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Lights, Camera, Drive In

The Barrie Film Festival Hits Sunset Drive In Next Month

Covid has taken a chunk out of the cinema business this year, as anyone who attends the movies well knows.

But despite theatre closures and social distancing requirements, the show will go on for the BFF in 2020.

The 23rd annual festival is a scaled down version, with fewer movies and of course no galas. But the BFF has partnered with Sunset Drive In to screen a terrific selection of independent flicks over the course of four days.The festival kicks off October 1st, with the Christopher Walken led drama Percy.

Also back will be the Short Film competition, which showcases films from local directors and international productions vying for prizes.

Save The Date. And keep checking the BFF social media channels and website for more movie announcements.

Movie Picks from Movie People

BFF Short Film

Since we are all going to be spending the next several weekends indoors and online, we thought it a good time to canvass the artistic scene in Barrie for a few movie suggestions! We’ll be doing this regularly, and we’d love to hear your picks as well. So hit up the comments and share what you’re watching during the isloation!

 

 MITCH GRASZAT, FILMMAKER/SANDBOX VIDEO PRODUCER

The Social Network, Raiders Of the Lost Ark, About Time

CAROLE PARSONS, Video Producer, Owner Sugar C Media

The Biggest Little Farm, Heal, Black Mirror

 

IAIN MOGGACH, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, THEATRE BY THE BAY

Birdman, Children of Men, The Fountatin

 

SCOTT WALKER, CINEMA SMACKDOWN HOST/COMEDIAN

The Breakfast Club, The Dark Knight, Dawn of The Planet of The Apes

 

 

FRASER MOORE, CINEMA SMACKDOWN HOST/COMEDIAN

The Song Remains The Same, Death To Smoochy, Castle of Caglistro

 

 

HEATHER DENNIS, ACTRESS, BARRIE UNCOVERED HOST

LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY, THE EMPEROR’S NEW GROOVE, THE SHINING

 

 

BFF Short Film Competition Is Open

BFF Short Film

SEND IN YOUR ENTRIES FOR THE 2020 SHORT MOVIE SHOWCASE

The Barrie Film Festival’s Short Film Competition is open for business.

This year’s BFF Short Film program is on the hunt for movies to fill out the showcase in October.

The competition is one of the featured (and more popular) programs held during the ten-day festival every October.

The lineup features a section of local filmmakers, as well as international productions.

The top 3 movies in every section earn cash prizes, including the high school and Simcoe County categories. And all selected entries get to have their film shown on the big screen!

There’s also the audience choice award, voted on by the guests in attendance.

Listen to our interview with BFF Director Claudine Benoit

A number of past local winners have gone on to successful careers in film and video production, and the showcase routinely receives upwards of 500 submissions from all over the globe.

Hit up the submission website to learn more about the BFF Short Film competition!

 

 

 

 

 

BFF Screen One Kicks off 25th Season With a Director Meet and Greet

MEET THE DIRECTOR OF FROM THE VINE

To kick off their 25th year for the Screen One Film Series, the Barrie Film Festival is showing a Canadian film that will have it’s Director Sean Cisterna attending. He’ll be available after the showings for a Q&A
 From The Vine, stars Joe Pantoliano (The Sopranos, Momento, The Matrix) and Wendy Crewson (The Santa Clause, Air Force One)

Meet The Director: Sean Cisterna

Sean Cisterna is an award-winning feature filmmaker based in Toronto. He recently directed the critically acclaimed youth romantic drama Kiss and Cry (2017) It is currently one of Netflix U.S.’s most popular films. Cisterna’s 2015 project Full Out, starring the iconic Jennifer Beals, is a feature film based on the true story of American gymnast, Ariana Berlin. 

You can get tickets online or at the Uptown theatre on the day of screenings. They are $10 for Adults, $8 for Senoirs/Students.
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