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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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Wednesday, March 7, 2018 – 4 pm, 7 pm
Thursday, March 8, 2018 – 4 pm, 7 pm

Director: Paolo Virzi
Cast: Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland, Kirsty Mitchell and Christian McKay
Drama/Romance, 14A mature theme and language, 112 min. (Italy/France)

An elderly couple, both diagnosed with serious illnesses, decide to live their last days on the road instead of in a hospital. Ella (Helen Mirren) has incurable cancer. Her husband John (Donald Sutherland), a former high school English professor, is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Ella opts to tune up the vintage Winnebago they’ve dubbed “The Leisure Seeker” and hit the highway, traveling from Boston to Florida. She lets John, who’s not always sure what they’re doing or where they’re going, drive, but she assures him they’re on a vacation. They stop at diners and camp at trailer sites, on their way to Key West to visit the house where Ernest Hemingway — one of John's favorite writers — once lived.

Won, Capri Ensemble Cast Award, Italy, 2017
Nominated, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, Helen Mirren
Golden Globes, USA, 2018
Nominated, Best Film, Venice Film Festival, Italy, 2017
Nominated, Outstanding Feature Film, Actress, Helen Mirren, Women’s Image Awards, USA, 2018

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