Winter Film Festival

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The 2020 Festival dates will be:

  • Friday January 24, 2020
  • Saturday January 25, 2020
  • Sunday January 26, 2020

The Program has not yet been selected but should be available around December 2019.

Below are the films screened at the 2019 Festival.

Victoria Hall Reception Party

Michael MonisMichael Monis

Howard BaerHoward BaerOn Saturday January 20, following Loving Vincent at approx. 6:45pm, there will be a Reception. 

This will be held in the Concert Hall at Victoria Hall and includes Hors d’oeuvres with entertainment by Howard Baer & Michael Monis. There will be a bar for drinks in the Citizen’s Forum.

The cost is included in the weekend package.

This is usually a highlight of the NFS year with patrons mingling with other film lovers.  The VIA Rail prize winners will also be announced.

Entertainment this year will be by the Jazz Duo, Howard Baer & Michael Monis.

Tickets for just the reception will be available for $15.


Sunday January 22, 2017 4:00pm
Rainbow Theatre, Northiumberland Mall, Cobourg

our little sisterThree sisters Sachi, Yoshino and Chika live together in a large house in the city of Kamakura. When their father absent from the family home for the last 15 years dies, they travel to the countryside for his funeral and meet their shy teenage half-sister. Bonding quickly with the orphaned Suzu, they invite her to live with them. Suzu eagerly agrees, and a new life of joyful discovery begins for the four siblings.

Leads: Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho,  Suzu Hirose
Directed By:
Hirokazu Koreeda
Genre: Drama  Language: Japanese with English Sub-Titles
Runtime: 128 minutes   Rating: PG (for thematic elements and brief language)

Sunday January 22, 2017 2:00pm
Rainbow Theatre, Northumberland Mall, Cobourg

eagle huntressAishol-pan, a 13-year-old Mongolian girl, trains to become the first female in 12 generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. While there are many old Kazakh eagle hunters who vehemently reject the idea of any female taking part in their ancient tradition, Aisholpan's father, Nurgaiv, believes that a girl can do anything a boy can, as long as she's determined.

Director: Otto Bell
Genre: Documentary
Language: Kazakh
Runtime: 87 minutes
Rating: G

Saturday 21, 2017 4:30pm
Rainbow Theatre, Northumberland Mall, Cobourg

denialWhen university professor Deborah E. Lipstadt includes World War II historian David Irving in a book about Holocaust deniers, Irving accuses her of libel and sparks a legal battle for historical truth. With the burden of proof placed on the accused, Lipstadt and her legal team fight to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred. Based on the book "History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier."

Leads: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall
Director: Mick Jackson
Genre: Drama  Language: English
Runtime: 110 minutes Rating: PG-13 (for thematic material and brief strong language)

Denial  Sponsored by Lynn Hardy - RBC Wealth Management, Dominion Securities

Saturday January 21, 2017 2:00pm
Rainbow Theatre, Northumberland Mall, Cobourg

little menLittle Men is a critical yet empathetic look at the dangers of gentrification. Ira Sachs (Love Is Strange) accentuates the natural vibrancy of Brooklyn and brings out the best in his actors. Taplitz and Barbieri have a natural rapport and earnestness that belies their young age. Kinnear and Garcia bring weight to their roles as the feuding parents, and Jennifer Ehle, Talia Balsam, and Alfred Molina round out the cast with wonderful supporting turns.

Leads: Theo Taplitz, Michael Barbieri, Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle, Paulina García, Talia Balsam, Alfred Molina
Director:  Ira Sachs
Genre: Drama  Language:  English
Runtime: 85 minutes   Rated: PG for thematic elements, smoking and some language.