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It’s that time of year when we turn our attention to the best movies of the year. No, not the over-hyped Oscars (is there any way Lady Bird doesn’t win Best Picture?! Round of drinks on me, if I’m wrong). Of course, I’m talking about the very best of our own national cinema: the Kingston Canadian Film Festival! Okay, I admit we here at KCFF are a little biased. But, we’re super proud of our lineup and bet we have at least a handful of titles that’ll make your year-end list. Speaking of year-end: in December I agreed to be interviewed by a student for her project on festivals. After I went on way too long about the great Canadian movies she missed this year, I was informed her project needed “behind the scenes” info on planning, logistics, etc. Fair question, I thought! I seldom hear about the inner-workings of ﬁlm festivals – usually it’s all Brad Pitt this, Meryl Streep that. Well, I don’t have any Pitt/Streep stories, so… The oﬃcial start of our season is June 1. My amazing colleague Megan and I spend the summer writing grants, proposals, and letters explaining why KCFF is an awesome event for Kingston – and Canada, too! For 18 years, we’ve received a tremendous amount of support from all three levels of government, sponsors, foundations, and even personal donors. As summer turns to fall, we cram in as many movies and festivals as possible. Our ﬁnal lineup consists of award-winners from other notable festivals, direct submissions, staﬀ favourites, various recommendations from the community, and undiscovered gems by emerging ﬁlmmakers. This is also the time of year we reconnect with our seasonal staﬀ and hire our talented student staﬀ who help make the magic happen. I love Kingston in the fall: there’s tons of energy and our festival starts to take shape. When January rolls around (when I happen to be writing this note) things are totally bananas. We start conﬁrming special guests on behalf of the ﬁlms, amp up advertising, perform venue walk-throughs, recruit volunteers, put passes on sale, and try to plan every last detail, like how to structure the lineups at the newly renovated Screening Room (note: at the time of writing this I have no idea!). The month of February zips by in what seems like a week. We always have a brief moment of terror staring at our giant pile of tickets, wondering if people are actually going to show up. And that’s where you come in! Our amazing, supportive audience has attended in greater numbers in each of the past ﬁve seasons – in turn we keep adding more movies and venues, while listening to your feedback, always striving to make the Fest better.
Of course, the three-and-a-half days of KCFF are a blur for everyone. But, it’s a really exciting blur as all the moving pieces ﬁnally come together: ﬁlmmakers, special guests, sponsors, supporters, volunteers, staﬀ, our loyal audience, and often newcomers to Kingston, or someone who picked up a ﬂyer the day before the Fest. I can’t think of a better way to spend a cold March weekend. On behalf of the staﬀ and Board, welcome to the 2018 Kingston Canadian Film Festival!
MARC GARNISS, Festival Director Kingston is situated on traditional territory of the Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe.
THURSDAY, MARCH 1 7:00 pm 9:00 pm
MEDITATION PARK / Isabel Bader B OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION / Delta
FRIDAY, MARCH 2 11:20 am 11:30 am 11:40 am 2:10 pm 2:20 pm 2:30 pm 2:30 pm 6:00 pm 6:10 pm 6:20 pm 6:30 pm 6:40 pm 9:00 pm 9:10 pm 9:10 pm 9:20 pm 9:30 pm 9:40 pm
NINTH FLOOR / Screening Room – Roxy SPOTLIGHT ON: AMANDA STRONG / Screening Room – Cameo CANADIAN SHORTS: Deﬁning Moments / Screening Room – Metro EXPO 67: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE / Baby Grand AVA / Screening Room – Roxy NEVER STEADY, NEVER STILL / Screening Room – Cameo B BREAKING IN: S