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WIFF Announces Maverick Filmmaker Series

July 7, 2014

Windsor, Monday, July 7th, 2014 — As a warm up to the 10th anniversary celebrations in November, the Windsor International Film Festival (WIFF) today announced a Maverick Filmmaker Series to showcase some of cinema’s greatest movies and filmmakers.

Executive Director Vincent Georgie says the series is in keeping with WIFF’s mandate to recognize and celebrate the art of cinema, and a reminder that today’s films have deep roots to the past.

“We’re excited to present the Maverick Filmmaker Series to our patrons," says Georgie. “Not only are the selected films of enormous quality, the filmmakers behind them changed the course of history by forever altering how films are viewed.”

The film series kicks off on July 17th at the Capitol Theatre with David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia, a film referred to by many critics as “the epics of all epics.” The grand scope, brilliant performances, and astonishing cinematography make Lawrence of Arabia a definitive and dramatic film classic. Other filmmakers in the series include Poland’s Agnieszka Holland, Italy’s Sergio Leone, and Japan’s Akira Kurosawa, with a Canadian filmmaker to be spotlighted during WIFF 2014.

Thursday, July 17th – Director David Lean, UK
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) @ 6 pm

Thursday, July 31st - Director Agnieszka Holland, Poland
Europa, Europa (1990) @ 6 pm
In Darkness (2011) @ 8 pm

Thursday, August 14th: Special 10th Anniversary Film Presentation

Thursday, September 11th - Director Sergio Leone, Italy
A Fistful Of Dollars (1964) @ 6 pm
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966) @ 8 pm

Thursday, October 9th – Director Akira Kurosawa, Japan
Rashomon (1950) @ 6 pm
Yojimbo (1961) @ 8 pm

Voting Closed for 10th Anniversary Titles

Top 10 Reveal in September

June 18, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to vote for WIFF's top 10 of 20 anniversary film titles. Voting closed Tuesday, June 17th. The top 10 titles will be revealed in September and brought back for special screenings during WIFF's 10th anniversary in November.

Beginning on May 21st, WIFF spotlighted one film a day for 20 days through Facebook, Twitter, and email. All 20 films have screened at the festival since 2005.

Here is a list of the 20 film titles:

A Separation
Blue is the Warmest Colour
Café de Flore
C.R.A.Z.Y.
The Intouchables
Gabrielle
The Hunt
In A Better World
Incendies
Laurence Anyways
Manufactured Landscapes
Monsieur Lazhar
Once
Searching for Sugar Man
This Is What A Feminist Sounds Like
Tyrannosaur
Wadjda
Waste Land
Water

WIFF 2014 Anniversary Titles

June 10, 2014

Be sure to choose up to 10 of the 20 film titles revealed since May 21st, and we'll bring back the top 10 for special 10th anniversary screenings in November.

Just go to the following link and vote for your top 10 choices: Vote Here.

June 9th - The Intouchables
June 8th - Searching for Sugar Man
June 7th - Wadjda
June 6th - A Separation
June 5th - Gabrielle
June 4th - Incendies
June 3rd - Café de Flore
June 2nd - In A Better World
June 1st - Blue is the Warmest Colour
May 31st - Monsieur Lazhar
May 30th - Tyrannosaur
May 29th - Water
May 28th - This Is What A Feminist Sounds Like
May 27th - Laurence Anyways
May 26th - Manufactured Landscapes
May 25th - The Hunt
May 24th - Waste Land
May 23rd - Once,
May 22nd - Still Mine
May 21st - C.R.A.Z.Y.

WIFF@10 Anniversary Titles

Make Your Vote Count

May 24, 2014

The Windsor International Film Festival (WIFF) is asking the public’s help in selecting 10 culturally significant films to screen during WIFF’s 10th anniversary celebrations in November.

WIFF has spotlighted one film a day for 20 days through Facebook, Twitter, and email. All 20 films have screened at the festival since 2005. You'll have a chance to vote for your top 10 film choices starting Tuesday, June 10th to Tuesday, June 17th. Details will be posted on this page. The selected top 10 film titles will be revealed in September and screened during WIFF 2014.

Monday, June 9 - Our last 10th Anniversary title is The Intouchables directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache.

Sunday, June 8 - Director Malik Bendjelloul's popular documentary, Searching for Sugarman.

Saturday, June 7 - Today's WIFF title reveal is Haifaa Al Mansour's Wadjda.

Friday, June 6- Set in contemporary Iran, Asghar Farhadi's A Separation is today's WIFF title reveal.

Thursday, June 5 - Today's 10th Anniversary title is Louise Archambault's Gabrielle.

Wednesday, June 4 - Incendies is a 2010 Canadian drama written and directed by Denis Villeneuve from Wajdi Mouawad’s play of the same name.

Tuesday, June 3 – Director Jean-Marc Vallée’s Café de Flore.

Monday, June 2 - In A Better World, a 2010 Danish drama thriller film written by Anders Thomas Jensen and directed by Susanne Bier.

Sunday, June 1 - Palme d'Or winner Blue is the Warmest Colour directed by Abdellatif Kechiche and featuring Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos.

Saturday, May 31 - Monsieur Lazhar is filmmaker Philippe Falardeau’s film adaptation of the Évelyne de la Chenelière’s stage play.

Friday, May 30 - Today's WIFF Anniversary Title Reveal is Director Paddy Considine’s Tyrannosaur.

Thursday, May 29 - Water, the 2005 Oscar-nominated Canadian film written and directed by Deepa Mehta.

Wednesday, May 28 - This Is What A Feminist Sounds Like directed by Audra Macintyre and Kim Nelson and featuring one of Windsor's most charismatic and outspoken daughters, Pat Noonan.

Tuesday, May 27 - The award-winning feature film by Xavier Dolan, Laurence Anyways.

Monday, May 26 - The award-winning Canadian documentary feature, Manufactured Landscapes directed by Jennifer Baichwal and featuring the renowned artist Edward Burtynsky.

Sunday, May 25 - The Oscar-nominated feature The Hunt directed by Thomas Vinterberg.

Saturday, May 24 - The Oscar-nominated documentary feature Waste Land directed by Lucy Walker.

Friday, May 23 - John Carney’s Once, featuring Glen Hansard and his Irish band “The Frames.”

Thursday, May 22 - Canadian Director Michael McGowan’s Still Mine starring James Cromwell and Geneviève Bujold.

Wednesday, May 21 - Director Jean-Marc Vallée's C.R.A.Z.Y.


WIFF Announces Public Voting for 10th Anniversary Film Titles

May 20, 2014

The Windsor International Film Festival (WIFF) is asking the public’s help in selecting 10 culturally significant films to screen during WIFF’s 10th anniversary celebrations in November.

Beginning Wednesday, May 21st, WIFF will spotlight one film a day for 20 days through an email and social media campaign. All 20 films have screened at the festival since 2005. The public will be asked to vote for their top 10 film choices based on popularity, quality, and memorability.

“WIFF wants the public to be engaged in helping us celebrate our 10th Anniversary,” says Executive Director Vincent Georgie. “What better way than to give serious weight to their film selections.”

Voting takes place Wednesday, June 10h to Wednesday, June 17th. The selected top 10 film titles will be revealed in September and screened during WIFF 2014.

“This is not just an opinion poll,” says Georgie. “The public’s vote is a collective endorsement of WIFF’s rich cinematic history.”

WIFF 2014 runs from Saturday, November 1st to Sunday, November 9th.

WIFF was founded in 2005 to raise an awareness and appreciation of the art of the moving image by bringing films to Windsor which otherwise would not be seen. Since that time, the festival has grown and expanded from 16 films, 21 screenings, and 2,705 tickets sold in 2005 to 65 films, 97 screenings, and approximately 13,000 tickets sold in 2013. Festivals and Events Ontario has consistently named WIFF one of the top 100 festivals in Ontario.

WIFF celebrates inaugural National Canadian Film Day

on Tuesday, April 29th

April 23, 2014

The Windsor International Film Festival (WIFF) is proud to present two classic Canadian films on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 as part of the first annual National Canadian Film Day. Erik Canuel’s Bon Cop, Bad Cop and Atom Egoyan’s The Sweet Hereafter were voted the “people’s choice” through a WIFF Facebook and email campaign.

"We are proud to support National Canadian Film Day, an important new initiative in keeping with WIFF’s mandate to raise awareness and appreciation for Canadian films and filmmakers,” says WIFF Executive Director Vincent Georgie. “As we celebrate WIFF's 10th Anniversary this November, it is a natural choice to honour some recent and not-so-recent Canadian film favourites of the past."

A bilingual comedy starring Colm Feore and Patrick Huard, Bon Cop, Bad Cop (2006) is still Canada’s reigning box-office hit. Audiences love it. Egoyan’s The Sweet Hereafter (1997), a haunting adaptation of the Russell Banks novel, took home a Special Grand Jury Prize at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival and received two Academy Award nominations, including Best Director.

Voting for National Canadian Film Day closed at midnight Monday April 21st with the following Canadian films also in contention for the April 29th screening: Denys Arcand’s Decline of the American Empire; Charles Binamé’s The Rocket; David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers; Paul Gross’ Passchendaele, and Ivan Reitman’s Meatballs.

National Canadian Film Day is an initiative of REEL CANADA in partnership with Scotiabank, CBC, and a host of film festivals, movie clubs, schools, broadcasters and industry organizations across the country. WIFF is a proud supporter of the initiative and encourages Canadians across the country to discover and celebrate Canadian cinema.

