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19 August 2019

The Filmmakers Series

For over 19 years we have been hosting our Short Film Competition with a Showcase of selected entries and Awards Ceremony during our annual 10-day fall festival. This is one of our most anticipated events of the year with filmmakers from around the world submitting to our competition. We are always amazed and filled with […]

10 April 2019

Why the Barrie Film Festival is My BFF

  I used to live down the street from a repertory movie theatre in London Ontario when I lived there as a student. I spent a lot of Saturday afternoons completely transfixed watching international films, indie films, and yes, a few one could only categorize as “freaky films”. I swear I learned as much from […]

27 September 2017


      Beginning next week, Barrie Film Festival is delighted to present two films for elementary students, each of which exemplify the power of determination in very different ways. BEE NATION, a compelling Canadian documentary about the issues and excitement surrounding Indigenous students as they participate in a provincial spelling bee, and FANNY’S JOURNEY […]

25 September 2017


  BFF20 – Celebrating 20 years of Cinema! Our 2oth anniversary festival runs October 13-22, 2017 Tickets go on sale: October 1, 2017   Box Office Hours from October 1 to 12 Saturday – Sunday: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm Monday – Friday: 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm *Closed Thanksgiving day. After festival begins on […]

10 September 2017

BFF Memories, Festival Brunch

Continuing to reminisce, our Festival Brunch Series has always been a loved event, bringing in Canadian film industry professionals across all fields. We’ve been honoured to have a great number of amazing guests, here are a few memorable moments.   Director Lawrence Jackman for his documentary How Does It Feel, a documentary on singer Kazumi Tsuruoka […]

16 August 2017

BFF Memories, The Beginnings

  In 1995 four Barrie, Ontario friends with a mutual love of film ~ Tony Gilsenan, Michael Coughlin, John Oelrichs and Hanne Fynbo ~ began meeting regularly for lively discussions on cinema. Each of them were already involved in the city’s cultural scene, and also connected with the MacLaren Art Centre. These evenings and an introduction to the Film Circuit, led to a monthly film night […]

21 July 2017

It’s been 20 years…

20 years! “It’s been an incredible time. That’s what is so great about BFF, it brings people together” – Claudine Benoit, Director, Barrie Film Festival   Every fall, for the last 20 years, a dedicated group of cinephiles come together to showcase a selection of the best in independent cinema, from Canada and around the world.   […]

BFF2016 VOLUNTEERS FEATURE photo by Luca Ragogona blog post
28 November 2016

BFF19 Volunteers

Not only do we have the Best Volunteers, they are also the most fun! So is our Director 😉     We offer cinematic experiences throughough the year with twice monthly screenings through our Screen One and Dinner + Movie programs, our two annual festivals with Reel Stories in February and the Barrie Film Festival in October, Education Programming in January […]

BFF19 Festival Brunch with Thom Ernst photo by Cameron Stamper
20 November 2016

BFF19 Festival Brunch with Thom Ernst

  “An Introduction to Musicals for those who hate Musicals”   On Sunday October 23 Thom Ernst delighted and surprised us with a toe-tapping talk on his love of musicals. From All That Jazz, to Pennies From Heaven, to Pitch Perfect – we remembered, and discovered, much loved musicals through the decades. It was a wonderful Sunday, the […]

BFF19 After Party Photo by Luca Ragogna
11 November 2016

BFF19 Gala After Party

Our BFF19 Gala Screening of HUNT FOR THE WILDER PEOPLE was a hit with our audience; we heard rave reviews from everyone after the film. Then we were off to the After Party at the Georgian BMW Showroom for a night of music and dancing with DJ James Smokie and outstanding food and drink from […]