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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 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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Barrie Film Festival

Sept 4 & 5, 4pm & 7pm
Barrie Uptown Theatre



Written and Directed by: Ritesh Batra
Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sanya Malhotra, Farrukh Jaffar, Vijay Raaz, Sachin Khedekar and Denzil Smith
Drama/Romance, G, 110 minutes, Language: Hindi, Gujarati and English with English subtitles (Germany/India/USA)

Two lives intersect in Mumbai and go along together. A struggling street photographer, pressured to marry by his grandmother, convinces a shy stranger to pose as his fiancée. Despite vast cultural differences, the pair develops a surprising connection in ways that they could not expect and challenges their worldviews in this wistful and funny romance. Featuring some of Indian cinema’s most popular actors, Photograph is a heartwarming and comical snapshot of life in contemporary Mumbai.
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Hey Everyone! Some UPDATES for this week's Lawn Chair Luminata 2019 FREE Outdoor Screening⁠⠀⁠⠀
1. We'll be starting earlier this week, dusk seems to be hitting around 8:30 pm (nooooooo!!! not yet!! ;)⁠⠀
2. Barrie Fire & Emergency Services will join us with family activities! They'll be onsite by 5:30 with a bouncy castle, fire trucks and fire safety fun! ⁠⠀
3. We're watching the weather closely! Potential for rain 🌩 👎 We'll keep you posted! ⁠⠀

August 21 (rain date Aug 22)⁠⠀⁠⠀
Location: Meridian Place, Downtown Barrie⁠⠀⁠⠀
* Starts at dusk, weather permitting *⁠⠀⁠⠀
Admission: Free⁠⠀⁠⠀
Directed by: Dean DeBlois⁠⠀⁠⠀
Cast: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig⁠⠀⁠⠀
Animation/Action/Adventure, 2019, 104 min., PG (USA)⁠⠀⁠⠀
Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless finally discover their true destinies: the village chief as ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, and the dragon as leader of his own kind. As both ascend, the darkest threat they’ve yet faced—as well as the appearance of a female Night Fury dragon—will test the bonds of their relationship like never before.
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For over 19 years we have been hosting our Short Film Competition with a Showcase of selected entries and Awards Ceremony during our annual 10-day fall festival. This is one of our most anticipated events of the year with filmmakers from around the world submitting to our competition. We are always amazed and filled with awe at the high level of short films we receive. Thankfully we have a committed Jury panel who watch all submissions and who narrow down to a stellar list of films for our showcase.

In anticipation of this year’s competition we are so pleased to present The Filmmakers Series, a collection of short videos highlighting filmmakers who have participated in our past competitions and who have continued with film production. In this first instalment we have 5 incredible filmmakers from Simcoe County and one from the GTA. Each of them have wonderful advice and words of wisdom from their experiences to share with anyone who has ever considered jumping into the realm of filmmaking.

Through The Filmmakers Series we celebrate the successes of past winners by shedding a spotlight on their talent to nurture local pride in their accomplishments, to allow the filmmakers to share their stories, to speak to the importance of festivals and to touch on how the Barrie Film Festival has helped them on their journey.

To view each of the videos in the series, please visit our YouTube Channel:

Special thank you to the County of Simcoe who funded this project, and to Phillip Daniels from Travesty Productions who oversaw the production and crew.

Video Credits:
Filmmakers: Andrew Korogyi, Brendan Hiles, Preston Carruthers, Mitch Graszat, Faith Howe and Cameron Killingsworth
Director & Editor: Preston Carruthers
Director of Photography / Camera Operator: Marc Bangera
Sound: Michael Blakey
Produced by: Travesty Productions

Barrie Film Festival | 2019 |
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