2019 WIFF to Include New Village and Alley Beautification

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There will be something new at this year's Windsor International Film Festival.

Organizers have announced 'WIFF alley' and 'WIFF village.'

An alley between Chatham and University, which is used by many festival goers between the Capitol Theatre and St. Clair Centre for the Arts' Chrysler Theatre,  will be improved with lighting, artwork and murals.  

"Which was a natural cut through between our venues and we want to commit to beautifying that," says Executive Director Vincent Georgie with work beginning in the next few days.

It will remain in place 365 days a year.

In addition,  during the second weekend of the festival, University Ave. will be closed between Pelissier and Victoria where a large tent will be erected for film lovers to hang out.

"Have some parties, catch up and connect," says Georgie.  "People and our audience keep telling us they want an experience, they want to enjoy themselves and feel like they are at something, kinda amazing, that's what we want to provide for them."

This is the 15th year for the festival and Georgie is anticipating 40,000 tickets to be sold — the most ever.

"I think having a ten day festival obviously helps with that and we have added a whole weekend so that helps," he says.  "A big big tourist promotion piece that we have done this year and I think also too, the festival has grown in size and grown in reputation and now it is a tourist destination."

The festival runs from November 1st to the 10th and will feature 165 films from 29 different countries. 

A lineup of the films can be found at www.windsorfilmfestival.com