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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 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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Barrie Film Festival

Hey Teachers!

Our Education Program will run November 26-29

This year, the Barrie Film Festival is delighted to present the film, YOUTH UNSTOPPABLE for grades 7-12, which focuses on the rise of the global youth climate movement.

Over the course of 11 years, and set against stunning visuals of a planet in crisis, Youth Unstoppable follows the evolution of a diverse network of youth rising up to shape the world they will live in. Youth Unstoppable premiered at Michael Moore’s invite-only Traverse City Film Festival, going on to screen at dozens of festivals around the world and garnering thirteen awards.

Curriculum Connections: Language (Reading, Writing, Oral, Media Literacy), Science/Technology, Biology, Geography, Equity, Diversity, Social Justice, Politics, Economics and Media Arts.

For school bookings and/or further information, please contact our Education Coordinator via email:

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THIS WEEK for 3rd Thursday we have the 2019 TIFF Opening Film:


Thursday, November 21, 2019 – 4pm, 7pm


“This... is very much guitarist/songwriter Robertson's version of the truth, but it rings true as it accounts how drugs, petty jealousies and other demons ultimately undid these Fab Five musicians.” – Peter Howell, Toronto Star

Director: Daniel Roher
With: Robbie Robertson, Martin Scorsese, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Taj Mahal, Jann Wenner, Ronnie Hawkins, Van Morrison, Dominique Robertson
Music/Documentary, Not Rated (PG), 100 minutes (Canada/USA)

Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band is a confessional, cautionary, and occasionally humorous tale of Robbie Robertson’s young life and the creation of one of the most enduring groups in the history of popular music, The Band. The film is a moving story of Robertson’s personal journey, overcoming adversity and finding camaraderie alongside the four other men who would become his brothers in music and who together made their mark on music history. Once Were Brothers blends rare archival footage, photography, iconic songs and interviews with many of Robertson’s friends and collaborators including Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison Martin Scorsese, Peter Gabriel, Taj Mahal, Dominique Robertson, Ronnie Hawkins, and more.

In a career spanning six decades, Robbie Robertson has continued to create as a songwriter, producer, performer, actor, author and film composer. A half-Mohawk, half-Jewish kid from Toronto, Robertson would travel from the dives of Yonge Street to the deep South as an ambitious 16-year-old on a musical mission. His raw talent would thrust him into the spotlight and put him at the centre of a cultural revolution, backing Bob Dylan on his notorious 1966 “electric” world tour and later, as a member of The Band, collaborating with Dylan on the ground-breaking Basement Tapes and inventing Americana with songs like “The Weight,” “Up on Cripple Creek” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.” After 17 years, The Band called it quits with a lavish farewell concert on November 25th, 1976, at San Francisco’ Winterland Ballroom, immortalized in the seminal concert film, The Last Waltz, directed by Martin Scorsese – considered by many as the greatest rock and roll film of all time.

Nominee, Best Canadian Feature Film, Toronto International Film Festival, 2019

Photo credit: From Left to Right Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson, Robbie Robertson | Credit Elliott Landy
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