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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

April Screen One:


Wednesday, April 3, 2019 – 4pm, 7pm
Thursday, April 4, 2019 – 4pm, 7pm


“This movie works as a timeless romance, a family drama, a legal thriller and a poignant social commentary. A great American novel has been turned into a great American film.”
- Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

Adapted and Directed by: Barry Jenkins
Cast: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King and Brian Tyree Henry
Drama, 18A – mature theme, sexual content, language may offend, 117 minutes

Based on the novel by James Baldwin, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, is the story of Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover's innocence while carrying their first born child to term. It is a celebration of love told through the story of a young couple, their families and their lives, trying to bring about justice through love, for love and the promise of the American dream.

Awards: 87 Wins, 154 Nominations!
Winner, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Regina King), Academy Awards, USA, 2019
Winner, Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Regina King), Golden Globes, USA, 2019
Nominated Best Motion Picture (Drama)/Best Screenplay (Motion Picture), Golden Globes, USA, 2019
Nominated, Best Adapted Screenplay/Original Music, BAFTA Awards, 2019
Winner, Movie of the Year, AFI Awards, USA, 2019
Winner, Best Supporting Actress (Regina King)/Best Independent Film, African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), 2018
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