Early bird passes and opening night tickets now available for 2020 ReFrame Film Festival

16th annual documentary film festival runs January 23 to 26 in downtown Peterborough

Early bird passes and opening tickets are now available for the 2020 ReFrame Film Festival, which takes place in downtown Peterborough from January 23 to 26. A list of the films at the 16th annual festival will be released in December, with the full schedule available in early January. (Graphic courtesy of ReFrame)
Early bird passes and opening tickets are now available for the 2020 ReFrame Film Festival, which takes place in downtown Peterborough from January 23 to 26. A list of the films at the 16th annual festival will be released in December, with the full schedule available in early January. (Graphic courtesy of ReFrame)

Early bird passes and opening night tickets are now available for the 2020 ReFrame Film Festival, which opens on Thursday, January 23rd and runs until Sunday, January 26th at various venues in downtown Peterborough.

Limited online sales began on Monday (November 4) at reframe.tickit.ca/events/7731, with a discounted price of $50 for a festival pass (providing access to all festival films and events) and $10 for a ticket to the opening night screening of a yet-to-be-announced film at Showplace Performance Centre.

Once early bird passes and opening night tickets are sold out, a festival pass will cost $60 ($50 for students, seniors, and the underwaged), opening night tickets will cost $15 ($10 with a festival pass), and day passes (all films on either Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) will cost $25.

ReFrame programmer Lester Alfonso (left) and board member Deborah Berrill (right) unwind with local filmmaker Slater Jewell-Kemker following the 2019 opening night screening of "Youth Unstoppable". The opening night screening for the 2020 ReFrame Film Festival takes place at Showplace Performance Centre on Thursday, January 23rd, with the film to be announced soon. (Photo: Natelie Herault)
ReFrame programmer Lester Alfonso (left) and board member Deborah Berrill (right) unwind with local filmmaker Slater Jewell-Kemker following the 2019 opening night screening of “Youth Unstoppable”. The opening night screening for the 2020 ReFrame Film Festival takes place at Showplace Performance Centre on Thursday, January 23rd, with the film to be announced soon. (Photo: Natelie Herault)

Regular in-store ticket sales will open on Monday, December 2nd in Peterborough at the GreenUP Store (378 Aylmer St. N., Peterborough, 705-745-3238) and Watson & Lou (383 Water St., Peterborough, 705-775-7568), and in Lakefield at Happenstance Books and Yarn ()44 Queen St., Lakefield, 705-652-7535).

As always, rush pay-what-you-can tickets will be available at the door for every screening (subject to availability).

This is the 16th annual festival, a community celebration of documentary film and media art that has taken place in downtown Peterborough each January since 2005.

Festival director Jay Adam says the 2020 festival received more than 200 submissions from filmmakers around the world.

Filmmaker Jeannette Breward speaks to audiences about her process following the screening of "60 Seasons" at ReFrame 2019. (Photo: Natelie Herault)
Filmmaker Jeannette Breward speaks to audiences about her process following the screening of “60 Seasons” at ReFrame 2019. (Photo: Natelie Herault)

Now that the festival’s programming committee has completed its review process, the list of accepted films will be announced in December, with the complete schedule available in early January.

“I am so excited about this year’s program,” says Amy Siegel, ReFrame’s creative director. “It highlights political and social struggles here in Canada and around the world, honours the work of trailblazing activists, and challenges the traditional documentary form. We can’t wait to share these incredible stories.”

Both Seigel and Adam came on board for the 2019 festival, which was ReFrame’s most successful to date. Almost 17,000 people attended last year’s sold-out festival, which featured 71 films from 20 countries, including 41 Canadian films and 12 local films. For more details, read the festival’s 2019 annual report.

ReFrame 2019 volunteers at VentureNorth helped transport audiences to an imagined future-Toronto through the immersive VR experience "Biidaaban: First Light" by Lisa Jackson. (Photo: Bryan Reid)
ReFrame 2019 volunteers at VentureNorth helped transport audiences to an imagined future-Toronto through the immersive VR experience “Biidaaban: First Light” by Lisa Jackson. (Photo: Bryan Reid)

As well as reviewing film submissions and planning logistics for the 2020 festival, the ReFrame team has spent the last six months developing a strategy to guide the festival over the next five years.

The strategy, which was developed with the assistance of local firm Laridae Management Consultants and with feedback from 400 members of Peterborough’s arts and culture community, will be published soon.

Highlights includes improving processes and increasing the festival’s capacity to carry out its work by building strong community partnerships, building upon the existing model to expand and diversify festival programming throughout the year, and revamping the festival’s volunteer program to ensure engaging and valuable opportunities and to better recognize the work of volunteers, 146 of whom contributed 5,360 hours to the festival last year.

Filmmakers Chrisann Hessing (left), Maya Bastian (centre), and Maya Annik Bedward (right) examined the risks in sharing personal stories through film in the panel discussion "Who Gets to Share My Story?" at The Venue in downtown Peterborough during the 2019 ReFrame Film Festival.  (Photo: Bryan Reid)
Filmmakers Chrisann Hessing (left), Maya Bastian (centre), and Maya Annik Bedward (right) examined the risks in sharing personal stories through film in the panel discussion “Who Gets to Share My Story?” at The Venue in downtown Peterborough during the 2019 ReFrame Film Festival. (Photo: Bryan Reid)

If you’re a film lover who’d like to volunteer for the 2020 festival to contribute your time, skills, and enthusiasm, email volunteers@reframefilmfestival.ca.

ReFrame also has sponsorship opportunities for community organizations and local businesses to connect with ReFrame audiences by co-presenting films or hosting post-film discussions. For more information, email info@reframefilmfestival.ca.

Local food businesses can also take advantage of the large volume of downtown foot traffic during the festival weekend by participating in ReFrame’s ReFresh & ReFuel program. Email info@reframefilmfestival.ca for details.

Filmmaker Slater Jewell-Kemker chats with high school students from the Youth Leadership in Sustainability program following the opening night screening of "Youth Unstoppable" at the 2019 ReFrame Film Festival. (Photo: Natelie Herault)
Filmmaker Slater Jewell-Kemker chats with high school students from the Youth Leadership in Sustainability program following the opening night screening of “Youth Unstoppable” at the 2019 ReFrame Film Festival. (Photo: Natelie Herault)

You can also support ReFrame by making a tax-deductible donation to the festival’s REACH for ReFrame campaign. Donations help ReFrame, a non-profit Canadian charity, keep ticket prices low so everyone in the community can attend the festival. To donate, visit reframefilmfestival.ca/support/donate/.

Make sure to visit the ReFrame Film Festival website at reframefilmfestival.ca for festival updates. You can also follow ReFrame on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

 

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