Starting October 29th until November 4th the Windsor International Film Festival, more commonly known as WIFF, will be highlighting the year’s best in film from all over the world including our very own Canadian filmmakers. Now in its 13th year, the festival has become an annual staple for movie enthusiasts with audience turnout rapidly growing since its humble beginnings in 2005.
With seven jam-packed days of film excellence, attendees can take in films at one of three local venues only blocks apart in the downtown core. A wonderful third venue addition this year is The Armouries, newly renovated home of the School Of Creative Arts, which is just two blocks away from the box office and original Capitol Theatre location. With a curated list of 143 films from 21 different countries on this year’s schedule, you’re bound to find at least a few that will peak your interest.
The festival always aims to have a diverse selection of genres as well as a certain percentage of Canadian, Francophone and locally made films. It also hosts the 48 Hour Flick Fest which is a fun, spirited event that epitomizes the grit, passion and determination of film making. Filmmakers of all levels are invited to take part in this exciting and tireless two-day challenge. The mission is advancement of filmmaking skills and promoting the incredibly creative and talented artists in the Windsor/Detroit area. With a $2000 cash prize, teams have just 48 hours to film and submit an entry.
In case you’re new to WIFF, it is the second largest film festival in Canada, second only to TIFF, and is sure to be unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before. The festival itself has created a community of people, film-goers and die-hard attendees who dedicate hours (and even days) on end to taking in as much content as they can. While behind the scenes, there are amazing and dedicated volunteers along with a group of passionate individuals who all work tirelessly to bring Windsor the best films possible each year.
Whether you can spend one afternoon at the theatre or a whole week exploring the festival, you don’t want to miss this wonderful showcase of local talent, community and excellence in film.
The full schedule and list of films is now available online or a hard copy of the WIFF booklet can be found at participating downtown merchants from now through to the end of the festival.
Tickets and passes are officially on sale so please visit http://www.windsorfilmfestival.com/ for more information and hopefully we’ll see you at WIFF 2018!