GRFF Blog

GRFF Invites You to “Say Hello to Video” with Vidyard!

Some of our festivalgoers will remember Vidyard from Blake Smith’s participation in the launch of our cin-E-merge educational outreach program last year.  The company’s Creative Director gave an informative and well-received talk to attending students and local film industry professionals about the role video plays in marketing strategies, including significant steps one can take to […]

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Guest blogger Ian Agard, Director of ZALI

  GRFF Guest Blogger – Ian Agard – Cambridge Filmmaker “Pick up a camera. Shoot something. No matter how small, no matter how cheesy, no matter whether your friends and your sister star in it. Put your name on it as director. Now you’re a director. Everything after that you’re just negotiating your budget and […]

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GRFF Online Oscar Party!

GRFF invites you to join us in celebrating the year’s best films by taking part in our Online Oscar Party! Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the world’s leading questionnaire tool.

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What is cin-E-merge? Glad you asked!

What is Cin-E-merge?  And Why You Should Consider Attending Whether you’re a GRFF veteran onto your 7th year of film screening excellence or this is your first taste of the festival, one aspect equally new to both returning and first-time moviegoers is Cin-E-merge. What exactly is this fancy conjunction of a word? Well we can […]

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Launch of Grand River Film Festival cin-E-merge Program

Launch of Grand River Film Festival cin-E-merge Program By Lynn Whetham As a first year board member of the Grand River Film Festival, I had the delight to attend the launch of cin-E-merge at the Princess Twin Cinemas, a new educational outreach program bringing together Wilfred Laurier University film students and tri-city industry professionals and […]

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The People’s Festival – A Volunteer’s Perspective on TIFF 2013

Clad in a neon, traffic-stopping orange shirt, I couldn’t be more excited to be part of the volunteer brigade for TIFF 2013. With 2,500 volunteers lining the streets of festival village, giving tours, holding barricades from toppling onto countless celebrities, distributing marketing materials and directional advice; it is true that the festival comes alive with […]

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Local Director Spotlight: Melissa Sky of Femme Fatale Creations

Melissa Sky is an incredible example of someone who has both aspired to reach her goals and inspired others especially youth in the Grand River community to make a difference. Sky is an award-winning filmmaker who has been able to bring narratives of queer sexuality to life on the big screen. As an activist, Sky […]

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Local Director Spotlight: Matthew Ninaber of High Rise Studios

Stories. They are the timeline, the journey and the motivator for success. According to Matt Ninaber of High Rise Productions, stories are the backbone in his filmmaking mission, either small or big, for commercial business or for an independent film. Operating out of Conestogo, this production team on their 3rd year is moving strongly and […]

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