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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 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, […]