We bring the best of the work of regional film artists to London 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
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 one year we have nearly doubled in size, showing more movies, adding a day, a screenwriting competition, another venue and another category. Our audience is growing and it is clear to me why
London has embraced us in our second 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 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.
Forest City Film Festival Executive Director
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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, Norma Coates, Erik Bajzert, Matthew Downs, Deb Trotechaud, Christa Bokor, Ann Teetzel-DeBono, Jennifer Hall, Jennifer MacLean, Patricia Hoffer, Kara James, Andrew Richardson, Nandita Dutta, Dishan Anderson, Henri Boyi, Jennifer Sandu,