Since the very first edition in 1989, Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival has showcased high-calibre film programming to passionate and enthusiastic audiences. Taking place over 9-days in September, Cinefest Sudbury is recognized as one of Canada’s premiere film events, and hosts over 35,000 attendees annually. Cinéfest Sudbury celebrates and promotes the best in international and domestic filmmaking to audiences of film lovers, filmmakers and industry delegates.
Cinefest Sudbury’s feature-fiction, documentary and short film programming focuses on artistic quality, excellence, diverse voices and experiences. Of special note, the festival hosts films and programs that spotlight works from Indigenous and Francophone filmmakers. Cinéfest Sudbury also provides filmmakers with the unique opportunity to reach a wider audience as it hosts a large contingent of programmers each year who attend Cinefest Sudbury to select films to screen in their home communities.
In 2010, Cinéfest Sudbury introduced Cinema Summit, a presentation, exchange and development series, devoted to the celebration, promotion and advancement of Canada’s new and emerging filmmaking talent. Aside from expanding the number of film screenings attended by talent associated with selected films, Cinema Summit features panel discussions, master classes and lectures with specific topics of focus, and introduces attendees to experts in the film and media arts industries.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to ensure that audiences still had full access to the very best in domestic and international cinema, the 2020 edition of Cinefest Sudbury consisted of a hybrid in-person and online event. The introduction of virtual programming has provided the festival with new ways to foster interactions between audiences and film talent, flexible scheduling windows, and with new opportunities for audiences across Ontario to attend the event.
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