Film Festivals

In Our Own Home Town…

tiff-logoToronto International Film Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival is the leading public film festival in the world, screening more than 300 films from 60+ countries every September.


400_300_1263935843400951Toronto Jewish Film Festival

The Toronto Jewish Film Festival presents the best feature films, documentaries and shorts from around the world, on themes of Jewish culture and identity. The Festival is dedicated to using film for its contemporary popular value and accessibility, in order to reflect the diversity of the Jewish experience internationally. The TJFF provides an opportunity to heighten awareness of Jewish and cultural diversity around the world, to audiences of all cultural backgrounds, and to present films in their original languages with subtitles, in an effort to break down racial, cultural and religious barriers and stereotypes.


toronto-silent-film-festival-preview-logoToronto Silent Film Festival

Let the Toronto Silent Film Festival return you to a time when images truly spoke — on the big screen, as they were meant to be seen, and with live accompaniment, as they were meant to be heard. Join us for the sights and sounds of cinema’s original classics.


5856447437_f100e16495_zToronto Independent Film Festival

The Toronto Independent Film Festival is Toronto’s own film festival for truly independent films, and a headline event for micro-budget and no-budget films in North America. Toronto Indie runs alongside the Toronto International Film Festival and offers a fantastic opportunity for undiscovered filmmakers to showcase their achievements, in a space where all the key players of the film industry have gathered.

ReelHeART International Film and Screenplay Festival

The ReelHeART International Film and Screenplay Festival is a worldwide independent film festival held in Toronto, Canada. They screen Film Premieres from the best in independent filmmakers from around the world and host very competition Screenplay Competitions for both Short and Feature Scripts.

Italian Contemporary Film Festival

The Italian Contemporary Film Festival is an annual festival that promotes, celebrates, and explores modern Italian cinema. Growing rapidly over a 5 year period, the ICFF is the largest Italian film festival taking place outside of Italy, occurs every June during Ontario’s “Italian Heritage Month” and is presented in more Canadian cities each year, including Toronto, Vaughan. Niagara, Hamilton, Montreal and Quebec City. Using the power of the moving image to both entertain and educate, ICFF defies conventional perspectives on complex and challenging issues facing both the Italian and the global communities.

Every year the festival presents an international collection of feature films, documentaries and shorts, including premieres, advance screenings and independent films. Screenings are supplemented by guest appearances by filmmakers, actors, authors, academics and other expert speakers and complemented by Q&A sessions.

Close To Home…

the vintage film festThe Vintage Film Festival – Port Hope, Ontario

Twenty years ago (1992), a group of film enthusiasts involved in the restoration of the Marie Dressler house had a wild idea. Why not hold a festival showing the films in which Marie Dressler had starred? This seemingly fantastic idea grew into the present form, in which we show a variety of films generally made before 1950. One film always features Ms. Dressler, but others range from very old, silent films starring Mary Pickford, Erich von Stroheim or Douglas Fairbanks, to talkies and musicals.

Not Too Far..

2412023_originalCapitolfest Film Festival – Rome, New York

Capitolfest is Central New York’s premier summer Cinephile film festival-a place to see rarely-shown and newly-discovered films of the silent and early talkie era, held at the historic 1,788-seat movie palace, the Capitol Theatre, in Rome, New York, which opened in December, 1928 as a movie house. To date, Capitol remains the only building in Rome (population c. 35,000) constructed for the specific purpose of exhibiting motion pictures. Although the theatre received an Modernistic face-lift in 1939, the auditorium is configured exactly as it was in 1928, and much of the original décor remains.  Held in August.

Columbus Moving Picture Show – Columbus, Ohio

Columbus Moving Picture Show is a gathering of fans of silent and early sound films, and of collectors of motion pictures and related items. Movie screenings are available from Thursday to Sunday (with a few hours off to sleep!) each Memorial Day Weekend. Dealers fill over 170 tables full of film, video, sound recordings, posters, stills, lobby cards, books, autographs…everything imaginable associated with film.  Held in May.

Further afield…

“Pre-Code: Sex and Censorship” electrifies the first AFI Silver Classic Film Weekend (June 13–16). Immerse yourself in the thrilling era of pre-Code cinema, a fleeting moment from the late 1920s to 1934 when films defied convention before the Hays Code stifled Hollywood’s boldness. These movies, lighthearted or dramatic, showcased complex women and flawed heroes struggling against social injustice, and unflinching explorations of sex, ambition and crime.

Festival guests, including film historians Ina Diane Archer, Richard Koszarski, Kim Luperi, Jon Mirsalis, Steven C. Smith, Farran Smith Nehme, Katie Gee Salisbury and David Stenn, will introduce each film.

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titlecardCinecon Film Festival – Los Angeles, California

Taking place in the heart of Hollywood, Cinecon is a five-day celebration of film featuring screenings, celebrity guests, and one of the best movie memorabilia shows  in the country. CASABLANCA and GONE WITH THE WIND Great movies, but you won’t see them at Cinecon. We specialize in running rare, unusual and unjustly forgotten movies from the silent and early sound era. Most films are screened in 35mm and silent films include live piano accompaniment. Cinecon is truly 7th Heaven for Cinephiles who have seen nearly everything TCM and AMC have to offer.  Held on LABOUR DAY WEEKEND.