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ABOUT US

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We bring the best of the work of film artists connected to Southwestern Ontario in a juried competition for features, shorts, documentaries, short documentaries and short animations. Additionally, FCFF presents a selection of the best Canadian films of the year, industry workshops and networking, a screenplay competition, filmmaker Q&As, receptions and awards.

 

A LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


“Movies touch our hearts and awaken our vision, and change the way we see things. They take us places, they open doors and minds.”Martin Scorsese

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The Forest City Film Festival is a showcase for film with connections to the region of Southwestern Ontario. These are films that tell our stories, and without this event many of these movies would not be seen by our community.

In two year we have doubled in size, showing more movies, adding two days, a screenwriting competition, two venues and another category, an international screening and Flashback Friday. Our audience is growing and it is clear to me why London has embraced us in our third year. Our community wants to celebrate the talent of the region. We want to see the stories that touch us, whether local or global, through a regional lens. This festival confirms to us that stories are the compass of a culture, helping share wisdom and understanding of what is good and not so good. Film is the most powerful way that stories can be told. It is the art of our modern world and one of the most important ones.

We heard many comments from audience members over the first two years about how delighted they are by the quality of films we were able to share with them and the inspiration of rubbing elbows with the filmmakers. The filmmakers were delighted by the opportunity to screen their work to their community and learn and grow from networking with each other and other experts in the field. We are excited to keep growing our audience and provide reasons for London and region to be proud of the talent that comes from within.

 
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Dorothy Downs
Forest City Film Festival Founder and Executive Director

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS


 

DOROTHY DOWNS
Executive Director

NORMAN DEBONO
Chair

MICHAEL MCKINLAY

HEATHER SISKIND-LEVITE

ROMY GOULEM

RENE ZWINKELS

RYAN WADSWORTH

GREG BIERBAUM

NANDI BHATIA

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR ADVISORY COUNCIL

Emma Donoghue, Paul Haggis, John Kapelos,


SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR Committee Members

Mary Aziz Stoetzer, Geoff Hart, Jordan Morris, Kelly Peckham, Dwight Coughlan, Edward Platero, Nathan Garber, Constanza Burucua, Tyler Parr, Blair Haynes, Chris Runciman, Jon Higgins,  Matthew Downs, Deb Trotechaud, Christa Bokor, Ann Teetzel-DeBono, Jennifer Hall, Patricia Hoffer, Kara James, Andrew Richardson, Marilyn Buggy, Elenor Schwob, Nandita Dutta, Dishan Anderson, Henri Boyi, Jennifer Sandu, Megan Fowler, Bronwyn Powell,

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