The Kingston Canadian Film Festival is the largest stand-alone showcase of Canadian Film. At the festival, audiences can explore a range of film programming with genres, stories, and perspectives as diverse as the artists who create them. We present films in many languages, including both official languages, and provide access for local audiences and visitors to Kingston to see this work.
The mission of the Kingston Canadian Film Festival is grounded in the belief that Canadian film and filmmakers are distinctive and vital to our country’s culture. We seek to develop an audience for our national cinema by promoting, celebrating and showcasing Canadian film and by supporting and encouraging Canadian film production.
We do this by:
- researching, programming and exhibiting Canadian feature-length and short films;
- presenting and promoting culturally diverse Canadian films and films in both official languages;
- providing educational, networking and career opportunities for professional and emerging filmmakers, artists, and audiences;
- presenting locally-produced and youth films;
- nurturing film production in our community.
KCFF Film Lab: free workshop programming
KCFF Film Lab is a series of free workshops offered within the framework of the festival. The program is designed to offer participants of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds access to film-related skills-building programs, mentorship and networking opportunities, and informal lectures and talks that aim to deepen and enrich their understanding of Canadian film and filmmaking. KCFF Film Lab programming ranges from stop-motion animation workshops for kids and teens, to networking and mentorship sessions for film students and young professionals, to panel discussions that include topics like low-budget filmmaking, critical thinking and media literacy, and independent interactive development.
Opportunities for Youth and Emerging Artists
In addition to free filmmaking workshops for kids and teens, KCFF offers unparalleled opportunities for young filmmakers to show their work in the context of a festival. Established in 2015, our Youth Shorts Program showcases short films created by filmmakers under 17 and a prize for the “Best Youth Short” to encourage continued success in filmmaking.
KCFF offers emerging artists unprecedented access to established and midcareer filmmakers as well as industry professionals through workshops, networking events, and mentorship programs and is the only opportunity for this type of programming for filmmakers in the region. We’ve offered one-on-one mentoring sessions for emerging filmmakers to be paired with established filmmakers and industry professionals to provide career advice and mentorship. Our ‘Breaking In: Starting a Career in Film and Media’ is a popular event that welcomes over 100 post-secondary students and young professionals to meet with industry guests and filmmakers to discuss building a career in Canada’s film and media industries.
Outreach in the Community
Each year we take our festival programming directly to underserved people in our community in by working with other arts, education, and social services organizations across the city. In recent years we’ve taken our filmmaking and stop-motion animation workshops to the Boys and Girls Club, Immigration Services Kingston and Area (newcomer youth group), H’art Centre (an arts centre for adults with intellectual disabilities), the Seniors Centre, le Centre culturel Frontenac (francophone cultural centre), and Pathways to Education (provides tutoring and educational support to youth in Kingston’s lower-income North end).