Peterborough’s ReFrame Film Festival returns virtually in 2022 and expands across Canada

Early bird virtual passes available November 18 for the nine-day festival running January 27 to February 4, with some special in-person screenings planned

Peterborough's 18th annual ReFrame Film Festival, running from January 27 to February 4, 2022, will take place priamrily in a virtual format and will be available to audiences across Canada. Early bird virtual passes go on sale as of November 18, 2021. (Illustration: Casandra Lee / Design: SJ Graphics)
Peterborough's 18th annual ReFrame Film Festival, running from January 27 to February 4, 2022, will take place priamrily in a virtual format and will be available to audiences across Canada. Early bird virtual passes go on sale as of November 18, 2021. (Illustration: Casandra Lee / Design: SJ Graphics)

Peterborough’s ReFrame Film Festival is returning for its 18th year and, for the second year in a row, the documentary film festival will take place virtually.

Early bird virtual passes are available on Thursday (November 18) for the 2022 festival, which will last for a full nine days.

The festival takes place from Thursday, January 27th to Friday, February 4th and, as always, will feature a wide range of thought-provoking and inspiring documentary films rooted in social and environmental justice.

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The virtual format, which makes all the films available for on-demand viewing on the Eventive virtual platform, was first introduced at the 2021 festival in response to the pandemic.

The new format proved popular with viewers, who were able to enjoy the films from the comfort and safety of their own homes over the course of a full week, without having to choose between simultaneous screenings, as is the case with the traditional three-day in-person festival.

Switching to a virtual format for the 2021 festival also expanded the audience beyond the Peterborough area to everyone in Ontario, and the 2022 ReFrame Film Festival will take that one step further, making the films available to audiences across Canada to enjoy.

The 2022 ReFrame Film Festival runs from  Thursday, January 27 to Friday, February 4. (Illustrations: Casandra Lee / Design: SJ Graphics)
The 2022 ReFrame Film Festival runs from Thursday, January 27 to Friday, February 4. (Illustrations: Casandra Lee / Design: SJ Graphics)

“We heard our audiences say they found the online experience safe, convenient, and accessible,” says Amy Siegel, ReFrame’s creative director, in a media release. “We’re excited to expand our platform and bring this community-minded event to homes from coast to coast.”

Looking for a holiday gift? Although the festival does not begin until January 27, ReFrame is releasing a limited number of early bird virtual passes online on Thursday (November 18). For $55, the virtual pass will let you stream all the films at the 2022 festival.

While the 2022 festival is primarily virtual, there will be some special in-person screenings with details to be announced at a later date. The virtual passes are not valid for any in-person screenings.

To purchase early bird virtual passes, and for more information about the 2022 festival (the film schedule is yet to be released), visit reframefilmfestival.ca.