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The BFF Youth Media Project

The BFF Youth Media Project

The Barrie Film Festival’s new initiative is aimed at empowering youth to tell their own stories. And they’re providing the resources to do it.

Presented in partnership with Talk Is Free Theatre, Youth Media Project is a series of videos from filmmakers and film professionals offering tips, techniques and ideas for youth to get their ideas from the notepad to the screen. You can find all of the content on the BFF’s YouTube channel, and their website.

All of the video tutorials come in the form of how to talks with directors and filmmakers. The videos offer valuable instructional tips filmmakers can use to tell their own story.

From the BFF’s page devoted to the project:
“With the impact of COVID-19 many are struggling. Isolation can bring about feelings of anxiousness, having to be physically apart from friends, peers, support systems from outside of the home, as well as potentially missing important life events. We want to encourage you to turn to creating films as an outlet for self-expression. Use technology readily available to you and make a movie. It all starts with an idea. Tell a short story. Create a video diary. Put poetry to moving pictures. Experiment with stop animation or put pictures to music”

The Youth Media Project is online now, and supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund, City of Barrie and the Barrie Community Foundation

Further, aspiring filmmakers in the region can submit their own short films for consideration in the festival’s short film showcase, happening later this year.

 What did you think of The BFF Youth Media Project? Let us know in the comments!

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The Reel Deal: Reel Stories

The Reel Deal: Reel Stories

The Reel Deal: Reel Stories

The Barrie Film Festival’s Annual Winter Doc Series Is Back

The Barrie Film Festival’s Reel Stories festival returns to a screen near you next month.

The 10 day film event aims to discover extraordinary things about the world through documentaries and dramas inspired by true events and real people. In light of social distancing measures, this year’s event will be held entirely online.

Once again, Reel Stories will screen films over 10 days from March 5 -14 via the BFF’s website. One of the highlights of this year’s edition is the Canadian premiere of Camino Skies, a New Zealand/Australia feature about six people’s journeys as they walk the historic Camino de Santiago.

Scroll on to see trailers for all of this year’s entries!

The Reel Deal: Reel Stories


Following six inspirational Australian and New Zealand pilgrims as they set out to conquer the almighty 900km Camino De Santiago. Equally important is their personal journeys.


Uniquely told Chronicle of an expedition in the world: its objective is to climb the highest mountain in America, Mount Aconcagua. Additionally, the surprising thing is that the expedition is made up of six Bolivian indigenous women.

The Art and Activism of Robert Davidson

Director Charles Wilkinson’s evocative documentary beautifully explores how the artist Robert Davidson brought Haida culture back to its people. In addition, we learn about his own battles.


Storyteller and Conceptual Magician Derek DelGaudio attempts to understand the illusory nature of identity. Likewise, he seeks to answer the deceptively simple question ‘Who am I?’

The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story


A portrait of the artist L.S. Lowry and the relationship with his mother. Moreover, she tries to dissuade him from pursuing his passion.


A college grad takes a clerical job working for the literary agent of the renowned, reclusive writer J.D. Salinger. To say nothing of her education.


The world of Zeytin, a stray dog living life on the streets of Istanbul. Not only a story of an animal, but of a city.

Harry Belafonte Hosts The Tonight Show

Not only did Johnny Carson gave up his chair as host to Harry Belafonte, moreover, it was the first time an African-American had hosted a late night TV show.


What did you think of The Real Deel: Reel Stories? What movies are you planning to see from this list? Let us know in the comments!

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5 Things To Do This Winter in Barrie

5 Things To Do This Winter in Barrie



Let’s face it… winter is not everyone’s cup of mead. When it arrived on Monday, with news of another lockdown, we could hear the collective groans all over town.

BUT! Even in lockdown, you can break free of the icy induced despair. The season in Barrie brings cold weather events and experiences suitable for your entire clan. Hit the links on each event for more!


5 Things To Do This Winter in Barrie



The Uptown Theatre closed it’s door earlier this year, but the BFF will continue to show it’s programming online

Virtual Cinema will bring thought provoking international films to town every month, that can be rented for viewing at home. And you can get caught up on previous rentals that have been uploaded as well.



Bust out the snowshoes and blades and hit up the resplendent paths and rinks around town. Lackie’s Bush, Ardagh Bluffs and Sunnidale park are beautiful in town spots for a winter walk.