WIFF’s National Canadian Film Day screenings take place at the Capitol Theatre on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014. Bon Cop, Bad Cop screens at 6 pm and The Sweet Hereafter screens at 8 pm.

WIFF 2014 runs from Saturday, November 1st to Sunday, November 9th, 2014.


WIFF Spring Series Continues

May 15th and June 5th @ The Capitol

April 19, 2014

The WIFF Spring series continues on Thursday, May 15th and Thursday, June 5th with celebrated feature-length documentary and dramatic films.

Thursday, May 15th

Tonight's documentary screenings are presented in partnership with Science Rendezvous at University of Windsor.

Expedition to the End of the World, Director Daniel Dencik, Denmark-Sweden-Greenland 2013 @ 6 pm

A Hot Docs review by Myrocia Watamaniuk captures this film wonderfully: "Thank global warming for one of the year’s most beautiful and entertaining films. The frozen fjords of Northeast Greenland are blocked by a maze of impassable inlets, leaving the Earth’s oldest terrain untouched by modern man. But as the North Pole slowly melts, a narrow path now opens for a few weeks every year. In the spirit of Columbus, a motley crew of artists and scientists set sail on an exploratory mission. With heavy metal blasting from the deck of their majestic wooden schooner, however, it’s clear this isn’t your typical expedition. High science and hilarious hijinks play out in equal measure against stunning icescapes. Palpable awe accompanies the discovery of new species and insightfully differing riffs on the meaning of life, but all with a wry, Herzogian sense of humour and otherworldly cinematography. A lucid observation on man’s relationship with nature, this fascinating voyage sets an epic course for adventure." For another take on this "visually ravishing, thought-provoking film," go to The Hollywood Reporter.

Particle Fever, Director Mark Levinson, USA 2013 @ 8 pm

This film gives audiences a front row seat to a significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough as it happens. Particle Fever follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet. As they seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe, 10,000 scientists from over 100 countries joined forces in pursuit of a single goal: to recreate conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and find the Higgs boson, potentially explaining the origin of all matter. But our heroes confront an even bigger challenge: have we reached our limit in understanding why we exist? New York Times reviewer A.O. Scott calls Particle Fever a "mind-blowing new documentary." See his full review at The New York Times.

Thursday, June 5th

Gloria, Director Sebastián Lelio, Chile-Spain 2013 @ 6 pm

Gloria was Chile's official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards (R), and stars Paulina García in a tour de force performance that captured the Silver Bear Best Actress Award at the Berlin Film Festival. According to The New York Times, one of the delights of Lelio"s film is "that its richly detailed realism is fuel for thought: about Chile, about men and women, about how the cycles of family life have and have not changed as a result of sexual liberation and consumer capitalism." Unpretentious and thrillingly humane are other worthy accolades for a great film accomplishment. For the full movie review, go to The New York Times.

The Past (Le Passé), Director Asghar Farhadi, France-Italy 2013 @ 8pm

IndiWire writes that "comparing the Academy Award-winning A Separation to Asghar Farhadi’s French-language film The Past, his first film outside of his native Iran, is like comparing "two equally beautiful diamonds cut differently by the same master jeweller. The only reasonable way to put them on the same ground is to note the masterful caliber of storytelling achieved once again by the Iranian auteur. It is hard to think of any other working writer/director that has such a perfectly calibrated talent for creating tension out of seemingly ordinary circumstances. Days after watching his latest work The Past, its powerful themes and even more riveting mystery still linger refusing to be forgotten. Continuing with his fervent interest in failed relationships Farhadi proves that in his stories, just like many times in life, the end is actually only the beginning." For more, go to IndiWire.

Celebrating First Nations Films at WIFF:

Spring Film Series Kicks Off in April

March 11, 2014

The WIFF Spring series kicks off on Thursday, April 10th with a celebration of First Nations' films. Please join us for celebrated documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin's Hi-Ho Mistahey! and director Jeff Barnaby's dramatic feature film Rhymes for Young Ghouls.

Hi-Ho Mistahey! Director Alanis Obomsawin, Canada 2013 @ 6 pm

For more than 40 years, internationally acclaimed filmmaker and activist Alanis Obomsawin has given voice to Canada's Aboriginal Peoples. A member of the Abenaki Nation, Obomsawin's earlier credits include the classics Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance and Incident at Restigouche, documentaries that are vital chronicles of the dismantling of indigenous culture. Hi-Ho Mistahey!, her latest film, chronicles the appalling lack of educational opportunities for Aboriginal children at Attawapiskat, and follows them as they take their demands for better educational funding to the Canadian government and the U.N. Obomsawin gave a candid interview about the film prior to its world premiere at TIFF. To read the full interview, click here.

Rhymes for Young Ghouls, Director Jeff Barnaby, Canada 2013 @ 8 pm

Bruce DeMara of The Toronto Star writes that Rhymes for Young Ghouls is "impressive on many fronts," but especially "in its evocation of the time when native people still lived under the paternalistically despotic rule of the government and its representatives." Set in the 1970s against the backdrop of the residential schools tragedy, Jeff Barnaby's much-anticipated debut feature film has received stellar reviews and was voted one of Canada's top ten feature films of 2013. Premiering at last year's TIFF, the film was described as "an angry and poetic howl for lost lives, lost opportunities and lost loved ones." As De Mara points out, "Barnaby doesn’t shy away from portraying the self-indulgently indolent lives of the denizens of the Crow’s Kingdom, people who party hardy as a way to retreat from the tyranny of their existence while struggling to hold on to a culture that is being stripped away with each passing generation." See DeMara's full review at The Toronto Star.


WIFF Winter Series Back in March and April

February 19, 2014

WIFF is keeping busy with the Winter screening series and bringing wonderful and challenging films to the Capitol on Thursday, March 6th and Thursday, April 10th.

The "Charms" of French Cinema, Thursday, March 6th

Alceste à bicyclette, Director Philippe Le Guay, France 2013 @ 6 pm

As the Hollywood Reporter puts it, Cycling with Moliere (Alceste à bicyclette) "is a warm and winning chamber piece about two actors taking on The Misanthrope and trying not to strangle one another in the process. Philippe Le Guay’s Cycling With Moliere (Alceste a bicyclette) provides further proof of the Gallic writer-director’s talent for crafting finely acted, middlebrow dramedies with a heart. Featuring a scene-stealing performance from leading man Fabrice Luchini, who also starred in The Woman on the 6th Floor, the film should find similar success at home, with strong overseas possibilities." See the full review at The Hollywood Reporter.

Populaire, Director Régis Roinsard, France 2012 @ 8.15 pm

Here's what The Guardian has to say about this highly entertaining film voyage back to 1950s France: "In many ways Populaire is a companion piece to Michel Hazanavicius's Oscar-winning The Artist in its knowing love for American cinema. It also has the same star, Bérénice Bejo (though not here in the leading role), and the same photographer, Guillaume Schiffman, who grew up in the movie business as the son of Suzanne Schiffman, the long-time assistant to François Truffaut, with whom she shared an Oscar-nomination for Day for Night. Where The Artist was a black-and-white homage to the American silent cinema of the 1920s that was shattered by the coming of sound, Populaire is a love letter to the underappreciated Hollywood movies of the 1950s, with a wonderful feeling for the textures of Technicolor." See the full review at The Guardian.

Celebrating First Nations Films at WIFF, Thursday, April 10th

Hi-Ho Mistahey! Director Alanis Obomsawin, Canada 2013 @ 6 pm

For more than 40 years, internationally acclaimed filmmaker and activist Alanis Obomsawin has given voice to Canada's Aboriginal Peoples. A member of the Abenaki Nation, Obomsawin's earlier credits include the classics Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance and Incident at Restigouche, documentaries that are vital chronicles of the dismantling of indigenous culture. Hi-Ho Mistahey!, her latest film, chronicles the appalling lack of educational opportunities for Aboriginal children at Attawapiskat, and follows them as they take their demands for better educational funding to the Canadian government and the U.N. Obomsawin gave a candid interview about the film prior to its world premiere at TIFF. To read the full interview, click here.

Rhymes for Young Ghouls, Director Jeff Barnaby, Canada 2013 @ 8 pm

Bruce DeMara of The Toronto Star writes that Rhymes for Young Ghouls is "impressive on many fronts," but especially "in its evocation of the time when native people still lived under the paternalistically despotic rule of the government and its representatives." Set in the 1970s against the backdrop of the residential schools tragedy, Jeff Barnaby's much-anticipated debut feature film has received stellar reviews and was voted one of Canada's top ten feature films of 2013. Premiering at last year's TIFF, the film was described as "an angry and poetic howl for lost lives, lost opportunities and lost loved ones." As De Mara points out, "Barnaby doesn’t shy away from portraying the self-indulgently indolent lives of the denizens of the Crow’s Kingdom, people who party hardy as a way to retreat from the tyranny of their existence while struggling to hold on to a culture that is being stripped away with each passing generation." See DeMara's full review at The Toronto Star.


WIFF Celebrates 10th Anniversary in November 2014

February 6, 2014

The Windsor International Film Festival (WIFF) proudly celebrates its 10th anniversary this coming November, and today announced that it is adding extra calendar dates to mark the occasion.

WIFF 2014 runs from Saturday, November 1st to Sunday, November 9th (a total of nine days compared to six in 2013), giving WIFF patrons an opportunity to see more films and to access some of the world’s leading filmmakers.

