The Windsor International Film Festival (WIFF) today announced its opening and closing night films, and unveiled an exciting lineup of 52 films (44 dramatic and documentary feature films, and 8 shorts films), filmmakers, and presentations as part of its 8th anniversary celebrations.
In keeping with WIFF’s mandate to enrich audience experiences through films of artistic and cultural significance, the festival is proud to present Nisha Pahuja’s The World Before Her on Opening Night and Michael McGowan’s Still on Closing Night.
The festival runs from Wednesday, November 7th to Sunday, November 11th. All screenings will be at the Capitol Theatre. The Odette School of Business at the University of Windsor is the proud overall sponsor of WIFF 2012.
In the lobby of a modest Bombay hotel, 20 young women from across India arrive for an intense, month-long beauty boot camp. They are the hand-picked contestants for the Miss India pageant, the ultimate glamour event in a country that has gone mad for beauty contests. But as the popularity of pageants has exploded, so have the controversies. Recognized as Best Canadian Feature at this year’s Hot Docs documentary film festival and as Best Documentary Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival, The World Before Her profiles the fundamental contradictions of a country in transition.
Michael McGowan's Still is an exquisitely mounted and deeply affecting love story about one man's determination to create a suitable home for his ailing wife. Academy-award nominee James Cromwell (Babe) and the legendary Geneviève Bujold (Dead Ringers) are nothing short of magnificent as they mine the subtext in the story of a couple with a deep and complicated past.
The Windsor International Film Festival (WIFF) today confirmed its educational mandate with three pre-WIFF educational events leading up to the festival’s opening night.
In keeping with WIFF’s educational mandate, the festival continues to recognize and support achievements in filmmaking with the WIFF Short Film Program, A Regional Showcase of Student Films and with the 48-Hour FlickFest.
WIFF is also proud to present REEL Canada, a mini-film festival for Windsor-Essex high school students. WIFF and REEL Canada have inspired high schools students since 200 by introducing them to the rich world of Canadian film.
The pre-festival events run from Monday, November 5th to Wednesday, November 7th. The Odette School of Business at the University of Windsor is the proud overall sponsor of WIFF 2012.
The WIFF Short Film Program is a curated and juried screening of the best films by student filmmakers as nominated by three local post-secondary institutions—the University of Windsor, the University of Michigan, and St. Clair College.
This film and video program celebrates the genres of animation, experimental, documentary and fiction film and provides emerging filmmakers and opportunity to screen their work at an international film festival.
The WIFF Short Film Program is sponsored by the University of Windsor, the Windsor Star, and The City Grill. A reception will follow the screening.
A celebration of the true spirit of filmmaking, the 48-hour FlickFest screening consists of a slate of short films shot and edited by local filmmakers and film lovers over one weekend in October. FlickFest is a fun, spirited event that epitomizes the grit, passion and determination of making films. It's a guiltless all-you-can-eat buffet of creative work from filmmakers in the Windsor region, from the young and aspiring to established heroes of the local film scene.
Finalists will be celebrated at closing night ceremonies on Sunday, November 11th when the Mark Boscariol Best of FlickFest Award 2012 will be presented.
The 48-hour FlickFest is sponsored by St. Clair College, Tecumseh Roadhouse, CanCom, and Walkermole. A reception will follow the screening.
In collaboration with REEL Canada, WIFF presents a mini-film festival for Windsor-Essex high school students. The object is to promote Canadian culture to Canadian youth through Canadian film.
The day is made possible by the support of the Greater Essex County District School Board, St. Clair College, and the University of Windsor.
Ticket information for the WIFF Monthly Film Series is posted under the "Buy Tickets" menu at the top of the page.
The 2014 FlickFest production dates are October 17th to 19th. Kick off orientation meeting is Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 5:30 pm in room 111 at MediaPlex, 275 Victoria Avenue.For information about 2014 FlickFest productions, check How to Get Started and 48-hour FlickFest Package. FlickFest is a fun, spirited event that epitomizes the grit, passion and determination of making films. Finalists are celebrated at WIFF closing night ceremonies where the Mark Boscariol Best of FlickFest Award is presented.
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