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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 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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Next week for March Screen One:

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017 – 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm, 9:15 pm
Thursday, March 2, 2017 – 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm
Barrie Uptown Theatre

Director: Ken Loach
Cast: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires and Sharon Percy
Drama, 14A for mature thematics and coarse language, 100 minutes (UK/France/Belgium)

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A middle aged carpenter who requires state welfare after injuring himself, is joined by a single mother in a similar scenario.

Won, Best Actor (Dave Johns) / Most Promising Newcomer (Hayley Squires)
British Independent Film Awards, 2016
Won, Palme d’Dor, Cannes Film Festival, 2016
Won, Best Actress (Hayley Squires) /Nominated Best Film, Denver International Film Festival, 2016
Nominated, Best European Actor/Director/Screenwriter/Film European Film Awards, 2016
Won, Audience Award, Locarno International Film Festival, 2016
Won, Audience Award, San Sebastián International Film Festival, 2016
Won, Audience Award, Stockholm Film Festival, 2016
Won, Most Popular International Feature, Vancouver International Film Festival, 2016
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Coming up for our April Dinner + Movie program:
THE SALESMAN (Forushande)

2017 OSCAR NOMINATION: Best Foreign Language Film

Thursday, April 20, 2017 – 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Barrie Uptown Theatre

Written and Directed by: Asghar Farhadi
Cast: Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti and Babak Karimi
Drama, 14A for mature theme, language may offend, and a brief bloody image, 125 min., Language: Persian with English Subtitles

Forced to leave their apartment due to a dangerous construction project in a neighboring building, a young Iranian couple moves to the center of Tehran where they become embroiled in a life-altering situation involving the previous tenant. Directed by Asghar Farhadi, who also helmed the Oscar-winning feature A Separation.

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Coming up for our March Dinner + Movie night: PATERSON

"Paterson is an extraordinarily humane film about the creative process, told on the smallest scale possible." - David Sims, The Atlantic

Thursday March 16, 2017 – 4 PM and 8 PM

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Written and Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
Cast: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Rizwan Manji and Nellie
Comedy/Drama, 14A for some coarse language, 118 minutes

The new film from Jim Jarmusch focuses on a working-class poet (Adam Driver) in a small New Jersey town who practices his craft amidst the quiet magic of everyday life.

Won, Best Actor (Adam Driver), Toronto International Film Festival 2016
Won, Palm Dog (Nellie), Nominated Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival 2016
Nominated, Best Actor (Adam Driver) Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 2016
Nominated, Audience Award, Gotham Awards 2016
Won, Best Actor (Adam Driver) Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards 2016

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