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Films from Canada, Poland/Frand, USA and Japan featured at Meaford festival

Five award-winning films from around the world round out this year's Meaford International Film Festival
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The Meaford International Film Festival announces its 13th season! MIFF opens Thursday, Aug. 29, and runs to Sunday, Sept. 1. MIFF is presented by the Meaford Culture Foundation on Labour Day Weekend. MIFF Artistic Director Joanne McKenzie has selected four award-winning films to be screened at the 13th annual Meaford International Film Festival.

Selections from Canada, Poland/France, USA, and Japan will be featured over the four night festival at Meaford Hall the premier arts and culture centre in Southern Georgian Bay.

Opening night Thursday, based on a true story, The Grizzlies takes us up to Kugluktuk, Nunavut where the youth are struggling for survival. Literally. Watch how a teacher helps to bring hope to a small town that has lost hope.

Friday evening is the Cold War, a love of Polish folk music brings together two people who fall in love. Shooting the film in black and white only helps to intensify the heat. With an undeniable passion for each other, the story is set against the background of the Cold War.

Saturday evening the Oscar-winning documentary Free Solo will keep you on the edge of your seat. Most of us like granite on our kitchen counters, most of us like to challenge ourselves, how about 3,000 feet straight up and no rope? Rock climber Alex Honnold will keep you hanging on.

Closing night Sunday, is Shoplifters, how well do we really know our neighbours? Certainly, we all have some secrets, helping someone in need, especially a child is something most of us would do.

MIFF Thursday matinee The Woman Who Loves Giraffes, the MIFF classic takes a turn... after discovering this documentary I knew it had to be shown. Giraffes are one of the most fascinating creatures on the planet. There was a little girl named Anne who wanted to know everything about them, and so she set out on a lifelong journey that brought her to Africa to do something no other person had ever done, before Jane Goodall and before Diane Fossey set foot in Africa there was Anne Dagg. The fact that she is a woman seemed to trouble everyone but her.

Each evening before the feature there will be a student film from The Grey Bruce Youth Film Festival.

  • Thursday is Jak’s Story by Camryn Ruthven,
  • Friday is Smith Corona 1959 by Adrian Wagenaar,
  • Saturday is Droplet by Delsin Stevenson and Dominic Eldred
  • Sunday is The Unplanned Yet Relatively Successful Adventure by Alexander Downey.

The four dinners this year will be catered by some of Meaford and area’s best executive chefs including Thursday night by The Kitchen, Catering & Cafe; Friday by Roadrunners Foods Ltd; Saturday by Andrew’s Roots Restaurant and Sunday by Auberge Gilles B&B/Chef at Home.

Take a chance and see a film that you might normally pass by. I look forward to seeing you at MIFF this Labour Day Weekend. For more information please go online or to purchase tickets call or go to the Meaford Hall Box Office at 877-538-0463 or online.