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May 14, 2024

WIFF Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Announcement of  WIFF Under the Stars Free Outdoor Community Screenings and a WIFF Local Retrospective Event

The Windsor International Film Festival (WIFF) is thrilled to be recognizing its 20th anniversary in 2024 and will be celebrating with the community with…


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The Windsor International Film Festival (WIFF) is thrilled to be recognizing its 20th anniversary in 2024 and will be celebrating with the community with various events throughout the year culminating with the Festival this Fall, running from October 24 to November 3, 2024. As we begin to celebrate the 20th anniversary of our festival, we’re proud to announce that Telefilm Canada has joined as a major partner. We can’t wait to share what we have in store and celebrate with our community.

To kick off the celebrations, WIFF Under the Stars will be returning to Downtown Windsor for a weekend of free outdoor community screenings. Hosted at a green space outside of the Windsor Aquatic Centre and Art Windsor Essex (421 Riverside Dr. W), WIFF will be screening a variety of family classics, blockbuster hits and new Canadian titles. The event will run from June 7 to 9, 2024. WIFF Under the Stars 2024 is proudly supported by the University of Windsor Graduate Student Society and the Odette-Kaye Family Foundation.

See the full WIFF Under the Stars programming here

Also in June, WIFF will celebrate local filmmakers by presenting the WIFF Local Retrospective, a weekend event featuring local short and feature films from the past 20 years. The weekend will include films by Matt Gallagher, Kim Nelson, Gavin Michael Booth, and Nicholas Shields, among many others. Many of the screenings over the weekend will include post-film discussions and Q&As with the filmmakers. The event will run from June 21 to 23, 2024. The WIFF Local Retrospective is proudly supported by the Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association. 

The Mark Boscariol 48-Hour FlickFest, an exhilarating annual competition, will be recognized with a screening of winners from the past decade. Since its inception, Filmmakers from the Windsor-Essex area and beyond have participated in the event and made creative short films. 

The new feature film Sometimes I Think About Dying, directed by Rachel Lambert, will be screened on Saturday, June 22. The film stars local actor and comedian Dave Merheje, who will be returning to Windsor from Los Angeles to attend the screening. 

See the full WIFF Local Retrospective programming here

“As a film festival, we recognize the great accomplishment that is making it to 20 years. As a local organization, we are proud to continue presenting Windsor-Essex with excellent experiences through film,” said Vincent Georgie, Executive Director and Chief Programmer for WIFF. “We can’t wait to celebrate with our patrons at WIFF Under the Stars and the WIFF Local Retrospective event next month.”

Stay in touch with WIFF via the festival’s Facebook page, X (Twitter) and Instagram, or by signing up to receive WIFF news via email by visiting windsorfilmfestival.com.

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