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The 12th Annual Hamilton Film Festival

 The 12th Annual Hamilton Film Festival

The 12th Annual Hamilton Film Festival: MUSIC


It’s back!


The Hamilton Film Festival in it’s 12th year has returned with an incredible theme for this year’s festival.


For those who don’t (or do) know, the Hamilton Film Festival is an Internationally known and locally focused annual event that takes place every year in November in Hamilton. In its 12th year, the festival will be taking place from November 4th to November 12th. All screenings and events will be happening at various Hamilton Venues, around the downtown core (with an expansion in Burlington this year!).


The 12th annual Hamilton Film Festival screens a juried selection of local & international independent films. In previous years, the festival has hosted filmmakers travelling to the event from Australia, Austria, Cyprus, France, Germany, Italy, US and all across Canada. Being a locally focused festival, the festival’s mandate always makes sure that Hamilton-based filmmakers have a place to screen, network and learn.


And what about this year’s theme? Glad you asked!


This year’s theme is MUSIC (as you might have guessed from the guitar picks)! This include live music, panels, spotlight on film scores, movies with a music theme and more! Look for the guitar pick in the schedule to see the movies that have strong music theme!


So if you’re someone who appreciates great movies and loves supporting local talent, then this is your type of festival.


Actually, the HFF is for everyone and here’s why:


Events and Screenings


The 12th Annual Hamilton Film Festival doesn’t just include film screenings, it also encompasses concerts, galas, pop-up screenings and the Canadian Film Market, making it a must-attend event for everyone.


Although with 150 films alone, we’d be more than alright with the screenings alone. And yes, you read that correctly. 150 screenings!


View the Hamilton Film Festival’s full schedule. Get your All Access Passes for the Festival. Th All Access Pass gives you access to all films, screenings, and any events at this year’s festival!

Local Venues


With over 5 local venues, it’s just another reason and opportunity (a damn good one, too!) to get out and explore the Hamilton area. Not to mention, this year the festival has officially expanded into Burlington!


Confirmed venues are: The ZoeticStaircase TheatreElaine Mae Theatre, Right On Target (pop-up location at the old Target on Barton), the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel and Cinestarz Burlington.

Locally Focused, Internationally Known


The Hamilton Film Festival features both local and international filmmakers, giving you the best of both worlds. Why settle on one or the other when you can have both… Thanks HFF!

There’s Something for Everyone


With 3 concerts, 150 events and screenings, pop up family screening in former Target on Barton (Right on Target) , industry development opportunities, expansion into Burlington, a mix of International and Local talent, there’s literally something for everyone. Not to mention there is a huge and diverse selection of films  including local, international, LGBTQ, indigenous, female lead films, movies made by kids, comedy, shorts and more!

Some Personal Recommendations


Interested in checking out the festival but not sure which films or events you should attend? Here are a few personal recommendations!

Opening Gala + Nathan Fleet Concert on November 4th at The Zoetic, The Action Starts At Cut (workshop) + The Pineville Heist on November 5th at The Staircase, Cana-Doc Shorts on November 7th at The Staircase, Music Films: (100 Proof / Hearts of Steel / Reunion Tour / Kayam Khooni) on November 7th at The Staircase,  The Canadian Film Market from November 10th – 12th at the Sheraton, and Rust and Bone + Craig Davidson on November 12th at The Zoetic.

Call your friends, grab your tickets, get a bag… or 2… of popcorn, sit back and enjoy the Festivities!

Hamilton Film Festival Entertainment

THE END… (for now)

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