“A decade ago, WIFF was but a dream,” said Vincent Georgie, WIFF Executive Director. “In ten short years, the festival has grown and expanded, and become a fixture in the community. The results are impressive and inspiring, and make us proud to celebrate WIFF’s 10th anniversary. The additional dates and expanded program are an opportunity to acknowledge the community and to thank them for their loyal patronage.”

Founded in 2005, WIFF has become one of the most celebrated cultural events in Southwestern Ontario. It has grown from 16 films, 21 screenings, and 2,705 tickets sold in 2005 to 65 films, 104 screenings, and approximately 13,000 tickets sold in 2013.

WIFF 2014 promises to be even bigger with special events to commemorate the 10th Anniversary and with pre-WIFF events, such as the showcase of student films and 48-hour FlickFest, integrated into the overall festival schedule.

Through its exhibition, education, and community development programs, WIFF builds audiences for Canadian content and talent, provides training opportunities for emerging filmmakers, and promotes the creative economy of Windsor and Southwestern Ontario.


The Return of Two Oscar Nominated Films

from WIFF 2013

January 28, 2014

Please join us on Thursday, February 6th for the continuation of the WIFF Winter Series. We're pleased to announce the return of two films from WIFF 2013: Belgium's Broken Circle Breakdown is one of five finalists for this year’s Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Hong Kong's The Grandmaster is up for Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design.

The Broken Circle Breakdown, Director Felix van Groeningen, Belgium-Netherlands, 2012
Thursday, February 6th @ 6 pm

Directed by Felix van Groeningen, Broken Circle Breakdown is a tragic love story about a couple whose passionate relationship unravels when their daughter becomes ill. The film, an adaptation of a stage play, centers on tattoo artist Elise (Veerle Baetens) and Didier (Johan Heldenbergh), an America-loving banjo player in a Belgian bluegrass band. Movie critic Joyce Kulhawik writes that "the movie begins in the middle of Didier and Elise's relationship, then unwinds like a (bluegrass) tune circling a recurring refrain, back and forth in time, between present and past, in an ever-widening circumference, deepening our understanding of their inner lives. Gradually we realize that Elise's attraction to the symbolic world, and the scars she wears—will lead her on a collision course with Didier's pragmatism and affinity for the "can do" optimism of America. The climactic crack-up occurs one night, right in the middle of a performance, literally center stage—before a live audience, who sit there aghast and confronted: Is the life we live, see, touch and feel, here and now—all there is? Is religion for cowards? Where shall we put our faith?" Go directly to Kulhawik's article to read the entire review.

The Grandmaster, Director Kar Wai Wong, Hong Kong-China, 2013
Thursday, February 6th @ 8.15 pm

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Wong Kar Wai, The Grandmaster is an epic action feature inspired by the life and times of the legendary kung fu master, Ip Man. The story spans the tumultuous Republican era that followed the fall of China’s last dynasty, a time of chaos, division and war that was also the golden age of Chinese martial arts. Filmed in a range of stunning locations that include the snow-swept landscapes of Northeast China and the subtropical South, the film features virtuoso performances by some of the greatest stars of contemporary Asian cinema, including Tony Leung and Ziyi Zhang. For more on the film, see Peter Travers's review in Rolling Stone.

The WIFF Winter Series returns to the Capitol on Thursday, March 6th with what we affectionately refer to as the "charms" of French Cinema.

Philippe Le Guay's Cycling with Moliere (Alceste à bicyclette) @ 6 pm
Régis Roinsard's Populaire @ 8.15 pm

WIFF Monthlies Back @ The Capitol

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

January 4, 2014

Please join us on Thursday, January 9th for the continuation of the WIFF Winter Series. In the meantime, stay warm, stay safe during these cold, blustery days.

The Venice Syndrome, Director Andreas Pilcher, Italy, Austria, Germany, 2013
Thursday, January 9th @ 6pm

Twenty million foreigners visited Venice last year. That’s an average of 60,000 day. And this year it will be more still. By comparison, there are only 48,000 inhabitants, the same amount as they were after the Great Plague of 1438. And next year it will be fewer still. For the city is becoming uninhabitable. Venice’s own urban life has almost collapsed; it scarcely still exists. The Venice Syndrome shows what remains of Venetian life: a subculture of tourist service industries; a port for monstrous cruisers which is waiting to be expanded; Venetians who are moving to the mainland as there are no longer affordable apartments to be found; an aged noblewoman who treats the municipal council with scorn; a realtor who is considering abandoning the sinking ship.

The Crash Reel, Director Lucy Walker, USA, 2012
Thursday, January 9th @ 7.45 pm

Seamlessly combining stunning archival snowboarding footage with a chronicle of champion US snowboarder Kevin Pearce's struggle to get back on the slopes after a devastating accident, director Lucy Walker not only tells a moving personal story but broaches difficult questions about the culture of high-risk sports, those who love them and those who profit off them.


WIFF Monthlies Back @ The Capitol

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

December 20, 2013

WIFF is back @ the Capitol in the new year with new titles and new film experiences.

Please join us on Thursday, January 9th for the continuation of the WIFF Winter Series. In the meantime, stay warm, stay safe.

The Venice Syndrome, Director Andreas Pilcher, Italy, Austria, Germany, 2013
Thursday, January 9th @ 6pm

Twenty million foreigners visited Venice last year. That’s an average of 60,000 day. And this year it will be more still. By comparison, there are only 48,000 inhabitants, the same amount as they were after the Great Plague of 1438. And next year it will be fewer still. For the city is becoming uninhabitable. Venice’s own urban life has almost collapsed; it scarcely still exists. The Venice Syndrome shows what remains of Venetian life: a subculture of tourist service industries; a port for monstrous cruisers which is waiting to be expanded; Venetians who are moving to the mainland as there are no longer affordable apartments to be found; an aged noblewoman who treats the municipal council with scorn; a realtor who is considering abandoning the sinking ship.

The Crash Reel, Director Lucy Walker, USA, 2012
Thursday, January 9th @ 7.45 pm

Seamlessly combining stunning archival snowboarding footage with a chronicle of champion US snowboarder Kevin Pearce's struggle to get back on the slopes after a devastating accident, director Lucy Walker not only tells a moving personal story but broaches difficult questions about the culture of high-risk sports, those who love them and those who profit off them.

See you in 2014!

WIFF Monthlies Back @ The Capitol

January 9th and February 6th, 2014

December 14, 2013

Thank you to everyone who came out on Thursday, December 5th for the screenings of Short Term 12 and Sarah Prefers to Run.

We'll be back @ the Capitol on Thursday, January 9th and Thursday, February 6th, 2014 with new titles and new film experiences.

In the meantime, stay warm, stay safe, and have a wonderful and joyous holiday season.

We look forward to seeing you in the new year for a continuation of the WIFF Winter Series.

Attention Film Lovers

WIFF Monthlies Are Back @ The Capitol

November 23, 2013

Thank you again to all of our film-loving patrons for helping to make WIFF 2013 such a spectacular success. Each year the festival gets bigger and better, thanks in large part to your resounding support of high-quality films and filmmakers.

As part of its mandate to promote the creative economy of downtown Windsor, WIFF is pleased to provide encore screenings of two festival favourites: Short Term 12, co-winner of the WIFF 2013 People's Choice Award, and Sarah Prefers to Run.

Please join us on Thursday, December 5th @ the Capitol for the WIFF WInter Series, a continuation of our monthly film series.

Short Term 12, Director Destin Cretton, USA 2013
Thursday, December 5th @ 6 pm

Short Term 12 is set in a foster-care facility for at-risk youth, where the young staff try to help their troubled charges while dealing with their own life troubles. Told through the eyes of Grace (Brie Larson), a twenty-something supervisor at the facility, Short Term 12 is a complex, lovingly realized film that finds truth – and humor – in unexpected places.

Sarah Prefers to Run, Director Chloé Robichaud, Canada 2013
Thursday, December 5th @ 8 pm

Sarah Prefers to Run is a subtle and stylish exploration of sacrifice and the consequences of chasing one's desires. With a balance of drama and levity, writer/director Chloé Robichaud unfolds Sarah's personal life to reveal a refreshingly unusual protagonist, delightfully played by Sophie Desmarais. Sarah prefers to be in control, but two things nearly upend her single-minded world: an unexpected sexual attraction to fellow runner Zoey (Geneviève Boivin-Roussy) and the emergence of a medical condition that could affect her running career.


A Tie Vote for WIFF 2013 People's Choice Award

November 15, 2013

The Windsor International Film Festival is pleased to announce that Destin Cretton’s Short Term 12 and Louise Archambault’s Gabrielle share this year’s People’s Choice Award, the festival's top prize.

Though this is the first tie vote in the history of the WIFF People’s Choice Award, it is not surprising filmgoers responded in similar ways to the films. Brie Larson, the star of Cretton’s feature film, has been quoted as saying Gabrielle “actually kind of reminds me of Short Term 12.”

Short Term 12 is set in a foster-care facility for at-risk youth, where the young staff try to help their troubled charges while dealing with their own life troubles. Archambault’s Gabrielle is a tender film about a developmentally challenged young woman's quest for independence and sexual freedom.

Gabrielle “wowed” close to 500 audience members at WIFF’s Opening Night, and is Canada’s candidate in the Oscar’s best foreign-language film category. Critics and audiences have greeted Short Term 12 enthusiastically since it premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival earlier this year. Both films were among the 65 dramatic, documentary, and short films screened at WIFF 2013.

