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Hamilton Film Festival

• 27 Dundurn St N Hamilton On

Nov 02 to Nov 08
The Hamilton Film Festival takes place annually during the first week in November in Hamilton Ontario, home of one of Canada's fastest growing art scenes. The 7-day festival screens a juried selection of local and international films to hundreds of filmmakers, spectators and industry professionals. The Festival's home base is the historic and intimate Staircase Theatre, and has recently partnered with the newly reborn "The Zoetic", a beautiful 300 seat theatre.

Born out of the Staircase Theatre, nurtured by filmmakers, made for filmmakers, we aim to earn the “HAMILTON” in our title. Our filmmakers become alumni and your film never has a shelf life. We will actively promote,share,connect as long as you continue to make films!

Distributors, Exhibitors, art centres and film companies trust the Hamilton Film Festival and work with us annually to help them find the best films and filmmakers.

These are just some of the great things you experience when you screen with the Hamilton Film Festival!

The 9th annual Hamilton Film Festival was the events biggest festival to date. What started as a grassroots local festival in the 67-seat Staircase Theatre has blossomed into an internationally recognized event with four screening venues. To date, the Hamilton Film Festival has not receive any grants or loans and is supported through volunteers, sponsorship, in-kind sponsorship, advertising and ticket sales.

During the 7 day event we were proud to screen films that represented a wide variety of people, cultures and communities including Female filmmakers, LGBT, Jewish, Polish, Aboriginal, Muslim, Francophone, Films made by youth, Asian, Sri-Lankan, Hispanic, European, Australian, South American, people with mental disorders as well as working with local groups like Pathways to Education, local film clubs, organizations and festivals to make the Hamilton Film Festival one of the most diverse and inclusive film festivals in the GTHA.

The Hamilton Film Festival is a submission / selection juried event and many of the films had not yet gained a major reputation or following. Many of our films are local, national or world premieres. While marketing “unknown” films proves to be a challenge, it is a challenge we meet head on as we continue to introduce Hamilton to some of the best films you’ve never heard of. Our BEST SHORT winner this year, DEAD HEARTS, is eligible to submit for an Academy Award nomination while our BEST DOC winner, DAVIDS and GOLIATH, recently won 1st place and a 50,000 prize from the biggest online film festivals. Our programming is world class and on par with several larger film festivals, we’ve been told.

As we enter our 10th year, we will stick with the plan and let things grow as they grow and follow the simple mandate of earning the “Hamilton” in our title.

Nathan Fleet, festival director

The Hamilton Film Festival has been operating since 2004 and is a community focused event that brings 200 local and international films and events each year into Hamilton's historic venues which include The Staircase Theatre, The Zoetic and The Spice Factory. Film screenings, a learning series, a film expo, panel discussions, industry meet-ups and an awards ceremony are all part of the year-round programming. The festival also partners with local groups to introduce young people to the movie-making business from concept to exhibition. The film screenings and events include diverse programming that appeal to a wide variety of audiences and communities.
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