The Windsor International Film Festival (WIFF) is grateful to the Government of Canada for the $500,000 in funding received through the Tourism Relief Fund. The funding was announced on September 26, during a special event in WIFF alley.
“Our federal government is thrilled to support WIFF and the incredible community of volunteers and supporters that make this film festival so unique in Canada,” says Irek Kusmierczyk, Member of Parliament for Windsor—Tecumseh. “In enthusiastically supporting our arts and culture, we are supporting the vitality and economy of Windsor-Essex.”
“Our government recognizes that tourism is vitally important to the vibrancy and economic health of communities across southern Ontario. I am committed to helping businesses find new and innovative ways to recover and thrive once again,” said The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. “Investments through the Tourism Relief Fund help ensure that the region’s tourism sector will be well-positioned to welcome back visitors today and in the years to come.”
“The Canadian tourism sector continues to be one of the most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We will work with businesses and organizations through these challenging times, ensuring they get support to innovate in their products and services as well as to grow and thrive, all while keeping safety as the top priority,” said The Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance. “The Tourism Relief Fund helps businesses adapt to welcome back guests safely. It also feeds into a broader strategy to help the sector recover from the pandemic and build an economy that works for everyone. The Canadian economy will not fully recover until our tourism sector recovers.”
The goal of the funding is to provide opportunities for organizations to facilitate future growth, allow for job creation, and support projects in the downtown core. An immediate result of this funding is the hiring of three full-time staff, a first for the festival, and an expansion of programming, providing guests with exceptional film experiences.
“We are thankful to the Federal Government for their support,” said Vincent Georgie, Executive Director and Chief Programmer for WIFF. “These funds will allow for growth of the festival and is a first step in helping us to achieve our vision of an industry-leading, nationally-recognized, cultural destination.”
The 2022 festival will run from Thursday, October 27 to Sunday, November 6, 2022, WIFF’s first-ever 11-day festival. The 2022 festival is proudly presented by the Toldo Foundation.
The full festival lineup will be revealed on Thursday, October 6, with tickets going on sale the same day. More information can be found by visiting windsorfilmfestival.com
The 2019 festival ran for 10 days, screening over 165 films and selling over 42,000 tickets.
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