WIFF congratulates Win Harwood whose name was drawn at random for participating in the WIFF People’s Choice Award voting. Harwood has won dinner for two at The City Grill, the festival’s official meeting place.


WIFF Announces Change in Executive Director Leadership

November 11, 2013

The WIFF Board of Directors announced today that Peter Coady is stepping down as Executive Director of the organization after several years at the helm. Coady informed the board that “the time is right to hand over the reins.” Vincent Georgie will assume the Executive Director role, effective immediately, and will report to the Board of Directors.

Under Coady’s leadership, WIFF has become a renowned and much anticipated event, tripling in size from 31 screenings in 2010 to 97 screenings in 2013 and introducing new initiatives like the Short Film Program and the Can-Am Grand Prix of Cinema. Coady was also instrumental in developing the WIFF local film component in 2010, inviting submissions from Windsor-Essex filmmakers for programming consideration. .

“I am honoured to have had the opportunity to lead WIFF and to see it grow over the years. We have built a wonderful team, embracing new ideas and challenges and celebrating the excellent work of established and local filmmakers,” said Coady. “I look forward to working with WIFF in a different capacity in the years to come.” .

Georgie joined the WIFF Board of Directors in 2009 and was integral in developing and directing the festival’s marketing and programming strategies. He was also responsible for integrating students from the University of Windsor’s Odette School of Business into WIFF’s day-to-day operations as part of their course work, and overseeing the WIFF monthly screening series. As Executive Director, he will continue to concentrate on expanding and enhancing the WIFF brand. .

“I am honoured and humbled to follow in Peter’s steps, someone I have worked closely with over five festivals and learned much from,” said Georgie. “I look forward to taking on this new role and continuing the excellent work of WIFF.” .

Board Chair Lynne Watts said WIFF is fortunate to have two such accomplished individuals willing to commit their time and energy to showcasing Canadian, international, and local films and filmmakers. .

“Peter’s passion and commitment have contributed greatly to our success, and we look forward to his continued involvement as part of our team,” said Watts. “While being primarily responsible for WIFF’s marketing efforts, Vincent has also become familiar with other aspects of our operations, and brings his deep knowledge and love of film to the Executive Director role.” .


WIFF Closing Night Film

Wadjda, A Movie of Firsts

November 10, 2013

"A Rare Cinematic Glimpse of a Barely Known Country"
Sunday, November 10th, 7 pm @ The Capitol

Wadjda, Director Haifaa al-Mansour, Starring Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah, Abdullrahman Al Gohani

* Venice Film Festival 2012: Interfilm Award, CinemAvvenire Award, C.I.C.A.E. Award; Saudi Arabia's Official Submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2014 Academy Awards

Wadjda is a movie of firsts. It is the first film ever shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and, even more impressive, the first feature film made by a female Saudi filmmaker. In a country where cinemas are banned and women cannot drive or vote, writer-director Haifaa Al Mansour has broken many barriers with her new film, which tells the story of a girl determined to fight for her dreams. Wadjda (Waad Mohammed) is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. She wants a bicycle desperately but her mother (Reem Abdullah) will not allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl’s virtue. So Wadjda decides to try and raise the money herself.

For some interesting perspectives on the Closing Night Film, see "Wadjda and the Saudi Women Fighting Oppression From Within" in the The Guardian and "Meet the Female Director Behind the First Feature Film Shot Entirely in Saudi Arabia" in the Globe and Mail.

WIFF 2013 Announces Special “Talk” Series

In Collaboration with The Windsor Star

November 6, 2013

WIFF is pleased to announce a series of special talks developed with The Windsor Star to highlight films, filmmakers, and local talent throughout the festival.

The events are moderated by Windsor Star journalists at the Green Bean Café inside the Windsor Star building, and are open and free to the public.

Wednesday, November 6th, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm: The making of This Is What A Feminist Sounds Like with co-director Kim Nelson, activist Pat Noonan, producer Veronika Mogyorody, and director of photography Eric Boucher. Moderated by Beatrice Fantoni.

Thursday, November 7th, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm: The Odette Debate Team debates the issues in 15 Reasons To Live and After Tiller. Moderated by Bev Becker.

Friday November 8th, 12 pm to 1 pm: Behind the Scenes at WIFF with Executive Director Peter Coady. Moderated by John Coleman.

Saturday, November 9th, 11 am to 12 pm: Cinephilia and the Art of Making Short Films with filmmaker Min Bae.

Sunday, November 10th, 11 am to 12 pm: Music on Film inspired by 20 Feet From Stardom and Muscle Shoals with George King. Moderated by Ted Shaw.

WIFF Opening Night and Special Guests

Director Louise Archambault "wowed" close to 500 audience members with her film Gabrielle, saying it's "an honour for me to open the festival.” (See the Windsor Star for full WIFF coverage.)

A stellar group of guests, including directors, producers, actors, and industry professionals, will also be in attendance to help celebrate WIFF's 9th anniversary.

Confirmed Guests

• Director Louise Archambault, Gabrielle
• Director Rola Nashef, Detroit Unleaded
• Actor Scott Norman, Detroit Unleaded
• Actor Jean-Sébastien Courchesne, Sarah Prefers to Run
• Director Alan Zweig, 15 Reasons to Live
• Actor Cara Gee, Empire of Dirt
• Producer Liz Singh, Farah Goes Bang
• President Chris McDonald, Hot Docs
• Programming Coordinator Matt McKinnon, TIFF Film Circuit
• Executive Director Jack Blum, REEL Canada
• Artisitic Director Sharon Corder, REEL Canada
• Director Janelle Wookey, Mémére Métisse (REEL Canada)
• Director Deborah Chow, The High Cost of Living (REEL Canada)
• Environmental advocate Emily Hunter, Revolution (REEL Canada)
• Actor Liane Balaban, One Week (REEL Canada)
• Screenwriter Dennis Heaton, FIDO (REEL Canada)


Guest Filmmakers and Special Guests

Opening Night with Director Louise Archambault

November 4, 2013

WIFF is pleased to welcome a stellar group of guests, including directors, producers, actors, and industry professionals, to help celebrate its 9th anniversary.

The festival is especially pleased to welcome director Louise Archambault of Gabrielle for Opening Night on Tuesday, November 5th.

Confirmed Guests

• Director Louise Archambault, Gabrielle
• Director Rola Nashef, Detroit Unleaded
• Actor Scott Norman, Detroit Unleaded
• Actor Jean-Sébastien Courchesne, Sarah Prefers to Run
• Director Alan Zweig, 15 Reasons to Live
• Actor Cara Gee, Empire of Dirt
• Producer Liz Singh, Farah Goes Bang
• President Chris McDonald, Hot Docs
• Programming Coordinator Matt McKinnon, TIFF Film Circuit
• Director Janelle Wookey, Mémére Métisse (REEL Canada)
• Director Deborah Chow, The High Cost of Living (REEL Canada)
• Environmental advocate Emily Hunter, Revolution (REEL Canada)
• Actor Liane Balaban, One Week (REEL Canada)
• Screenwriter Dennis Heaton, FIDO (REEL Canada)


WIFF 2013 Unveils Line-up of Guest Filmmakers and Special Guests

November 2, 2013

WIFF is pleased to welcome a stellar group of guests, including directors, producers, actors, and industry professionals, to help celebrate its 9th anniversary.

The festival is especially pleased to welcome director Louise Archambault of Gabrielle for Opening Night on Tuesday, November 5th.

Confirmed Guests

• Director Louise Archambault, Gabrielle
• Director Rola Nashef, Detroit Unleaded
• Actor Scott Norman, Detroit Unleaded
• Actor Jean-Sébastien Courchesne, Sarah Prefers to Run
• Director Alan Zweig, 15 Reasons to Live
• Actor Cara Gee, Empire of Dirt
• Producer Liz Singh, Farah Goes Bang
• President Chris McDonald, Hot Docs
• Programming Coordinator Matt McKinnon, TIFF Film Circuit
• Director Janelle Wookey, Mémére Métisse (REEL Canada)
• Director Deborah Chow, The High Cost of Living (REEL Canada)
• Environmental advocate Emily Hunter, Revolution (REEL Canada)
• Actor Liane Balaban, One Week (REEL Canada)
• Screenwriter Dennis Heaton, FIDO (REEL Canada)

Opening Night and Party, Tuesday, November 5th

WIFF 2013 kicks off on Tuesday, November 5th with an exciting lineup of films, filmmakers, and events.

Come join us for the Opening Night Film and Party as WIFF celebrates its 9th anniversary with an expanded and diverse program of films, showcasing 65 films and 97 screenings at the Capitol's three theatres over an extended six-day period.

WIFF is honoured to feature Louise Archambault's Gabrielle as the Opening Night film. A stunning, tender film about a developmentally challenged young woman's quest for independence and sexual freedom, Gabrielle has been selected as Canada's candidate in the Oscars' best foreign-language film category.

Quoted in the Montreal Gazette, Archambault said her film "touches a subject and looks at people that we rarely see on the big screen. It shows that we are all different and, in the end, we are the same, we all want to be loved."

Gabrielle stars Gabrielle Marion-Rivard, who is making her first screen appearance, and features a cameo appearance by well-known Québec singer Robert Charlebois, whose music is heard during the film.

WIFF's after-film party will be held at The City Grill at 375 Ouellette Avenue. WIFF is delighted by City Grill's continued sponsorship, and thanks it for helping to advance Windsor’s downtown core as a cultural and creative destination.

