Inspired by the popularity of the Indie Films Fernie monthly screenings, a dedicated group of volunteers decided to plan a festival dedicated to the talent, skill and diversity of the Canadian Film Industry.
Indie Films Fernie is program of The Arts Station in partnership with Film Circuit, a program of Toronto International Film Festival. 8 screenings from September to April feature the best independent films from around the world, including drama, comedy, period pieces, documentary and animation. With over 10 seasons in Fernie, IFF has grown in popularity and regularly plays to sold-out audiences with award winning features including Christopher Plummer's Oscar winning performance in 'Beginners' this year, and earlier hits including 'Mongol' and 'Shake hands with the Devil.'
The Reel Canadian Film Festival takes a more focused approach, featuring only films with a strong Canadian connection. The Canadian Film Industry is a vibrant, billion dollar machine with production companies and projects from coast to stunning coast. With a mandate to feature the very best work produced each year, the RCFF screens a select few of these productions, sourced from various supporting organizations including TIFF, CUFF, CIFF, EIFF and independent houses.
One central weekend of film previously held on the 4th weekend of March but now moving to mid-January, has taken place each year since 2009. Every festival is different, but the main features of an opening night with gala reception on Friday followed by a full day of film on Saturday are fixed. Two presentations on Sunday and several special additions have helped to create the exciting festival atmosphere, see our 'Past Festivals' page for more info.
The Festival is very grateful to the Vogue Theatre, where our main presentations take place, and the Arts Station where our preview presentations and Saturday shorts programs are screened. We also wish to extend our gratitude to the Columbia Basin Trust, City of Fernie, Park Place Lodge, Alberta Media Arts Alliance and Toronto International Film Festival without whom this festival would not be possible.