TOP 10 FILM FESTIVALS IN CANADA

Top Events Canada – Film Festivals
There are film festivals all over the world celebrating the people who create movies, and Canada has its own share of such film events with several major film festivals.

Highlights include the Toronto International Film Festival that is now recognized as the most important film festival after Cannes, and the Montreal World Film Festival – Festival des Films du Monde that is one of the Toronto International Film Festival’s fiercest competitors.







Available Light Film Festival
early February
Whitehorse, Yukon (YT)

Top Events Canada – Film FestivalsA popular event for over a decade, the Available Light Film Festival (ALFF), Canada's largest feature film festival north of 60˚, attracting over 5000 visitors each year, features over 30 award winning contemporary, fiction and documentary Canadian and international films,

For more information about the Available Light Film Festival (ALFF) see:
http://yukonfilmsociety.com/alff







Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
late April – early May
Toronto, Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – Film FestivalsOne of North America's most renowned documentary celebrations, the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is Toronto’s “other” major film event each year and is recognized as North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market attracting more than 180,000 enthusiasts especially to the newly renovated Bloor Cinema. A much anticipated selection of approximately 200 documentaries from Canada and around the world are presented each year to Toronto audiences and international delegates.

For more information about the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival visit: http://www.hotdocs.ca/





Montreal World Film Festival – Festival des Films du Monde
mid - late August
Montreal, Québec (QC)

Top Events Canada – Film FestivalsA popular festival for more than a third of a century, the Montreal World Film Festival – Festival des Films du Monde attracts more than 390,000 visitors each year to enjoy foreign, independent and documentary films and the contributions of first-time filmmakers. Every year, films from over 80 countries, including those by well-known and first-time filmmakers alike, are selected.

For more information about the Montreal World Film Festival visit:
http://www.ffm-montreal.org/





Toronto International Film Festival
early September
Toronto, Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – Film FestivalsThe Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is the launching pad for the best of international, Hollywood and Canadian cinema, and is now recognized as the most important film festival after Cannes, attracting more than 500,000 movie lovers to view over 350 films from 64 countries screened at approximately 37 screens in downtown Toronto venues.

For more information about the Toronto International Film Festival take a look at:
http://www.topeventscanada.com/Ontario-ON-top-events-festivals-Toronto-International-Film-Festival-TIFF.html
or visit the TIFF web site at:
http://tiff.net/






Top Events Canada – Film FestivalsAtlantic Film Festival
mid September
Halifax, Nova Scotia (NS)

An eight-day celebration of film, media and music from around the world that began in 1981, the Atlantic Film Festival (AFF) transforms historical, coastal Halifax into an international Mecca for the arts showcasing the best of film, media and music from around the world.After 30 years, the Atlantic Film Festival has become one of Canada’s premier film festivals attracting more than 30,000 visitors each year to see over 150 films.

Top Events Canada – Film FestivalsFor more information about the Atlantic Film Festival visit:
http://www.atlanticfilm.com







Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF)
late September
Ottawa, Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – Film FestivalsRecognized as North America’s largest, and most illustrious, animation festival, attracting more than 27,000 attendees including leading animation creators, film buffs, art lovers and cartoon fans with a selections of the world’s most cutting-edge, quirky and important animations. Five major categories of animated film featured at this event include independent short films, feature films, commissioned films (TV series, commercials, music videos and video game animation) student films and films made for children.

For more information about the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) visit:
http://www.animationfestival.ca/





Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF)
late September – early October
Calgary, Alberta (AB)

Top Events Canada – Film FestivalsShowcasing over 200 multi-genre films from around the world and highlighted by a series of gala events, awards ceremonies, and special presentations over 11 days, the 12 year old Calgary International Film Festival attracts more than 50,000 film enthusiasts every year. and has become one of the largest film festivals in Canada and a premiere cultural event in Calgary’s social calendar. 

For more information about the Calgary International Film Festival visit:
https://www.calgaryfilm.com/





Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF)
late September – mid October
Vancouver, British Columbia (BC) 

Top Events Canada – Film FestivalsA popular event for over 30 years, and now one of the largest film festivals in North America, the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) attracts more than 150,000 film fans each year with a wide variety of some of the best films, a quarter of which are documentaries, from more than 80 countries around the globe. Highlight of the event is the prestigious Juried Awards ceremonies including the Best Canadian Feature Film award, the Most Promising Director of a Canadian Short Film Award, and much more.

For more information about the Vancouver International Film Festival visit:
http://www.viff.org





St John's International Women's Film Festival
late October
St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador (NL)

Top Events Canada – Film FestivalsA five-day film festival in October, the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival has run for almost a quarter of a century. It is an annual celebration of women film makers around the world and works to facilitate interaction between women filmmakers and between women filmmakers and their audiences. Apart from screenings, the festival also features film forums and workshops as well as a summer film camp for high school students (FRAMED) and a province-wide screening tour (Films On The Go).

For more information about the St John's International Women's Film Festival visit:
http://womensfilmfestival.com





Whistler Film Festival
end of November - beginning December
Whistler, British Columbia (BC)

Top Events Canada – Film FestivalsOnly ten years old, the annual Whistler Film Festival is already one of Canada’s leading film festivals attracting over 8,100 attendees. Dedicated to furthering the art of film, and produced by the Whistler Film Festival Society (WFFS) the Whistler Film Festival at North America's premier destination mountain resort of Whistler highlights more than 60 films from around the world and offers awards of over $45,000 in prizes and commissions.

For more about the Whistler Film Festival take a look at:
http://www.topeventscanada.com/BC-top-events-festivals-Whistler-Film-Festival.html
or visit the official web site at:
http://whistlerfilmfestival.com








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