Situated just around the corner from the Capitol Theatre, The City Grill is the festival’s official meeting place for film lovers, adding just the right touch of glamour for filmmakers and film patrons alike.

The Odette School of Business at the University of Windsor and the St. Clair College Alumni Association are proud overall sponsors of WIFF 2013.


WIFF Opening Night Film + Party

Tuesday, November 5th @ The Capitol, 6 pm

October 30, 2013

WIFF 2013 kicks off on Tuesday, November 5th with an exciting lineup of films, filmmakers, and events.

Come join us for the Opening Night Film and Party as WIFF celebrates its 9th anniversary with an expanded and diverse program of films, showcasing 65 films and 97 screenings at the Capitol's three theatres over an extended six-day period.

WIFF is honoured to feature Louise Archambault's Gabrielle as the Opening Night film. A stunning, tender film about a developmentally challenged young woman's quest for independence and sexual freedom, Gabrielle has been selected as Canada's candidate in the Oscars' best foreign-language film category.

Quoted in the Montreal Gazette, Archambault said her film "touches a subject and looks at people that we rarely see on the big screen. It shows that we are all different and, in the end, we are the same, we all want to be loved."

Gabrielle stars Gabrielle Marion-Rivard, who is making her first screen appearance, and features a cameo appearance by well-known Québec singer Robert Charlebois, whose music is heard during the film.

WIFF's after-film party will be held at The City Grill at 375 Ouellette Avenue. WIFF is delighted by City Grill's continued sponsorship, and thanks it for helping to advance Windsor’s downtown core as a cultural and creative destination.

Situated just around the corner from the Capitol Theatre, The City Grill is the festival’s official meeting place for film lovers, adding just the right touch of glamour for filmmakers and film patrons alike.

The Odette School of Business at the University of Windsor and the St. Clair College Alumni Association are proud overall sponsors of WIFF 2013.


WIFF 2013 Unveils an Expanded and Diverse Lineup of Films, Filmmakers, and Events

Tuesday, November 5th - Sunday, November 10th

October 22, 2013

WIFF has announced its opening and closing night films, and unveiled an exciting lineup of films, filmmakers, and events as part of its 9th anniversary celebrations.

“We’re excited to bring an expanded WIFF program to our loyal patrons and to offer a wider, more diverse film-going experience," said Executive Director Peter Coady. “Extending the festival to six days is a significant leap for us, and speaks to the festival's maturity and growth.”

Over the course of the expanded six-day festival, the Capitol Theatre will showcase 65 films and 97 screenings in three theatres, including 14 Canadian short, documentary, and dramatic feature films.

“This is WIFF’s most ambitious program, and also its most global,” said WIFF Marketing Director Vincent Georgie. “WIFF programmers screened hundreds of films and will share 67 discoveries with our audience. Major celebrities, master filmmakers, yet-undiscovered talents, and films that push the boundaries, all comingle at WIFF".

Opening Night - Tuesday, November 5th, 6 pm


Gabrielle, Louise Archambault, Canada
Louise Archambault's smart and refreshing debut feature Familia marked the arrival of an extraordinary new talent in Canadian film. Delivering on the promise of her earlier work, Gabrielle is a stunning, tender film about a developmentally challenged young woman's quest for independence and sexual freedom. Living in a group home, musically talented Gabrielle has found love in Martin, a fellow member in a choir for developmentally disabled adults. Gabrielle (Gabrielle Marion-Rivard) and Martin (Alexandre Landry) want to explore their feelings for one another physically, but are not allowed. Convinced that living alone will allow her to have the intimate relationship she so desperately craves, Gabrielle tries valiantly to prove she can be independent.

Closing Night - Sunday, November 10th, 7 pm


Wadjda, Haifaa al-Mansour, Saudi Arabia/Germany
Wadjda is a movie of firsts. It is the first film ever shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and, even more impressive, the first feature film made by a female Saudi filmmaker. In a country where cinemas are banned and women cannot drive or vote, writer-director Haifaa al-Mansour has broken many barriers with her new film, which tells the story of a girl determined to fight for her dreams. Wadjda (Waad Mohammed) is a 10- year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. After a fight with her friend Abdullah(Abdulrahman Al Gohani), a neighborhood boy she should not be playing with, Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale. She wants the bicycle desperately so that she can beat Abdullah in a race. But Wadjda’s mother (Reem Abdullah) will not allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl’s virtue. So Wadjda decides to try and raise the money herself.

WIFF Press Conference

Tuesday, October 22nd @ 11.00 am

October 19, 2013

Executive Director Peter Coady is looking forward to unveiling a powerful lineup of films, filmmakers, and events at the WIFF press conference. The highly anticipated announcement takes place on Tuesday, October 22nd at 11.00 am in the Windsor Room of the St. Clair Centre for the Arts.

"This year promises a world of discovery through dramatic and documentary features and short films from Canada and around the world," said Coady. "And with the festival opening a day earlier, we're providing more opportunities to see high-quality films and filmmakers."

WIFF Marketing Director Vincent Georgie said the line-up is sure to fascinate, provoke, and entertain WIFF audiences. "The films certainly capture the mood of our times, but they also reflect the cultural and universal significance of the moving image. It's an exciting time."

WIFF PRESS CONFERENCE
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013, 11.00 am – 11:45 am
Port of Windsor Room, St. Clair Centre for the Arts
201 Riverside Drive West, Windsor, ON

WIFF 2013 runs from Tuesday, November 5th to Sunday, November 10th. All screenings are at the Capitol Theatre.

The Odette School of Business at the University of Windsor and the St. Clair College Alumni Association are proud overall sponsors of WIFF 2013.

For more information, please contact Vincent Georgie at 519.563.7444 or email vincent@windsorfilmfestival.com.


WIFF 2013 Extends to Six Days by Popular Demand

October 1, 2013

With just over a month to go until the launch of the 9th annual Windsor International Film Festival, Executive Director Peter Coady announced the festival is extending its dates to open on Tuesday, November 5th with a Windsor premiere of a Canadian film.

“WIFF decided to open a day earlier than last year to provide our loyal film patrons with more opportunities to see high-quality films and filmmakers,” said Coady. “This year promises them a world of discovery through dramatic and documentary features and short films from Canada and around the world.”

The WIFF 2013 line-up of highly anticipated films, filmmakers, and special events will be announced at the WIFF Press Conference on Tuesday, October 22nd at 11.00 am in the Windsor Room of the St. Clair Centre for the Arts.

"We have some powerful films that speak to the mood of our times,” said WIFF Marketing Director Vincent Georgie. “They are sure to fascinate, provoke, and entertain our audiences.”

The 9th Windsor International Film Festival runs from Tuesday, November 5th to Sunday, November 10th, 2013.

WIFF PRESS CONFERENCE
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013, 11.00 am – 11:45 am
Port of Windsor Room, St. Clair Centre for the Arts
201 Riverside Drive West, Windsor, ON

For more information, please contact Vincent Georgie at 519.563.7444 or email vincent@windsorfilmfestival.com.

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WIFF Fall Series
October Film Night @ the Capitol


As part of its mandate to enhance and contribute to Windsor's vibrant cultural community, WIFF is pleased to announce that the following films will screen on October 17th at the Capitol Theatre as part of the WIFF Fall Series.

The series will continue after WIFF 2013 with new film titles for the evening of Thursday, December 5th to be announced shortly.

Fill the Void
Thursday, October 17th @ 6 pm

Graceful, complex, and beautifully layered, this award-winning Israeli drama by first-time filmmaker Rama Burshtein tells the story of a naive 18-year-old girl in an ultra-orthodox Hasidic community who dreams of finding the perfect match in an arranged marriage. As the Toronto Star's Linda Barnard puts it, the film "is a quiet observation of human nature that shows a culturally specific story has universal meaning." Fill the Void won seven Israeli Academy Awards, Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival for Hadas Yaron's portrayal of Shira, and was selected as the Israeli entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar.

The Deep
Thursday, October 17th @ 8 pm

Playing at last year's TIFF, Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur delivers an incredible tale of one man’s miraculous shipwreck survival in "this deftly framed docudrama." Based on the real-life capsize of a fishing vessel off Iceland’s Westman Islands in 1984, Kormakur follows the hard-drinking Gulli (played by Olafur Darri Olafsson) from his arrival on ship to his near-drowning and miraculous survival. As Toronto Star film reviewer Peter Howell writes, "even knowing the outcome of his harrowing experience doesn’t diminish the intensity and awe of watching it recreated (click here to read the full review). The Deep was Iceland’s entry for Best Foreign Language Oscar.


WIFF Fall Series

October Film Night @ the Capitol

September 12, 2013


As part of its mandate to enhance and contribute to Windsor's vibrant cultural community, WIFF is pleased to announce that the following films will screen on October 17th at the Capitol Theatre as part of the WIFF Fall Series.

The series will continue after WIFF 2013 with new film titles for the evening of Thursday, December 5th to be announced shortly.

Fill the Void
Thursday, October 17th @ 6 pm

Graceful, complex, and beautifully layered, this award-winning Israeli drama by first-time filmmaker Rama Burshtein tells the story of a naive 18-year-old girl in an ultra-orthodox Hasidic community who dreams of finding the perfect match in an arranged marriage. As the Toronto Star's Linda Barnard puts it, the film "is a quiet observation of human nature that shows a culturally specific story has universal meaning." Fill the Void won seven Israeli Academy Awards, Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival for Hadas Yaron's portrayal of Shira, and was selected as the Israeli entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar.

