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BFF19 Music and Film Night photo by Luca Ragogna
09 November 2016

BFF19 Film + Music Night with Prince & Purple Rain

“Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.” Prince, 1958-2016  . This year our Film Festival Music + Film night was a celebration of Prince, his music and his film Purple Rain. .   The Jeff Eager Band gave us an outstanding mix of Prince and funk tunes, the […]

BFF19 Short Film Showcase Photo by Luca Ragogna
07 November 2016

BFF19 Short Film Showcase & Filmmakers Party

  This year’s Short Film Competition was a record breaker for BFF, receiving over 2700 submissions from across Canada and around the world. The resulting shortlist from this torrent of cinematic talent was nothing short of outstanding.   BFF19 Short Film Showcase – Confused Rendez-Vous by Marianne Champagne, Patrick Walsh, Marianne Dimabogti   Mitch Grazat and Jamie […]

BFF19 Opening Night Film: ANGRY INUK
04 November 2016


  On October 14, 2016 we were honoured to open the 19th Annual Barrie Film Festival with the powerful Canadian documentary Angry Inuk; and so privileged to have Director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril and Aaju Peter travel from Nunavut, Iqaluit to introduce the film and then give us their time for a post film Q&A. Gracious, kind, and strong in their convictions, […]

31 October 2016


The 19th Annual Barrie Film Festival began with a special private event for our supporters, the amazing Sponsors and Volunteers who truly keep BFF running. We cannot thank them enough for all that they do; without them we would not be able to deliver such an incredible depth of Canadian and International film programming throughout the year. […]

14 October 2016

BFF19, ZuZu Fashion Boutique & Code Vitesse

Barrie Film Festival Director Claudine Benoit will be receiving the star treatment today for our BFF19 Opening Night!   Tracey Baker, owner of ZuZu Fashion Boutique will be styling Claudine in Canadian designer Code Vitesse, a brand exclusively carried in her downtown Barrie boutique. The fashion line is manufactured in Canada and is known for […]

06 September 2016

BFF19 – Short Film Competition

  It’s hard to believe it has been almost 12 months since we last gathered for the Barrie Film Festival! BFF19 is just around the corner and it promises to be another incredible 10 days of film and events. One of the most eagerly anticipated is our Short Film Competition and Showcase.   It’s an […]

29 April 2016

BFF Director Claudine Benoit’s Top Picks for Hot Docs

Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, kicked off last night with an amazing selection of over 200 films from Canada and around the globe, screening at venues across Toronto. We sure wish we could catch all of them! Between several of us from BFF we’re going to see as many as possible with a […]

National Canadian Film Day
20 April 2016

5 Great Films You Might Not Have Known Are Canadian…

The Canadian movie industry has been churning out terrific films since the early days of cinema; cutting edge flicks like David Hartford’s Back To God’s Country and Nanook of The North (the first feature length documentary) were both produced and shot here in Canada.   Over the decades, Canuck filmmakers and producers have continued to impress audiences with innovative […]
19 April 2016

Five Influential Canadians in Film

    Influential Canadians in the film industry are a fact of life in Hollywood these days, with the likes of Ryan Reynolds, Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling regularly headlining critical and commercial successes.   Yet those A-Listers (and most of Hollywood) owe quite a bit to the talented Canucks who came before them; many of […]
12 April 2016

April 20 is National Canadian Film Day!

PRESS RELEASE   NATIONAL CANADIAN FILM DAY – APRIL 20th, 2016 BFF Screening of “Being Canadian”   April 12, 2016   BARRIE, ON – On April 20th, at 7 pm, the Barrie Film Festival will screen BEING CANADIAN at the Barrie Uptown Theatre, participating in a one-day, coast-to-coast celebration of Canadian film.   The Barrie […]