DRIFF Fall Festival

September 29, September 30 & October 1

$10 - $15
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DRIFF Fall Festival
About this event

Durham Region International Film Festival (DRIFF) presents the return of its fall festival to various locations in the Durham Region September 29th to October 1st. Don't miss a weekend full of inspiring films from Canada and across the globe. It’s a cultural event not to be missed!

Tickets to each screening will be $10

A limited number of day passes for the final day at the Biltmore Theatre will be available for only $15 while supplies last.


Ticket details for each event:



September 29th, 7:30 p.m: DRIFF DAY 1 (Opening Night)

Location: Centennial Building | 416 Centre Street South | Whitby

Blind Spots | Germany | 8 mins

Luis Schubert 

Stay the Night | Canada | 94 mins

Renuka Jeyapalan


September 30th, 5:00 p.m: DRIFF DAY 2

Location: St. Francis Centre For Community, Arts & Culture | 78 Church Street S. | Ajax

5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m: Nibbles and Beverages in the Lounge

5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m: Industry Panel | SPOTLIGHT: Producers and Directors 

Film producers and directors both have major responsibilities during the filmmaking process: script, talent, budget, schedule, camera, artistic aspects, post-production and marketing. Learn from and engage with a panel of DRIFF and local filmmakers about their key responsibilities, challenges and excitement while capturing their vision for the screen.

7:00 p.m: Centrepiece Screening

Short Film


Bulldog | Germany | 95 mins

André Szardenings


October 1st, 1:00 p.m: DRIFF DAY 3 | Afternoon Programme

Location: Biltmore Theatre | 39 King St E. | Oshawa

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m: Foley Workshop


In filmmaking, Foley is the reproduction of everyday sound effects added to films in post-production. They are created by the sound artist mimicking the actual sound source in a recording studio and can be anything from the swishing of clothing and footsteps to squeaky doors and breaking glass. Participate in this special Foley presentation to learn how everyday items are used to enhance the auditory experience of the movie.

2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m: Industry Panel

DIALOGUES: Behind the Scenes with Cast and Crew 

From Los Angeles to Toronto to locations around the world, the film industry relies on film cast and crews with a wide array of skills in the field of film and video production. Engage with and learn from industry professionals who work in these exciting, well-paying careers: 1st Assistant Director, Bench Carpenter, Actress, Art Director and Location Manager.

3:30 p.m: Homegrown Shorts

The Other Side | Canada | 8 mins

Jordan Settembrini 

Flames | Canada | 7 mins

Matthew Manhire

Feeling Fine | Canada | 21 mins

Fateema Al-Hamaydeh Miller

Involuntary Wingman | Canada | 7 mins

Alex Ef

DRUH | Canada | 20 mins

Aaron Ries

Sledgehammer | Canada | 12 mins

Kyle Marchen

Feeling the Apocalypse | Canada | 7 mins

Chen Sing Yap


October 1st, 7:00 p.m: DRIFF DAY 3 | Evening Programme

Location: Biltmore Theatre | 39 King St E. | Oshawa

7:00 p.m: Closing Night Screening

Movie Theatres: Lights and Sound | Canada | 6 mins

Jamie Robertson

Revival69: The Concert That Rocked the World | Canada | 95 mins

Ron Chapman

Following the screening, we will have a Q&A with industry insiders, the awards ceremony, drinks and nibbles.

Dance and schmooze at the afterparty featuring the local favourite, Johnny Ross’s Lunar Circus Band. ($5 cover to see the band without a ticket to the evening programme)


Venues in Whitby, Ajax and Oshawa (see ticket details)
September 29, September 30 & October 1
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