The Deep
Thursday, October 17th @ 8 pm

Playing at last year's TIFF, Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur delivers an incredible tale of one man’s miraculous shipwreck survival in "this deftly framed docudrama." Based on the real-life capsize of a fishing vessel off Iceland’s Westman Islands in 1984, Kormakur follows the hard-drinking Gulli (played by Olafur Darri Olafsson) from his arrival on ship to his near-drowning and miraculous survival. As Toronto Star film reviewer Peter Howell writes, "even knowing the outcome of his harrowing experience doesn’t diminish the intensity and awe of watching it recreated (click here to read the full review). The Deep was Iceland’s entry for Best Foreign Language Oscar.


WIFF Fall Series

September + October Film Nights @ the Capitol

August 29, 2013


As part of its mandate to enhance and contribute to Windsor's vibrant cultural community, WIFF is pleased to announce that the following films will screen on September 11th and October 17th at the Capitol Theatre as part of the WIFF Fall Series. Details of the December 5th screening will be announced shortly.

Unfinished Song
Wednesday, September 11th @ 6 pm

In director Paul Andrew Williams' film, Terence Stamp plays a grumpy pensioner who honors his recently deceased wife's passion for performing by joining the unconventional local choir to which she used to belong, a process that helps him build bridges with his estranged son, James. Wonderful performances by Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Eccleston and Gemma Arterton. Read Susan Wloszczyna's review for a full appreciation of the film.

Museum Hours
Wednesday, September 11th @ 8 pm

Set largely within the Kunsthistorisches Art Museum in Vienna, director Jem Cohen's film is a unique and pleasurable "hybrid drama/art-history essay" that focuses on an unlikely friendship between a museum guard and a visitor to the museum. As the two admire the paintings of the Old Masters, they reflect on their lives and the transformative power of art. See Liam Lacey's thoughtful Globe and Mail review of the film and the outstanding performances by non-professional actor Bobby Sommer, and Toronto multidisciplinary artist and singer Mary Margaret O'Hara.

Fill the Void
Thursday, October 17th @ 6 pm

Graceful, complex, and beautifully layered, this award-winning Israeli drama by first-time filmmaker Rama Burshtein tells the story of a naive 18-year-old girl in an ultra-orthodox Hasidic community who dreams of finding the perfect match in an arranged marriage. As the Toronto Star's Linda Barnard puts it, the film "is a quiet observation of human nature that shows a culturally specific story has universal meaning." Fill the Void won seven Israeli Academy Awards, Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival for Hadas Yaron's portrayal of Shira, and was selected as the Israeli entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar.

The Deep
Thursday, October 17th @ 8 pm

Playing at last year's TIFF, Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur delivers an incredible tale of one man’s miraculous shipwreck survival in "this deftly framed docudrama." Based on the real-life capsize of a fishing vessel off Iceland’s Westman Islands in 1984, Kormakur follows the hard-drinking Gulli (played by Olafur Darri Olafsson) from his arrival on ship to his near-drowning and miraculous survival. As Toronto Star film reviewer Peter Howell writes, "even knowing the outcome of his harrowing experience doesn’t diminish the intensity and awe of watching it recreated (click here to read the full review). The Deep was Iceland’s entry for Best Foreign Language Oscar.


WIFF Fall Series Announced

Wednesday, September 11th, Thursday, October 17th, and Thursday, December 5th

August 23, 2013


Thank you to all of our loyal, film-loving patrons for helping to make the WIFF Summer Series a resounding popular success!

WIFF has been so delighted by the response to the summer series, and the expression of public support for showcasing and celebrating high-quality films and filmmakers, that it has decided to transform the summer series into the WIFF Fall Series.

As part of its mandate to enhance and contribute to Windsor's vibrant cultural community, WIFF is pleased to announce that it will continue to engage a discerning film public with a series of monthly screenings in September, October, and December at the Capitol Theatre.

Be sure to mark your calendars for the WIFF Fall Series of films on Wednesday, September 11th, Thursday, October 17th, and Thursday, December 5th.

Stay tuned to this space for the unveiling of films and special guests.

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In the coming months, WIFF will also partner on special events at the Capitol Theatre.

On Friday, August 30th, WIFF is a presenting sponsor of Hook, Steven Spielberg's 1991 classic film. Starring Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, and Julia Roberts, the film tells the story of an adult Peter Pan's return to Neverland to challenge his old enemy Captain Hook and rescue his kidnapped children.

Hook is free to the public and will screen @ 7pm at the Capitol Theatre as part of the Coastal Trails: Sails to See TALL SHIPS® Festival.

Click on the above Coastal Trails link or go to the City of Windsor's website for further information about the screening, as well as other weekend events taking place during the final stop of the TALL SHIPS® 1812 Tour commemorating the Battle of Lake Erie.


WIFF Fall Series Announced

Wednesday, September 11th, Thursday, October 17th, and Thursday, December 5th

August 15, 2013


Thank you to all of our loyal, film-loving patrons for helping to make the WIFF Summer Series a resounding popular success!

WIFF has been so delighted by the response to the summer series, and the expression of public support for showcasing and celebrating high-quality films and filmmakers, that it has decided to transform the summer series into the WIFF Fall Series.

As part of its mandate to enhance and contribute to Windsor's vibrant cultural community, WIFF is pleased to announce that it will continue to engage a discerning film public with a series of monthly screenings in September, October, and December at the Capitol Theatre.

Be sure to mark your calendars for the WIFF Fall Series of films on Wednesday, September 11th, Thursday, October 17th, and Thursday, December 5th.

Stay tuned to this space for the unveiling of films and special guests.

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In the coming months, WIFF will also partner on special events at the Capitol Theatre.

On Friday, August 30th, WIFF is a presenting sponsor of Hook, Steven Spielberg's 1991 classic film. Starring Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, and Julia Roberts, the film tells the story of an adult Peter Pan's return to Neverland to challenge his old enemy Captain Hook and rescue his kidnapped children.

Hook is free to the public and will screen @ 7pm at the Capitol Theatre as part of the Coastal Trails: Sails to See TALL SHIPS® Festival.

Click on the above Coastal Trails link or go to the City of Windsor's website for further information about the screening, as well as other weekend events taking place during the final stop of the TALL SHIPS® 1812 Tour commemorating the Battle of Lake Erie.

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Countdown to WIFF 2013

The Windsor International Film Festival is back at the Capitol Theatre this year for what promises to be an exciting lineup of films, filmmakers, and presentations. In keeping with WIFF's mandate to enrich audience experiences through films of artistic and cultural significance, Canadian, local, and international films will be screened throughout the festival.

Opening Night Screening and Gala - Tuesday, November 5th

WIFF opens with a Windsor premiere screening of a Canadian film and an Opening Night party. The filmmakers and actors involved in the making of the film are invited to attend.

WIFF 'LOCAL' 2013

As part of WIFF's mandate to promote and foster local films and filmmakers, WIFF 'LOCAL' 2013 will consider fiction and documentary feature films of 50 minutes and over. Short films must be less than 20 minutes. Click here for the WIFF 'Local' 2013 submission guidelines and WIFF ‘Local’ 2013 application form.


Pre-WIFF Events


As in previous years, WIFF will host a number of pre-festival events to celebrate Canadian film and filmmakers. These events reflect WIFF's ongoing commitment to Canadian and emerging filmmakers by recognizing and supporting their filmmaking achievements and storytelling.

48-hour FlickFest - Awards night: Sunday, November 3rd, Capitol Theatre

A celebration of the true spirit of filmmaking, the FlickFest screening consists of a slate of short films shot and edited by local filmmakers and film lovers over one weekend. 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.

Short Film Program -Monday, November 4th

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. The film and video program celebrates the genres of animation, experimental, documentary and fiction film and provides emerging filmmakers an opportunity to screen their work at an international film festival.

REEL Canada, Educational Program - Tuesday, November 5th

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.


Summer @ the Movies

Last Screening of the Summer - August 15th

August 8, 2013


On Thursday, August 15th, the WIFF Summer Series returns to the Capitol Theatre with two exceptional foreign films: Director Sylvie Testud's Another Woman's Life (La vie d'une autre) @ 6pm and Director Pablo Berger's Blancanieves @ 8pm.

In Testud's feature directorial debut, Another Woman's Life, Juliette Binoche plays Marie, a hard-hitting career woman who wakes up one morning to find herself in the mind of a 25-year-old party girl. In what the Hollywood Reporter describes as "an irresistible lead turn" from Binoche, Marie discovers that 15 years have passed of which she has no memory, and in which time she has acquired an impressive career, a son and a marriage to Paul which seems headed for divorce.

Premiering at last year's TIFF, Blancanieves is an elegant black-and-white silent movie set in Spain between 1910 and 1929 that conflates the Snow White fairytale and the story of Carmen. A celebrated bullfighter, Antonio Villalta, is paralysed in the ring on the very day his wife dies in childbirth after bearing him a daughter, Carmen. He marries a sadistic beauty who treats Carmen as a slave until she escapes and joins a travelling band of dwarves performing comic turns as matadors. Eventually the skills learned from her father help her become a beautiful star of the plaza de toros, thus inciting the wicked stepmother's lethal fury. A Guardian film review states that the film is "imaginatively conceived and gorgeously realised."

Please note, tickets are $9 for students and $13 for adults, and are available online here or on the evening of the screening at the Capitol box office.

