WIFF Launches Largest Festival Ever

The 14th version of the Windsor international Film Festival (WIFF) is expected to be the biggest and best yet.

It runs from Monday October 29, 2018 to Sunday, November 4, 2018.

A total of 143 films are being screened at four venues, with the Armouries building included for the first time.

The films have a global reach originating in France, Italy, India, Sweden, Iceland, the UK, Denmark, China, Japan, Iran, Germany, Turkey, Spain, Lebanon, Poland, New Zealand, Australia and Kenya as well as North America.

Executive Director Vincent Georgie says the audience continues to grow and they expect 24,000.

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Windsor International Film Festival Executive Director Vincent Georgie, Chrysler Theatre, October 11, 2018 (by AM800's Peter Langille)

"We have people take vacations days and sick days and flexible schedules, we bring in people from Southwest Ontario, more and more the GTA and Eastern Ontario as well coming in and taking vacation and catching a whole bunch of films"

Georgie says they're bringing in a film banned in the country it was made in.

"Rafiki is a story about young lesbians in love.  And that film in Kenya is banned by it's government.  to this day in Kenya the act of homosexual relationship is jailable for 14 years"

He says their objective is to find unique films.

"We really like to bring films people can't see otherwise because they just don;t come her or they don't come to our country.  So it's those types of films, and every film is its own contract and its own arrangement.  When we're fighting for these films and searching for these films and working to bring them here, that's the type of film where it's worth the effort"

This year the 48-hour Flickfest, where local filmmakers shoot, edit and show a film in two days is named after WIFF founder Mark Boscariol.

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Windsor international Film Festival honours founder Mark Boscariol naming Flickfest after him, October 11, 2018 (by AM800's Peter Langille)

The list of stars and directors involved in the films is stellar and 26 will be shown here before their release.

To get more information or buy tickets, visit windsorfilmfestival.com