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A New Look For GRFF

Featuring the talent of local Designer Jon Johnson

GRFF is excited to unveil the look of the 2015 festival season! This year's artwork features local landmarks from the cities of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo created by design talent, Jon Johnson. Johnson is a graphic designer and screen ­printer living and working in Kitchener. Under the name Bearface Design, Jon creates everything from Logos to Gigposters, to whatever people will let him design.

As BRFC, Jon takes his designs and puts ink to paper, or fabric, or whatever medium will take it. Self-taught in both disciplines, with a degree from WLU in Film Studies, Jon loves projects that he can really put his heart into. A lifelong resident of Waterloo Region, and former 35mm film projectionist, the GRFF design project was the perfect opportunity to celebrate the Region he loves, as well as the medium of film.

Jon can be found online at or on etsy here.

The Measure of All Things - June 12, 2015 at

The Measure of All Things
Comes to Kitchener

$5 Discount for GRFF e-newsletter subscribers

The Measure of All Things is a ‘live documentary’ by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Sam Green. The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and is a meditation on fate, time, and the outer contours of the human experience. This special presentation is part of the Christie Entertainment Series a partnership with THEMUSEUM, Apollo Cinema and GRFF.  Find out more about this experiential film by visiting the website,

Wednesday June 12, 2015
Door open at 6pm
Tickets: $15 +HST online here 
Enter c
oupon code: GRFFPROMO, for $5 off each ticket. 
Apollo Cinema, 141 Ontario Street North. Kitchener 


Perimeter Development Corporation

Introducing Perimeter



Sponsor of GRFF's Opening Night Film + Party 

Join us on November 2, 2015 to celebrate the opening film for this year's Grand River Film Festival generously sponsored by Perimeter Development.

Perimeter Development Corporation is an entrepreneurial minded real estate development company that focuses largely on unique, urban development projects that positively contribute to the communities in which they are located.

Perimeter is happy to support the continued growth of GRFF as we believe strongly in bolstering the creative and arts scene in Waterloo Region.

For more information about Perimeter, please visit

Dream For Uganda

Suubi For the Arts

Help us bring the Suubi Fusion Trouple from the slums of Kampala Uganda for an October performance tour to Canada. The evening includes gourmet treats and eats and presents fado star Tony Gouveia and jazz singer Carolina Soares at the Waterloo Region Museum on Wednesday June 3rd, at 7pm.  The evening's entertainment will include live and silent auctions of quilts, art and collectables as well as Canvas aLIVE, six professional artists painting original canvasses for auction.

Wednesday June 3, 2015
Door open at 7pm
Tickets: $30 online here or $35 at the door
Waterloo Region Museum, 10 Huron Road, Kitchener
For more information about this project please visit:

MCAP SHORT Shorts Competition

Deadline is fast approaching

Deadline: Friday June 27, 2015
Submit your film here.

NEW for the 2015 festival: Best Canadian Music Video! Additional award categories include: Best Canadian Short, Runner-Up Canadian Short and Best Waterloo Region Short.

Open to directors of all levels, with an opportunity to win cash and have your film screened in a festival setting.

For more information please visit our website.

Janice Lee - Photo by Stefan Chirila

Meet Janice Lee 


Kitchener's 2015 Artist in Residence 

Multi-disciplinary artist Janice Lee opened the Grand River Film Festival in 2014 with a spoken word piece on film. This year she has been named Kitchener's Artist in Residence and will create Four video poems titled Folk Myths of Kitchener. “To boil it down, I would say I’m am a folk artist, meaning I want to be an artist of the people, telling stories, rooted in our community in what’s happening right now,” explains Lee. Story gathering and filming takes place throughout June across the city of Kitchener.  Look for Janice at the Multicultural Festival June 20 in Kitchener's Victoria Park.

Find out more about Janice by visiting her website here.

Netflix Canada

3 Kids Films to Binge Watch

on Netflix Canada

By Katie Parkes

3. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

It’s difficult to overstate my overwhelming love of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Its use of stop-motion animation and creative storytelling is completely unique, interesting to watch, and anyone can get lost in it. It’s timeless in so many ways, with Grinch-like parallels and a host of memorable songs courtesy of the fabulous Danny Elfman. 

2. Hugo (2011)

Martin Scorsese’s Hugo is a cinematic marvel. Based on a Brian Selznick novel, the story whirls around a 12-year-old orphan who holes himself up in a Parisian train station in the 1930s. It’s a big-budget epic that uses self-reflexive, brilliant cinematography to boost the visual experience. Using modern techniques to create a compelling story, Scorsese makes this one to watch. 

1. Hook (1991)

Jump into a world that was previously forgotten. No other film in Spielberg’s catalog is quite like this one. Although it was never reviewed favorably among critics, it remains a flagship of Robin Williams’ career years after its debut and is beloved by children and adults alike. It’s a classic, with a cast of familiar characters and plenty of sword fighting. 

Have fun! 

GRFF Cinemerge #2 at The Apollo Cinema - 2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY | Tuesday June 2, 8pm 
In celebration of Aboriginal History Month - Free Flicks at KPL | Saturdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27 
In recognition of World Refugee Day - NFB Film Club at IDEA|EXCHANGE presents free screenings
BEHIND THE SCENES: Summer Filmmaking Camp for adults | July 13-17