We all know what TIFF is, but now it’s time to get familiar with NIFF — the Niagara Integrated Film Festival. This is the first year for this event, but founder Bill Marshall is the same man who started the Toronto International Film Festival in 1976. Big name films such as American Beauty, Black Swan, Ray, 127 Hours and The Wrestler all premiered at TIFF, and now it’s time to introduce to the world some of Niagara’s finest film-makers, making this a highly anticipated event for Niagara Falls and our tourism industry.
While the Niagara Integrated Film Festival focuses on creative film-making, this festival heavily ties into introducing Niagara’s famous and fabulous wineries to the world, as the backdrop to its viewing. Trius Winery, Ravine Vineyard Winery, Oast House Brewers, Peller Estates, Southbrook Vineyards, and Kinzelmann Estate Winery all play house to NIFF, with movie viewings, complete with food and winery pairings. What better way to promote Niagara’s best cuisine and wines than this? This is what the two programs the Niagara Integrated Film Festival intends to do, with “Film Feast” and “Filmalicious” as the two selections.
“Film Feast” as a unique bus tour of Niagara’s most spectacular wineries where guests sample vintages, accompanied by exquisitely prepared hors d’oeuvres, and then watch intriguing short films.
“Filmalicious” offers guests a unique experience at a selected winery, in which talented chefs present a three-course dinner accompanied with wine pairings, followed by a special feature film presentation.
The Niagara Integrated Film Festival (with a budget of $1 million), will include both Canadian and Niagara bred movies, along with long-lost films from Peter Sellers and the Toronto-born “America’s sweetheart” Mary Pickford.
The festival runs from Thursday, June 19th to Sunday, June 22nd. Tickets range in pricing depending on if you wish an individual screening ($10 if you are a Student/Senior) to a “NIFF Unlimited Pass”, which includes a pass to all screenings and the “Filmalicious” of your choice for all 4 days at $525.
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All Ticket and Pass holders are allowed entry into NIFF parties and events including:
• Opening Night Party: Thursday June 19 at 9 P.M. at Market Square in St. Catharines
• Cocktail Hour: Friday June 20 and Saturday June 21 from 5 P.M. to 7 P.M. at White Oaks
• Closing Night Reception: Sunday June 22 at White Oaks
Tickets can be purchased at www.niagarafilmfest.com or by phone: 1-800-656-0713