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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 2 to 4, 2018 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 12 to 21, 2018 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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“Are you telling me that you invented a time machine... out of a DeLorean?”⠀

OUTDOOR FILM SEASON begins June 2 with BACK TO THE FUTURE for Celebrate Barrie!⠀⠀
Saturday, June 2 at dusk (approx. 9pm), weather permitting (rain date June 9) at Centennial Beach.⠀⠀
Directed by: Robert Zemeckis | Starring: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover | Adventure/Comedy, Rated PG, 110 min. (USA)⠀⠀
Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is blasted to 1955 in the time machine created by Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and finds himself in a time-shattering situation that jeopardizes his future⠀⠀
More info on this season’s Outdoor Movie Program can be found on our website:⠀⠀

This BACK TO THE FUTURE screening is FREE-of-charge and presented by the City of Barrie in partnership with the Barrie Film Festival⠀⠀
#tbt #backtothefuture #martymcfly #michaeljfox #christopherlloyd #barriefilmfestival #barrie #outdoorfilm #summer #celebratebarrie
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Barrie Film Festival

Lean On Pete
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 – 4 pm / 7 pm
Thursday, June 7, 2018 – 4 pm / 7 pm


Charley, a teen living with his single father, finds work caring for an aging racehorse named Lean On Pete. When he learns Pete is bound for slaughter, the two embark on an odyssey across the new American frontier in search of a place to call home.

Written and Directed by: Andrew Haigh
Cast: Charlie Plummer, Steve Buscemi, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Zahn and Travis Fimmel
Drama, 14 A for language and brief violence, 121 minutes (United Kingdom)

Winner, Truly Moving Pictures Award, Heartland Film, 2018
Nominated, Best 2018 Movies Already Seen, Indiewire Critics' Poll, 2017
Winner, Best Picture, International Cinephile Society Awards, 2018
Winner, Best Actor (Charlie Plummer)/Best Cinematography,
Les Arcs European Film Festival, 2017
Nominee, Best Film, London Film Festival, 2017
Winner, Best Young Actor (Charlie Plummer), Venice Film Festival, 2017
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