Guelph Film Festival

The Guelph Film Fes­ti­val is a doc­u­men­tary film fes­ti­val ded­i­cat­ed to expand­ing the pro­lif­er­a­tion of  voic­es and per­spec­tives of all kinds through the pre­sen­ta­tion of sto­ries that explore themes of social jus­tice, the envi­ron­ment, and com­mu­ni­ty building.

We are seri­ous about pro­mot­ing gen­der par­i­ty and diver­si­ty in the film indus­try and every deci­sion we make is guid­ed by prin­ci­ples of inclu­sion and anti-oppression.

Our pro­gram­ming includes (at least):

50% Cana­di­an Films
50% Films with Female-iden­ti­fy­ing directors
50% Films with diverse direc­tors (BIPOC/LGBTQ2IA+/D/deaf and/or disabled)

This is not a tar­get, it is our rule.

The GFF sees each screen­ing as an oppor­tu­ni­ty to pro­mote pos­i­tive change by inspir­ing dis­cus­sion and out­reach. Each year we present a nine day fes­ti­val in Novem­ber and host spe­cial guests to lead post-film dis­cus­sion includ­ing direc­tors, film sub­jects, or knowl­edge­able com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers to con­nect film con­tent to local ini­tia­tives. We curate con­ver­sa­tions about our world and rela­tion­ships by using non­fic­tion films to ignite dialogue.

We con­tin­ue to grow our audi­ence and increase our capac­i­ty for out­reach, dis­course, and impact by high­light­ing films with chal­leng­ing and impor­tant sub­ject mat­ter that is high­ly rel­e­vant to our time and place.