For full film details and synopses click on the orange film titles or go to the "films and schedule" link at the top of the page.

See you at the movies!


Summer @ the Movies

WIFF Summer Series Continues in August

July 17, 2013


The WIFF Summer Series continues on Wednesday, August 7th with Director Sean Garrity's Blood Pressure @ 6pm, followed by a Q + A with Garrity after the screening, and Director Terrence Malick's To The Wonder @ 8pm.

Blood Pressure is a Canadian film co-written, directed, and produced by Garrity about a quietly frustrated pharmacist (Michelle Giroux) who finds her life changed by a secret admirer sending letters bearing lavish gifts and increasingly strange instructions. Chris Knight of the National Post called the film "a clever Canadian thriller." Director Sean Garrity will join WIFF audiences for a Skype Q + A following the screening.

Ben Affleck plays a Midwesterner in To The Wonder who, after meeting a woman (Olga Kurylenko) in Paris, returns to Oklahoma with her as his wife. When the relationship falters, he finds himself drifting towards a childhood love (Rachel McAdams).

On Thursday, August 15th, WIFF returns with two exceptional foreign films: Director Sylvie Testud's Another Woman's Life (La vie d'une autre) @ 6pm and Director Pablo Berger's Blancanieves @ 8pm.

Tickets are $9 for students and $13 for adults, and are available online here or on the evening of the screening at the Capitol box office.

Click on the above (orange) film titles for full details and synopses or go to the "films and schedule" link at the top of the page.

See you at the movies!


WIFF Summer Series

Screenings @ The Capitol

July 5, 2013


The following films have been screened at the Capitol Theatre as part of the WIFF Summer Series. More films to come on Wednesday, July 17th and Wednesday, August 7th. See the home page for further details.

Wednesday, July 3rd – Women of Strength

Hannah Arendt @ 6.00 pm
Last Woman Standing @ 8:15 pm

Wednesday, June 26th – Tribulations Along the 401

The Manor @ 6:00 pm
Last Woman Standing @ 7:45 pm

Wednesday, June 5th - An Evening in the French Countryside

Thérèse Desqueyroux @ 6.15 pm
Step Up to the Plate (Entre les bras) @ 8.30 pm

Wednesday, May 15th- WIFF Goes To Japan, and the Heart of US Rock N Roll

Like Someone In Love @ 6.15 pm
Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams @ 8.30 pm

Summer @ the Movies

WIFF Summer Series Continues

July 4, 2013


On Wednesday, July 17th, the WIFF Summer Series brings two films inspired by real-life events, but different in tone and mood, to the Capitol Theatre.

The Sapphires, Wednesday, July 17th @ 6 pm
L'affaire Dumont, Wednesday, July 17th @ 8.15 pm

The Sapphires is a feel-good movie about four Australian Aboriginal women, who learn about love, friendship, and war when they take their Motown-inspired act to Vietnam in 1968 to entertain US troops. Though set against the historical context of Austalia's oppression of Aboriginal populations, a New York Times reviewer says "the film is determined to muscle its way into your heart, which would have to be a lump of gristle to resist it."

L'affaire Dumont is a story about a miscarriage of justice when Michel Dumont, a divorced father of two young children, is accused and condemned of a sexual aggression. According to a Globe and Mail review, the "relentless realism depicting Dumont’s plight and the ongoing controversy over the case made L’Affaire Dumont the most-talked-about film in Quebec last year."

WIFF is pleased to continue its bi-weekly film series over the summer. Upcoming films and dates at the Capitol Theatre include the following:

Blood Pressure, Wednesday, August 7th @ 6pm (Q + A with director Sean Garrity via Skype following the screening)
To The Wonder, Wednesday, August 7th @ 8pm

Click on the above film titles for full details and synopses or go to the "films and schedule" link at the top of the page.

See you at the movies!


An Evening in the French Countryside

Wednesday, June 5th @ the Capitol

May 16, 2013


The WIFF Summer Series continues on Wednesday, June 5th with a captivating evening of fiction and documentary feature films from France.

Thérèse Desqueyroux @ 6.15 pm
Director Claude Miller, France 2012
Starring Audrey Tautou, Gilles Lellouche, and Anaïs Demoustier

François Mauriac’s1927 novel of French provincial life has been gloriously brought to the screen by the inestimable Claude Miller, who passed away shortly after completing the film. Sumptuously photographed to capture the full beauty of the pine-forested Landes area in southwest France, Thérèse Desqueyroux is a beautifully conceived costume melodrama of exquisite taste. Miller has done a superb job detailing the ins and outs of Thérèse’s marriage to a landowning neighbour, who is more interested in his dogs and the hunt than in attending to the wishes and needs of his young bride.

Step Up to the Plate (Entre les bras) @ 8.30 pm
Director Paul Lacoste, France 2012

In 2009, world-renowned French chef Michel Bras, the owner of a three Michelin-star restaurant in France's Aubrac region, decided to hand over the business to his son Sébastien. Having built up the family name over the course of decades, Bras now enters uncertain territory as he negotiates this difficult generational transition. Is it possible to pass on one's life's work? Is it possible for a son to emerge from the shadow of his feted father? Giving insight into the life and art of one of the world's greatest chefs, Entre les bras is an absorbing documentary about work ethics, family ties, and impeccable cuisine.

WIFF prides itself in providing opportunities to support the art of film through its exhibition, education, and community outreach programs. As a not-for-profit organization, it is committed to introducing Canadian, International and local films to the Windsor-Essex and the Greater Detroit communities.

Keep Wednesday, June 26th free for the next installment in the WIFF Summer Series @ the Capitol.


WIFF takes you to Japan, and to the heart of US Rock N Roll

Wednesday, May 15th

May 13, 2013

Please join WIFF this Wednesday, May 15th for two compelling features: a fiction film by Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami and a documentary film co-directed by the inimitable singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks.

Like Someone In Love, Capitol Theatre, 6.15 pm

Director Abbas Kiarostami, Japan-France 2012

An elderly man becomes infatuated with a young Tokyo call girl in this entrancingly elliptical anti-love story starring Rin Takanashi, Tadashi Okuno, Ryo Kase, and Denden.

Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams, Capitol Theatre, 8.30 pm

Directors Stevie Nicks and Dave Stewart, USA 2013

An unprecedented immersion in the creative process of two rock legends takes the viewer inside the home recording studio of Stevie Nicks, as she and producer Dave Stewart join forces to create Nicks' first solo album in more than a decade

The Summer Series continues on Wednesday, June 5th. Come out for an evening in the French countryside with director Claude Miller's Thérèse Desqueyroux and director Paul Lacoste's Step Up to the Plate (Entre les bras).

Stay tuned here for more details.

Tickets for all screenings are $9 for students and $13 for adults and are available online at www.windsorfilmfestival.com or on the evening of the screening at the Capitol box office.


CHRISTINA HENDRICKS AND A GLACIER?

A new WIFF classic premieres and a WIFF favourite returns

March 29, 2013

Windsor, Friday, March 29, 2013 – Please join the Windsor International Film Festival on Thursday, April 4th for the WIFF double feature of Sally Potter’s Ginger and Rosa, starring Christina Hendricks, Elle Fanning, and Alice Englert, and Jeff Orlowski’s Chasing Ice, an award-winning documentary and WIFF favourite.

Ginger and Rosa, Capitol Theatre, 6 pm
Director Sally Potter, United Kingdom/Denmark, 2012

London 1962. Two teenage girls are inseparable. They play truant together, discuss religion, politics and hairstyles, and dream of lives bigger than their mothers’ frustrated domesticity. But, as the Cold War meets the sexual revolution, and the threat of nuclear holocaust escalates, the lifelong friendship of the two girls is shattered—by the clash of desire and the determination to survive. Ginger and Rosa marks Sally Potter’s return “to the era during which her politics and aesthetics took shape” and “when change seemed just around the corner.”

Chasing Ice, Capitol Theatre, 8.15 pm
Director Jeff Orlowski, USA, 2012

Orlowski’s acclaimed documentary was a huge hit at WIFF 2012, and tells the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of climate change. In the spring of 2005, acclaimed National Geographic photographer James Balog was dispatched to the Arctic on a tricky assignment. With stunning cinematography and access to never before seen areas of the Arctic, Chasing Ice documents Balog’s incredible journey to provide incontrovertible proof—at great risk to his own health—that our planet is in crisis and what we do to it matters.

Tickets are $6 for students and $12 for adults and are available online at www.windsorfilmfestival.com or on the evening of the screening at the Capitol box office.


WIFF & THE WSO PRESENT AN INTIMATE EVENING OF FILM AND MUSIC

The Windsor International Film Festival and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra team up to present an evening that features both film and concert on Saturday, February 16

January 22, 2013

A Late Quartet, a film by writer/director Yaron Zilberman, will be shown at the Capitol Theatre, with a full performance of the work around which the film was constructed, Beethoven’s String Quartet no. 14. This evening also features a panel discussion with the WSO String Quartet and film expert Vincent Georgie followed by a wine reception.

The evening begins in the Kelly Theatre at 6 p.m. with a screening of the film. The concert follows in the Pentastar with the WSO String Quartet featuring Min Xie and Michèle Dumoulin, Violin, Roman Kosarev, Viola, and Andrew McIntosh, Cello. Limited seating is available on-stage. Guests will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with the musicians at a wine reception in the Joy Theatre after the concert.