And if you are willing to take a car trip, there are plenty of gorgeous skating trails within driving distance of Barrie

There’s also city hall and the community centres if carving fresh ice is more your jam. Most rinks and outdoor parks remain open, but you should always check in advance for any restrictions. 




If hanging by the fire is on your list for this winter, might we recommend curling up with a good podcast? Of course we’ve got a variety of audio entertainment, but there are a plethora of equally cool local pods.

True crime junkies should have a listen to Whereabouts Unknown, hosted by local private investigator Ellen White. The ongoing series shines a spotlight on the stories of the missing and murdered in Canada, particularly cases from around the region.

Sequel Talk with local filmmaker Mitch Graszat is a pop culture-savvy chat where guests dream up imaginary sequels and talk about em! Recent episodes include bad ideas for classic movies like Heathers and the Princess Bride. And it’s not limited to just movies. Mitch and company also speculate on what could have been with classic songs and TV shows.



Did you miss Mayor Jeff’s red zone challenge? The Challenge is simple!

The latest restrictions will last 4 weeks (or more). So, for the next four weeks, the challenge is to do these 4 things each week (4 x 4): 1. Donate to a Barrie Charity 2. Order take out for pickup from a Barrie restaurant 3. Buy something from a Barrie shop/service 4. Reach out to someone in Barrie. Post the 4 things you did with the hashtag #Barrie4x4Challenge

Need some inspiration to get started? How about Christmas Cheer to donate to, Skewers for take out and one of the great local businesses from the Chamber of Commerce to buy from!



“Education is the passport to the future” said… someone much brighter than us. But you can put yourself on the path to recognizing or even saying profound quotes like that via the many adult education options in Barrie.

Georgian College has a number of evening and continuing education classes beginning in January, including online learning.

There’s also College Boreal, which provides full courses in French and Spanish as a second language.


What did you think of our 5 Things To Do This Winter in Barrie? Did we miss anything cool? Let us know! We are always on the lookout for events in Barrie, virtual or otherwise, to add to our events calendar








The Social Recap – The Week That Was in Barrie Sept.28th

All The Good (And Occasional) Bad of What Went Down in Barrie Last Week

There are three certainties in life…



Social media.

And if you are tweeting, posting and talking about Barrie on social media, we want to hear from you!

Every week we will do a quick recap of the week that was in Barrie based on your pics, posts and videos.

Whether it’s store openings, foodie reviews, feelgood stories, fun facts about Barrie, even bizarre bird formations over the marina, we want to share it.

The Week That Was in Barrie Sept. 28th

It was great to see the return of the Barrie Film Festival this weekend, despite Covid. A great lineup of films, including the short film showcase in which 3 local filmmakers won awards for their entries!

The Film festival was just one of a bunch of events during a busy week. Open Air Dunlop was back, and with loads of people! It runs right through to mid-October, so be sure to check out downtown’s cool new layout next Saturday!

It’s great to see our entire business community pulling together during these crazy times. Good on Oxygen South Barrie for making a contribution to the Special Olympics!

And speaking of community spirit, did you see the great folks taking part in this year’s Run For The Cure? Pink costumes never looked so good!

And finally, some big news from the Barrie Baycats this week, and their partnership with a couple of fantastic Barrie based sports facilities, The Kage and Athletickulture!

What did you think of The Week That Was in Barrie Sept. 28th? Keep using the #barrieuncovered hashtag and we may feature your “stuff” in a future blog. And if you are a Barrie business based looking to expand your digital footprint, reach out today! We will get you Uncovered.

Happening Today At The Barrie Film Festival: Anything For Jackson & The Short Film Showcase

 Short Film Showcase & Awards (7:30pm)

Presenting a highly varied selection of films submitted by regional, national and international filmmakers and curated by our panel of judges. All of the short films screened at the event will be eligible for the People’s Choice Award that is voted on after the screening. The awards for all categories will be announced directly following the screening in a physically distanced format. For full descriptions and tickets Click Here.

There will be a socially distanced pre-show Q&A with Anything For Jackon’s creators that you can watch on-screen from your car. Anything for Jackson was filmed in our region.

After losing their only grandson Jackson in a car accident, grief-stricken Audrey and Henry kidnap a pregnant woman with the intentions of performing a “Reverse Exorcism” putting Jackson inside her unborn child. It doesn’t take long to figure out Jackson isn’t the only ghost the grandparents invited into their home. Now it’s a race against time for the couple, as well as the pregnant woman, to figure a way out of the haunting they’ve set upon themselves.