Who are we?

The Ancaster Film Fest is a not for profit organization. All profits from our screenings will be donated to local food banks and the Out of the Cold program.


We are part of the Film Circuit, a grassroots initiative coordinated through the Toronto International Film Festival - a festival now considered among the best in the world. The Film Circuit promotes and facilitates screenings of the finest Canadian and international independent films in 180 communities across Canada. These activities ensure cultural access to residents, promote national artist and films and generate significant economic benefits for both the Canadian film industry and the local community.

Film Circuit programmes include the Volkswagen Canadian Short Film Showcase that featured among the very best Canadian short films from across the country. The Circuitís past international outreach initiatives have included the Canadian Cinema Showcase, that toured a selection of Canadaís highly acclaimed films across the UK, including Scotland, England, and Wales, for the fifth consecutive year, in January 2005. More information on the Film Circuit can be found on the Official website at www.filmcircuit.ca.

Acclaimed films that have screened in Film Circuit communities include: BROKEN WINGS, CITY OF GOD, THE CORPORATION, GOODBYE LENIN, HOTEL RWANDA, MARIA FULL OF GRACE, MOTORCYCLE DIARIES, OSAMA, SAINT RALPH, THE SEA INSIDE, SEDUCING DOCTOR LEWIS, SPELLBOUND, VERA DRAKE, A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT and SUMMER, SPRING, FALL, WINTER AND ... SPRING.

The circuitís film growth has increased on average by 30% each year since its inception (last year by 50%).

In 2004, over 1400 volunteers presented about 2400 screenings of over 160 films to an appreciative audience of over 400,000 people.

Canadian films have generated over 27% of the total attendance compared to 2% in the commercial national average.

From 1998 on the Film Circuit has grown some 550%.

The Ancaster Film Fest presents an opportunity for Hamilton area residents to attend screenings at the Silver City Theatres in the Meadowlands Power Centre in Ancaster. Started in February, 2004 the festival now presents 11 different films on selected Mondays during the year. There are no screenings in June, July, August and December so as not to conflict with Silver City's blockbuster seasons.






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