A late Quartet explores the intense and multifaceted relationships between members of an established string quartet. Zilberman chose Beethoven’s String Quartet no.14, Op. 131, to anchor the film musically. The quartet, 40 minutes in length and consisting of seven movements, was Beethoven’s favourite. He is quoted as saying that he would find “a new manner of part?writing and, thank God, less lack of imagination than before.” Robert Schumann said of this quartet, together with Op. 127, “…the grandeur of which no words can express. They seem to me to stand…on the extreme boundary of all that has hitherto been attained by human art and imagination.”

The film, called “…a classical drama in seven movements” by The Globe and Mail, races through a whirlwind of emotional complexities. Zilberman followed the pattern of the quartet in his script, giving it seven movements each with a different form, length and tempo. He was fascinated by Beethoven’s instructions for the quartet, that it be performed with no breaks which mean the musicians cannot tune their instruments between movements. The instruments go out of tune during the piece, each in a completely different way, forcing the musicians to adjust and compensate. The director sees this as a great metaphor for life and relationships that are bound, at some point, to go out of tune—especially long?term ones.

Online information available here: http://www.windsorsymphony.com/concerts/latequartet.html

Ticket Information

Tickets are $75 per person ($100 for on-stage seating) or $140 per couple ($185 per couple for on-stage seating). Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and the Windsor International Film Festival.

Tickets are available through the WSO Box Office, 519-973-1238 ex. 2 and must be purchased by Thursday, February 14.

The Windsor International Film Festival

The Windsor International Film Festival (WIFF) is a cultural organization whose mission is to recognize and celebrate the art of the moving image by showcasing Canadian and international films and filmmakers.Through its exhibition, education, and community development programs, WIFF builds audiences for Canadian content and talent, provides training opportunities for emerging filmmakers, and promotes the creative economy of Windsor and Southwestern Ontario.

The Windsor Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 1947, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra is a professional regional orchestra of 43 contracted musicians. It enjoys a national reputation for its innovative programming with a strong creative commitment to Canadian performers and composers. The WSO has established a national reputation for its musical excellence and wide?ranging Educational and Community Outreach programs. The WSO can be heard regularly on CBC national radio broadcasts, and made its Gemini?nominated national television debut on CBC Television's Opening Night in 2003.The WSO is a two?time recipient of the prestigious Ontario Lieutenant Governor's Award for the Arts (2001, 2003). In 2007 it was awarded the prestigious Vida Peene Fund Orchestra Award for artistic excellence. 2008 the orchestra’s recording of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf was nominated for a Juno Award. Since 1998, the WSO has doubled its subscription sales, and in 2005 launched the Windsor Symphony Youth Orchestra. In 2012, the WSO moved into the historic Capitol Theatreand added a Friday evening Pops and a Sunday matinee Masterworks. The WSO performs a 33?week concert season from September to May.

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The Intouchables is back by popular demand

November 27, 2012

Windsor, Tuesday, November 27, 2012 — The Windsor International Film Festival (WIFF) today announced that Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano’s The Intouchables will be back at the Capitol Theatre on December 6th for two screenings.

Winner of WIFF’s People’s Choice Award, The Intouchables was the biggest title in the festival’s history, screening three times, with two added screenings, and bringing in over 1,000 audience members. Based on the true story of an unlikely odd couple, this uplifting and cheeky French comedy-drama won affection with its story of mismatched friendship, and the power of hope and trust to change people’s lives.

Philippe (François Cluzet) is a wealthy Parisian who can't cope with the way everyone condescends to him as a paraplegic, which makes hiring a full-time caregiver difficult. That is, until he interviews the inexperienced, petty criminal Driss (Omar Sy), who only applies for the job to satisfy a condition of his unemployment benefits. The growing friendship between the two men changes both of their lives, with Philippe becoming less depressive and demanding and Driss learning to take responsibility for his actions.

The Intouchables will screen at 6.15 pm and 8.45 pm on Thursday, December 6th at the Capitol Theatre. Tickets are $6 for students and $12 for adults and are available online at www.windsorfilmfestival.com or on the evening of the screening at the Capitol box-office.


People’s Choice Award Goes To The Intouchables

USA Director Shawn Christensen’s Curfew wins Can-Am Award

November 16, 2012

Windsor, Friday, November 16, 2012 — The Windsor International Film Festival (WIFF) is pleased to announce Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano’s The Intouchables as the winner of its top prize, the People’s Choice Award.

Based on the true story of an unlikely odd couple, this uplifting and cheeky French comedy-drama won the affection of WIFF audiences with its story of mismatched friendship, and the power of hope and trust to change people’s lives.

Also of note is the winner of WIFF’s Can-Am Grand Prix of Cinema 2012. USA director Shawn Christensen’s short film, Curfew, was part of a special presentation of eight short films selected by the Detroit Film Theatre and WIFF. As in previous years, festival patrons select the winning entry.

The Intouchables and Curfew were among the 52 dramatic, documentary, and short films screened at WIFF 2012.

WIFF also congratulates Windsor’s Jocelyne Poirier whose name was drawn at random for participating in the WIFF People’s Choice Award voting. Jocelyne has won a travel certificate from Via Rail with a full retail value of up to $1,200.


Special Screening added

RIOT SATURDAY, 10:10 AM KELLY THEATRE

November 7, 2012

Nov 7, 2012 A second screening of local filmmaker, Kyle Mosonyi's film, RIOT will be shown on SATURDAY, 10:10 AM at the KELLY THEATER.


Join WIFF 2012 for a Great Line-up of Films and Guests

November 6, 2012

Just 2 days to go before WIFF’s big Opening Night Film and After Party on Wednesday, November 7th! Please join us for director Nisha Pahuja’s The World Before Her, and for a Q + A with her and producer Cornelia Principe following the screening.

We have an exciting line-up of dramatic, documentary, and short films this year, as well as a number of incredible guests joining us. So, if you haven’t already booked your tickets, check out our list of films and guests here, or visit the WIFF Box Office located at the corner of Pelissier and University (just two doors east of the Capitol Theatre).

For those picking up Student Passes, Adult Passes, and Will-call, a separate booth is available at the Capitol Box Office in the Capitol Theatre. Please note, there will be no cash transactions at this booth. It is strictly for passholders and will-call patrons picking up their tickets for the day.

We look forward to seeing you at the movies!


WIFF 2012 Unveils an Exciting Roster of Guests

November 5, 2012

The Windsor International Film Festival (WIFF) is pleased to welcome a stellar group of guests, including directors, producers, actors, and industry professionals, to help celebrate its 8th anniversary.

The festival is especially pleased to welcome director Nisha Pahuja and producer Cornelia Principe of The World Before Her for Opening Night on Wednesday, November 7th.

With 52 dramatic, documentary, and short films screening at the Capitol Theatre, WIFF audiences will have a number of opportunities to engage in Q and A sessions with the film guests following their individual screenings. WIFF runs until Sunday, November 11th.

Confirmed Guests

  • Producer Cornelia Principe, The World Before Her, (Best Canadian Feature, Hot Docs 2012; Best Documentary Feature, Tribeca 2012).
  • Producer and Executive Producer Daniel Iron, Inescapable, Picture Day.
  • Director Nisha Pahuja, The World Before Her, (Best Canadian Feature, Hot Docs 2012; Best Documentary Feature, Tribeca 2012).
  • Director Kate Melville, Picture Day.
  • Director Sandra Feldman, Please Kill Mr. Know It All.
  • Director Kyle Mosonyi, Riot.
  • Assistant Director and Dialect Coach Fadia Nadda, Inescapable.
  • Actor Alex Ozerov, Blackbird (Best Canadian First Feature, Toronto International Film Festival 2012).
  • Actors Mizinga Mwinga and Alain Bastien, Rebelle (Canada’s 2013 Academy Award® entry for Best Foreign Film; Best Narrative Feature, Tribeca Film Festival 2012).
  • Executive Director Chris McDonald, Hot Docs.

WIFF 2012 Unveils Lineup of Films and Filmmakers

October 23, 2012

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.


Opening Night

Wednesday, November 7th, Capitol Theatre, 7 pm

The World Before Her

Director Nisha Pahuja, Canada/Germany/USA/UK, 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.


Closing Night

Sunday, November 11th, Capitol Theatre, 7 pm

Still

Director Michael McGowan, Canada, 2012

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.


WIFF 2012 Fulfills its Educational Mandate

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.


Pre-WIFF events

  • WIFF Short Film Program – A Regional Showcase of Student Films
  • Monday, November 5th,
  • 7 pm, Capitol Theatre

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.

  • 48-hour FlickFest
  • Tuesday, November 6th
  • 7 pm, Capitol Theatre

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.

  • REEL Canada, Educational Program
  • Wednesday, November 7th
  • Private event, Capitol Theatre

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.


Tickets on Sale Soon!

October 10, 2012

Welcome to the Windsor International Film Festival. We are pleased to be back at the Capitol Theatre this year for what promises to be an exciting lineup of films, filmmakers, and presentations. Keep your eye on this page for regular updates and announcements, and be sure to mark your calendars for WIFF 2012!

The festival’s full Schedule of Films, Events & Guests will be revealed at the WIFF 2012 Press Conference on Tuesday, October 23rd at 11am at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts. Stay tuned!

Plan on attending the opening night screening and the private after party at the City Grill (Level 3), Wednesday November 7th. The City Grill is the festival’s official pre and post screening meeting place. See you there!

City Grill
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  • Polaris
  • WFCU
  • Windsor Laser Eye Institute

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