"Forest City Film Festival began life after Dorothy’s 15 year old son wrote, directed and starred in a film called “All Fight” that was accepted into Raindance Film Festival in London, England. Being a proud parent she felt sad that no one in London, Ontario would get to see the film because there were no vehicles to get it shown."
"A London filmmaker took home the prestigious audience choice award at this weekend’s second annual Forest City Film Festival. Paul Culliton’s documentary Clearing the Way: Combat Engineers in Kandahar also opened the festival with a sold-out crowd at Wolf Performance Hall Thursday, setting the tone for the rest of the event that ended Sunday."
"Like Leonardo DiCaprio or Zac Efron before him, Londoner Jonny Gray earned his acting chops on the small screen, first starring in 25 episodes of YTV’s Max & Shred. Gray, 18, has followed up that experience with several other young adult-focused shows, as well as the series of Bruno & Boots TV movies where he co-stars alongside Stratford’s Callan Potter."
"You can’t accuse Penny Eizenga of being averse to risk. She has worked as a nurse, then switched careers to become a sales representative for a pharmaceutical company, and now she’s a filmmaker — arguably one of the world’s most difficult industries for women to break into and thrive. Filmmaker is a catch-all for her work, which includes either acting, directing, writing or producing in three of the 46 films being screened at the second-annual Forest City Film Festival this weekend."
"Southwestern Ontario is bursting with talent, with plenty of homegrown musicians, artists, and actors making big things happen. This weekend, the fruits of London filmmakers’ labours will be seen on-screen for all to see."
"It’s Canada’s military as you’ve never seen before. And it’s on the big screen in London with the world premiere of the documentary Clearing the Way: Combat Engineers in Kandahar by award-winning London filmmaker Paul Culliton."
Evening News With Nick Paperella
"Films with ties to Southwestern Ontario, that aren’t yet on Netflix, are being celebrated this weekend at the Forest City Film Festival. The second annual event showcases short films, documentaries, narratives, and animated films with a connection to the region."
"DOROTHY DOWNS IS executive director of the Forest City Film Festival, an event she founded last year. The second annual event takes place October 26 to 29, with screenings at Wolf Performance Hall and Imagine Cinemas in Citi Plaza, and a variety of industry sessions and gala events also on tap."
Find a two page spread covering the Forest City Film Festival in La Jornada Canada's October 2017 issue.
Catch four articles covering the Forest City Film Festival in Business London Magazine's October 2017 issue.
Listen to an interview with Forest City Film Festival Director, Dorothy Downs, on Fresh FM, discussing details about the festival.
Catch coverage of the Forest City FIlm Festival on CTV News.
"Filmmaker Janice Zolf took her 2016 movie Revealing Marie Saint Pierre to film festivals across the globe, but it was winning a fan’s choice award in her hometown she remembers the most.
Zolf, a former London entertainment reporter with what is now CTV London, won both audience choice award and best short documentary at last year’s inaugural Forest City Film Festival."
"They’ve got 46 films and a whole lot of ambition.
Organizers for the Forest City Film Festival — Oct. 26-29 at Wolf Performance Hall and Imagine Cinemas — say they want to double their attendance from their inaugural year."
"Now in its second year, the Forest City Film Festival has almost doubled its list of screenings.
The festival will feature 46 films over four days starting Oct. 26 at the Wolf Performance Hall. Last year, 26 films were screened."
"The Forest City Film Festival is calling for entries and getting everyone in the mood by screening the winners of last year’s inaugural event.
The festival is Oct. 26-29, but the screening of 2016 winners is March 24 at the Wolf Performance Hall."
"The list of London’s film failures has become legend, said one city filmmaker."
"London needs to feed its growing film community, and a city-funded arts group wants to help."
"The 2016 Forest City Film Festival wrapped up Sunday with an eclectic slate highlighted by a film not unlike the inaugural event itself: Off-beat, entertaining and showing all kinds of potential."
"After talking to others in the industry they came to the realization that while many smaller communities already had long-established film festivals, it was something London was missing out on. And so work began on what Downs describes as “a foundational year” for a venture she is confident will “continue to grow and become further established” for years to come."
"Regional film festivals – such as the inaugural Forest City Film Festival, taking place Nov. 11-13 at the London Public Library’s Wolf Performance Hall – are an important opportunity for local cinephiles and filmmakers to get involved and share their work, said Constanza Burucua, who teaches in the Film Studies and Modern Language and Literature departments at Western."
"Parr’s short film, Ironied, will open the first Forest City Film Festival at London Public Library’s Wolf Performance Hall.
The fest, Friday through Sunday, features 28 films and documentaries, long and short, all with deep connections to Southwestern Ontario, from acting to directing, writing and filming."
"When we think about Southwestern Ontario film festivals, we often think of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Soon, people will also think about the Forest City Film Festival in London."
"From November 11-13, cinephiles will have the exclusive opportunity to view fi lms - and hear from the people who made them - during the Forest City Film Festival."
"Award-winning author and Oscar nominee Emma Donoghue will help kick off London’s new film festival.
Donoghue will give a talk before the screening of the film, Room, based her best-selling book of the same name, at the Forest City Film Festival Nov. 11-13 at Wolf Performance Hall."
"It’s been a long time coming, London, but a film festival everyone can get behind is finally here.
The inaugural Forest City Film Festival (FCFF) will be held this November 11 through 13 to showcase the finest in the film arts."