The GFF MISSION
The Guelph Film Festival inspires community engagement and appreciation of the arts by connecting people with stories of global reach and local relevance.
One of the world’s first documentary film festivals, the festival began as the Guelph International Film Festival in 1984 as a partnership between the Guelph International Research Centre (GIRC) and the University of Guelph’s Centre for International Programs. In the eighties, the Festival ran for seven consecutive years drawing large audiences to its unique mix of international feature films and documentaries. After a 13-year hiatus, the festival was revived in 2003 by GIRC; a 30-year-old non-profit, non-governmental organization that educates Canadians about global issues and their local links.
The Festival changed its name to the Guelph Festival of Moving Media in 2008. With its new name reflecting current documentary trends and the explosion of online media. In 2012 the festival became an independent non-profit organization and in 2014 the festival decided to return to its roots by rebranding itself as the Guelph Film Festival. This year the Festival will run November 10-18th, 2017 and will once again feature a selection of global documentaries, short videos, visiting directors, panel discussions plus programming for children. The programming focuses on social justice, the environment and our community.
The Festival continues to screen outstanding documentaries addressing local and international issues. One of the unique aspects of this festival is the opportunity the audience is given to discuss media art and the impact of films and videos after each screening. Many films include a host speaker and discussion after the screening. A large proportion of the films are by donation, keeping the festival affordable for all.
Guelph Film Festival Policy Statement:
Services to People with Disabilities
The Festival strives at all times to provide its goods and services in a way that respects the dignity and independence of people with disabilities. We are also committed to giving people with disabilities the same opportunity to access our goods and services and allowing them to benefit from the same services as other patrons.
The Festival makes every effort to accommodate accessibility where possible but it is not guaranteed.
History and Disclaimer
The Festival is a small media arts festival run by four part time staff and a great team of volunteers. We provide access to excellent films from around the world with minimal admission prices, often pay what you can. The festival traditionally takes place over one first weekend in November in a variety of venues throughout downtown Guelph with a growing number of outreach sites in community centres, farms and the University. Our downtown venues range from local galleries to coffee shops, large churches to small art studios. NOT ALL OF THESE VENUES ARE CURRENTLY WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE. We have marked which venues are accessible on our printed program as well as our website. Every year we strive to increase the percentage of venues with wheelchair access.
Providing goods and services to people with disabilities
The Festival is committed to excellence in serving all customers including people with disabilities and we will carry out our functions and responsibilities in the following areas:
- We will communicate with people with disabilities in ways that take into account their disability.
- Telephone services: We are committed to providing fully accessible telephone service to our customers. Staff will strive to communicate with customers over the telephone in clear and plain language and to speak clearly and slowly.
- We will offer to communicate with customers by e-mail if telephone communication is not suitable to their communication needs or is not available.
- Assistive devices: We are committed to serving people with disabilities who use assistive devices to obtain, use or benefit from our goods and services. Our staff and volunteers endeavor to help anyone requiring assistance to the best of their abilities.
Use of service animals and support persons
- We are committed to welcoming people with disabilities who are accompanied by a service animal on the parts of our premises that are open to the public and other third parties.
- We are committed to welcoming people with disabilities who are accompanied by a support person. Any person with a disability who is accompanied by a support person will be allowed to enter any of the Festival’s venues with his or her support person. At no time will a person with a disability who is accompanied by a support person be prevented from having access to his or her support person while on our premises.
- Fees will not be charged for support persons for admission to any of the Festival events. Volunteers and supervisors will be aware of and implement this policy.
Feedback regarding the way the Guelph Film Festival provides goods and services to people with disabilities can be made verbally to staff and volunteers, festival surveys, phone at 519-827-5046 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org All feedback will be directed to Carolyn Meili, Festival Coordinator.