Stratford Winter Film Festival announces film lineupThe inaugural lineup of the Stratford Winter Film
Festival (SWFF) has been announced and promises to
bring light to an otherwise dark time in February.
There are nine films, five venues, one pass to access it
all. The event takes place Friday Feb 9 to Feb 11. Event
space includes Grayson Mills, first and second floor,
Factory 163, Revival House and Avondale Church. Little Prince Micro-Cinema will be doing some adjacent,
“We are planning something that we are keeping quiet, but it is something that is extremely interesting adjacent to our core film theatres that is on top of SWFF,
so off-SWFF, kind of like off-Broadway,” teased Craig
Sangster, SWFF co-founder.
The films featured were curated collaboratively
through sending out letters to people that have been
helpful in the creation of the event, with great response.
“We sent a letter and said we are curating the films
now and each film fits in the category of food, music or
history; you tell us what would be super interesting for
this festival in our inaugural year. We got all these responses back so part of what you’ll see is derived from
that. There’s also things we thought were interesting
and other people suggested,” said Sangster.
They wanted a mix that was interesting enough but
not what would be consumed on a regular basis. Some
old, some new, but nothing too esoteric. Based on the
theme of food, music and history, there is something
for every taste and style.
“This is really about community, and getting out
of our house, and something to do collectively,” said
Bruce MacInnis, SWFF co-founder.
“We think our films are super interesting, we’ve had
a super response. Here’s a lovely collection built by
people who really care about the experience. It’s the
whole experience thing,” adds Sangster.
The themes have been developed using both documentary style and feature films. They are intended to
encompass things that everyone cares about. What they
thought made sense for the festival is having very universal, not exclusionary, appeal.
In the music category, the organizers bring ‘Mr. Jimmy’, ’32 Sounds’ and ‘Have you got it yet’
“These films have just been released, so for our first
outing to have these, we have done well. They have
been shortlisted (for awards),” said Lesley Marsh, third
of the trio of co-founders. “We’re really excited. We
have a bit of a vibe to have something sort of exclusive.”
In the food category is ‘The Truffle Hunters’, ‘Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles’ and ‘Percy’. In the
history category is ‘All is true’, ‘The Last Vermeer’ and
‘The End of Time.’ Previews of each of the films can be
viewed at stratfordwinterfilmfestival.ca.
There will be intentional collaborations within local
business relating to each of the films that will hopefully
drive audience members into accommodations, restaurants and coffee shops while attending the festival. For
example, Revival House will continue to serve while
the festival is ongoing and through introductions to
films, local opportunity to cross-promote will be enjoyed.
Passes are available for $99 each and are valid for all
nine films. They are available online at stratfordwinterfilmfestival.ca and offers the choice of six different
itineraries. Festival goers are encouraged to visit the
Volunteers are also sought for the event. They are actively seeking ten or twelve more volunteers to act as
ushers, merch table, and greeters, for example. Those interested can contact email@example.com.