About the Festival

⋅ 34 years since our inception

⋅ One of the world’s first documentary film festivals

⋅ An independent not-for-profit arts organization

⋅ Rebranded in 2014 as the Guelph Film Festival


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 Development Education Program of 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 as well as 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 2nd to 10th, 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 community building.

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 proportion of the films are by donation, keeping the festival affordable for all.

GFF Board
Marnie Eves – Chair
Jenn McCready – Treasurer
Dominica McPherson – Secretary
Adam Rutherford
Eric Pool
Ruth Buchanan

Programming Committee
Erin MacIndoe Sproule
Peter Henderson
Ruth Buchanan
Elwood Jimmy
Nicholas Loess

Contact us

Mailing Address

Guelph Film Festival
269 Liverpool St. N1H 2L6
Guelph, Ontario, Canada

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