, Wendy Crewson, Marco Leonardi, Paula Brancati, Kevin Hanchard⁠⠀
Comedy/Drama, Not Rated, 97 minutes, Language: English and Italian with English subtitles (Canada/Italy)⁠⠀

A downtrodden CEO (Emmy-winner Joe Pantoliano) experiences an ethical crisis and travels back to Italy to recalibrate his moral compass. He discovers new purpose by reviving his Nonno's old vineyard, offering the small town of Acerenza a sustainable future and reconnecting with his family in the process. Combining magic realism and Italian neorealism, and set against the backdrop of wine country Italy, the film is about finding solace in your family roots when you’re at the bottom of the barrel. This Canada-Italy coproduction was inspired by Kenneth Canio Cancellara’s successful novel, Finding Marco.

Winner, Best Feature Drama, Devour! Food Film Festival, Wolfville, NS, 2019
Winner, Best Foreign Film/Best Career Achievement Award (Pantoliano), Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, 2019
Winner, Ishia Legend Award (Pantoliano) Ischia Global Film & Music Festival, 2019
Winner, Best Film, Italian Contemporary Film Festival, 2019
Winner, Impact Award (Pantoliano) Naples International Film Festival, 2019

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