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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 21-24, 2019 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 18 to 27, 2019 we will be hosting our 22nd 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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21 hours ago

Barrie Film Festival


Four days of documentaries and dramas inspired by true events and real people. In its fifteenth year, Reel Stories will screen 10 films at @UptownBarrie this weekend!

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21 hours ago

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Friday, February 22 - 4:00 pm
Saturday, February 23 - 12:00 pm
Uptown Theatre, 55 Dunlop St. W., Barrie


We understand some special friends from COPE Dogs have been invited to attend the screenings!

"Pick of the Litter is made with heart and reverence for man's best friend, especially those special pooches who go on to answer a higher calling.” – Adam Graham, Detroit News

Directed by: Dana Nachman and Don Hardy
Documentary, PG, 81 min. (USA)

Meet Patriot, Potomac, Primrose, Poppet, and Phil—five spirited puppies who, from the moment they’re born, begin an incredible journey to become guide dogs for the blind. It’s a rigorous two-year process that will take the pups from the care of selfless foster volunteers to specialized trainers to, if they make the cut, a lifelong human companion. At every step of the way, the puppies will be tested, challenged, and evaluated. Only the best of the best will be chosen for the job of guide dog—who has what it takes? Introducing viewers to an unforgettable cast of canine personalities and the dedicated individuals who work with them, Pick of the Litter is an uplifting, bighearted celebration of the unique bond between humans and dogs.
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“Stan & Ollie has plenty to say about the things that bring us together, and the things that keep us together.” – Adam Graham, Detroit News

Two Screenings for our REEL STORIES FESTIVAL:

Saturday, February 23 - 8:00 pm
Sunday, February 24 - 12:00 pm
Uptown Theatre, 55 Dunlop St. W., Barrie


Laurel & Hardy, one of the world's great comedy teams, set out on a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. Diminished by age and with their golden era as the kings of Hollywood comedy now behind them, they face an uncertain future. As the charm and beauty of their performances shines through, they re-connect with their adoring fans. The tour becomes a hit, but Stan & Ollie can't quite shake the spectre of Laurel and Hardy's past; the long-buried ghosts, coupled with Oliver's failing health, start to threaten their precious partnership. A portrait of the most tender and poignant of creative marriages, they are aware that they may be approaching their swan song, trying to rediscover just how much they mean to each other.

Awards: 2 Wins, 20 Nominations
Nominated, Golden Globe, Best Performance of an Actor - Musical or Comedy (John C. Reilly), Golden Globes, USA, 2019
Nominated, Best Actor (Steve Coogan)/Best Supporting Actress (Nina Arianda)/Best Casting/Best Costume Design, British Independent Film, 2018
Winner, BSFC Award, Best Actor (John C. Reilly), Boston Society of Film Critics Awards, 2018
Winner, SDFCS Award, Best Body of Work (John C. Reilly), San Diego Film Critics Society Awards, 2017 to cinemas January 11 2019. Find out more at The true story of Hollywood’s greatest comedy double act, Laurel and Hardy, is bro...
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