Experience GRFF! July 2015 e-newsletter
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Happy Canada Day!

Thank you for supporting Canadian Film

A sincere Canadian thank you to all film supporters. Without your support, GRFF wouldn’t be possible. We are four months away from #GRFF15 and the festival team is in full swing!  

Mark your calendars now GRFF takes place November 2-7, 2015.

Great things are happening for GRFF!  Our 2015 sponsorship is almost sold out, ad sales are in progress for our festival guide — please contact Mike Pass for more information, group seat sales begin in August and you can expect some sneak peeks into this year's programming – all coming soon.  

If you are interested in getting involved in this year's festival, let’s talk!  Become a sponsor, place an ad in our film guide, or volunteer with us! Find out how you can get involved with GRFF on our website.

A Brief History of Bennett GM

GRFF Sponsor and Community Advocate

Bennett GM has been a strong supporter and member of the Cambridge community for over 80 years. Founded in 1931 by Benny Bennett, and called City Garage, the dealership had its humble beginnings in downtown Galt on Dickson Street.
In 1967 the dealership was sold to Benny’s two sons, Jim & Cam, who then relocated the dealership to its current location on Hespeler Road.  In 2000 the dealership was sold to Cam’s son David – third generation of the Bennett family and present owner.

As the only General Motors dealership in Cambridge, Bennett GM has just completed a major renovation of its facilities to meet the growing demand for its products and services. Despite the strong competition we have continued to grow all aspects of our business and for the 6th year in a row, Bennett GM is the #1 Volume General Motors Dealer in the Region with strong expectations to hold that title for years to come.   

As a family business that has been around for over 80 years – we recognize the importance of longevity and the value it creates among our customers. Our customers appreciate and like the idea of our family, the Bennett Family, looking after their family for all their vehicle needs. The feeling of “family” creates an atmosphere of trust, honesty and comfort for our customers and that has contributed to our success over the years.  

The Bennett GM dealership has been an active supporter of organizations that improve the social well-being and enrich the cultural life of the citizens of Cambridge – which is why we are proud supporters of this year’s Grand River Film Festival.

For more information on Bennett GM – please visit us at

Interested in sponsoring GRFF? Email to learn more.

Berlin Shorts Wrap 

Congratulations to the Season Champions!

The Berlin Shorts, presented by The Registry Theatre, is a competitive, adjudicated short film event that runs three times annually featuring 5-minute films.  The 2014-15 season received over 30 submissions and GRFF is proud to be a sponsor of this great community event!  Read more about the winning films and next year's competition here.

Photo: 2015  Berlin Shorts Judges from left to right: Miroki Tong, Lyndon Horsfall, Steve Lehmann, Sam Vartenuik, Colin Franks.


There's still time to apply

There is still time to submit your short film! Late deadline is Thursday July 15! New for the 2015 festival: Best Canadian Music Video! Additional award categories include the 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. Submit your film here.


Co-presentation with the Apollo Cinema and TD Kitchener Blues Festival

Mavis! will screen at the Apollo Cinema located at 141 Ontario Street North downtown Kitchener on July 30 at 7pm. 

"Hope and thankfulness that glow from start to finish." - Billboard

Be sure to see Mavis Staples at the TD Kitchener Blues Festival Saturday, August 8 at 9pm on the Main Stage.

For more screening information please visit the Apollo Cinema website here.

3 Famous Movies You Didn't Know Were Filmed in Canada

By Katie Parkes

Although you would never know it, some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters are filmed in the Great White North. In celebration of Canada Day, here are 3 famous movies you've probably seen, but didn’t know were filmed in our beautiful country.

1. Blades of Glory (2007)
Location: Montréal, Quebec

Looking for a good laugh this July 1? Screen this goofball ode to figure skating featuring Anchorman’s Will Ferrell and Napoleon Dynamite’s Jon Hedder as dueling rivals forced to form a male figure skating team. The film concludes with an international skating competition, showcasing several Montréal sights including Habitat 67 and the exterior of the iconic Montréal Olympic Stadium. In fact, one of the most memorable scenes - the infamous outdoor skate-wearing chase sequence - gave audiences an on-screen tour through Montréal’s Olympic Village. 

2. Incredible Hulk (2008)
Location: Toronto, Ontario 

Film-goers can thank former Toronto mayor, David Miller, for bringing this larger than life Marvel Comic sequel to the metropolitan city’s streets of Toronto as a stand in for the Big Apple. A huge Hulk fan, Miller promised the producers that Toronto’s main traffic lane - Yonge Street - could be closed for four nights of intense filming featuring explosives and burning vehicles. Because of his willingness to accommodate the production, much of the Toronto landscape can be seen in the finished film, including the University of Toronto and the financial district. 

3. Titanic (1997)
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia 

One of the highest grossing and most successful films of all time was not only partially shot in Canada, but also written, directed, and produced by Canadian, James Cameron. Titanic aimed for authenticity when it shot many of its water scenes off the coast of Halifax, Nova Scotia, intertwining the environment of the real life catastrophe with a little movie magic. In 1912 when the Titanic was ripped apart by an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean, Halifax was the closest major seaport to the disaster. Despite feverish rescue attempts, few survivors were pulled from the frigid waters and over 100 victims were laid to rest in nearby cemeteries. When Cameron began production on his 1997 epic, he brought his cast and crew to Halifax to shoot the film’s harrowing, unforgettable ocean scenes.

Movies on the Terrace | UW School of Architecture Cambridge | July 6, 13, 20, 27 @ 8:30pm, FREE    
Breaking Films The Alternative, Part of Big Music Fest | July 8, Apollo Cinema 5 & 7pm, Pay As You Can
Night of the Living Dead - soundtrack performed live by VOC  | July 8, Kitchener City Hall 9pm, Pay As You Can
BEHIND THE SCENES: Summer Filmmaking Camp for adults | IDEA | EXCHANGE | July 13-17 
Music and Movies in the Park | Bandshell in Waterloo Park | July 9 & 23, Donation to Food Bank    
Family Film Fun animated shorts and songs | NFB Film Club IDEA | EXCHANGE | July 9 & 30, FREE
Away From the Grasslands | presented by Hillside Festival & Guelph Film Festival | July 10 @ 7:30pm, FREE
NFB Film Club FREE at IDEA | EXCHANGE presents: Danny | July 27, FREE