What You Need to Know about This Year’s Kingston Canadian Film Festival

By Tianna Edwards

Cancellation notice due to COVID-19: kingcanfilmfest.com

The Kingston Canadian Film Festival is preparing to celebrate its 20th anniversary March 11-15 and they’ve planned a festival that can’t be missed. It’s most important to note that the KCFF is the largest all-Canadian film festival in the world. “KCFF is a rare opportunity to see many of the amazing Canadian films that are drastically underseen (especially on the big screen) but are among the best in the world according to critics and international audiences,” says Festival Director Marc Garniss.

KCFF has something for everyone, not just incredible movies but a variety of events live music and guest speakers for festival-goers to enjoy as well. “Most of our films are accompanied by a post-show Q&A with the director, cast and/or crew. This is one of the highlights of the festival – you can ask your questions and get to know the filmmaking team after each screening. Generally, our special guests are very accessible and love meeting and chatting with our audience, both formally during the Q&A period, and informally afterwards in the theatre lobby or at a festival party,” says Garniss. Adding, “The festival brings together so many interesting people into small venues during four action-packed days – it’s a great way to meet both locals and visitors, connecting over some films and stories and their creators.”

If you’re wondering who to expect this year, the festival has announced they will be welcoming Sean Cullen, Kevin McDonald (Kids in the Hall), Don Shebib, and Andrea Bang (Kim’s Convenience) among many speakers. If you’re into live music, there is something for you too! Bedouin Soundclash will perform downtown at Ale House on March 12 as part of the festival. Wing Night: The Band will be lighting up The Toucan with classic hip hop and R&B on Friday March 13. You can also catch the Minotaurs March 14 at The Toucan.

Are you a fan of workshops? KCFF hasn’t missed a beat with a variety of workshops depending on your interests and age. Aspiring creators can go to Breaking In: Starting a Career in Film and Media for free on Friday March 13 at Tir Nan Nog from 2:30 pm -4:30 pm. Kids can check out Comic Art Storytelling at Davies Lounge in the Grand Theatre on Saturday March 14, 9:30 am-11:30 am (for ages 8-12) or the Animation workshop at the same location from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm (for ages 10-13).

With 41 films and more than 80 different events throughout its five-day run, KCFF has something for everyone. Passes and tickets are on sale now. Many screenings sell out. Our recommendation: get your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

For more information on programming and tickets visit, https://kingcanfilmfest.com.