WIFF is delighted to showcase a compelling slate of Francophone films covering a broad spectrum of genres. We are proud to have ICI Radio-Canada serve as the official presenter of our Francophone programming. This programming is highlighted annually on a special, dedicated page in our festival program book, and in 2019, the 42 Francophone films screened at WIFF made up 25% of the overall programming. This is the largest number of Francophone feature films of any film festival in Canada (including Québec).
Every festival year, in partnership with Conseil scolaire catholique Providence, WIFF helped bring in over 11 Francophone schools on Opening Day to experience a double feature of Francophone films on the big screen. WIFF is thrilled to be able to provide the community with options to experience a large slate of francophone films every year.
WIFF teams up annually with the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival to present the Hot Docs Showcase. WIFF is thrilled to present unique, clever, and provocative films specifically selected by Hot Docs president Chris McDonald and director of programming Shane Smith.
Architecture influences many aspects of daily life. Architects create spaces, both public and private. They are talented individuals with a flair for design, an awareness of social trends and concrete engineering skills. The Windsor Region Society of Architects (WRSA) supports and encourages the profession of architecture. WRSA is also interested in a variety of social issues including urban gentrification, housing, access and the role of public spaces and livable communities. For more than five years, WRSA has joined forces with WIFF to promote four films that bring attention to issues surrounding communities & public spaces, the built environment, the creative process and the role of architecture and design in the modern world.
Our roster of LGBTQ2+ films is significant thanks to the wide range of titles spanning the world. Films are selected from major LGBTQ2S+ festivals including Inside Out Toronto and the San Francisco International Film Festival. This slate displays the profound diversity that exists within this community and tells stories through films serious and comical, true and fictional, entertaining and life-changing.
In 2019, WIFF was honoured to host Trixie Mattel, an American singer, actor, drag queen and recognized “Skinny Legend.” Trixie is the winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” season 3. Trixie Mattel performed a set and introduced the screening of the cult drag-queen classic The Adventures of Priscilla – Queen of the Desert, directed by Stephan Elliott. A meet & greet was held at WIFF Village following the film and performance, with other notable local drag queens accompanying.
WIFF loves a reason to celebrate, especially to acknowledge anniversaries of iconic films from throughout the years.
Who doesn’t love a good sing-a-long? Whether watching for the first time or the 100th, belting out songs with a crowd is always fun. Vocal warmups included.
WIFF programs films for all ages, whether looking back on classic children’s films or introducing new and exciting casts of characters.
A fan favourite, join WIFF for midnight screenings of cult classics and obscure new films.