Waterloo Region’s longest running film festival will celebrate its 14th season as a newly formatted at-home virtual experience.
The Grand River Film Festival (GRFF) is introducing the virtual festival experience, GRFF@Home, in May 2021 as a continuation of its annual film festival programming. “For GRFF, a virtual festival is a brave new world. But it has become the reality for festivals across the country and around the world, and the options available to us are quite impressive,” says Michael Clarke, Programming Chair.
The virtual festival, GRFF@Home, will include an expanded selection of films available for online streaming. Viewers can expect interactive activities, such as live events and Q&As, allowing patrons to enjoy a variety of festival content from the comfort of their home. “Despite the challenges COVID-19 has erected, GRFF sees opportunities for more varied engagements with the film loving community,” says GRFF Chair, Paul Tortolo.
Film submissions are currently being received from local and international filmmakers, aligning with GRFF’s mission of “bringing films to the Waterloo Region that you wouldn’t be able to see anywhere else, in a theatre or at home,” says Clarke. “We hope to see lots of local filmmakers put forward their films. Waterloo Region has an amazing arts community, and GRFF wants to give those artists the attention they deserve.”
The GRFF@Home festival will take place from May 5th to 8th, 2021 and will include an expanded selection of films available for online streaming.
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