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Welcome to the Barrie Film Festival

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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Coming up on May 11, the Barrie Native Friendship Centre is celebrating their 30th Anniversary with a night of Indigenous excellence, featuring performances from award winning artists and local youth.

The evening will benefit the Youth of the BNFC with their goal of building a Digital Media Lab, and workshop training for the BNFC Youth Council.

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// To the #BARRIE and #SIMCOE community!

PLEASE come out and SUPPORT the YOUTH of the Barrie Native Friendship Centre!

It would mean A LOT if you would join us and help to raise funds for a DIGITAL MEDIA LAB 💥

If you want to donate and cannot attend, please let me know and I will connect you to the BNFC to make a donation and receive a tax receipt
The Barrie Native Friendship Centre is celebrating 30 years!
This year we honour our founders by revitalizing our presence in the community and empowering our youth as digital leaders. All funds raised will help build a Digital Media Lab and workshop training for the BNFC youth council.

Friday, May 11th
7 PM - 11 PM
Five Points Theatre
1 Dunlop St. W, Barrie, ON (705-739-4228)
Tickets Online and Door $25

Performances by:
Featuring: New Website Reveal & Auction (fine art, jewellery, media, books and more!) Hosts: Jennifer Podemski and BNFC ED Samantha Kinoshameg
Thank You to our sponsors - City of Barrie, Mayor Jeff Lehman and Downtown Barrie Business Association
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Barrie Film Festival


Wednesday, May 2, 2018 – 4 pm and 7 pm
Thursday, May 3, 2018 – 4 pm and 7 pm


Written and Directed: Sadaf Foroughi
Cast: Mahour Jabbari, Bahar Noohian, Leili Rashidi, Vahid Aghapour, Shayesteh Sajadi

Drama, PG for mature theme/language, 103 minutes, Language: Persian with English subtitles (Iran/Canada/Qatar)

In Tehran, upper-middle-class teen Ava abides by a strict routine of school, violin lessons, and curfew. When Ava’s mistrustful and overprotective mother questions her relationship with a boy, Ava is stunned by the outrageous privacy violation. The incident seriously diminishes trust between the girl and her parents and teachers, which in turn bleeds into all spheres of her life. What’s more, the tightly controlled environment around Ava, who is forbidden to date, go out, or pursue her more artistic aspirations, foments feelings of suffocation and isolation. That her parents — including her sympathetic but powerless father — seem more concerned with social optics than their daughter’s welfare only escalates Ava’s rebellious behaviour, triggering serious and life-altering choices. Sadaf Foroughi vividly renders her lead character’s internal turmoil while exposing the snowball effect of her family’s shaming. Each frame is stunningly composed with scenes offering a searing critique of the cage our protagonist finds herself in, all while creating one of the strongest, most richly developed female leads we’ve seen this year. With Ava, winner of the Discovery Award at TIFF ’17, Foroughi has established herself as a cinematic force.

Nominated, International Debut Award, Göteborg Film Festival, 2018
Winner, Best Canadian First Feature Film/Honourable Mention, International Critics’ Award, Toronto International Film Festival, 2017

#screenone #ava #sadafforoughi #barriefilmfestival
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TODAY for 3rd Thursday:

Thursday, April 19 – 4 pm / 7:15 pm
Barrie Uptown Theatre


Disaster strikes when a curator hires a public relations team to build some buzz for his renowned Swedish museum.

Written and Directed by: Ruben Ostlund
Cast: Elizabeth Moss, Claes Bang, Terry Notary and Dominic West
Comedy/Drama, 14A language, some strong sexual content, and brief violence, 151 minutes, Languages: English/Swedish/Danish with English subtitles
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