NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS on GRFF Opening Night Film + Party celebration!


Directed by Paul Campsall, Paul Francescutti

Grand River Film Festival is proud to announce SUUBI: DANCE, DRUM, DREAM for its 9th edition opening night festivities sponsored by Perimeter Development Corporation, taking place Monday November 2, 2015 at Dunfield Theatre, Cambridge.

Directed by Waterloo Region filmmakers Paul Campsall and Paul Francescutti, and narrated by KW native Jill HennessySUUBI: DANCE, DRUM, DREAM was shot in 2014 at the Cambridge Secondary School in Kyengera, Uganda, just west of the capital of Kampala.  Cambridge is one of only a handful of post primary education facilities in Uganda that focuses on teaching the arts.

The Cambridge Suubi Fusion Dance Troupe (Suubi means Hope in Luganda) travelled to Canada in 2013 where they wowed Canadian audiences across Waterloo Region.  A year later, a film team and local nonprofit Dream for Ugandafollowed the dance troupe home to build a library and teach creative arts. The students received music instruction from Bryan Beerbaum and Zac Widarski, with film assistance by Mitch Pollard, all graduates of Fanshawe College in London, Ontario.

In addition to the world premiere screening, GRFF is thrilled to welcome the Suubi students to Waterloo Region who will be performing with organizations across the community, as well as enjoying activity days at local high schools and day trips. Their month long itinerary began last weekend with a performance at Centre in the Square with the KW Symphony. GRFF Executive Director Tamara Louks was onsite to capture their rehearsal.  "This is such an exciting program and I hope our community will make time to see the students perform. Their energy and enthusiasm is infectious. I couldn't stop smiling throughout the entire rehearsal."

Waterloo Region's favourite talk show host Susan Cook-Scheerer from Rogers Daytime will guest emcee the event, and moderate a Q&A with the film directors and Dream for Uganda team. The evening also includes an opportunity to meet the students. 

For art lovers looking to add to their collection, there will be a silent auction of paintings by local artists, including a performance painting of the students by Laurie Wonfor Nolan.  All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Cambridge Secondary School programs.

Suubi Troupe in Canada - 2 standing ovations with KWS. Get tickets!
Suubi Troupe arrives in Canada! 2 standing ovations with KW Symphony.

Performing at GRFF Monday November 2, 7:30pm at Dunfield Theatre Cambridge.


Tickets now on sale!

Adults $15                            Students / Seniors $10
Pricing includes hst.

To purchase tickets:

1. Online at

2. In person at Scotiabank locations: 

  • 72 Main Street Cambridge
  • 64 King Street West Kitchener
Thanks to Scotiabank, all tickets purchased at these two locations will be matched with a donation!
Grand River Film Festival - celebrating and inspiring community through the shared experience of film.

NOVEMBER 2-7, 2015